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Milwaukeens Celebrate Shakespeare and Company at Marquette

For a second consecutive year, Marquette University’s English Department, and its friends and alumni group, are throwing a birthday party. The honoree isn’t technically a Marquette alum, but it’s hard to fathom that there’s an English major who isn’t intimately familiar with him.

The party honors Shakespeare, and like last year, some famous people from around Milwaukee will each do a reading. English professor and event organizer C.J. Hribal says this year the readings will extend to other works of literature that mean a lot to the readers. 

The event honoring Shakespeare’s birthday is scheduled for April 16 from 5-6 p.m. at Marquette’s Engineering Hall. Featured readers range from County Executive Chris Abele to Wisconsin poet laureate Kim Blaeser to lesser luminaries like Lake Effect co-host Mitch Teich. 

Hribal himself isn’t on the roster of readers, but he offered a preview in the studio:

Marquette English professor and author C.J. Hribal reads a selection from William Maxwell's 1980 novel "So Long, See You Tomorrow".
Hribal reads "The Hokey Pokey" in Shakespeare style in the Lake Effect studio.

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.