Attend a panel discussion about Shakespeare with Lake Dillon Theatre Company |

Attend a panel discussion about Shakespeare with Lake Dillon Theatre Company

Ben Whitmore.
Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: The Usual Shakespects, a free educational presentation from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20

Where: Lake Dillon Theatre, 176 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon

Cost: Free; coffee and light snacks provided

More information: Visit

On Saturday, June 20, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company will present The Usual Shakespects, a free, educational event exploring the true identity of the person often credited as the greatest playwright of all time: William Shakespeare.

The Usual Shakespects rounds up the usual suspects and gets to the bottom of who Shakespeare really was. Presented by Lake Dillon Theatre Company actors Kevin Alan and Ben Whitmore, The Usual Shakespects explores the Shakespeare authorship controversy through good old-fashioned police work.

Alan is in Summit County performing in Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s current regional premiere musical comedy “Gutenberg! The Musical.” A recent graduate from the George Washington University Academy for Classical Acting, Alan has extensive training and understanding in all things Shakespeare.

“Mr. Alan only recently informed us about this presentation, which he has presented on the East Coast as part of his master’s program,” said Josh Blanchard, LDTC executive director. “He asked to share it with Summit County, and we thought it was a great idea and a terrific last-minute addition to our ongoing educational programming.”

The Usual Shakespects lasts about an hour, and some attendees can participate in the fun.

“Our audience will not be expected to do Hamlet, but they will be able to participate in the ‘interrogation’ of famous historical figures,” Alan said, adding that people who have attended this presentation before have often been surprised to discover how much they don’t actually know about Shakespeare. “He was more than just a writer. He’s also somewhat of a legend because so little is known about him.”

“Adult arts education is a valued component of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company mission,” Blanchard said. “The panel discussions allow us to invite directors, playwrights, actors, designers, educators, administrators and critics from around the country to Dillon to engage in discussions about theater and the performing arts.

“The diverse perspectives and experiences among panelists offer all of us new and exciting insights beyond the work we are doing at the LDTC.”

While the subject is Shakespeare, audiences can expect an interesting, fun and accessible experience.

“People can expect to see an entertaining view on who Shakespeare really was,” Alan said. “We riff on the movie ‘The Usual Suspects’ and present a learning experience that’s also a lot of fun.”

For information on upcoming panel discussions, including topics, dates and guest panelists, visit the Lake Dillon Theatre calendar at or call (970) 513-9386.

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