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Tuesday, February 25

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Shakespeare On The Lawn Remains A Fan Favorite

Brookdale’s Summer Shakespeare Ensemble continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of area residents, as more than 860 turned out for this year’s 8-day run of “The Winter’s Tale.”

After wrapping up the ensemble’s 13th season on the Great Lawn of the Lincroft campus, director John Bukovec lavished praise on his cast and crew, almost all of whom are current students or Brookdale alumni.

“We have been rehearsing 12 hours a week since May 5,” said Bukovec, chair of Brookdale’s performing arts department, after the final performance on July 20. “Their commitment and their hard work is a big statement for them and for their generation. A lot of people have come up to me this season and said that this is the best show they’ve seen. So I’m very, very proud of them.”

A complicated mix of humor, tragedy and drama, “The Winter’s Tale” was possibly the most challenging, demanding play the ensemble has performed so far.

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Evelyn Giovine and Anthony Holiday, two of the 22 cast members in this year’s Summer Shakespeare Ensemble, perform for a crowd of more than 100 on July 20.

Like all of the group’s past selections, however, the play is populated with relevant, relatable characters who are able to cross centuries and hit home with an audience in 2014, Bukovec said.

“Nobody was doing plays like this 13 years ago. It was mostly all musical theater,” he said. “But it continues to resonate, year after year. We’re all helping to keep it alive.”

Click here for more photos of the performance.