Sunday, April 30, 2017

State Representative Matt Lesser will host ARTFARM’s seventh Shakespeare Slam on Saturday, May 6 at the Community Health Center in Middletown. The theme of this one-of-a-kind Performance/Party/Fundraiser is “Speak Truth To Power”. Over twenty performers will present 2 minute pieces addressing the theme, while audience and performers alike enjoy great local food, wine, and craft beer delivered by costumed servers, live music, a small silent auction, and Elizabethan and Post-Elizabethan festivity and pageantry.

This unforgettable party is a Benefit for ARTFARM's 2017 Shakespeare in the Grove production of Hamlet, which will run July 12 -23.

Shakespeare Slam VII: Speak Truth To Power is a unique fund raiser in which performers compete to raise the most money by getting Patrons to donate to ARTFARM in support of their performance. The performer who raises the most money will win a week at a cottage on the Long Island Sound in Leete's Island, Guilford. Other prizes will be awarded for fundraising, creativity, absurdity, inspiration and speaking Truth to Power.  Performers can present any piece (original, classical, modern, music, dance – not only Shakespeare) which addresses the “Speak Truth To Power” theme. Two-minute limit. Creative and unconventional presentations are welcomed, and Professionals, amateurs, and young people are all encouraged to perform. Performers must pre-register by Wednesday, May 3 and have a minimum of $50 in sponsorships to take the stage.

Tickets to the Slam are $25. Performers attend for free. Tickets include food, drink and festivities. The event will take place at the Community Health Center, 675 Main Street, Middletown. For more information about performing, sponsoring a performer, or attending Shakespeare Slam VII, go to, or email 

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