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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Names Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director

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Lee Koch
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

In his inaugural season, Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee will bring the hilariously entertaining The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, a compilation of 37 of Shakespeare’s plays performed by three actors in just two hours. “Sometimes you have to try something bold, so we’re going to take one summer to bring audiences a celebration of the great English playwright’s work,” Fee said. “This season we’re going to do all of Shakespeare in one show for fun. Because we need to, because it will be a blast and because it’s a great way for us to introduce ourselves to you artistically.”

Fee holds a unique position in American theater as Producing Artistic Director of three independently operated professional theater companies, including the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho (since 1991), and Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002). His leadership has created a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model for the American theater in which plays are shared between the three companies, extending the artistic lives of productions, increasing opportunities for artists to work in multiple venues over longer periods of employment, and resulting in lower production costs for each of the companies. Under Fee’s tenure, the Festivals in Boise and Cleveland have completed capital campaigns in excess of $30 million dollars. He has garnered significant awards for artistic leadership: in Boise these include the 1995 and 2001 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; the 1996 and 2006 FUNDSY awards; and the 2000 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Cleveland awards include, the Northern Ohio Live Award and, in 2009, he was the recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize’s Martha Joseph Award. Prior to his work in Nevada, Idaho and Ohio, Fee served as artistic director of Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, California. He has worked with such companies as The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, the Milwaukee and Missouri Repertory Theaters, Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix, and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. “We’re delighted to have Charlie on board for the production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” said Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Executive Director Catherine Atack. “It’s a unique play and an exciting departure from what we have done in the past. Charlie’s vision will delight theatre goers of all ages and theatrical persuasions. Those people who love Shakespeare will see some of their favorite excerpts delivered with a hilarious twist, and those people who just want to see great, funny, live entertainment, will have a wonderful new experience at our breathtakingly beautiful lakeside venue.” Celebrating its 38th anniversary, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, a summer tradition, showcases live music ranging from funk to classical on Mondays and Fridays, in addition to the theater production directed by Fee, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe from July 9th through August 22nd. Surrounded by panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and snowcapped mountains, the Festival also brings a selection of educational activities for young thespians in its 2010 season. To purchase tickets or for more information on the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, including a complete calendar of performances and events, please visit or call 800.74.SHOWS (800.747.4697).

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Annually drawing more than 30,000 attendees from across the country to the specially built Warren Edward Trepp Stage along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the Festival is an advocate for producing the finest cultural events in the region. The Festival’s community outreach includes an annual educational program, InterACT, designed to educate future generations on the importance of the arts, theater and music and the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, a free series of performances produced specifically for the younger audience presented free of charge during the summer throughout Lake Tahoe and Northern Nevada.