At the Penguin, we will be celebrating Shakespeare's 451st birthday on Saturday, April 25! Following our Shakespeare-themed Children's Storytime at 11:00am, at 12:00pm (noon) actor Mark Staley will be visiting the store. Mark will be dressed in Elizabethan garb and will be reciting some of Shakespeare's best-known speeches, poems, and soliloquies. Join us for Bard-themed fun all day long!
Mark Staley most recently performed the role of “Graham" in Endless Lawns with The Rep at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and just opened a new show with Kinetic Theater in the role of “ urt" in a new version of Dance of Death performing at the New Hazlett Theater. Mr. Staley’s career began in 1984 and his experience has been as an actor, director, fight choreographer and movement coach. It was the work of Shakespeare that inspired him to become an actor. Having a natural affinity of the language and a deep appreciation of poetry led to Mr. Staley’s first professional role as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. He has performed the bard’s plays in Europe, Korea, Japan and the US. Among his favorite roles are Duke Orsino in Quatum Theater’s production of Twelfth Night, Brutus for California Shakespeare Festival’s production of Julius Ceasar and Kent, for the Theater of Nations production of King Lear, performed at the Seoul Opera House, Korea in 7 languages. Other notable roles include Oberon, Bottom, Pericles, Berowne, Laertes, Cromwell and the dual role of the Queen & Iachimo from Cymbaline, also for Quantum. He has worked with such notable directors as Robert Miller, Liviu Ciulei, Chris Barton, Penny Metropolis and Peter Husti.