A statue of William Shakespeare is shown here in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, where the poet and playwright is buried.

Despite a postponement of the Vermont Shakespeare Festival to next year, performers of the festival are making themselves available for on-demand mini-performances to bring “joy and connection” during the pandemic.

The project, called Shakespeare To You, is an opportunity to send a two- to three-minute performance to family, neighbors or friends via front yard delivery, Zoom or telephone. While there is no charge for the performances, donations are welcome.

Front yard deliveries are contact-free and follow all medical and physical distancing precautions. Performers will honk a horn or call the recipient from the car to gain attention and then stand about 12 feet from the door to perform a monologue or sonnet from a short list of favorites. Zoom or telephone performances can be sent to any location in the U.S.

The monologues and sonnets available for performance include, but are not limited to:

  • Hamlet — Hamlet (To be or not to be…)
  • Jaques — As You Like It (All the world’s a stage…)
  • Juliet — Romeo & Juliet (O Romeo, Romeo, …)
  • Sonnet 29 (When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes…)
  • Helena — A Midsummer Night’s Dream (How happy some o’er other some can be!)

Visit to order a Shakespeare To You performance.

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