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By: Nicholette Niggemeyer

and Jordan Salzman


Table of Contents
1. Pitch Letter

2. News Release- Cymbeline

3. News Release- I Heart Juliet

4. News Release- A Midsummer Nights Dream

5. PSA- A Midsummer Nights Dream

6. PSA- Cymbeline

7. PSA- I Heart Juliet

8. Illinois Shakespeare Festival Backgrounder

9. Q Brothers Company Backgrounder

10. Newsletter

11. Poster for A Midsummer Nights Dream


Ave Rio
Vidette
Editor-in-Chief
ario@ilstu.edu
(309) 830-9984

Dear Ave,

My name is Jordan Salzman and I am a public relations student at Illinois State University. I am
addressing this letter to you in hopes that your publication will help to spread the message of the
upcoming Illinois Shakespeare Festival hosted by the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State
University. You and I are both engaged with the School of Communication and with the
university and wider community as a whole. We therefore share a vested interest in the
facilitation of positive communication and promotional efforts here on campus.

In 2017, College of Fine Arts will host the 40th annual Illinois Shakespeare Festival. The festival
is a symbol of artistic expression and theatrical culture that provides central Illinois with
accessibility to quality interpretations of historically acclaimed productions. By helping to spread
awareness of this event, you would be aiding in the preservation of this festival and the legacy of
the rich theatrical culture that is Shakespeare.

Thus far, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival management has provided information about the
upcoming event on the festival website and social media pages. Due to this years low
advertising budget, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival is seeking additional avenues to provide
promotional support.

With your help and the Videttes substantial readership, far more people can be made aware of
the Illinois Shakespeare Festival thus reaching additional audiences that may not have been
otherwise reached in previous years.

I will send you a press kit within the week supplying resources with added information. The
press kit will include a newsletter, backgrounders, and public service announcements for this
seasons productions.

Additionally, I will follow up with you closer to the festival, which will begin June 30 and end
Aug. 12. If you have any questions or require more information, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Jordan Salzman Illinois Shakespeare Festival


917 W. Market St. Illinois State University Campus Box 5700
Normal, Illinois 61761 Normal, Illinois 61790-5700
jsalzma@ilstu.edu shake@ilstu.edu
(815) 520-6351 (309) 438-8974
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:
Business Manager Courtney Grose
Email: cagrose@ilstu.edu
Phone: 309-438-8974

Illinois Shakespeare Festival Presents Cymbeline

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is excited to announce William Shakespeares


fantastical play Cymbeline will be presented this summer at the 40th Annual ISF Celebration.
The classical play has been classified as a romance and sometimes even a comedy, however, one
thing is certain. This play is one an audiences do not want to miss out on. Cymbeline includes
a brilliant princess, an evil queen, a misguided king, and a thoroughly rotten clown that creates
a diverse character scheme that makes this play a one of a kind. If that is not enough, the ISF will
be using Colemans adaptation of Cymbeline. What does that mean? It means that this play
will be made even more amazing and theatrical by using six characters to play every part.

Business Manager Courtney Grose said, By using Colemans six character adaptation
for the play Cymbeline, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival hope to bring a different take on the
classic play to the local community.

Cymbeline is only one of the three plays that the ISF will be presenting this summer.
The other two plays include A Midsummer Nights Dream and a modern hip-hop take on
Romeo and Juliet called I Heart Juliet. Shows will begin in late June and run throughout the
summer months of July and August. For more information about times and ticket prices visit our
website or contact the box office at 309-438-8974.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival has been around since 1978 and has been bringing
accessible and affordable Shakespeare productions to the Bloomington-Normal community ever
since. What began as a production on the tennis courts at Ewing Manor, has now turned into an
internationally recognized company. Now in 2016, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival hosts over
36 performances each summer season. The ISF only hopes to continue to support and bring
attention to the arts in the future.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:
Business Manager Courtney Grose
Email: cagrose@ilstu.edu
Phone: 309-438-8974

Q Brothers Present I Heart Juliet

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is excited to announce the return of the Q Brothers
Collective as they bring their new Shakespeare adaptation, I Heart Juliet, to the ISF stage. The
ten actors will be performing in the 40th Annual Illinois Shakespeare Festival and bringing a new
modern hip-hop take on Shakespeares classic romantic play Romeo and Juliet. After wowing
Central Illinois audiences in 2015 with their adaptation of a different Shakespearian play,
audiences in the local community are excited for their return visit to the area.

Illinois Shakespeare Festivals Business Manager Courtney Grose said, What is great
about I Heart Juliet, that sets it apart from the other two plays, is that the Q Brothers do an
amazing job at making this play more relatable.

The ISF will be presenting three plays this summer, which will include I Heart Juliet,
A Midsummer Nights Dream and Cymbeline. Performances will begin June 30 and run
throughout the summer months in Illinois State Universitys indoor Westhoff Theater. For more
information about dates, times and ticket pricing, please contact the box office at 309-438-8974.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival has been around since 1978 and has been bringing
accessible and affordable Shakespeare productions to the Bloomington-Normal community ever
since. What began as a production on the tennis courts at Ewing Manor, has now turned into an
internationally recognized company. Now in 2016, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival hosts over
36 performances each summer season. The ISF hopes to be able to continue the 40 years of
tradition and to be able to keep bringing the arts to the Central Illinois area.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:
Business Manager Courtney Grose
Email: cagrose@ilstu.edu
Phone: 309-438-8974

Illinois Shakespeare Festival Presents a Midsummer Nights Dream

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is excited to announce William Shakespeares brilliant


and humorous play, A Midsummer Nights Dream, will be a part of the ISFs 40 th summer
season celebration. The comedy A Midsummer Nights Dream, tells the story of the marriage
between Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta. The play has been noted to be one of
Shakespeares best works. The story combines dialogue of humor and romance between both
mortal and mythical creatures that creates for a one of a kind story for all types of audiences to
enjoy.

Illinois Shakespeare Festivals Business Manager Courtney Grose said, It is truly a one
of a kind story that sparks interest in a wide range of audiences. It is easy to fall in love with this
play.

A Midsummer Nights Dream is only one of the three plays ISF will be presenting this
summer. The other two plays also include Cymbeline and I Heart Juliet, a modern hip-hop
take on Romeo and Juliet. Shows will begin in late June and run throughout the summer
months of July and August. For more information about times and ticket prices visit our website
or contact the box office at 309-438-8974.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival has been around since 1978 and has been bringing
accessible and affordable Shakespeare productions to the Bloomington-Normal community ever
since. What began as a production on the tennis courts at Ewing Manor, has now turned into an
internationally recognized company. Now in 2016, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival hosts over
36 performances each summer season. The ISF only hopes to continue to support and bring
attention to the arts in the future.
Use: December 15- June 30
Time: 30 seconds
Organization: Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Title: A Midsummer Nights Dream

A Midsummer Nights Dream

THE ILLINOIS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THIS YEARS

PERFORMANCE OF A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM. SET IN MYTHICAL ATHENS,

THE COMEDY PORTRAYS ADVENTURES OF FOUR YOUNG LOVERS. THIS PLAY IS

ONE OF SHAKESPEARES MOST POPULAR WORKS. THE FESTIVAL BEGINS JUNE 30

AND PERFORMANCES TAKE PLACE AT EWING THEATER IN BLOOMINGTON

ILLINOIS. THIS SEASON MARKS THE FORTY YEAR ANNIVERSERY OF THE

ILLINOIS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. YOU DONT WANT TO MISS OUT. SAVE THE

DATE AND STAY TUNED. TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN TIME FOR THE

HOLIDAYS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VIST THE ILLINOIS SHAKESPEARE

FESTIVAL OFFICIAL WEBSITE.


Use: December 15- June 30
Time: 30 seconds
Organization: Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Title: Cymbeline

Cymbeline

THE ILLINOIS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THIS YEARS

PERFORANCE OF CYMBELINE. SET IN ANCIET BRITIAN, KING CYMBELINE

LEARNS LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDS. THIS TALE OF FORBIDDEN LOVE IS A

CLASSIC. THE FESTIVAL BEGINS JUNE 30 AND PERFORMANCES TAKE PLACE AT

EWING THEATER IN BLOOMINGTON ILLINOIS. THIS SEASON MARKS THE FORTY

YEAR ANNIVERSERY OF THE ILLINOIS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. YOU DONT

WANT TO MISS OUT. SAVE THE DATE AND STAY TUNED. TICKETS WILL GO ON

SALE IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VIST THE

ILLINOIS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL OFFICIAL WEBSITE.


Use: December 15- June 30
Time: 30 seconds
Organization: Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Title: I Heart Juliet

I Heart Juliet

I HEART JULIET, IS A HIP HOP INSPIRED, MODERN TELLING OF ROMEO AND

JULIET. WRITTEN AND FIRST PERFORMED BY THE Q BROTHERS THEATER

COMPANY, I HEART JULIET PROVIDES AN ORIGINAL AND FRESH LOOK AT

SHAKESPEARES CLASSIC. THE PERFORMANCE IS HOSTED BY THE ILLINOIS

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL AND TAKES PLACE AT EWING THEATER IN

BLOOMINGTON ILLINOIS. THE FESTIVAL BEGINS JUNE 30. THIS SEASON MARKS

THE FORTY YEAR ANNIVERSERY OF THE ILLINOIS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. YOU

DONT WANT TO MISS OUT. SAVE THE DATE AND STAY TUNED. TICKETS WILL

GO ON SALE IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.


Illinois Shakespeare Festival Backgrounder

History

Since 1978, the ISF has put on hundreds of productions throughout the years. What began
as small productions on the tennis courts of Ewing Manor has now transformed into a nationally
recognized theater production. If it was not for the help and connections through Illinois State
University, the production company otherwise known as Shakespeare in the Cornfields, may
have never existed. The ISF not only hopes to continue teaching the rich history of Shakespeare
but also wishes to keep engaging younger generations in that history.

Our Mission

The mission of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival is to produce energetic new


interpretations of theatrical works, engaging audience and artist in an impassioned exploration of
the human condition, with the artistry and humanity of the Shakespearean canon as our constant
touchstone.

Who We Are

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival strives to provide quality and accessible productions
to local communities around the Central Illinois area. For the last 40 years, ISF has worked very
hard to bring energetic performances to life every summer for their audiences. During the
summer season ISF prepares three Shakespeare plays that are performed in Bloomington-
Normal. This year the plays will be A Midsummer Nights Dream, Cymbeline and a modern
hip-hop take on the classic story Romeo and Juliet called I Heart Juliet, performed by the Q
Brothers Collective. These plays are performed in June, July and August. For more information
on specific dates, times and ticket prices visit our website or call 309-438-2535.
The Q Brothers Backgrounder

The Q Brother Origins


Our story began nearly 20 years ago. The Q Brothers company was founded by GQ in
1998. GQ wanted to incorporate his passions for hip hop and theater into an independent project.
The original collaborations between brothers GQ, JQ, and TQ found great success on Broadway
in New York City. The Q Brothers company has since had productions around the United States
and around the world.

Members
GQ-Founder, Creative Director
Co-creator, co-director, and star of Q Brothers original productions Q Gents (ISF), Q
Brothers Christmas Carol (CST), and Orthello: The Remix (The Globe Theartre/ CST), and
Funk It Up About Nothin (CST). G has guest starred in many TV and film projects including
Chicago PD, Drumline, I Think I Love My Wife, and many more. He is a member of the
Chicago-based comedic hip hop group, The Retar Crew. Hailing from Chicago, G received his
BFA from the Experimental Theatre Wing of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. @gqtheman

JQ-Creative Director, Musical Director


Co-creator, co-director, and star of Q Brothers original productions Q Gents (ISF), Q
Brothers Christmas Carol" (CST), and Orthello: The Remix (The Globe Theartre/ CST), and
Funk It Up About Nothin (CST). J produced solo hip hop album Foul Mouth Poet under
artist name J.A.Q. He also currently hosts (with brother TQ) Smallflower TV, a video blog about
old-school shaving and natural products. @foulmouthpoet

Postell Pringle-Creative Associate, Director of Choreography


Jackson Doran-Creative Associate, Director of Education
Greta Hanold-Producing Company Manager
Clayton Stamper-Company Member

Original Plays

I Heart Juliet
by GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle with Music by JQ

Created in 2012, this is a work-in-progress add-RAP-tation of Shakespeares classic Romeo


and Juliet.
Q Gents
by GQ and JQ with music by JQ

The Q Brothers rendition of Two Gentlemen of Verona. The brothers play high school football
stars who learn a thing or two about love, loyalty, and learning.

Now Touring.

Orthello: The Remix


by GQ and JQ with music by JQ

The Q Brothers add-RAP-tation of Shakespeares classic Orthello has received critical


acclaim across the globe. A triumph from beginning to end.

Now in performances off Broadway at the Westside Theartre in NYC.


#OREMIX OrthelloTheRemix.com
The Society
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Q Brothers
Collective
Cater to All
Do you or someone you know have an interest in the
theater but have a hard time understanding or lack interest in the
classic plays like Romeo and Juliet? That is understandable. Many
Shakespeare plays have an amazing plot but the wording and the
original take on the play may cause some audience members to
lose interest. Well, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival wants to be able
to cater to every type of audience member. That is why the ISF is
excited to announce the return of the Q Brothers Collective to the
ISF stage.
The Q Brothers Collective performed in Blooming-
ton-Normal in 2015. They performed Q Gents, a funny hip-hop
adaptation of the classic Shakespearian play, Two Gentleman of
Verona. The adaptation was a hit and this year will also not disappoint. This year during the 40th Annual Festival the Q Brothers Col-
lective will be performing I Heart Juliet. This play is a modern, hip-hop take on the classical and popular play Romeo and Juliet.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival Business Manager Courtney Grose said, We are really excited about this play because the Q
Brothers Collectives adaptation will be able to interest younger generations and as well as interest those who love classic plays.
I Heart Juliet is only one of the three plays that the ISF will be presenting this summer. The other two plays include A
Midsummer Nights Dream and Cymbeline. Shows will begin in late June and run throughout the summer months of July and
August. For more information about times and ticket prices visit our website or contact the box office at 309-438-8974.

Humble Beginnings of the Festival


Shakespeare is believed to have written his first play in 1590. Now over 400 years later the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (ISF)
has a mission to keep his legacy alive by providing energetic new interpretations of theatrical works.
Beginning in 1978, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival has grown substantially. The first performances called Shakespeare in
the Cornfields were held on the tennis courts of Ewing Castle. Today as an internationally recognized company ISF puts on 36 per-
formances annually in a state-of-the art, Elizabethan-style theatre. Needless to say, the company has come a long way from its humble
beginnings.
The opening of the festival in 1978 was due to the dedication, vision, and collaboration of many individuals. In the early
1970s, Theartre Chairperson Cal Pritner visited Ewing Castle and developed the idea for the first Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Pritner
then set out to promote his idea to various figures in the community. Don LaCasse a faculty member of Illinois State University fell in
love with the idea of the festival and began spreading the word. LaCasse went on to become the General Manager, tasked with organiz-
ing the logistics and management of the festival. Soon, the Dean of the College of Fine Arts became interested. This opened the door
and lead to a proposal by Pritner to Tom Jacob, former President of Illinois State University Foundation, to aid in financial support of
the developing Shakespeare festival.
The primary goal of the festival in the beginning was to provide central Illinois with access to qual-
ity interpretations of classic works. By setting the plays in the present time as opposed to the past, audiences
were provided with a contemporary view of Shakespeare. This contemporary interpretation along with dedi-
cated actors and cutting-edge sets are the leading factors to the success and popularity of the Illinois Shake-
speare Festival.
Your long-term support has proven that Shakespeare in the Cornfields was not only possible but
could make an indelible mark on our community. We look forward to serving you for another 40 years!
The
course of
true love...

Never did
run smooth.