Brookdale faculty, students and community members performed death scenes from some of playwright William Shakespeare’s most famous works on the Bard’s 455th birthday, Thursday, April 25. The tradition of honoring Shakespeare by reading from his works at Brookdale dates back to 2011. Jim Cody and Jack Ryan in the English Department coordinated the 8th annual event.

The tradition extends beyond Brookdale. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, held its celebration featuring dance and performances. Competition and readings also took place at Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon, throughout the weekend.



Photo 1: Brookdale students and community members read from Shakespeare’s plays as part of the birthday celebration.

Photo 2: Professor Jim Cody