- Written by Molly Lane
The floor creaked under the weight of each member as they stretched and prepared for the 4:00 p.m. reading of Shakespeare at the Empress Theatre. The middle of the room is lit with Christmas lights that are hung in such a way that they resemble a spider with many legs. About six tables with mismatched chairs create an arch around the big empty room. Each table also had mismatched table cloths which closely resembled loud drapes. The only thing that matched were the dim banker lamps with green shades. The room could easily hold 200+ people, yet only six people in Fairbanks made the time to read Henry VI part II.
- Written by Jeff Bushke
I drove East on Airport Way, at 3:40 AM on Tuesday. There was no traffic and the stop lights all gave me a “green”, until I reached Cushman Ave. Just a few more blocks and then I would arrive at the Empress Theater just before the top of the hour.
I was about to embark on a journey that took me back 45 years. The objective was to read “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare.