Media Release
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Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533

BERKELEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL-- MEMORIES OF THE EARLY YEARS
Bay Area sculptor and theatrical production manager pays homage to the "unsung heroes" of theater

Berkeley, California (Thursday, December 08, 2011) - This holiday season, Addison Street Windows Gallery presents an unusual tribute to the behind-the-scenes personalities of the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. Bay Area sculptor and theatrical production manager, Michael Cook, pays homage to the "unsung heroes," who have made several seasons of grandiose stage productions possible, with his series of iconic sculpted busts.

The busts will be displayed at the Addison Street Windows Gallery from December 19 to January 30, 2012. The Windows Gallery is 2018 Addison Street, between Shattuck Ave and Milvia Street in Berkeley.

The plays of William Shakespeare are famous for complicated plots, elaborate settings, scenery and costuming, and large casts of actors. But behind the scenes are directors, set designers, stage managers, sound and lighting technicians, costume designers, graphic artists, stage hands and many more who have poured their blood, sweat and tears to ensure every detail of artistic quality is complete.

Michael Cook, who himself has devoted his entire professional life to working every aspect of theatrical productions for innumerable local theater venues, honors some of the vast cast of players involved in the complex stage productions of the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. Forty busts of these master theatrical craft-workers are on display on modest podiums for public celebration.

Exhibits in the Addison Street Windows Gallery, located on Addison Street between Milvia Street and Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley's downtown Arts District, can be viewed 24 hours a day from the sidewalk, and are free and wheelchair accessible.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley, in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission.

For more information, contact:

Michael Cook/ artistmrcook@stmarys-ca.edu

Greg Morozumi/ curator gmorozumi@yahoo.com

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