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KQED World: Sun, Dec 3, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

A behind-the-scenes look at a summer of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks - from first read through to final performance. The documentary chronicles a summer season with a cast of 10 actors as they journey more than 6500 miles to perform Shakespeare in the rural towns of this vast region. As these young actors travel hundreds of miles every day to set up their stage, don their costumes and perform their roles, they learn about the discipline of a traveling company, the generosity of spirit needed to become part of a team, and the sheer magnitude of the terrain found across Montana.
The landscape itself is a primary force in the players' experience as they perform each night in a new location. The tour leads them into the lives of residents in these communities, some as small as 14 people. Many of the people encountered are loyal fans who have seen Shakespeare rendered every summer for 40 years.
At the heart of the story is a sense of transformation for the players and for the residents of Montana whose lives have been touched by this beloved company. The film reveals the mutual impact the traveling tour has on these young actors and the people who put in the effort to bring Shakespeare to town. This journey provides a glimpse of the relevance that classic Shakespearean theater still holds for the townspeople across the region.

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    • KQED will no longer broadcast the KQEH signal from Monument Peak Tower effective 1/17/2018

      KQED will be removing its over-the-air television signal from the Monument Peak Tower in the San Jose area on January 17, 2018 (Note: this maintenance was previously scheduled for December 15, 2017). KQED will now broadcast our full suite of channels (KQED 9, KQED Plus, KQED World and PBS Kids) on Channel 9 and 54 […]

    • KQED LIFE OFF AIR Friday, December 15

      KQED will no longer offer the KQED Life channel beginning Friday, December 15. Several of the most popular exercise, cooking and lifestyle programs exclusive to KQED Life will now be scheduled on KQED Plus and KQED 9, where they can be experienced by more viewers. View/Download Schedule

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