Swamp Radio, Northeast Florida’s culture and arts variety live-radio experience, will take its annual summer road trip to St. Augustine to celebrate all things summer, St. Augustine and Shakespeare.
The live radio performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., to be recorded for broadcast in late summer on WJCT 89.9.
“So much of what we treasure about a visit to the Ancient City has to do with a richness of character, spectacle and poetry. These same qualities are what has made William Shakespeare the most striking dramatist in the English language,” says Ian Mairs, host and producer of Swamp Radio. “Swamp Radio is all about telling a story, so it made sense that we explore the ultimate storyteller of the past 400 years.”
The show will feature St. Augustine novelist Laura Lee Smith’s humorous instructions for the proper way to walk on the beach. Times -Union columnist Mark Woods will do a reading from his latest book, “Lassoing The Sun,” an account of his year-long trek in the national park system. Comic writer Kate Norton has rendered a profile of a fictional Ancient City trolley driver with her own bizarre tour narrative. The Retreads, Swamp Radio’s resident sketch comedy group, will be on hand to provide their own riffs on some of the Bard’s sonnets and audience favorites. Swamp Lady, will address the nagging questions of classic Shakespearean kings and queens. The Willowacks and Shea Birney will provide music for the event.
Tickets are $25.
For information, go to swampradiojax.com.