The Sonnet Project

When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment…

April is Shakespeare’s birthday month (not to mention National Poetry Month), and Riverside will celebrate by highlighting literary masterpieces rarely explored on stage: the Bard’s 154-poem sonnet cycle. Events will include a marathon public reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets downtown, generative writing workshops in partnership with Prompt Press and Iowa City Poetry, a movie screening with FilmScene, sonnet contests, and daily videos of sonnets in translation.

The Sonnet Project will expand, reimagine, and challenge the traditional sonnet poetry form through a multi-faceted, multilingual series of events in April 2021, engaging different segments of the Iowa City community by blending educational opportunities, performance (both live and virtual), and community outreach events in a relevant, accessible, and immediate way.

Schedule of Events

• April 5: The Sonnet Project launches with the first of twenty virtual performances of Shakespeare sonnets performed by actors and poets, in a variety of languages, delivered through Facebook and internet platforms

• April 11: Free Youth Generative Sonnet Writing Workshop led by Lisa Roberts of Iowa City Poetry and Jenny Colville of Prompt Press at 5:30 pm. Register Here!

• April 16: Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera opens and is streamable for two weeks.

• April 18: Free Adult Generative Sonnet Writing Workshop led by Dora Malech and Iowa City Poetry at 5:30 pm. Register Here!

• April 23: Free Marathon Public Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (all 154 of them!) outside on the Ped Mall, also live-streamed through social media, on the Bard’s Birthday!

• April 27: Free Outdoor Screening of 10 Things I Hate About You, based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, at Big Grove Brewery in partnership with FilmScene

• April 30: Youth Original Sonnet Contest Winners Selected and Notified

Riverside Theatre’s Sonnet Project is sponsored by: