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Light Bulb Events by Play Bridge At Sea

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Sunday, March 21, 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern, Online

Join us for a discussion with Shakespeare scholar and actor Armin Shimerman about his new novel Illyria, Betrayal of Angels. Set during the reign of Elizabeth I, Illyria is a romantic political mystery combining the historical persons of John Dee and William Shakespeare, with the fictional characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Armin Shimerman, best known for his roles as Quark on Star Trek Deep Space 9 and Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is also an accomplished author, Bard scholar, and Professor of Shakespeare at the University of Southern California.

This event is presented by Play Bridge at Sea and Christopher Rivera, and hosted by actor and Shakespeare scholar Ben Atkinson. It is completely free, but space is limited, so first come first served. Armin and Ben will take questions from the audience.


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Armin Shimerman- He is a highly regarded instructor of Shakespeare and a BFA professor for Shakespeare at University of Southern Calif. (USC).  He has taught at Theatricum for over thirty years. As an actor, he is best known to television audiences as Quark, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  He has appeared on Broadway: Joe Papp’s Three Penny Opera, Circle-in-the-Square’s St. Joan, Richard Rodgers’ I Remember Mama, and George Abbott’s Broadway.  Selected Regional Theatre –Utah Shakespeare FestIval: (last year) as Polonius, the Porter, and Gregory Simon, San Diego Repertory Theater: as Lear’s Fool, Marius in Fugard’s Road to Mecca, and was honored for his blind Irishman in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer (San Diego Critics Circle Award for best actor); San Diego Old Globe:  Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Merry Wives of Windsor; American Shakespeare Festival: Henry V; Indiana Repertory Theatre: Hoagy, Bix, Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhouse; Guthrie Theatre: Three Penny Opera, Camille, Wild Oats and Fool in King Lear.  Selected Los Angeles Theatre: Discord and Hughie (with Brian Dennehy) at the Geffen Theatre, Birthday Party at the Matrix Theater (LA Drama Critics Circle Nom. Lead Performance); the Madwoman of Chaillot at A Noise Within Theatre; Richard II at the Mark Taper Forum.  At Antaeus Theatre, he teaches Shakespeare, co-directed the Crucible, and recently Measure for Measure. TV: - 80 different Guest Star roles, including Antaeus the Nox on Stargate, Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Judge Hooper on Boston Legal, and more recently on CSI, Castle, and Timeless. Two years ago, he was nominated for a daytime Emmy for his performance in the web-series, Red Bird. In addition, he is a novelist with Simon & Schuster with his trilogy The Merchant Prince.  His period mystery, Prospero’s Intelligence, will be published this fall by Jumpmaster Press. As a voice-over artist, his work with the ensembles for Maltese Falcon and Zorro was nominated for Grammys. In the field of games, he has done over two dozen, but has gotten kudos for his voicing of Dr. Nefarious in the Ratchet and Clank franchise as well as Andrew Ryan in the Bioshock  series. He has been happily married to Kitty Swink for over 35 years – unquestionably his greatest achievement.

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