These live, local performances are part of a $15,000 outreach grant that KCOS has received from WNET and the National Endowment for the Humanities to encourage audience development and engagement for the PBS series, Shakespeare Uncovered.

In addition to these local performances with Shakespeare on the Rocks, KCOS is working with three local Shakespeare scholars, Dr. David Ruiter ,UTEP; Dr. Ruben Espinosa, UTEP; and Grace Haddox, EPCC, to create a series of short videos educating audiences on Shakespeare’s relevance and treatment of modern themes such as immigration, sexuality, power, culture clash, religion, and more. These short videos will air in between KCOS programming throughout January and February and also be available online here.

Shakespeare Uncovered continues with a second season on PBS, beginning Friday, January 30 at 8 p.m. on KCOS and continuing the following two successive Fridays. Like the first series, the second instalment of Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts – Hugh Bonneville, Kim Cattrall, Joseph Fiennes, Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, and Christopher Plummer – to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Learn more about the television series at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/shakespeare-uncovered/