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The Shakespeare Lady (DVD)

by Styrocultural Antidote / Margaret Holloway

Instrumental video, written for Margaret Holloway, a homeless person with a BA, and MA from Bennington College. She also has an MA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. She was stricken with Schizophrenia and currently lives and performs on the street.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Shakespeare Lady Video
Ronnie Neuhauser's Styrocultural Antidote
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2. The Shakespeare Lady Band Video Version
Ronnie Neuhauser's Styrocultural Antidote
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3. Raw Footage #1
Margaret Holloway
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4. Raw Footage #2
Margaret Holloway
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Album Notes

This is a DVD of a composition I wrote for Margaret Holloway, a homeless women who achieved a BA and MA from Bennington College and an MA from the Yale University School of Drama.

She was stricken with a rare form of schizophrenia and has been homeless since. She performs her art on the streets of New Haven, CT. She is known by people in the community as "The Shakespeare Lady."

Fifty percent of the profits will go directly to Margaret and twenty five percent of the profits will go to a homeless organization which we are now in the process of searching out.

The DVD contains two versions of my composition "The Shakespeare Lady - song for Margaret." One with all footage of Margaret and the other with Margaret and band footage. There are also two raw street performances by Margaret of some classical drama pieces. Included on the DVD is a picture gallery.

To this date we (members of the community) have had a fund raiser for Margaret where all the proceeds went directly to her. We are looking to have another, which may include help for other locals. At this time Margaret is in jeopardy of being imprisoned for being a public nuisance. I personally find this to be absurd. I hope this piece touches your hearts and brings the realization that criminalizing and institutionalizing the mentally ill is not an answer to the problem.


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Friction Magazine

Margaret Holloway is the real deal, but I'm not sure about the band . . .
A 50-year-old homeless Yale Alum performing Shakespeare on the streets of a gritty New England city.
This is what movies are made of.
And in fact, a movie was made about Margaret Holloway, better known to the rest of the world as "The Shakespeare Lady."
That is why I opted to purchase this piece of history.
I know Margaret. I used to live across the street from the transient housing she slept in. When I woke up in the morning, stumbling out onto the busy downtown of New Haven, Connecticut, she would already be up and at the corner performing her routine. Her wild gestures, piercing eyes and booming voice followed me throughout my day. Then, while I was working the late shift at a local coffeeshop, it was Margaret who would come in and tell me drama filled stories about her life. She was out there rain, snow or sun. Even on holidays. Definitely more reliant than the postman.
And they don’t call her the “Shakespeare Lady” for nothing. She can recite almost any passage of the major plays and some of the less known acts. There is no other street performer that can pull off an accurate recitation of the Canterbury Tales followed by a series of Richard Pryor jokes. She is truly a performer. But Margaret Holloway is also a cultural icon of New Haven and an inspiration to those she meets.
Oh, the music? The band? I think they take back seat to the real star, Margaret. Though I give major props to the creators of this DVD, especially for donating part of the proceeds to Margaret instead of exploiting her, the music will probably only appeal to certain avant-garde, experimental types. The band sequences, with them swaying to and fro to the music, seem stiff and rehearsed.
And let’s face it. They ain’t no actors and they ain’t no Shakespeare Lady.
Still, if you want a piece of history, get this DVD. It even costs less than one of Margaret’s performances. Now that’s a deal!