with readings, explorations and productions of Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, Pericles, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear and the 2018 Tour: The Taming of the Shrew
The more pity that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly. -Touchstone, As You Like It
My horse, my horse, my kingdom for a horse!
Richard III lived a sort of nightmare and caused nightmares for all who dared cross him. His rise to power was predicated on one death after another...most of which Shakespeare points to Richard orchestrating. Whether you find sympathy in the hand life dealt him, admiration in his steadfast climb or sheer horror in his actions, this history is far from a lesson filled with dates and is much more a lesson in how not to be a king.
Perhaps the most iconic Shakespeare play the brooding Dane meets his audience in the midst of the greatest nightmare one can imagine: his mother remarried to his uncle and a ghost of his father seeking revenge. Audience struggles with Hamlet throughout the play as he wrestles with how to act and react to the events, contemplating how to be a good son to both father and mother and how to wrestle with all the demons that he cannot escape.
The Taming of the Shrew
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
What is more of a daydream than A Midsummer Night's Dream. Fairy folk mingling with runaway lovers, royal fighting and men turning into donkeys seem to be the rule rather than the acceptions.
The Scottish general Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will be King. His ambitious wife spurs him to action and into a world racked with nightmares. Macbeth murders King Duncan, accuses the King's sons of the action and then takes the throne for himself. The guilt and paranoia that follow are met by his wife with anger, then guilt, then madness.
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season 8-for the PEOPLE by the PEOPLE
a note from the Artistic Director