The Friday Holiday Funny: Into the (Shakespearean) Woods

This one is compliments of Mya Gosling of Peace, Good Tickle-Brain. Her eclectic collection of mostly Shakespeare-related comics plus a few other kinds of stick figure cartoons is great. Thank you LA-based actor Karen Zumsteg for sending it my way! (You’ll love it, especially if you are also a fan of Sondheim’s Into the Woods).

Into the (Shakespearean) Woods

What does “Good Tickle Brain” mean? Mya says, “It’s part of a quote from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 1, one of my favorite plays. I always thought it was a fantastically charming insult, and have thus appropriated it for my own nefarious purposes. Shakespeare won’t mind. He’s been appropriated before.”

Yes, he certainly has. For more of her fun cartoons and Parts 2,  3 & 4 of Into the (Shakespearean) Woods, visit

Shakespeare Uncovered Returns January 30, 2015 on PBS

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Christopher Plummer with Shakespeare expert Tanya Pollard
Photo credit: Mark Molesworth

Shakespeare Uncovered returns with its second season on PBS, beginning Friday, January 30 at 9:00 pm (check local listings) and continues the following two successive Fridays. Like the first series, the second installment 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.

The first season explored Macbeth, the comedies Twelfth Night and As You Like It, Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, Hamlet and The Tempest, and was met with wide acclaim in both the U.K. and U.S. The new season investigates A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew. 

Remember Pulp Shakespeare? It’s Back Beginning January 15!

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Who says there isn’t a Santa Claus? Combined Artform/Theatre Asylum have announced that they are bringing back Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction), adapted by Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer & Brian Watson-Jones directed by Ovation Award winning director Amanda McRaven. The show will open Thursday January 15, 2015 at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood, and run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm through March 8.

Ever wonder what Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece Pulp Fiction would be like reimagined by the immortal William Shakespeare? Pulp Shakespeare weaves the stories of a pair of murderers, their boss’ alluring wife, and a desperate knight, together in a style that only Tarantino (and Shakespeare) could conceive. Pistols are traded in for daggers, cars for horses, and the ‘Royale with Cheese” for “Hachis Parmentier.”

Reprising their roles from previous productions, Aaron Lyons (Vincenzio de la Vega), Dan White (Julius Winfield) and Christian Levatino (Butch “Butcher” Coolidge) are joined by a new ensemble of talented actors that includes Julia Aks, Drew Derek, Victoria Hogan, Matt Hudacs, Dylan Jones, Marcelo Olivas, Gary Poux, Ian Verdun. The production is stage managed by Emily Gibson and produced by Matthew Quinn and Aaron Lyons.  More

Rogue Machine Theatre’s Annual Calendar, “The Bard Laid Bare”


Here’s another creative fundraiser, this time from Rogue Machine Theatre. Check out their 2nd Annual Benefit Calendar THE BARD LAID BARE…Gone Rogue! (Click Here to view more photos)

The 2015 Nude Calendar features Rogue Machine Artists – in the buff – in battle and death scenes from Shakespeare’s plays including: Skylar Adams, Michael Antosy, Dana Lyn Baron, Andy Bean, Ava Bogle, Ron Bottitta, Ben Campbell, Emma Rose Carson, Rachel Clentworth, Daniel Coronel, Anna DiGiovanni, Brad Fleischer, John Flynn, Burt Grinstead, Santiago Guillen, Victoria Hoffman, Matt Jones, Christian Levatino, Joey Long, Jeff Lorch, Amanda Mauer, David Mauer, Ned Mochel, Justin Okin, Penny Orloff, Halei Parker, Will Rothhaar, Scott Sheldon, Yesenia Solis, Mark St. Amant, Tania Verafield, Tim Walker & Jules Wilcox.

All proceeds go toward new lighting & sound equipment. Calendars may also be purchased at the theater before & after performances. Bulk orders (five or more) get 20% off. To order your calendar, go to You’re welcome.

Bard Laid Bare

Bard Laid Bare

Dogs and Cats Steal Shakespeare Roles…Actors Furious!

From the creative folks at The Antaeus Company.
Now that’s a way to ask for donations.

Derek Magyar to Direct Immersive, Multi-media ROMEO & JULIET

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Tom Payne will star as Romeo and Ana Khamis as Juliet in Filament Theatre Company and Skinny Lee Productions’ Romeo & Juliet. The apocalyptic, immersive, multi-media & cinematic adaptation will be directed by Derek Magyar.

The most enduring love story of all time is set in a world that has mostly been destroyed and only two families remain; the Montagues and the Capulets. Can true love save civilization or is all mankind damned for eternity? Utilizing for the first time the Riverside Studios in Atwater Village, audiences will be transported to a world gone mad with a visually rich design that will immerse them in an environmental experience that no Romeo & Juliet has yet attempted…the end of days. Or are they?

This is a darker version than most,” says director Derek Magyar. “I am really testing the limits of intimacy, sex and love, bringing them to the forefront in an end of the world scenario.”   More

Audition Update: Native Voices Adaptation of Measure for Measure

Hello Everyone,

Shakespeare in LA is still on hiatus until December 15 but I wanted to let you know about an audition notice for Native Voices at the Autry’s upcoming production of Off the Rails, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by Randy Reinholz. Similar in structure but with re-imagined plot twists and a new setting in the American West, the play is Shakespeare meets Blazing Saddles. All auditions will take place at the Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 91914 unless otherwise noted.

Open Call: Friday & Saturday Dec. 12 &13, 2014 (Noon – 4:30 pm)

Callbacks: Sunday, Dec. 14 (location TBA) and Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the Autry (Noon – 4:30 pm)

Equity Auditions: Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 (9:00 – 5:00 pm)

Equity Callbacks (if needed): Sunday & Monday Jan. 4 & 5, 2015
(10:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Rehearsals: February 3-24 (Tuesday-Sunday);
Previews: February 25-26;
Run: February 27-March 15 (Thursday-Saturday 8pm; Saturday-Sunday 2pm)

Please prepare two contrasting monologues – 3 minutes (include Shakespeare for the roles of Angelo, Isabel, Momaday, Madame Overdone, General Gatt, McDonald, Alexie, Elbow, Sheriff). All characters will sing. Mariana and Caitlin must be legit singers. LEGIT SINGERS prepare 16 bars a cappella. Please bring 2 copies of your headshot and resume. BreakdownMore

Happy Holidays from Shakespeare in LA

Shakespeare in LA will be on holiday hiatus until December 15.
Here’s wishing you a safe and restful holiday season.

Want to be Part of The Global Hamlet?

Global Hamlet

The Global Hamlet Project will officially launch in April 2015 and you’ll be reading about it here on Shakespeare in LA in the coming months. What is The Global Hamlet? Born from the concept of collective intelligence, The Global Hamlet (defined “groundbreaking” by Shakespearean actor Ben Crystal and “wonderful” by Michael Dobson, director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon) will be the first people’s edition of a literary work ever made; it will be the whole world translating, annotating and illustrating Shakespeare’s Hamlet in many languages through the internet.

Project participants will be invited to help annotate Shakespeare’s Hamlet not only with text, but also with traditional images and videos of the play, and to illustrate its scenes through drawings and clips. Everyone can participate, under the supervision of expert Shakespearean editors, with the intent to create from the ground up the highest quality edition of Hamlet written by the people.

There will be many ways to become part of the project. The first is for participants to submit a recording of themselves saying “I am Hamlet.” Easy, right? Men, women, young and old, are all invited to participate in this video. More

City Shakespeare Company’s Family Un-Friendly Twelfth Night Opens Dec. 5

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Bullying, pot smoking, heavy drinking and sexual innuendo will color The City Shakespeare Company’s no-holds-barred approach to Twelfth Night. The family un-friendly production will open in downtown Santa Monica on Friday, December 5. Opening night will feature red carpet arrivals at 7:30 pm and wine followed by the performance at 8:00 pm.

Normally considered a family favorite, City Shakes is taking a raucous look at the famous text. “I feel like we’re tackling a tacky, zany play that is anything but family-friendly,” states Brooke Bishop, co-artistic director of the company and director of this production. “The tacky vice land of Illyria feels relevant, especially in a world that suppresses those things and tells everyone to be polite.”

The production features fight choreography by company member David Hartstone (who also plays Orsino in this production). “It’s super fun; we’re laughing our butts off in rehearsal,” says Colin Martin, the company technical director and actor playing Sir Toby Belch. “We’re really trying to cram as many laughs in as possible and honor the notion that this is the funniest of Shakespeare’s comedies.”

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December 5 – 20, 2014
Doors open at 7:30 pm
1454 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
There is plenty of metered street parking.
Tickets are $34.99 at
For more information, please visit

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