Shakespeare & Company Announces Fall Los Angeles Weekend Intensive

Shakespeare & Company’s Dennis Krausnick will be back in LA for an S&C Weekend Intensive October 24-26. The Weekend Intensive is a chance for actors to experience and be introduced to Shakespeare & Company’s training in a twenty-hour program designed to fit into a busy schedule. Friday evening provides an introduction to their methods and aesthetic, and a discussion of the course the weekend will take. Saturday and Sunday morning you’ll integrate Linklater voice work, movement exercises, and an exploration of actors’ personal connection to Shakespeare’s text. Sunday afternoon is given over to a wrap-up detailing the next steps actors can take in their involvement with Shakespeare & Company.

The workshop is also a great way for alumni to reconnect with the work. Actors can often get in over their heads with day-to-day business, and a weekend devoted to text, movement, and breath can be rejuvenating and energizing.  More

Come See Jeff McLane in Wit of Will at the SCTE Conference

Wit of Will

Teachers: Are you looking for an educational show that makes Shakespeare accessible to your students? Wit of Will has announced that it will be previewing its latest show – a thrilling, spilling and laugh riot version of Hamlet – to teachers and educators in the Los Angeles area at the 2014 Southland Council of Teachers of English fall conference. Wit of Will is an educational one-man touring production that is a terrific resource for educators and departments looking to introduce their students to the world of William Shakespeare. The main show runs approximately 20 minutes, and presents Shakespeare in a hilarious, fun, and enjoyable way, making it accessible to everyone, even grade school students.  More

The Old Globe Celebrates its 80th Year in 2015 with Shakespeare Onstage and in Film

Rebecca TaichmanThe Old Globe will celebrate its 80th Anniversary as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration with a 2015 Summer Season featuring Shakespeare onstage and in film.

2014 Tony Award winner for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival artistic director Darko Tresnjak returns to direct the musical classic Kiss Me, Kate, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Sam and Bella Spewack, and choreography by Peggy Hickey, in association with Hartford Stage.

Director Rebecca Taichman (pictured), whose time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct Shakespeare’s delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Six-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis, who has three shows on Broadway this season, will make his Old Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare’s hilarious The Comedy of ErrorsMore

Santa Monica Filmmaker Goes International with OTHELLO Adaptation

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Congratulations to City Shakespeare Company co-founder Allison Volk whose short film adaptation of Othello, which she produced with Loyola Marymount University professor and director, Mikael Kruzriegler has been accepted into the Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Othello will premiere in England on November 6, 2014. The festival is sponsored by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, dedicated to preserving Shakespeare’s home town.

“It feels like a good omen that this news came right at this time,” says Volk. “As artists, we’re always asking ourselves if what we’re doing is hitting the mark. This is like a little gift of validation, and that always feels nice.”

Volk is currently in Niwot, Colorado filming her first feature length film, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth which features a script co-written by her City Shakes co-artistic director Brooke Bishop that takes place on one night in the Macbeth household; the night the king is murdered.

For more information about the second annual Shakespeare Film Festival, visit http://filmingshakespeare.com/

Mine is Yours Theatre Company Announces Gender-Reversed R&J

Mine is Yours R&J
Mine is Yours has announced that its upcoming production of R&J, based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, will be a gender-reversed production, edited by Hannah Pell and directed by Abby Craden.

The Montague family is liberal and sexually free, particularly the wild and Bohemian daughter Romea. The Capulets are a traditional, religious family (led by a hot-headed woman and her reticent and timid husband), the most chaste and devout of whom is young Julian. Their feud is deep-seated, and the violence simmering in the streets of Verona can no longer be ignored. And that’s all before the play even begins.

The cast will include Alan Blumenfeld as Nurse, Hayley Brown as Paris, Charles M. Howell IV as Capulet’s Husband, Katherine James as Capulet, Cynthia Kania as Sister Laurence, Wendy Pigott as Montague and Apothecary, Hannah Pell as Benvolia, Taylor Jackson Ross as Mercutia, Mary Ellen Schneider as Romea, Caitlin Stegemoller as Princess, Paul Turbiak as Julian, and Sarah Watson as Tybalt.  More

Classical Theatre Lab Presents FREE Staged Reading of Julius Caesar

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Up next at Classical Theatre Lab – a FREE staged reading of Julius Caesar

Sunday, September 28 at 2:00 pm

The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

For reservations, call (323) 960-5691 or email classicaltheatrelab@gmail.com.

Review: Fantasy Meets Reality in A Noise Within’s THE TEMPEST

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Deborah Strang as Prospero. Photos by Craig Schwartz

The dueling forces of light and dark are constantly at play in the fantasy-meets-reality world of A Noise Within’s The Tempest, the first production of its 2014-15 season. Deborah Strang takes on the role of Prospero in a gender-switch that now finds mother and daughter (rather than father and daughter) stranded on an island some twelve years after Prospero’s brother Antonio (Time Winters) has usurped her power in Milan and set them both adrift in a boat to die at sea. Unfortunately for Antonio, they didn’t die, and now the time has come for Prospero to restore her daughter to her rightful place, forgive the injustices done to them, and complete a circle of life.

As with every ANW production, the stagecraft and theatrical effects are striking and never fail to impress. Lightness comes in the form of whimsical touches: a storybook cutout set design with giant construction paper-like trees, fanciful white dresses and enormous hats for the ladies, a ping pong match between the lovers, and songs delicately sung by chanteuse Eliza Kiss.  More

A Martinez and Jack Stehlin to Star in OTHELLO, Directed by John Perrin Flynn

Othello New American at the Odyssey
Three of L.A.’s most venerable artistic directors come together when Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Ron Sossi, artistic director) and The New American Theatre (Jack Stehlin, artistic director) present a bold new production of Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Rogue Machine artistic director John Perrin Flynn. The modern dress production, starring Stehlin as Iago opposite A Martinez in the title role, opens October 17  at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A.

Tragic events are set in motion when Othello, commander of the Venetian army, makes the handsome and charismatic Cassio his lieutenant, bypassing his ensign Iago for promotion. Consumed by envy, his resentment fueled by his knowledge that Cassio has never seen battle, Iago plots his revenge. In this riveting psychological drama, we see how social order, racial politics and the stress of a soldier’s life combine to push Iago over the edge, as he coldly calculates the destruction of Othello and Othello’s young wife Desdemona.  More

Encuentro 2014 National Theatre Festival to include CASA 0101’s Julius Caesar

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CASA 0101 Theater will present Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar October 17 – November 16 as part of the Encuentro 2014 National Theatre Festival. Directed by Robert Beltran (Star Trek: Voyager) and presented in English, Julius Caesar explores the human motivations behind the betrayal, assassination, and the aftermath of Caesar’s death that precipitated the end of the Roman Republic and the birth of the Roman Empire.

The cast includes Lauren Ballesteros, Uvaldo Baltazar, Emmanuel Deleage, Joshua Duron, Fidel Gomez, Rachel Gonzalez, Jasmin Iraheta, Karlo Ishibashi, Ted Lange, Linda Lopez, Carmelita Maldonado, Daniel Mora, Ray Rios, Moises Rodriguez, Miguel Roura, Vance Valencia and Katie Ventura.

Julius Caesar will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 5:00 pm (no show on Sunday Nov. 9) at CASA 0101, 2009 East First St, Los Angeles, CA 90033. For tickets and more information visit www.casa0101.org.

For more information about the Encuentro 2014 National Theatre Festival and all of the productions on the schedule visit www.thelatc.org.

A Note From the LA Drama Club

Hello Everyone! We are very close in the LA2050 Grant competition and if we win the popular vote, Los Angeles Drama Club, the country’s youngest Shakespeare Troupe will get its own theater in Los Angeles. We are up against giants in the non-profit world however we are 8th out of 59 and the only performing arts non-profit in the entire contest! Can you help us reach our goal? If so, please Click Here to vote. Thank you!

Also our FREE Shakespeare class for children ages 7-10 begins Saturday, September 13 and continues for 12 weeks, 3:00 – 4:00 pm at the Baldwin Hills Library. For more information visit www.losangelesdramaclub.com.

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