Review: The Porters Present a Prohibition Era OTHELLO

Othello - The Porters

Matt Calloway and Charles Pasternak. Photos by Zachary Andrews

Why does Iago hate the Moor? That has always been the great question in Othello and one for which Shakespeare provides no definitive answer. Yes, he feels slighted when Othello promotes Cassio over him but is that enough reason to plot the general’s demise? Is it because he believes that Othello has slept with his wife, or because of the color of his skin? Or are Iago’s actions fueled by something deeper like self-loathing?

Shakespeare purposely doesn’t answer the question because he is more interested in prompting the audience to draw its own conclusions. The ambiguity is essential to the play although productions will at times highlight one line of reasoning over another in an attempt to give Iago clearer motivation. But that decision robs the play of its mystery and limits the unsettling horror of what happens on stage.  More

Photo Flash: Off The Rails, Shakespeare Wild West Style

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L-R: Román Zaragoza (Alexie), Ted Barton (General Gatt), Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Momaday), Duane Minard (Grandfather), Robert Vestal (Pryor) and the cast of Native Voices at the Autry’s Off The Rails. All photos by Craig Schwartz © 2015

Off the Rails

Elizabeth Frances (Isabel) and Michael Matthys (Angelo)

Off the Rails

Ted Barton (B’stard) and Robert Vestal (Pryor)

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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare National Exhibition Comes to California

First Folio

Have you ever seen an original copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio? Well, soon you can when it visits Southern California. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Here in California, The Old Globe and its partner, the San Diego Public Library, have been chosen to host First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio. It is one of the most valuable printed books in the world; a First Folio sold for $6.2 million in 2001 at Christie’s and another one for $5.2 million in 2006 in London. It originally sold for one British pound (20 shillings)—about $200 today.  More

See Colm Feore as King Lear in Cinemas Tonight Only

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Tonight, for one night only, you have the opportunity to see Colm Feore in The Stratford Festival’s production of King Lear which will play in quite a few cinemas around the state.  Click Here for a complete list. The 2 hours, 50 minute film (approximate) includes one intermission.

Captured live at the legendary Stratford Festival in Canada, King Lear is the story of a kingdom divided, a family destroyed, the faithful banished and the hateful left to wreak inhuman havoc in the realm. Four hundred years after it was written, King Lear resonates as never before. This powerful and unforgettable production of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy stars the incomparable Colm Feore in the role of a lifetime, directed by Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino.

Casting Announced for Off the Rails, a Wild West Measure For Measure

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Continuing its role as the only Equity theatre company dedicated to developing new work by Native American artists, Native Voices at the Autry presents Off the Rails by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw*). A bawdy and irreverent adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure set in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, the production is presented as part of Native Voices at the Autry’s 2014–2015 season, themed “Legacy and Loss: Stories From the Indian Boarding School.”

“In Off the Rails I’ve relocated Shakespeare’s conflicts to the American frontier. We see love, righteousness, faith, and mercy compete for provenance in the foundation of a country. Adapting Shakespeare for a Native theatre company provides the structure and historical distance needed to explore why so much of the Native American story is missing from U.S. history,” said Reinholz, Native Voices Producing Artistic Director. More

Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Season of Spectacle

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Long Beach Shakespeare Company kicks off its Season of Spectacle with two of Shakespeare’s most famous lovers in Antony and Cleopatra beginning February 27. Mark Antony struggles with his passion for the world’s most desirable woman, his political power, and his honor as Cleopatra battles to keep her lover and Egypt. Featuring beautiful costumes, live music, exotic dancing, and pirates. February 27 – March 21, 2015 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm) at the Richard Goad Theatre. Tickets: (562) 997-1494 or www.lbshakespeare.org.

LBSC will also present a number of additional events to celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday month including the return of their Speaker Series. Whether you are new to Shakespeare or a long-time fan, the goal of this series is to bring you closer to Shakespeare and his work.  More

See The Royal Ballet’s THE WINTER’S TALE – One Night Only

Winter's Tale Fathom 2015

Fathom Events invites you to experience the powerful tale of a family’s destruction when The Winter’s Tale is screened in select cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, February 17.

Following his delightful full-length ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot to create his first ballet based on a Shakespeare play, The Winter’s Tale. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child, and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet through remorse and regret – and after a statue comes miraculously to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. It is powerful material for ballet, with a story that allows for the portrayal of intense emotions between and within the characters, and the opportunity for the Company to create not just new central characters but the whole world around them.

Click Here for complete information about The 2014/15 Royal Ballet Cinema Season.

THE WINTER’S TALE
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
7:00 pm (local time)
Run Time: 2 hours 25 minutes (approximate)

Shakespeare Uncovered: Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes

Shakespeare Uncovered

In the final episode of Shakespeare Uncovered – Series II, Joseph Fiennes takes a look at Shakespeare’s most often performed play, Romeo and Juliet, and the relevance it has in our world today. It is the story of two teenagers whose deep, profound love heals a deeply pathetic hatred between warring families and leaves the audience with a puzzling redemption. Love and death, conflict and pride; this play has it all.

Fiennes played Shakespeare playing Romeo in Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love in 1998. He loves the play, especially the scene in which Romeo and Juliet first meet, calling it “a dangerous cocktail of religion and sex. She plays a virgin saint; he’s a pilgrim worshipping her.”  More

Shakespeare Uncovered: Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall

Shakespeare Uncovered

Next on Shakespeare Uncovered, Kim Cattrall goes back 2000 years to explore the epic love story between a Roman General and an Egyptian Queen, two of the most powerful people in the world. She says theirs was an almost sadistic love affair and although she has played Cleopatra twice, she still has questions about the woman.

Did Cleopatra die for love or politics, and how much of the real Cleopatra lives in Shakespeare’s play, are two of the questions she examines in this episode. Dame Janet Suzman, who received critical acclaim for her earthy, sexual portrayal of Cleopatra in 1974 at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and also in a televised version of the play, says what we’re watching is the destruction of a relationship and that’s much more interesting than the love story.  More

Shakespeare Meets Benatar in ROMEO & JULIET: Love is a Battlefield

Romeo & Juliet: Love is a BattlefieldROCKWELL Table and Stage announces the world premiere of an unbeatable couple, William Shakespeare and Pat Benatar, in the rock spectacle Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Battlefield, produced by Kate Pazakis, with musical direction by Brad Hooks, choreography by Chris Downey and written & directed by Bradley Bredeweg and Kelley Parker.

Mixing the brilliance of Shakespeare with the anthemic, epic and timeless songs of Pat Benatar, this modern day musical twist on the beloved tale of two lovers will both move you to tears and make you want to move your feet to such classics as “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker,” “Invincible” and the title song. The cast will feature Rustin Cole Sailors as Romeo, Ashley Argota as Juliet, Jeffrey Todd as Tybalt, Joey Bybee as Mercutio, Jordan Kai Burnett as Benvolia, Jameson Moss as Friar, Nicci Claspell as the Nurse, Andrew Pirozzi as Paris, Peter Vogt as Father Capulet, Julie Garnye as Mother Montague and Anne Letscher.

Previews begin on Valentine’s Day, Feb.14 (also 2/20 & 27) at 8:00 pm with a prix fixe dinner included. The show will open on Friday, Feb. 27 and run through March 28.

ROMEO & JULIET: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
February 14 – March 28, 2015
ROCKWELL Table and Stage
1714 N. Vermont in Los Feliz
Reservations/Tickets: (323) 669-1550 x 20
or www.rockwell-la.com

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