ISC presents Solemn Mockeries

Independent Shakespeare Company will present a staged reading of Solemn Mockeries on Saturday, November 19 at 5:00 pm. Solemn Mockeries is the true story of the notorious (but sympathetic) William-Henry Ireland, who as a teenager in the 1790s deceived most of the eminent literary men of London with his forgeries of notes, letters, and finally an entire play “by William Shakespeare.” In this one-man show, an older but not especially wise William-Henry looks back from twenty years of exile and confesses to the literary crime of the century – about which he is still rather proud. David Melville plays William-Henry in this staged reading recounting the surprising life of a man who re-invented himself as William Shakespeare. Click Here for tickets.


Students: Enter The Antaeus Online Shakespeare Monologue Competition

Attention students: The Antaeus Company’s online Shakespeare Monologue Competition for middle and high school students has begun.

Watch the video for details on how to submit your entry. All submissions must be received by November 19th, 2011. The Antaeus Company will select semi-finalists by December 2nd, 2011 and will have a Finals competition and Master Workshop day on December 17, 2011. For those semi-finalists unable to attend the live Finals day, there will be an online only competition as well. Winners will take home a cash prize and a Complete Works of Shakespeare! Click Here for more information.

Come to Topanga for a Haunted BOO-tanicum on Oct 28!

On Friday, October 28, Theatricum Botanicum becomes a haunted BOO-tanicum for its 1st annual Halloween extravaganza. For one night only, the theater and surrounding gardens will become the haunt of headless horsemen, wandering witches, tale-telling hearts, man-made monsters and spirited sprites, all put together by Theatricum’s classical actors. 

Events will include:
Haunted house
Classic ghost stories told by award-winning actors Ellen Geer, Earnestine Phillips and William Hunt
Costume contest
Bobbing for apples and pumpkin carving
Organic Chicken & Waffles by Bon Melange Catering
Eclectic live music by Peter Alsop and Tommy Santee Klaws
…and lots of not-too-scary stuff for kids.

Come one, come all 4:00 – 10:00 pm on October 28 to The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga CA  90290.  Tickets for children 5-12 are $5, teens are $15, and adults are $20. Click Here for more information.

Pulp Shakespeare returns to Hollywood

After a sold out and critically acclaimed west coast premiere, Her Majesty’s Secret Players return with an extended run of Pulp Shakespeare at the Theatre Asylum in Hollywood, scheduled to run through November 13.

Set in Elizabethan England, the play weaves the story of a pair of murderers, their boss’s alluring wife, and a desperate knight. It is directed by Jordan Monsell, the company’s founder and artistic director, and is based on an adaptation by Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer, Chris Adams, Brian Watson-Jones, and Monsell. The cast features Brian Weiss, Liza DeWeerd, Justine Woodford, Aaron Lyons, Dan White, Nick Ryan, Juan Perez, David Lautman, Christian Levatino, Nathaniel Freeman, Sierra Fisk and Michael Rachlis

Her Majesty’s Secret Players is dedicated to staging not only the classics, but modern stories with a classical “twist”, thus allowing audiences to enjoy Shakespeare on a whole new level. Click Here for tickets and more information.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Announces 2012 Season

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company has announced its schedule of plays for Season 16 – Summer 2012. Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies filled with vibrant witty characters, misinformation, and romance will play June 29-July 1, July 6-8, and July 13-15, 2012. Kingsmen will also present its first outdoor revival of Romeo and Juliet since 2001. Dates are July 20-22, July 27-29, and Aug. 3-5, 2012. Performances take place on the campus of Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Click Here for more information.

Join Shakespeare Orange County for A Shakespearean Christmas

Shakespeare Orange County invites you to join them for A Shakespearean Christmas – A Midwinter Night’s Dream on December 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm. Join your friends and celebrate the holiday season with a joyous, poetic, humorous and touching taste of Yuletide Cheer. This warm and evocative remembrance of years past will include songs and poetry, notions and stories of a simpler time. Enjoy such stuff as dreams are made on through the eyes of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Clement C. Moore, Robert Frost, e.e. cummings, Ogden Nash – along with traditional carols and personal remembrances. And following the performance, stay for a variety of desserts and complimentary Champaign, hot cider and other treats.

The evening will feature John F. Jones, Gil Gonzalez, Evelyn Carol Case, Craig Brown, Gene Godwin, Amanda Zarr, Stephanie Robinson, Mike Fountain, Greg Ungar, Brian Clark, Eve Himmelheber and Michael Nehring. Click Here for more information.

Intrepid Shakespeare Company announces 2012 Season

Intrepid Shakespeare Company in San Diego has announced its third season of plays highlighting the themes of preservation, exploration and transformation. Included on the company’s 2012 season will be a musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. The full schedule is listed below.
January 26 – February 19, 2012
An Enemy of the People, Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrick Ibsen’s Play
Directed by Christy Yael and Sean Cox
Featuring: Matt Scott, Eric Poppick, Danny Campbell, Rob Biter, and Brian Mackey

April 26 – May 27, 2012
Terra Nova by Ted Tally
Directed by Christy Yael and Sean Cox
Featuring: Rob Biter, Danny Campbell, Tom Hall, Eddie Yaroch

July – August 2012
A Midsummer Night’s Dream…the musical
Featuring music from Etta James, The Four Tops, The Turtles, and more

September – October 2012
Hamlet, directed by Christy Yael
Featuring: Sean Cox, Linda Libby, Jim Chovick, Danny Campbell, Tom Hall, and Eddie Yaroch

Subscription packages are available now. Click Here for tickets and more information or call 760-652-5011.

Coeurage Theatre Company mounts L.A.’s first Double Falsehood

coeurage theatre company is offering a first for west coast Shakespeare lovers with its current production of Double Falsehood. Not only has the play been recently acknowledged as written by the Bard, in combination with his successor John Fletcher, but it is also the first production to be mounted in Los Angeles. Much debate exists over whether Shakespeare truly did have a hand in the play, so my recommendation is that you see it and decide for yourself.

Love, lust, and deception duel in this tale of Henriquez (Jeremy Lelliott pictured left), a self-absorbed lothario whose lascivious appetite for the fair Violante (Valorie Curry) causes him to violate her against her will and then cast her aside, ruined, with no other option but to flee to the woods. He then schemes to marry his friend Julio’s (Peter Weidman) fiancé, Leonora, (Sammi Smith) by striking a deal with her father (Dennis Gersten) to the horror of the young woman who attempts an unsuccessful suicide before escaping to a nunnery.

Director Kirsten Kuiken has wisely kept the staging simple and direct, using only a few set pieces in the intimate space and allowing the words themselves to be the focus. Several well-crafted performances make coeurage’s production worthy of a trek to the Actors Circle Theatre in Hollywood, especially those of Curry and Lelliott.

Curry’s Violante (right) is a woman who commands attention with stillness and quiet intensity, whether in her female persona or disguised as a boy. She says more with a look than you can imagine and you’ll be hard-pressed to take your eyes off her when she is on stage. Lelliott is equally enticing as the cad who commits the double falsehood, offering insight into the gray area of one man’s bankrupt conscience and his attempt to justify his actions. His Henriquez is charming, smooth, and ever so slightly oily, and he handles the text with an ease that allows its many subtleties to ride the air before being pricked like a bubble meeting a pin.

Additionally, Alexander Wells has a strong double turn as the Duke and a Shepherd who discovers Violante’s secret in the woods, and Michael Yurchak is steady and honest as Henriquez’s brother Roderick, the voice of reason who helps restore all things to their rightful place…though not all are happily resolved.

Original music is by coeurage’s emotional secret weapon, Gregory Nabours, and Joe Calarco has created the effective sound design. Michelle Stan’s lighting defines locales that range from dark and moody to pastoral in the intimate space, and Erik McEwen is credited with costume, hair & make-up design. Fullerton Civic Light Opera supplies the 1950s vintage costumes

Whether or not Double Falsehood continues to be attributed to Shakespeare in years to come, or is debunked by some as yet undiscovered authority, the opportunity to see it for the first time is one that shouldn’t be missed. The play is slated to run though November 6 and tickets for all shows are “Pay What You Want.” Click Here for more information.

Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus coming December 2

The Weinstein Company has released the trailer for Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, currently scheduled for release on December 2, 2011. Fiennes directs and stars as the Roman general who betrays his native city and allies with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius for revenge. The cast also features Gerard Butler as Afidius, Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia, Jessica Chastain as Virgilia, and Brian Cox as Menenius.

A Noise Within announces cast for Twelfth Night

A Noise Within has announced the cast for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, which will open its 20th anniversary season and run October 22 – December 16, 2011 in the company’s new venue in Pasadena. An opening gala event will take place on October 29.

Featured in the cast are Rob Dean (Orsino); Jill Hill (Valentine); Alison Elliott (Curio); Angela Gulner (Viola); Max Rosenak (Sebastian); Mitch Edmonds (Captain/Priest); Steve Weingartner (Antonio); Abby Craden (Olivia); Deborah Strang (Maria); Apollo Dukakis (Sir Toby Belch); Jeremy Rabb (Sir Andrew); Geoff Elliott (Malvolio); Max Lawrence (Fabian); and Anthony Mark Barrow (Feste).

Julia Rodriguez-Elliott directs the production which is set in Cuba. It’s an uproarious, gender-bending bacchanal of merriment, mischief and true love, considered by many to be the Bard’s purest comedy, and it plays out against a backdrop of Caribbean carnival. In the hot Latin breeze, Sir Toby Belch and his incorrigible band of pranksters misbehave, while plucky Viola sparks confused passions and romance ensues.

ANW’s new venue is located in the former Stuart Pharmaceutical building, on the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. There is plentiful, convenient, free parking in the adjacent Gold Line’s Sierra Madre Villa Metro parking structure.

“Pay What You Can” tickets are available for the Thursday, October 27 performance and are sold at the box office only for cash only on a first-come, first-served basis based on availability, with a limit of two per person. Click Here for tickets or call 626-356-3100

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