Casts Announced for world premieres of Skullduggery and The Tragedy of JFK

SkullduggeryBuckle up Shakespeare lovers – two new fall productions have announced the casts of their unique Shakespeare-inspired works, both opening the weekend of September 30. The first is Michael Shaw Fisher’s Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet, which begins previews at Sacred Fools Theatre Company Sept 23 and opens Friday, Sept 30. The world premiere musical comedy features book, music & lyrics by Fisher, arrangements & additional music by Michael Teoli, and is directed by Scott Leggett.

Told by the gravediggers, the story follows the love triangle of Claudius, Gertrude and Hamlet Sr. in song, until their journey ultimately leads to the climactic moment of Hamlet Sr.’s “most foul” murder. In his own singular style, Fisher connects the missing pieces of the story and answers questions like: What really happened to Yorick? And, what happened to Ophelia and Laertes’ mother? Before the tale is ended, ghosts, battles, and the bones of Shakespeare’s masterpiece will be uncovered and exposed to the light of day, with surprising insight.

Cast includes John Bobek as Claudius, Leigh Wulff as Gertrude, David Haverty as Hamlet Sr., Brendan Hunt as Yorick, Jeff Sumner as Delver, Matt Valle as Puddles, Cj Merriman as Dull, Rebecca Larsen as Berta, Curt Bonnem as Polonius, Alyssa Rupert as Ophelia, and Pat Towne as Osric/Ghost King. Tickets are available now at www.sacredfools.org.

Blank Theatre - Tragedy of JFKThe second world premiere is The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare), conceived, adapted, and directed by The Blank Theatre’s founding artistic director, Daniel Henning. Performances also begin Sept 24 with opening night set for Saturday, October 1 at the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz.

In this new play, Henning, who is a recognized expert on the JFK assassination, takes on the conspiracy to assassinate the 35th President of the United States using Shakespearian text. The result is a theatrical tale unlike anything you’ve seen before concerning the possible events surrounding one of the most shocking deaths in American history.

Henning’s cast includes Ford Austin as JFK, Chad Brannon (Robert F. Kennedy), Tony Abatemarco, Brian Brennan, Brett Collier, Cris D’Annunzio, Jerry Della Salla, Susan Denaker, John Knight, Jonathon Lamer, Kelie McIver, Casey McKinnon (Jackie Kennedy), Bruce Nehlsen, Jacob Sidney (McGeorge Bundy), Jonny Walker, and Time Winters as Lyndon B. Johnson. Tickets are available now at www.TheBlank.com.

One comedy, one tragedy – all your Shakespeare bases covered. Mark thy calendar now!

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The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare)… What?!

Blank Theatre - Tragedy of JFK

Now here’s an original. The Blank Theatre is producing the world premiere of The Tragedy of JKF (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) beginning September 24 at the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz. You heard that right. I can’t wait.

The production is conceived, adapted, and directed by The Blank’s founding artistic director Daniel Henning, who, I’m sorry to say, I did not know was a recognized expert on the JFK assassination. He has lectured at colleges and spent countless hours on talk radio at stations such as KABC, WABC, KFI, KPFK, WMAL, and others discussing the subject.

The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) is the story of the conspiracy to assassinate the 35th President of the United States and its aftermath using Shakespearian text to imagine what might have happened surrounding one of the most shocking events in American history. Fall theatre in L.A. has just gotten interesting.

THE TRAGEDY OF JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare)
September 24 – November 6, 2016 (Opening night is October 1 at 8pm)
The Blank Theatre at Skylight Theatre
1816 1/2 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tickets: (323) 661-9827 or www.TheBlank.com
Performance schedule: Friday at 8:30pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are available now.

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