Shine Darkly, Illyria takes over where Twelfth Night ends


Ovation Award winning writer Meghan Brown and Ovation Award winning director Amanda McRaven re-team for a new work, Shine Darkly, Illyria presented by Fugitive Kind Theater. Using Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as a jumping-off point, Shine Darkly, Illyria continues Shakespeare’s story by following what happens to the characters next.

On the island paradise of Illyria, inhabitants do reverence to the Moon and revel at nightly moonparties. Love, sex and dancing abound, but no children are ever conceived. Gender boundaries in sex can be rather fluid (Some of Shakespeare’s original characters engaged in cross-dressing, after all).

The Moon has a favorite in the countess Olivia, and Olivia consumes moon dust as a euphoric substance. When The Moon attempts to warn Olivia of an upcoming ecological disaster brought on by humanity’s environmental neglect, Olivia does not listen. Nature hands the Illyrians an ultimatum: evolve or die.

Featured in the cast are Julia Aks, Robyn Buck, Jennice Butler, Alana Marie Cheuvront, Jessica DiBattista, Emily L. Gibson, Sage Howard Simpson, Mercedes Manning, Jeff Marras, Tyler Menjivar, Jim Senti, Jason Vande Brake and Benny Wills. Costume design: Allison Dillard. Lighting design: Karyn Lawrence. Set design: Jeanine Ringer. Sound design: Ray Salas. Stage manager: Rebecca Lynne.

May 6 – 29, 2016
Fugitive Kind Theater
McCadden Place Theatre
1157 N. McCadden Place
Hollywood, CA 90038
Fri. at 8pm, Sat. at 4pm and 8pm, Sun. at 7pm
Tickets are $25. Saturday matinee performances are Pay What You Can.
Tickets: (702) 204-6179 or
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LAAC Presents Fugitive Kind Theater’s Midsummer & Macbeth

Producer Marissa Moses has brought together eight actors and two directors and asked the question, “What if we performed two of Shakespeare’s most iconic and evocative plays, one, right after the other?” Opening November 17th, in rare and raw visions by directors Amanda McRaven (Macbeth) and Beth Gardiner (Midsummer), eight actors take on multiple roles and embark on a marathon of athletic storytelling on a single, darkly poetic set.

“The worlds of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth share very little, but we found a powerful intersection in the presence of the woods – ominous, transformative spaces that provoke the characters in both plays to push themselves into undiscovered country. Similarly, I suppose we are pushing ourselves as storytellers; it’s a challenging task, but in this profession we would be remiss not to welcome that challenge,” said actor Jim Senti.

This nomadic production of the tandem plays will be presented in two spaces over three weekends in the Los Angeles area: first at the new studios at Los Angeles Arts Collective in Westchester (near LAX) and then downtown at Collaborative Arts LA for the final two weekends. McRaven and Gardiner have streamlined and adapted both texts, distilling them into powerful, fast-paced stories, each unfolding in ninety minutes or less and will be performed with an intermission between them. All performances start at 6:30 pm. Click Here for more information.

Midsummer and Macbeth
November 17 and 18
LA Arts Collective – Westchester
8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #105
Los Angeles, CA 90045

December 1, 2, 8, and 9
The cARTel House – Downtown
1436 S. Main Street #202
Los Angeles, CA 90029

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