MacDeth! Raises Money for Pulse Victims with Friday Performance

Ryan J-W Smith - MacDeth

Award-winning British poet and playwright, Ryan J-W Smith, artistic director of Rogue Shakespeare®, has announced that 100% of the box office of this Friday’s performance of his new verse comedy, MacDeth!, will be donated to the GoFundMe campaign Support Victims of Pulse Shooting.

“Every available ticket has been made ‘Pay What You Can’ – with a suggested donation of $100,” says Smith. “I do not want to politicize what we are doing – we just want to do something to help the victims of this horrific attack. Let’s sell-out Friday night, please give what you can to support those in need, and hopefully this will encourage other shows to do the same. We all live in luxury here, we can all afford to donate a little cash – and at least one night’s work.”

MacDeth! is currently playing at the Ruby Theatre on Hollywood. Friday’s performance starts at 10pm. For tickets and more information, visit http://hff16.org/3680.

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Interview: Ryan J-W Smith and his Fringe Favorite, Love Labours Won

Love Labours Won

Ryan J-W Smith as Duke Caesus

Shakespeare was a clear favorite this year at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Among the award-winning productions was Ryan J. Smith’s Love Labours Won, which received two fringe awards: The International Award and an Encore Producers’ Award. Back by popular demand, the show has extended through August 6th and will play Thursday nights at 8pm in the Dorie Theatre. Is it a sequel to Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost like the title might imply? I asked Ryan to tell us about the play, which sounds delightful.  More

Love Labours Won has its U.S. Premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Love Labours Won

Rogue Shakespeare® (theatre company) makes its long-awaited U.S. premiere of celebrated poet Ryan J-W Smith’s award-winning third verse play, Love Labours Won at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Love Labours Won is an original, comedic Shakespearean pastiche written entirely in Elizabethan-style rhyming iambic verse and one of the most acclaimed plays ever to come out of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It was Pick of the Fringe two years running; garnered multiple 4 and 5 star reviews, an Arts Council England award, and played to packed houses.

Smith directs and stars in the 65-minute production, which also features a cast of six international actors including Seth Leslie, Carol Vandegrift, Cameran Surles, James Hansen, Stephen Tyler Howell, and Elyse Sharp, at the newly renamed Acme Theatre on Hollywood Theatre Row. And, according to press materials, the audience will be treated to free organic chocolate at every performance…(perhaps in anticipation of a sweet ending?)

Ryan J-W Smith is a world-renowned British poet, playwright, director, producer, actor and filmmaker. He has written 4 critically acclaimed plays in rhyming iambic verse, over 1280 (and counting) Shakespearean Sonnets, was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and is currently completing his debut feature documentary 2plus2makes4 starring himself, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Ed Asner, Tony-nominated Daniel Sunjata, Professor Noam Chomsky and the late Emmy-nominated Gore Vidal. Smith’s previous films have received over 25 film festival selections, nominations and wins.

LOVE LABOURS WON
June 19 – 27, 2015
Rogue Shakespeare
Acme Theatre
6470 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
Tickets: http://hff15.org/2653

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