Shakespeare Youth Festival Begins April 25

Los Angeles Drama Club - Much Ado

Los Angeles Drama Club announces its annual Shakespeare Youth Festival Los Angeles, just in time for Shakespeare’s 451st birthday. The Season kicks off with Much Ado About Nothing and Troilus and Cressida, and closes with the epic, Antony and Cleopatra. Each production features a creative take on Shakesepeare’s original play with a cast consisting of children and youth of Los Angeles.

Troilus and Cressida is Shakespeare’s most experimental and sophisticated play about the “heroes” of the Trojan War and will swing wildly between acidic, bawdy comedy and dystopian desperation. The company has set Much Ado About Nothing, a popular comedy with unsettling overtones, in 18th Century California, early Mission Era. Antony and Cleopatra stars the children from Shakespeare in the City — in Mid-City. Click Here for reservations.

Performance Schedule
Troilus and Cressida: April 25, 26, May 2, 3 at 3:30 pm
The Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea. Tickets are $10.

Much Ado About Nothing: April 25, 26, May 2, 3 at12:30pm
The Lyric Theatre, 529 N. La Brea. Tickets are $10.

Antony and Cleopatra: May 16, 17 at 2:00 pm
Club Fais Do Do, 5253 W. Adams 90016. Free for the public.

For more information, visit www.losangelesdramaclub.com.

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Noted as the “youngest Shakespeare Troupe in the United States,” Los Angeles Drama Club has been mounting full productions of the Bard’s plays since 2004, where it began in the garden of L.A’s “Brookledge” – the private theatre in Mid-Wilshire that later became The Magic Castle. Drama Club’s founder, Blaire Baron Larsen, is part of the Founding Family of the renowned Hollywood Landmark. The youth-centric arts & literacy program was recently honored as local Community Champions by PBS and is part of a documentary that aired on the same network.

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The Wooster Group’s CRY TROJANS! Premieres at REDCAT

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Ari Fliakos and Scott Shepherd. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.

The Wooster Group will present the world premiere of CRY, TROJANS! February 27 – March 9 at REDCAT, 631 W 2nd St in Downtown Los Angeles, 90012. The Group’s latest production tackles the Trojan side of Shakespeare’s dark and scabrous Trojan War play about sincere love corrupted and the downfall of a noble hero. The piece originated as a co-production between The Wooster Group and the Royal Shakespeare Company for the World Shakespeare Festival, presented in conjunction with the 2012 London Olympics. In that version, the RSC played the Greeks and the Group played the Trojans. Director Elizabeth LeCompte and the Wooster Group have converted the collaboration into an independent piece, reimagining the Trojans as a pastiche fictional tribe of early Americans struggling to assert its dignity in the face of doom. Ticket prices range from $25 – $50 and are available at www.redcat.org/event/wooster-group-4.

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Andrew Schneider and Ari Fliakos. Photo by James Allister Sprang.

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Jennifer Lim, Ari Fliakos, and Scott Shepherd. Photo by James Allister Sprang.

The Porters’ Troilus and Cressida

The cast of Troilus and Cressida. Photo: Rob Cunliffe

Many a man has gone to war in defense of his honor, his principles, or his sense of duty to a greater good…though greed, hate, lust, and revenge have certainly lured their fair share into battle. Whether carefully planned or impulsively entered, every battle exacts a price that cannot be foretold. It also hides a multitude of sins that cannot be undone. More

The Porters Announce Cast for Troilus and Cressida

The Porters of Hellsgate have announced the cast for Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare’s rarely produced and beautifully diverse “problem” play, to be directed by Charles Pasternak. The play opens The Porters’ sixth season and runs January 13 – February 19, 2012 at The Whitmore Theatre in North Hollywood.

Leading the cast are Alex Parker and Taylor Fisher in the title roles. along with Jacques Freydont (Pandarus), Napoleon Tavale (Hector), Jesse James Thomas (Paris), Sean Faye (Helenus), Tim Portnoy (Aeneas), Kate O’Toole (Cassandra), Dana DeRuyck (Andromache), Andrew Herrera (Agamemnon), Eddie Castuera (Menelaus), Eliza Kiss (Helen), Matt Calloway (Achilles), Dylan Vigus (Ajax), Thomas Bigley (Ulysses), John Moskal (Nestor), Adam Schroeder (Diomedes), Frederick Hamel (Patroclus), and Gus Krieger (Thersites). Understudies are Christina MacKinnon (Cressida) and Sean Faye (Thersites).

The Greeks, in a quest to regain the beautiful Helen, have been encamped on the beach of Troy for seven years with no exit strategy, and no plan to form one. Discontent and disunity rages among their camp, while Hector, eldest prince of Troy and commander of its armies, continues to defeat them in the field and hold them to the beach. The Porters focus on the cyclical nature of possession and lust, centering on an exploration of value, the endeavor for honor and eternal canonization, and the furious discussion that rages within even the warring nations of today — what is worth fighting for? What is worth dying for?

The Whitmore Theatre is located at 11006 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Click Here for tickets. www.portersofhellsgate.com.

The Porters of Hellsgate present Troilus & Cressida

The most recent edition of Arden Shakespeare, beautifully introduced and edited by David Bevington, states that Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida is “hard to fit into the usual Shakespearean categories – comedy, history, tragedy, romance – ‘because it has so many elements of all four’ … an experimental play, characterized throughout by an intermingling of mode, tone, genre and style.” The Porters of Hellsgate have chosen this rarely produced and beautifully diverse “problem” play as the opener of their sixth season, to be directed by Artistic Director Charles Pasternak. The task ahead is a great one, and it is an undeniably exciting endeavor…

Troilus and Cressida opens Friday, January 13, 2012 and will run Friday and
Saturday nights at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 2pm, at The Whitmore Theatre in North Hollywood for six weeks, closing Sunday, February 19. For more information go to www.portersofhellsgate.com.

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