A Classic Theatre joins the celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare with For the Love of Shakespeare! These comic “Valentines to the Bard” are directed by Deborah Dickey and reflect the world’s continued fascination with the beloved playwright, as the year-long touring exhibit of a rare copy of The First Folio makes its way across the nation with stops in all fifty states.
The delightful evening of one-acts begins with George Bernard Shaw’s “The Dark Lady of the Sonnets” in which William Shakespeare, intending to meet the “Dark Lady”, encounters more than he bargains for as he meets his lady on the terrace of Whitehall Palace. The play was written as part of a campaign to create a “Shakespeare National Theatre” and Shaw pulls out all the stops in this playful look at mistaken identity.
In “SHAKESappear!” by Milton E. Polsky, The Bard nervously watches a rehearsal of his newest work, Macbeth, from a theatre balcony. His daughter Judith urges her father to include the element of “witches” to liven up the play soon to be presented at the court of King James. This clever one-act brings a fresh and witty look to the debate over the true authorship of Shakespeare’s plays.
The evening comes to a rollicking conclusion with “Something Rotten in Denmark” by Ann Karine (aka Annie G.) as Shakespeare’s company of players prepares the first performance of Hamlet. With the actors’ trepidations about the play, and even more contempt for the playwright, the backstage intrigue takes center stage with hilarious results.
February 17, 2017 — 7:30pm
February 18, 2017 — 7:30pm
February 19, 2017 — 2:00pm
Tickets are $20 Adults / $10 Students and can be purchased on A Classic Theatre’s website. For information or reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 904-501-5093.