Imagine if Shakespeare’s best villains were taken out of their respective plays, reassembled Frankenstein-style, and finally got to be the focus of their own stories. The California Shakespeare Ensemble will do just that in Shakespeare’s VILLAINS as they weave three of the Bard's finest antagonists into one engaging 90-minute show, using only Shakespeare's original words.
The CSE, whose most recent show, Shakespeare’s LOVERS, was called "by turns poignant, moving, merry, and unafraid to try hysterically funny slapstick" (ALTADENABLOG), and “an opportunity to share some laughs and delight in the works of a master” (SHAKESPEAREINLA.COM), brings their latest creation, Shakespeare's VILLAINS, to Old Town Pasadena.
Lineage Performing Arts Center will host the CSE every Sunday at 8pm from October 27th-November 17th in this dark tragicomic look at what it means to be a "villain". Shakespeare's most well-known villains like Iago and Richard III have a long history of fandom. But some of The Bard's more complex villains may actually show us how much evil is in all of us. Is Shylock really a villain? Is Macbeth?
The show follows three of Shakespeare's villains--Shylock (Merchant of Venice), Macbeth (Macbeth), and Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet)--using Shakespeare’s original words and their own separate stories, but with a new adaptation and edit by CSE Artistic Director Brian Elerding.
The talented cast features veterans of stage and screen; some notables are: Samantha Whittaker (“Ophelia” from Trevor Nunn’s Hamlet at the Old Vic in London), Samantha Sloyan (winner of LA Drama Critics Circle and LA Weekly awards, recurring on ABC’s Scandal), Fred Cross (The Joe Schmo Show, and Second City alum), Alex Weed (Pretty Little Liars, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds). The show runs approximately 90 minutes. Directed by Brian Elerding.
Tickets are $20 (or $35 to receive a copy of the adapted script with admission)
Door at 7:30, show at 8pm
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