Saturday, November 30, 2013
It seems that everybody wants a handle on a Shakespeare property these days. Brought back into the public's attention by Ralph Fiennes' very successful adaptation of Coriolanus (2011), the lesser known plays are starting to find their way into the limelight.
Recently announced is a feature film version of Shakespeare's Cymbeline, to arrive in 2014. The cast has some famous names attached. Here's a sampling:
Dakota Johnson - Imogen
Milla Jovovich - Queen
Ethan Hawke - Iachimo
Penn Badgley - Posthumus
Anton Yelchin - Cloten
Ed Harris - Cymbeline
The theme implied by the posters seems to be bikers and leather, which will be interesting to see in the context of the play.
Like most Shakespearean adaptations, it has no set US distribution. Like Joss Whedon's Much Ado or Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus this will be one to hunt for in indie cinemas. Directed by Michael Almereyd, the film has no set release date.
Here's some background links:
For IMDb, click here.
For /Film, click here.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Small but crucial update! We now have definite performance dates for Macbeth!
You can witness the blood and mayhem on February 20th, 23rd and 24th (a Thursday, Sunday, and Monday respectively) in Commonwealth Auditorium.
Mark your calendars! Something wicked this way comes!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Although the production has closed, now you can share the power of Shakespeare in the Dark's opening night performance of Henry V. Video credit to Archer Brinkley.
Because of its length, it is split into two videos.
For Part One, click here.
For Part Two, click here.
Here is the cast of Shakespeare in the Dark's Macbeth:
Macbeth-- Jason Via
Lady Macbeth-- Emily Wolfteich
Banquo/Menteith-- Scott Shapses
First Weird Sister-- Leah Beyer
Second Weird Sister-- Isabelle Baucum
Third Weird Sister-- Katherine Oliver
Ross-- Aaron Stapel
Lennox -- Daniel Burruss
Malcolm/Second Murderer-- Paul Soutter
Angus/Third Murderer/Wounded Soldier -- Archer Brinkley
Donalbain/Macduff’s Son/Bloody Child/ Doctor/Messenger to Macbeth-- Bethany Bennett
Macduff-- Max Sorger
Fleance/ Lady Macduff/ Gentlewoman/ Young Siward--Erin McIntyre
Seyton-- Ricky Portner
Duncan/ Old Man/ Headless Apparition/Siward--Peter Sweeney
Stay tuned for updates on the production and many other Shakespeare in the Dark events!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Author: William Shakespeare
Performed November 8, 10, 11 in Little Theater
Chorus/Hostess - Hilary Adams
King Henry V - Ricky Portner
Exeter - James Joseph
Gloucester/Governor/Soldier - Quentin Cui
Canterbury/King of France/Soldier - Jeremy Lawrence
Ely/Bardolph/Gower - Paul Soutter
Pistol/Bourbon - Aaron Stapel
Nym/Bates/French Soldier/Isabel - Erin McIntyre
Boy/Alice - Ivy Duerr
Montjoy/Katherine - Isabel Bush
Scroop/Dauphin - Bruno del Alamo
Cambridge/Constable - Zach Hurst
Grey/Orleans - Shaan Sharma
Williams/Westmoreland - Marissa von Nessi
Fluellen/Erpingham - Elizabeth Perry
Director - John Kean
Assistant Director/Costume Design - Jason Via
Stage Manager/Props - Maerna Kauffman
Assistant Stage Managers - Jordan Leek and Mimi Yu
Technical Director/Special Effects - Robin Parrish
Sound Design - Meghan Byrnes
Music Consultant/Photographer - Matt Heffernan
Costume Crew - Julie Via, Archer Brinkley, Abigail Simon, Jordan Finizio, Stacy Loveland, Emma Bresnan
Sinfonicron Light Opera Company
John Ponder White
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The proposal meeting was a fierce competition and a phenomenal turnout. Four proposals went head to head for a chance to be Shakespeare in the Dark's Winter show of the 2013-2014 season. Through an intense debate, the club finally decided on one victor.
Yes, it looks like one of the Bard's bloodiest and most popular plays will be coming to a stage near you!
Directed by Molly Earner ('16, Hamlet, Doctor Faustus) and Zach Hurst ('16, Coriolanus, Doctor Faustus), this production of Macbeth will be set in America during the Roaring 20's. Scotland and England will be rival cartels, and the play's violent action will come to life as a dark, bloody gangster throwdown!
The directors are looking for a cast of 15 actors. In terms of gender distribution, the roles are divided as follows: (5 Male, 5 Female, 5 either way)
Auditions will be held very soon after Henry V. For a link to the Facebook event, click here.
Stay tuned for exciting updates on all SitD events from Henry V to the Monologue Festival, movie screenings and the upcoming Macbeth auditions!
Friday, October 25, 2013
Winter is coming! And so are proposals for the Winter show of the Shakespeare in the Dark 2013-2014 season.
Winter, it seems, is a competitive slot. Unlike the unopposed Fall proposal, we have four excellent proposals for potential productions.
Presented in no particular order:
Taming of the Shrew, Katherine Oliver, Caehla McGeady
Romeo and Juliet, Sunny Vinsavich, Jillian Feinstein
Romeo and Juliet, Genny Ceperley
Macbeth, Molly Earner, Zach Hurst
During the voting meeting, the directors will pitch their ideas to the club and take questions about their production ideas. Then we will vote!
Remember, to vote you need to be a dues paying member of the club. Dues ($5) can be paid at the beginning of the voting meeting.
The meeting will be held this Monday, October 28th, in Washington 301 at 5 PM. If you are unable to make this time, you may request an absentee ballot by emailing your conflict to:
See you there!