Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

2012/13 Season Heating Up!

As preparations are being made to finalize our new season, a few productions have been announced to our patrons during the curtain speeches of both Romeo and Juliet and Cymbeline. And now I’m here to announce them on this blog:

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged – season opener!
Sense and Sensibility

The crowds have seemed to be pleased with the choices and have already generated some buzz about them. Knowing both of these productions fairly well, I am beyond delighted that Orlando Shakes is tackling them head on!

For those who are not so familiar with these choices, here’s a small breakdown of what you are in for:

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (or Shakespeare Abridged for short) – This show contains just 3 male actors. Through various parodies of each piece, the cast goes through Shakespeare’s entire repetoire. Antics include a cooking show, an audience participation portion with Hamlet, bouts of improv, and a rap about Othello. Think in the realm of Every Christmas Story Ever Told. The show was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, and it premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It later played at the Criterion Theatre in London where it ran for an astounding 9 years! Orlando Shakes last put on the show well over 10 years ago. About time to bring it back, don’t you think? This is an ideal night out for Shakespeare aficionados. And for those who may feel uneasy about the material of Shakespeare, this might just change your mind. For a girl who had only read and glazed over Shakespeare’s plays in school, a community theater production of Shakespeare Abridged years ago opened me up to seeing future Shakespeare at the theater. Now I can’t get enough!

See Romeo and Juliet? Watch a new spin of the tale from the original cast of Shakespeare Abridged. 

Sense and Sensibility – Audiences appear to love themselves a good Jane Austen story. I know I do. The smashing success of last year’s Pride and Prejudice reinforces this idea. When Mr. Dashwood perishes, he leaves his second wife and three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) with no money. Elinor and Marianne, two sisters with different perspectives on life and interests, keep one another in line and support one another through death, hardship, friendship and a love. That is a bare bones summary of one of the greatest literary tales of the English language. Expect beautiful period costumes, some classical dancing, and romantic affairs strewn throughout our production. This will appear in repertory with another famous play (which you will find out about soon enough!).

If you haven’t already done so, check out the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility starring High Grant, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and Alan Rickman. It is excellent! Above is the trailer of the movie.

Get ready because the rest of the season will be announced and will go on sale on Wednesday, March 14th!

Are you pumped for the announced shows? Sound off in the comments below.

Love and Shakespeare,
A’riel T.
Marketing Intern, Orlando Shakespeare Theater


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