To see, or not to see: that is the question presented by the Drama 101 Class at Peninsula College – and in the case of their upcoming play, the answer is obviously yes. The public is invited to watch a mashup of Shakespearean productions in The Bard Bares It All, running November 22 and 23, and December 6 and 7, at 7:30 pm, with a matinee on December 4 at 12:30pm. Performances take place in the Little Theater at Peninsula College.
All the world’s a stage, and the Little Theater stage will feature excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays famous for their exploration of the themes of Love and Power, including Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merchant of Venice, and Romeo and Juliet. No previous knowledge of Shakespeare is required to enjoy and understand the performances.
“Shakespeare’s plays, although full of Old English words and phrases, is more relevant to our present day than many people may realize,” said PC Drama Professor Dr. Lara Starcevich. “Romeo and Juliet is about love-struck teenagers whose families forbid them to be together. Othello is the story of a man who is led to believe that his wife has been cheating on him. There are plenty of similarities to these Shakespeare tales in our daily lives, and we can learn deep truths about ourselves by appreciating these classic productions.”
Each scene is directed by a different student director enrolled in PC’s Drama 101 class, allowing them to express their own individual approach to Shakespeare. Anna Andersen, Richard Stephens, Tia Stephens, Sandy Brown, Diana Carson-Walker, and Dr. Lara Starcevich are all squeezing into the director’s chair for the show.
“William Shakespeare was an important historical figure in shaping theatre and language as we know it today,” Starcevich said. “His contribution to theatre redefined what theatre is and can be, and has inspired countless authors and playwrights ever since.”
The event is free and open to the public, with limited seating.
For more information, contact Lara Starcevich at firstname.lastname@example.org.