The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.007  Monday, 9 January 2012


From:         Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:          Monday, 9 January 2012    

Subject:      ASC: The 2012 Actors’ Renaissance Season


American Shakespeare Center Announces The 2012 Actors’ Renaissance Season 


Much Ado about Nothing


In Much Ado about Nothing Shakespeare gives us the sparkling wit of Beatrice and Benedick and the heroic blunders of Dogberry and company.  He gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost.  As the villain Don John devises a scheme to shatter the wedding of young lovers Claudio and Hero, friends of Beatrice and Benedick conspire to trick them into admitting their much-denied love for one another.  In this powerful comedy, Shakespeare makes you laugh, but also breaks your heart - and magically puts it back together again.


Richard III


Richard III chronicles the cataclysmic end of England’s greatest power struggle, the Wars of the Roses.  Richard, as the play’s remarkable ringmaster, takes the audience into his confidence as he plots to kill everyone before him in line for the throne.  Being seduced by Richard’s shameless treachery is one of theatre-going's most delicious guilty pleasures.


Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding

By Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher


Blackfriars Premiere. Two love triangles dominate this beautiful, sexy, troubling, and surprising romance.  Two princes and a princess act recklessly, a king rules foolishly, and a curious youth loves hopelessly.  Loves lies bleeding in Beaumont and Fletcher’s dazzling fairy-tale for adults, but it does ultimately heal.


A Mad World, My Masters

By Thomas Middleton


Blackfriars Premiere. Middleton’s deliriously sinful comedy introduces the fabulous grifters Dick Follywit, a mad-brain trickster, and Frank Gullman, who turns out to be a resourceful courtesan. Money and sex, swindles and scams take center stage in the mad world of Jacobean London - with the unexpected possibility of true love in a most unlikely couple.


Dido, Queen of Carthage

By Christopher Marlowe


Blackfriars Premiere. Arriving in Carthage after the fall of his beloved city, the Trojan hero Aeneas begins a passionate and dangerous love affair with Queen Dido.  Unknown to the lovers, the gods are pulling their strings - with disastrous results.  Part Antony and Cleopatra, part A Midsummer Night's Dream, and part The Tempest - Dido, Queen of Carthage is Marlowe’s ravishing take on Virgil’s Aeneid.


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