The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0478 Monday, 14 October 2013
Date: October 12, 2013 2:36:18 AM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare Night at the Blackfriars
Quills are drawn. The competition is fierce and poetic. Come and root for your favorite playwright!
A world premiere
By George Crowe
Shakespeare Night at the Blackfriars: London Idol 1610
Directed by Robert Currier
In Elizabethan London, home to the most celebrated writers at the height of their brilliance, English literature is flowering, but Richard Burbage’s Blackfriars Theatre is not faring well. Outside, the plague assails its doors, and the distant threat of war draws nearer. Brooding in his echoing theater one weather-beaten night, Richard Burbage is lost in thought. “How might I resurrect this house? Another raucous bear pit, brothel, a drinking den?”
An audacious thought comes to him:
He will host a playwriting contest! LONDON IDOL 1610 is born.
Richard Burbage challenges playwrights William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Francis Beaumont and the ghost of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe to compete with each other by presenting their one page “cover” plays based on Shakespeare’s best-known works. Dozens of the Bard’s characters careen from bawdy sex romp to wistful reverie in this witty, irreverent grand bouffe. Cross-dressing, cunning, low humor, corsets, loony violence—it’s all here, played by a spry, nuanced ensemble recruited from the Bay Area’s most accomplished comic actors.
George Crowe's nimble, naughty script spoofs and teases Shakespeare's phenomenal wordplay to make this the highlight of this theater season.
George Crowe has had many plays produced locally and nationally since the 1970's, including PARABLE FOR A DARK TIME at the Golden Thread Theater, THE FALSE SERVANT at Abydos Theatre.
Robert Currier, co-founder and Artistic Director of Marin Shakespeare Company, has directed most of the Bard’s masterpieces since the late 1980’s.
The cast: Maureen Coyne, Debi Durst, Amy Lizardo, Mantra Plonsey, Geoffrey Pond, Jeff Trescott, Michael Walraven, original music composed and performed by Cindy Webster and Mantra Plonsey
Shakespeare at the Blackfriars
Runs October 18 through November 17, 2013
The Phoenix Annex Theatre
414 Mason Street in San Francisco
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
and Sundays at 7pm.
General Admission $25.00
Students & Seniors $20.00
For reservations & press info, please call 510-276-3871