Are you sad that you couldn't do Beth Burns' mind-blowing, world-expanding, toolbox-cramming Shakespeare workshops earlier this month?
I understand the impulse, but there's NO NEED! Because she's going to conduct more of them and soon!
Love Shakespeare, but don't know how to turn that love into a knockout performance? You should sign up!
Think you don't like Shakespeare? You should just sign up.
Think you're god's gift to Shakespeare? You should especially sign up.
So whatever your relationship is to the Bard, give yourself a gift and go, go, go!
Stay tuned to Hidden Room Theatre's facebook page for more information. I sincerely hope you get the chance to take this class from a truly gifted and inspiring director and Shakespearean coach.
Below is an excerpt from Hidden Room's press release about the most recent round (the workshops I just got to experience and loved):
Guided by Beth Burns, these weekend workshops offer actors increased skill, confidence, energy, and joy when performing Shakespeare.
Level 1 focuses on verse handling, making strong character choices from small textual clues, allowing the sounds of words to better inform choices, fresh-minting language, and monologue work.
Level 2 focuses on more advanced verse handling and character choices, prose handling, using rhetorical devices to your advantage, and scene work, especially for large (or problem) scenes.
Excited to announce that Bear Eats Bear is going to New York later this month for POP!
This is a truly unique piece, written by THE Lydia Blaisdell and directed by Katie Van Winkle (one of my favorite people in the world), with vocal performances from yours truly and an all-star cast of amazing Austin actresses.
And it's free!
If you find yourself in New York around this time: treat yourself!
A little less than one month until we perform this hilarious, exciting, beautiful, tragic poetry in front of an audience! And now the press release is out! I hope to see you at Ramsey Park!
Romeo and Juliet by Something for Nothing Theatre
Oct. 13 - Oct. 29
Thursdays-SundaysThis fall Something for Nothing Theater graduates from one show to two shows a year with our Romeo and Juliet, featuring an all-star cast of Austin’s favorite Shakespeareans!
R&J stars B. Iden Payne Award winners Justin Scalise as Mercutio and Taylor Flanagan as Juliet. The show also features David Boss as Friar Lawrence, Bob Jones as the Nurse, Becky Musser as Tybalt, and Steve Price as Lord Capulet. One notable new face is Madu, an NYU Tisch grad who will be joining us as Romeo.
The tradition of Shakespeare in Ramsey Park (4301 N. Rosedale Ave Austin TX 78756) continues with this new fall show. Our company produces the plays with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the wonderful language of Shakespeare. For more information, contact Artistic Director Deb Streusand at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/SomethingforNothingTheater.
Romeo and Juliet is so well-known that a plot summary would be superfluous, but its attractions include youthful passion, deeply artful language, Renaissance dance, and intense sword fighting. For this production, the script has been cut down to less than two hours, so it will be a snappy experience particularly appropriate for students who might read the play in school. Bring a blanket or chair, pack some snacks, and join us for this passionate adventure in Renaissance Italy!
Director Deb Streusand says, “Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy of what didn’t have to happen, featuring young, mad lovers who could have survived if not for their insane passion and the anger of almost everyone around them.” Streusand, Something for Nothing’s Artistic Director, has also directed The Winter’s Tale for Something for Nothing, as well as Shakespeare’s Tempest and George Peele’s The Old Wives’ Tale at Mary Baldwin College, where she received her MFA with a focus on directing. She has served as dramaturg for Something for Nothing’s productions of Hamlet and Henry the Fourth Part One.
Taylor Flanagan: Juliet, Gregory
Madu: Romeo, Abram
David Boss: Friar Lawrence, 1st Servingman
Steve Cook: Prince, Chorus
Stephanie Donowho: Benvolio, Balthasar, 2nd Watchman
Annie Kim Hedrick: Lady Montague, 4th Servingman, Tybalt’s page
Leanna Holmquist: Lady Capulet, Friar John, 3rd Servingman
Bob Jones: Montague, Nurse, Apothecary
Becky Musser: Tybalt, 2nd Servingman, Paris’s page
Brennan Patrick: Paris, Petruchio
Steve Price: Capulet, Peter
Justin Scalise: Mercutio, Sampson, 1st Watchman