May 27, 2018

Theatricum Celebrates Shakespeare at 450


William Shakespeare, more than any other writer, chronicles every imaginable human emotion: love, jealousy, rage, romance, despair, joy, tenderness, humor. We understand our world – and ourselves – better because of him.

This year marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, and what better way to celebrate than with an entire Theatricum season dedicated to him! Think of it as “Shakespeare for the 21st Century.”

Theatricum’s summer season of plays begins on June 7, and is your opportunity to re-discover Shakespeare with new eyes, or to discover one of his plays for the very first time. 
Moreover, the season ends with a fifth play, a political comedy thriller, Shagspeare, drawn from Shakespeare's life.

Cost-saving season subscriptions are available at three levels for four or all five plays. Book your Theatricum outing to include "Dinner and a Show" for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and All’s Well That Ends Well to enjoy a catered dining experience amdist the bucolic gardens surrounding the theater before the performance.

Lear (June 7–Sept. 28)—Shakespeare’s towering tragedy takes on new dimensions as Ellen Geer steps into the title role that sees “Lear” divide her kingdom and test the loyalty of her three sons. With its daring reversal of genders, this tale of madness, tyranny, loyalty and love is re-interpreted for our age.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 8–Sept. 27)—The natural beauty of our Topanga environment transforms once again to an enchanted forest, peopled by lovers and fairies! Comic misadventures, mistaken identities and unrequited love are reconciled by magic, midsummer revelries and the enduring power of nature.

All’s Well That Ends Well (June 21-Sept. 27)—Welcome to a world where the Royals are ethnic and commoners are white! The beautiful daughter of a physician, Helena, heals the king and wins the right to marry the man she loves—a count above her station. But no one is prepared for the severity of Count Bertram’s rejection of his royally-decreed wife, nor with the lengths Helena is prepared to go in order to win his love.

Much Ado About Nothing (July 12-Sept. 28)—In one of the most exuberant and spirited battles of the sexes ever written, Beatrice and Benedick find each other as detestable as worms. Their verbal jousts are witty but cruel, and every action is calculated to wound—yet beneath their animosity lies a mutual attraction that neither dares confess until circumstances unite them to rescue young friends and forces them to unmask their own true love.

Equivocation by Bill Cain (Sept. 5-Oct. 4)—Winner 2010 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award!

Variety hailed it as “one of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.”

It’s 1605 and a down-on-his-luck London playwright named “Shagspere” is granted a royal commission! He is to write a play promoting the government's version of the Gunpowder Plot, a failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy. But how is Shag going to write the truth as he sees it without losing his head? This explosive comedy of ideas and a high-stakes political thriller deftly reveals the craft of speaking truth to power.