This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. It’s Tori here with the latest in Shakespeare news from Toronto.
Just Announced: Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective is accepting applications for their annual Shakesbeers Showdown and this year you don’t even need to be a member of a Shakespeare theatre company to compete!
#ShakesbeersShowdown: Inclusivity doesn’t mean Extinction
“By Invitation Only” is no longer an acceptable rule for Shakespeare companies.
#ShakesbeersShowdown is where Toronto’s hottest indie Shakespeare companies face-off in a battle of winner-takes-all, loser-drinks-most, as contestants cold read scenes from Shakespeare’s notoriously-hard-to-read First Folio. The winner is crowned the revered Shakesbeers Showdown Heavyweight Champion (complete with championship belt), and the losers…get a lot of beer.
For the first time ever, the SOTMSC is opening up the #ShakesbeersShowdown to all companies and members of the public. Companies do not have to be Shakespeare-based, and you don’t even have to have a company: there is a slot available for those without theatre companies to apply as a part of “the people”. Whether you are a Stratford regular or a theatre-school graduate, the title of #ShakesbeersShowdown Heavyweight Champion is yours for the drinking.
On top of all of this, a new rule has been set in place: In the interest of our commitment to gender diversity, 50% of teams must be women, trans, intersex, 2 spirit, nonbinary, agender or gender variant. The text may have been written by one (or a collection of predominantly) old white dude(s), but it doesn’t always have to be performed by them.
Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective is proud to present the seventh annual Shakesbeers Showdown: Volume 7 April 27th, 2018 at 918 Bathurst.
Student/Arts Worker: $22 at the door ($19 online)
Earlybard Tickets (until March 6th at midnight): $17
Honorary Judge: $100
Tickets are available at: http://www.nowtickets.ca/events/52109998/shakesbeersshowdown-jurassic-bard
Or visit nowtickets.ca and search “shakesbeers”
Team entry form can be found at: http://spurofthemomentshakespeare.weebly.com/shakesbeers