This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. It’s Tori here with the latest in Shakespeare news from Toronto. Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective is proud to present the seventh annual Shakesbeers Showdown: #RevengeOfThe5th Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at 918 Bathurst. I had a chance to chat with some of the competing teams and hear their strategies for the big night!
The Shakespeare Standard: Why did you decide to compete this year?
The Edge Productions: We’ve been hearing about this night since it started and always thought it sounded like a fun night and we love what Spur of the Moment does in their work. The Edge Productions recently formed a new partnership with Gangway! Theatre Co. in Toronto and it seemed like the right year for us to participate. We get to have fun and support a good cause at the same time. The Showdown is happening right in the middle of our Pregnancy Pact; the musical run and it provides a nice break and fun night out while supporting a good cause. Win, win!
Team Scholar: Logically and statistically our advanced levels of study, focus and education needed an outlet worthy of the time and investment we have given.
Super Cool Oh Yes: We didn’t get in last year. We’re sure Spur realized their colossal mistake and this time jumped at the opportunity to feature a team with the same first names: Alex and Alex.
Shakespeare Bash’d: I decided to compete this year so that I can get free beer. I get a free beer to drink every round, and if I make it to the final round that’s three or four free beers! Yippee!
Shakespeare Standard: What is your strategy to win?
The Edge Productions: Stay focused, keep going, drink beer and have fun.
Team Scholar: Lectio velocius quam asparagi conquantur
Super Cool Oh Yes: The age-old mistaken identity trope as a ruse to confuse our opponents.
Shakespeare Bash’d: My strategy to win is to cheat. I have a large assortment of booby traps, spiked drinks, robot duplicates, and I’ve made sure that every round is rigged in my favor.
Shakespeare Standard: How have you prepared for the competition?
The Edge Productions: I don’t if you’d call anything we do preparation for the competition. We all love Shakespeare and some of us have specific education in studying Billy’s text. Hopefully, we get a chance to practice before the showdown!
Team Scholars: A steady progression of highly hopped barley in training while also developing high-level enunciation skills.
Super Cool Oh Yes: We have spent the winter loosening up, changed our oral and sleep hygiene routines, ready for a squeeze a tickle and a tease. We’ve been doing a regular sketch show called Long Ass where three teams perform a Long Ass movie, next up is “The Shining”. Alex organizes Concrete Cabaret, an experimental puppetry and performing object cabaret that performs seasonally in Toronto. And other Alex is pleased to announce the launch of a new monthly show called “The Loud Crowd” Toronto’s first character open mic which starts April 22 at SoCap.
Shakespeare Bash’d: To prepare this year I have relocated to a remote region of Atlantic Canada where I am spending my days in deep meditation. I will do this every day until the day of the competition.
The Shakespeare Standard: Who do you think is your biggest competition?
The Edge Productions: We haven’t really gotten to meet the other teams but Shakespeare BASH’d seems like a likely contender for 1st place.
Team Scholar: Only the Bard himself could better us. Or one of the Henrys.
Super Cool Oh Yes: Malcontent Theatre with their unicorn flare, flowers, and glitter. To say the very least, they confuse us. Are they even competing? We thought unicorns didn’t exist. Though honest and judicious, we believe them to be mystical ghosts whom none other can see. Perhaps we are being tricked by our own thoughts? Our mind’s our greatest competition, so we, now presumed mad ourselves, in order to beat them, must triumph over ourselves; the utmost impossible task.
Shakespeare Bash’d: I hate to say it but I’ve looked at the other competitors and I don’t think I have any competition this year. At least none that will continue to be a problem after they have fallen victim to one of my many booby traps.
The Shakespeare Standard: What do you and your partner have that the rest of the competitors don’t?
The Edge Productions: We probably have more sass than the other competitors. We can’t help it. It’s genetic for all of us and then it transfers around like a virus. Maybe that’s how we’ll win!
Team Scholar: Glasses. And jackets.
Super Cool Oh Yes: Fancy Fists, at home and away.
Shakespeare Bash’d: Unlimited Cosmic Power.
There you have it, folks! Come out to see these hilarious humans on May 5 and see which team comes out on top!
This year’s 2019 Competitors are:
Shakespeare BASH’d (NOW magazine’s READER’S CHOICE Best Site-Specific Theatre Company 2018)
The Edge Productions
Super Cool Oh Yes (featured on CBC’s Next Up)
Skipping Stones Theatre (Nominated for Outstanding Supporting and Lead Performance with My Entertainment World)
Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Collective
The Reviewers (Led by Toronto’s very own Steve Fisher)
Malcontent Theatre Company (Best Independent Theatre Production BroadwayWorld Awards 2016)
Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective is proud to present the seventh annual Shakesbeers Showdown: #RevengeOfThe5th Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at 918 Bathurst.
Afterparty to follow
Student/Arts Worker: $22 at the door ($20 online)
Tickets are available at:
Or visit nowtickets.ca and search “shakesbeers”
Entrants for “The People” will be available on April 3rd at: http://spurofthemomentshakespeare.weebly.com/shakesbeers