The Imaginary Forces Ensemble of Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford (SA@S) will present adaptations of Twelfth Night and Henry V from August 1 through August 9. The international cast of fourteen, which includes youths from Asia, Europe, and the United States, has spent the last six weeks of the summer in an immersive training program. Participants not only attend rehearsals, but take part in master classes with visiting practitioners and academics.
SA@S performs at the Shakespeare theater grounds in Stratford, Connecticut. The actor training program opened last summer as a project of The Mighty Quinn Foundation which seeks to enhance educational, theatrical, and artistic experiences for the young (particularly as the foundation’s namesake, the late Quinn Rooney, sought a revival of Shakespeare study and performance in his hometown).
Previous performances on informal Friday Night Showings included a sampling of the students’ creative work-in-progress and a devised movement piece as part of their work with visiting artist Thadd McQuade.
Performances from this training revival in Stratford, Connecticut will take place in repertory each night. A festival day, on August 8, will feature both shows as well as a 2015 alumni production of a four-person Romeo and Juliet to conclude their tour of the northeast United States.