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Where’s Romeo, Puppets, and Sheep | Speak the Speech

By July 10, 2014 No Comments

Hello all and welcome to another edition of Speak the Speech! Lori Ann is out this week, so I Steven,will be filling in fo r her. This week we have a multitude of openings and other offerings ranging from a musical focusing on Romeo’s jilted lover Rosaline (remember her) to puppets and sheep performing Titus Andronicus and King Lear respectively. It is all here so let’s dive in and take a look:

Romeo O Romeo Where art thou Romeo:

Where's Romeo, Puppets, and Sheep | Speak the Speech shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard theshakespearestandard.com shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Steven, filing in for Lori Ann talks about Sheep, Puppets and Spin Offs in this week's Speak the Speech!

‘Searching for Romeo’ playwright Brian Sutton, left, with actress Natalie Newman. Andrew Spear for The Wall Street Journal

So, picture it: Verona Italy, you are at a party and you just got jilted by your boyfriend for a girl who has known for all of two hours-what are going to do?

Well, if you are Rosaline, you are going figure out why exactly why? This simple premise is the basis for the new musical by playwright and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professor Brian Sutton’. Aptly named Searching for Romeo the musical based on the famous tragedy starts out with a high school girl named Roz getting dumped by her boyfriend Tony. While in an English class she falls asleep and starts dreaming about the character of Rosaline form Romeo and Juliet and what the play’s events look like from her perspective.

He never so much as gives her a text message to say he broke up with her,” says Sutton. The musical comedy will even have another focus in that it will show Rosaline as she falls in love another jilted lover- that of Romeo and Juliet’s Paris- who Juliet  leaves when she falls for the dashing Montague. Searching for Romeo will open Tuesday at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

 

Shakespeare Without A Parking Lot to Call Home:

Where's Romeo, Puppets, and Sheep | Speak the Speech shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard theshakespearestandard.com shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Steven, filing in for Lori Ann talks about Sheep, Puppets and Spin Offs in this week's Speak the Speech!

Actors perform Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in the municipal parking lot at Ludlow and Broome Streets during a rehearsal of The Drilling Company for “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” this week. Andrew Lamberson for The Wall Street Journal

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will soon be no more. Due to an urban renewal project on the Lower East Side of New York City’s Manhattan-the parking lot located at Ludlow and Broome Streets is be destroyed and redeveloped. Known as the Essex Crossing, this project will essentially leave Shakespeare in the Parking Lot without a parking lot said Hamilton Clancy its artistic director. Also, according to Clancy, “”There is nothing we can do. That is progress moving on.”  However, not all hope is lost, the Lower East Side’s business improvement district is interested in helping Shakespeare in the Parking Lot with finding a new space for the well known event. The program’s director for programs and services- Kate Archer says,”We’ll do our best to seek out the best solution and location.”

Shakespeare with a Twist: King Lear with Sheep?

Where's Romeo, Puppets, and Sheep | Speak the Speech shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard theshakespearestandard.com shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Steven, filing in for Lori Ann talks about Sheep, Puppets and Spin Offs in this week's Speak the Speech!

Photography by Nick Morris. King Lear with Sheep

Shakespeare it appears is for everyone. This week something caught us here at The Shakespeare Standard off guard a little bit. King Lear being performed by of all things sheep. That’s right you heard me sheep. The play that was put June 14 at the DIG warehouse had the distinct pleasure of starring one human with eight sheep to fill out the cast. The play is not a straight adaptation obviously but it still is noteworthy not only for the all sheep cast. The adaptation tells the story of a director who has the brilliant idea to put on King Lear with an all sheep cast. What follows is a director who stubbornly tries to direct the play while his own frustration and ultimate end ends mirror that of King Lear himself.  All I can say is now I have seen everything.

Shakespeare with Puppets

Where's Romeo, Puppets, and Sheep | Speak the Speech shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard theshakespearestandard.com shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Steven, filing in for Lori Ann talks about Sheep, Puppets and Spin Offs in this week's Speak the Speech!

The Puppet Shakespeare Players present Puppet Titus Andronicus at Theatre Row Photo Credit Maks

Are you a fan of  the 80’s hair band Twisted Sister. or a fan of Avenue Q or an absolute bardophile? Well, then have I got a performance for you! Puppet Shakespeare Players- the group behind adaptions such as Puppet Hamlet and Puppet Romeo and Juliet will take on Shakespeare’s goriest and bloodiest play Titus Andronicus. Puppet Shakespeare Players of which Dee Snyder son is a member will present Puppet Titus Andronicus. Running from July 24 through August 17. Puppet Titus Andronicus with its use of silly string and anthropomorphic boar is sure to be a hit with everyone.

Final Tidbits:

Here are some final tidbits for your perusal

Here is a review of Macbeth that is currently playing at Grosvenor Park’s Open Air Theatre.

All Shook Up, a musical that is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is set to open at The Muni in Springfield Illinois.

 

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Author Steven

Steven has been with The Shakespeare Standard since its inception in 2009. He has had an interest in Shakespeare since acting in A Midsummer Night's Dream in college. You can reach him directly at faustmarlowe23@gmail.com. He currently works as an editor for Foolery with the column of MEMEnto Merry.

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