The Motley Shakespeare Players revel in the ephemerality of theater with performances tailored to each audience and venue. Materializing out of the Shenandoah Valley and patching together the varied talents of our company, Motley Shakes reaches out to draw people into the creative acts of making and studying theater. Threading actors with audience, everyone becomes a Player as we explore, expand, and explode what the plays of Shakespeare, and others, can be.
Our Company Elements
The Element of Story
The Motley Shakespeare Players create productions that employ the beauty and accessibility of language and the magic of spectacle to entertain and enchant our audiences. Furthermore, we aim to foster unity and play between actors and audiences, telling stories that validate and speak to the lived experiences of our audiences as well as our company members.
The Element of Hospitality
At Motley Shakes, we edify and uplift, showing grace to one another and hospitality to our community. Wherever we perform, we seek to connect with each of our unique audiences on an interactive, personal level. As these stories stretch our understanding of the human experience, we hope to grow in empathy and inclusivity as a company and a community.
The Element of Education
We believe theater worth performing not only entertains, but also educates. As a touring troupe of players, Motley Shakes makes theater education practically and playfully accessible, providing creative resources and opportunities for students of all ages, from elementary school students to lifelong learners. We, as producers of theater, inspire questions so that together, with our audience and our community, we may explore and, maybe, find answers together.
The Element of Professionalism
For Motley Shakes, professionalism guides our goal of creating a sustainable company. By holding ourselves and each other to high standards of excellence, we create challenging and entertaining theater that we are only able to achieve through the collective efforts of our company. While our iteration of the MFA Company may only exist for a year, we aim to build connections and experiences that provide a legacy of excellence that may benefit the companies to come.