Earth. The earth is a place we call home, a place where we can plant our roots and grow. But when these roots are upended, can we reconnect and plant ourselves anew? We explore this question through Shakespeare’s As You Like It, our touring educational show that begins our season by turning the world upside down and running off into the woods to patch everything back together. Touring through April 2018 Directed by company member Liz Bernardo
The Winter's Tale
"I am a feather for each wind that blows."
Photo Credit: Miscellaneous Media Photography
Wind. As a force, wind can be destructive, but if harnessed it creates a strong power. In The Winter’s Tale, wind becomes a powerful force: the wind of change, the whirlwind of emotion, the flurry of words. When stormy skies cloud us, can we find the sun once again? Through this small-scale touring production of Shakespeare’s late play, we continue our season by looking at how people can change with the wind and ultimately be redeemed. Touring through April 2018 Directed by company member Nick Ciavarra
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
"I'll fetch thee fire."
Photo Credit: Lauren Reed
Fire. It is a powerful force feared by many; but what happens when we dive into the fire willingly? Christopher Marlowe's classic tale of Faustus offers a parallel to Winter’s Tale. While forgiveness dominates the final acts of Winter’s Tale, damnation permeates Faustus. Through this small-scale touring production, Motley Shakes takes a look at what happens when we play with fire. Touring through April 2018 Directed by company member Mary Finch
The Knight of the Burning Pestle Ether
"We have many more adventures yet."
Photo Credit: Mary Finch
Ether. Our fifth element, ether - something beyond the physical - abounds in Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Produced renaissance style, this wild play invites everyone to be a player - completely erasing the line between actor and audience in this play. Monday, January 29th at 7:30 PM in the Blackfriars Playhouse (10 S. Market St.) Tuesday, January 30th at 7:30 PM in the Blackfriars Playhouse (10 S. Market St.) No Director.
"Through the rough seams of the waters."
Water. While being essential for life, water also contains the potential to be destructive. For the guest-directed Blackfriars performance, Motley Shakes brings the magical tale of Pericles to the stage. Full of twists, turns, and tides, Pericles gives the players the chance to see the destructive and renewing forces of water and the adventure, hope, and pirates that come with it. Monday, March 19th in the Blackfriars Playhouse (10 S. Market St.) Tuesday, March 20th in the Blackfriars Playhouse (10 S. Market St.) Directed by Vanessa Morosco.