“Are all glories like dreams-the true ones taken to be false, and the false ones, to be true? There’s so little difference between one and the other that we cannot be sure if what we’re seeing and enjoying is simple fact or an illusion! Can it be the copy is so like the original that no one knows which is which?”
BASILIO, King of Poland ……. Mark Hughes Cobb
SEGISMUNDO, Prince ……………….. Joseph Welty
ASTOLFO, Duke of Muscovy …… Bert McClelland
CLOTALDO, An old man ………………. Steve Burch
CLARIN, A clownish servant ………..Joseph Arrigo
ESTRELLA, Princess …………………….. Morgan Hall
ROSAVRA, A lady ……………………. Elizabeth Thiel
Soldiers/Servants ……………………………. Mark Hulse
En Español ………………………………… Madeline Tatro
Translated by Edwin Honig
Adapted and Directed by Deborah Parker
On Monday, April 24th at 7:30pm at the Tuscaloosa Cultural Arts Center, Improbable Fictions will present Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Pre-show music begins at 7:10pm. As always, IF events are free and open to the public.
On Thursday, March 30th at 7:30pm in 205 Gorgas Library, Improbable Fictions will present a staged reading of Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, an early modern Spanish drama. The reading is directed by Deborah Parker and will involve actors from UA and from the Tuscaloosa community. Free and open to the public.
Next Thursday, March 9th from 7:00 to 9:30pm, IF presents a cold reading workshop of Diamond Forde’s Restoring Summer, a play-in-progress with resonances from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. We’ll meet in 205 Gorgas Library on UA’s campus, pass out scripts, and read through Diamond’s most recent draft. If you’re interested in reading or just in listening, drop by! RSVP if you can to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re still looking for another reader or two for Meredith Noseworthy‘s What Vicious Loves! We’ll be holding an open rehearsal on Sunday evening at 7:30pm in Gorgas 205 if anyone’s interested in seeing how the play is progressing and getting at glimpse at IF’s process. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you’re interested in attending.
Our performance of What Vicious Loves will be on April 2nd in Gorgas 205. Our reading is very much a work in progress, and we want to give it the time it needs to shine.
We’re still looking for a few good readers for Meredith Meredith Noseworthy’s What Vicious Loves: A Play, which we’ll be staging on February 26th in Gorgas 205. An adaptation of the myth of Romulus and Remus that casts the twins as women, What Vicious Loves is, to say the least, a timely piece. Here’s a bit of the author’s note on casting:
“All characters are fluid enough to be played by any actor of any racial or gender identity.”
If you’re looking to participate in the kind of theatre that embraces diversity and addresses contemporary understandings of who we are as human beings, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you the details.
I’m pleased to announce the spring 2017 lineup for Improbable Fictions! We’re organizing a wide variety of events this semester, including workshops on Shakespearean appropriations and two separate staged readings, one of Shakespeare and one of the early modern Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon. For the first four events, we ask that you RSVP to email@example.com to indicate your interest.
Sunday, Jan 29th from 7:00 to 9:30pm, a cold reading workshop of Meredith Noseworthy’s What Vicious Loves. 301 Morgan Hall.
Tuesday, Feb 7th from 7:00 to 9:30pm, a cold reading workshop of work by Diamond Forde. 301 Morgan Hall.
Sunday, Feb 26th from 7:00 to 10:00pm, a staged reading of Meredith Noseworthy’s What Vicious Loves. 205 Gorgas Library.
Thursday, Mar 30th from 7:30 to 9:30pm, a staged reading of Perdon Calderon’s Life is a Dream, directed by Deborah Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org). 205 Gorgas Library. Contact Deborah for details.
Sunday, April 16th from 7:30 to 9:30pm, a staged reading of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Annie Levy (email@example.com). 205 Gorgas Library. Contact Annie for details.
Finally, I’d like to note that the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies is thrilled to be hosting the American Shakespeare Center’s “Hungry Hearts Tour 2017” for two (FREE!) productions at the BAMA Theatre, February 10-11: The Two Gentleman of Verona and Romeo and Juliet.
Both performances begin at 7:30 (with pre-show music beginning at 7:00PM). These shows are free and open to the public. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This is a rare opportunity to see a longstanding, professional Shakespeare company perform free of charge (most of the host institutions are charging admission for ASC shows, but we are making them available to students, faculty, and members of the community for free to encourage as broad and large an audience as possible).