Bards of the Northeast Stage will take to the boards on Friday and Saturday with two nights of Shakespeare at the Jamesport Meeting House.
The theater company will perform "Shakepeare: Tales and Tempests: A Theatrical Journey," Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House. Tickets cost $18.
The performance wil explore the last six plays written by Shakespeare and celebrates the beauty of and power of the Bard's language.
The original production is part of Northeast Stage's annual winter East End Shakespeare Actor Training Program, headed by A.D. Newcomer, where a small group of actors comes together for eight weeks to study classical acting, learn approaches to playing Shakespeare, engage in a deep exploration of his texts, and share the texts with the audience in an original piece of theatre using Shakespeare's characters, stories, and language.
The idea for this year's production, "Shakespeare: Tales and Tempests" was first conceived by A.D. Newcomer. The production was then created together by the whole troupe, picking material from six plays, gathering staging ideas, and writing narrative to help tie together the scenes, speeches, songs, and soliloquys of Shakespeare's that were ultimately chosen to be put on stage.
The collaborative theatrical production focuses on the last six plays in the Shakespearean canon:"Pericles," co-authored with George Wilkins, "Cymbeline," "The Winter's Tale," "The Tempest," and two plays Shakespeare wrote with John Fletcher, "Henry VIII," and "The Two Noble Kinsmen."
"Shakespeare: Tales And Tempests" features Steve Buchanan, Cate Clifford, Richard Gardini, Kevin Monsell, A.D. Newcomer, Colin Palmer, Suzette Reiss, and Vivian Wyrick. Directed by A.D. Newcomer, with musical arrangements by Vivian Wyrick.
Performances will take place Friday and Saturday; shows start at 7 p.m. The $18 ticket price at the door includes a post-show wine and cheese reception each evening.
All proceeds from the production go to support the Jamesport Meeting House, and Northeast Stage's annual free Shakespeare-in-the-Park in Greenport. This year's Shakespeare-in-the-Park production will be "Henry V," directed by Colin Palmer.