I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, whatever holiday you may be celebrating today!
I have a couple holiday youtube videos for you to help celebrate the day and a clip from Some Like It Hot just for fun. I hope you enjoy them!
I hope everyone is having a delightful holiday season! I have discovered how to post blogs from my phone so you will be hearing a lot more from me. Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday to my father!
I recently went to see Elizabeth Rex at Chicago Shakespeare. Elizabeth Rex is a geek fantasy about Shakespeare and some of his actors hanging out with Queen Elizabeth I under strange and dramatic circumstances. It was brilliant. All the elements of the production came together beautifully and the story was fantastic. I highly recommend that evry Shakespeare or history geek see this play.
For more information click here. For those under thirty five you can get tickets for twenty dollars with the promo code under35.
While you wait for me to figure out what to say in a video blog and make myself presentable enough to be seen on camera I thought I would share with you something Kris Lundberg sent me from New York, it sounds like a fasinating production, I wish I could go see it:
NEW YORK, NY - The Shakespeare's Sister Company is raising funds for our all-female theatrical production William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" to premiere Valentine's Day, 2012 in New York City's East Village. Our film noir version features chicks with guns during the 1929 St. Valentines Day Massacre. The production is being presented as the Shakespeare's Sister Company's on-going mission in women's empowerment and social change for women's rights.
In 23 days, we will need to raise a minimum of $8000 to get the show up and running for a solid production run.
In Our Production
This epic tragedy will be set in the roaring 1920's of Chicago when gang rivalries between the Italian and Irish sprung up over power struggles within the underworld culture. Emulating the Al Capone vs. Bugs Malone rivalry, the Capulet's will represent the Italian south side and the Montague's will claim the Irish north side.
Underground Speakeasies, playing jazz and rag time music, provide a mysterious setting to escape from the strict laws of prohibition. With a high unemployment rate leading toward the great depression, desperate people take desperate measures to maintain jobs and keep friends. The Capulet's host a masked ball where they invite policemen to drink from their illegal alcohol stock and seal the deal to keep their bootlegging anonymous. Romeo sneaks into the Capulet's masquerade party to spy on their transactions and falls into forbidden love with the fair Juliet. The Capulet's domination of bootlegging infuriates the Irish and sets up the tension leading to murderous fights between the two groups akin to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929.
Women have just gained the right to vote, but there is still much to fight for in this patriarchal and dangerous society. Juliet will test the waters of exploring women's new found freedom by dating a boy from the wrong side of town. She journeys from a young woman forced to have a constant guard (her nurse) to a cultured flapper who visits speakeasies, has male sleepovers, and is allowed to decide her own fate.
With an all female cast, this show will create opportunities for women to play both female and male roles in a divided society. Women will play the men as men allowing females to explore the violent nature of gangsters adjacent to women playing females trying to find the strength to fight for their right to rise up in society.
About the Shakespeare's Sister Company
Formed in 2008, the Shakespeare's Sister Company is a not-for-profit theater organization which supports women in the arts. Our commitment is to produce great new plays and established theatrical works by female authors. Our mission is to address global change through the theater, including women empowerment workshops and literacy for youth.
For more information, please visit our webpage at Shakespeare's Sister Company at http://www.shakespearessister.org and our kickstarter campaign on