Rude Mechanicals present The Merchant of Venice at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Jun 15-30

Rude Mechanicals present The Merchant of Venice at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Jun 15-30

The Rude Mechanicals present
The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Claudia Bach

June 15 – 30, 2018

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

All that glisters is not gold. So warns Shakespeare’s increasingly relevant problem play. Through the story of several characters caught in a world rampant with antisemitism and hate, Shakespeare invites us to ask ourselves what makes a villain? What makes a hero? Where do we draw the line between justice and cruelty? And that perhaps the divide between the two is not as simple as we might like to think.

Ticket prices: $22 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors/Military, $12 Youth (12 and under with adult). Buy tickets here.

Return to the Forbidden Planet at the Greenbelt Arts Center, May 18-Jun 9

Return to the Forbidden Planet at the Greenbelt Arts Center, May 18-Jun 9

Return to the Forbidden Planet
Directed by Jeff Lesniak
Music directed by Chris Wells
Choreography by Rikki Howie Lacewell

May 18 – June 9, 2018

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece! Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria where a sci-fi version of The Tempest set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by the sinister scientist Dr Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates, and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero’s Id, whose tentacles penetrate the spacecraft. Book by Bob Carlton, directed by Jeffery Lesniak, choreographed by Rikki Howie Lacewell.

Ticket prices: $25 General Admission, $22 Students/Seniors/Military, $14 Youth (12 and under with adult). Buy tickets here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hard Bargain, May 10-19

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hard Bargain, May 10-19

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
By William Shakespeare
Abridged by Rachel Wallace
Directed by Rachel Wallace

May 10-19, 2018
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00pm

An abridged version of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy is coming to a space where it was always meant to be performed: right under our beautiful canopy of trees and starlight! Come join the royals, the starry-eyed lovers, the rude mechanicals, and the mischievous woodland faeries as they spin their magical tale!

Location: Hard Bargain Players.

Tickets for Hard Bargain Players performances are $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

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Off The Quill presents Violent Delights at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 27-May 6

Off The Quill presents Violent Delights at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 27-May 6

Violent Delights: A Shakespearean Brawl-esque Sideshow
By Patrick Mullen, Leanne Dinverno, J. Peter Langsdorf, Katie Wanschura & William Shakespeare

April 27 – May 6, 2018

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Step into the Circus of Violent Delights. Blending stage combat, dance, physical theater, clowning, and traditional theatrical convention, our charismatic Ringmaster will lead you through Shakespeare’s most spectacular life or death scenarios.But remember, Violent Delights have violent ends.

Tickets $23 General Admission, $17 Students/Seniors. Click here.

Twelfth Night at Clarice Smith, Apr 20-22

Twelfth Night at Clarice Smith, Apr 20-22

Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tommy Hegarty, Assistant Directed by Lillianna Righter

April 20 – 22, 2018 . 2PM & 7PM

Fri, Apr 20, 2018 . 7:00PM
Sat, Apr 21, 2018 . 2:00PM
Sat, Apr 21, 2018 . 7:00PM
Sun, Apr 22, 2018 . 2:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre

Come see the Maryland Shakespeare Player’s production of Twelfth Night! The Bard’s classic comedy grabs some giggle water and showcases some goofs and lollygags in the Roaring Twenties. The 1920’s in America were times of great precarity. Stuck between the First World War and the Great Depression, Americans enjoyed a period of unchecked wealth, culture, and social change. Twelfth Night exemplifies this precarity — characters are constantly almost running into each other, plots are almost falling apart, all against a backdrop of wealth and high social status. Much like in the ’20s, the role of women in society is questioned and subverted throughout the play.

No tickets required, general admission!

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