In the spring, Polaris Shakespeare will take on Ana Caro’s The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs, guest directed by Dawn Monique Williams and performed at the Blackfriars Playhouse. This rarely produced Spanish Golden Age comic masterpiece tells a story of wild intrigue and lively ingenuity as one woman defies social expectations of gender in order to bring her fickle lover to justice and restore her lost honor.
Their final offering is The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton, a mesmerizing thriller and black comedy that serves as a searing examination of humankind’s social need for justice and animal desire for vengeance. Produced in a format based on early modern rehearsal practices, Polaris Shakespeare will have approximately one week to collaboratively put the play on its feet without any director. This style of rehearsal allows the company to use performance as research to understand some of the conditions under which Shakespeare and his contemporaries may have worked.
Finally, the company will hold a festival of the entire season during the first week of April at both the Blackfriars Playhouse and MBU @ the Wharf. In addition to a reprise of the season’s plays, there will be many other events designed to showcase the company’s academic and artistic work throughout the year.
For performance dates and to learn more, visit polarisshakepeareco.com, Polaris Shakespeare Company on Facebook, and @polarisshakespearecompany on Instagram, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Polaris Shakespeare Company members include Callie Banholzer, Michael Blackwood, Haley Davis, Robert Thomas Gotschall, Micaela Harmon, Amy Elizabeth Ippolito, Amber James, Amy Kimbrough, Thomas K. Prater, Helen Sanders, and Trent Stephens.
MFA faculty members at MBU include Doreen Bechtol, Ralph Cohen, Matthew Davies, Paul Menzer, and Molly Seremet.