Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Shake 38

Shake 38 2018 Schedule

Date & TimeGroup
Suggested AudienceLocationDescription
April 18 - April 22Patrick Blindauer,
All's Well That Ends Well
G (all ages)Online Offering - Shakespeare Festival St. Louis WebsitePatrick Blindauer is a Shakespeare Festival actor, and the puzzle master behind Inspired by All's Well That Ends Well and the many idioms found in Shakespeare’s plays, has created a printable crossword puzzle to be hosted on the Festival's website during SHAKE 38. Link coming soon!
April 18 - April 22B & B Productions
PGOnline Offering - Shakespeare Festival St. Louis WebsiteThis short film interpretation of Shakespeare's tragic / romantic / comic play Cymbeline filters the action through the eyes of Princess Imogen. Using the simultaneously campy, supernatural, and frightening tone of the play as a jumping-off point, "To Have Her Honest Will" examines the collision of Shakespeare's language, tarot card reading, and the subterranean life of a princess on the brink of crisis. Click here to view on Vimeo.
April 18
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Free The Bard Productions
Richard II
PGThe Book HouseFree The Bard Productions will host an informal reading of their one-man adaptation of Richard II at the Bookhouse in Maplewood. Come explore Richard II's struggle with mortality and divinity as he reflects on his abdication of the "hollow" English crown. Enjoy light refreshments and participate in a crucial step in the early development of a new work!
April 18
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Prison Performing Arts at Hogan Street
As You Like It
G (all ages)
Hogan Street Regional Youth CenterHogan Street is a secure residential facility operated by the St. Louis City Division of Youth Services, where Prison Performing Arts conducts weekly theatre classes. PPA Teaching Artists Carl Overly Jr. and Rachel Tibbetts will direct Hogan Street students in a short staged reading including elements of Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble's production of As You Like It. RSVP by April 17 to PPA Director of Youth Programs Rachel Tibbets.
April 18
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
SHAKE 38 KICK-OFF with the Saint Louis Fashion Fund
Measure for Measure
Saint Louis Fashion Incubator“Reclamation: Contemporary Fashion and the Canon” will explore the Bard’s 38 plays using ensembles inspired by Shakespeare’s canon, curated by local stylist and Saint Louis Fashion Fund board member Sarah Stallmann.
April 18
8:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Brianna Owens - Festival Teaching Artist, yoga instructor, and Lululemon Ambassador
Timon of Athens
G (all ages)lululemon, Maryland Plaza in the Central West End
Timon of Athens sees its protagonist obsessing over empty friendships, isolation, misanthropy, and money. In this 45-minute class, we will explore the natural opposites to Timon’s fixations: meaningful connection, fostering a strong community, loving our fellow man, and experiencing wealth through internal harmony instead of worldly possessions. We will begin with a short synopsis of the play and its themes, and conclude with a gentle movement practice and meditation. This class is recommended for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one; some loaners will be available, generously provided by the Maryland Plaza lululemon Athletica. Please confirm your attendance to this free event, as space will be limited.
April 19
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Room13Delmar Players and Sahara SistaSols
King Lear
G (all ages)Corner of N Grand and DelmarLear has decided not to run for another term as president, but to instead pass the baton to one of his daughters. This guerrilla theater Shakespeare production transforms King Lear into the modern day, as a president weighed down by power, greed, and money, driven to the point of madness. We discover that a divided city that forgets the core of its humanity - the very people that live in it - is not much of a city at all. As a King falls, a Queen rises in his place. Queen Lear will be staged on a space of artistic divide, the four corners of the intersection at North Grand and Delmar Boulevards. The performers will be local, and the visual art will be facilitated by the neighborhood art tricycle, Room13Delmar.
April 19
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
J.A.M. Productions
Henry IV, Pt. 1 & 2
R (18+)Xavier Hall Black Box Theatre, Saint Louis UniversityJ.A.M Productions, a group of SLU Theatre students, are devising a new condensed version of Henry IV, Pts I & II in a fun and innovative way. Featuring clowns, live music, violence, drug references, and general tom-foolery, this wacky and experimental version of Henry IV will make you rethink what Shakespeare is, and what civil war can be.
April 19
8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, in partnership with Webster University
PG-13Webster Hall Stage Three, Webster UniversityThe Thousand Natural Shocks is a Festival commission about a teen who finds himself through a high school production of Hamlet. Theatre artist Michael Sáenz has adapted his novel of the same title for the stage. Inspired by the "It Gets Better" campaign, Sáenz tells a coming-of-age story about bullying, sexual and cultural identity, and the unifying power of theater. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, in partnership with Webster Conservatory, is presenting a workshop reading of The Thousand Natural Shocks, directed by Conservatory alumnae Kern McFadden.
April 19
8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Poor Monsters
Richard III
PG-13The ChapelShakespeare: literary master or monkey with a typewriter? How about a group of bad-ass vagina-wielding artists in Saint Louis? Inspired by Richard III, Or What You Will, The Third is a choose-your-own-adventure of sketches written, produced, designed, and performed without Y-chromosomes.
April 19
10:00 - 11:00 p.m.
The Improv Shop
Antony & Cleopatra-
R (18+) ADULTS ONLYThe Improv Shop MainstageLove! Heartbreak! Asps! The Improv Shop proudly presents Dat Asp: An Improvised Antony & Cleopatra. In sixty minutes, with little to no planning, our cast of talented cast of improvisers will present the entirety of Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra. Adults only (18+).
April 20
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Ben Kaplan, 2eCreative
Henry VI, Pt. 1-3
Private Event2e CreativeThe choice is red or white as two warring advertising agencies do battle in the conference room. Representatives from Lancaster Creative and York Communications make their best pitches to their Sovereign, Henry VI, in an effort to win his favor—but will he survive the tussle? Produced by 2eCreative, this not-so-civil war mixes professional Shakespearean actors with advertising professionals to deliver a dramatic lesson in life, love, and account acquisition that will become the stuff of ad lore, discussed in hushed tones around the happy-hour finger-foods for years to come.
April 20
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Fontbonne University
The Tempest
PG-13Sutton Loop Park & Focal PointThe students of Fontbonne University’s Playbuilding class have devised an experiential performance focused on the idea of perspective expressed in The Tempest. Focusing on the opposing perspectives of Caliban and Prospero, the audience will move through Prospero’s island in the time before The Tempest in an exploration of these two foes very different perspectives.
April 20
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Friends of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Coriolanus, The Two Noble Kinsmen,
Love's Labour's Lost
PGShakespeare Festival St. Louis OfficeThe Friends of SFSTL will host an informal reading of favorite scenes from Love’s Labour’s Lost, Two Noble Kinsmen, and Coriolanus at the Shakespeare Festival office. Participants will have the chance to embody a role they might not have previously considered, and hear Shakespeare’s text in an event among friends. If you've ever volunteered for the Festival or simply considered it, this is a great chance to connect with other Friends and celebrate some plays we love.
April 20
7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Team Columbia
The Merchant of Venice
G (all ages) St. Paul United Church - Christ; The Merchant of Venice adapted for Readers' Theatre, with illustrated storytelling and folk songs.
April 20
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Magnificoes!
King John
G (all ages)Left Bank BooksThe Magnificoes! (sometimes known as Shakespeare Festival Reads) will perform a staged reading of King John at Left Bank Books. It's not your everyday book event; this time, the words come to life in the store, not just in the books. We'll set a spotlight on the women, and Spike might even stop by to help!
April 21
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Thursday Night Shakespeare
The Winter's Tale
R (18+) The Old Carriage House Pavilion at Tower Grove Park Thursday Night Shakespeare is pleased to present (a condensed version of) The Winter's Tale. This adaptation, written by a member of our group a humorous introduction to the plot and characters of Shakespeare's play, was originally presented before one of 2017’s Festival performances of The Winter's Tale in Forest Park.
April 21
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
MP3 Players
The Merry Wives of Windsor
G (all ages)The Ruins Fountain at Tower Grove ParkMP3 Players are thrilled to return to SHAKE 38, with a family-friendly one-hour staged reading of The Merry Wives of Windsor in beautiful Tower Grove Park. Bring a blanket or chair and seat yourselves on the lawn in front of the Fountain Ruins. Enjoy this “comedy of errors” involving one fat fool, one jealous husband, two merry wives, and a laundry basket. In case of rain, we will be in the nearby Lily Pond Shelter.
April 21
10 - 11 a.m.
Crossroads Drama Club
Shakespeare's Sonnets
PGCrossroads College Preparatory School lobby"Coming Out with the Sonnets" - a brief story of love and loss at the prom. Four sonnets are used as inspiration to tell a high school tale of loss and love. Written and performed by students at Crossroads College Preparatory. Coffee and doughnuts provided!
April 21
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Jonesey's Words
G (all ages)St. Louis Public Library -- Schlafly BranchStorytime with Pericles is a family-friendly under-an-hour event centered on a picture book adaptation of Pericles. We'll spend time with stories and activities anchored in travel and tribulation, family and friends. Miss Jonesey brings you Shakespeare in collage and humor!
April 21
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Shakespeare Squadron
Romeo & Juliet
PGLa Mancha CoffeehouseShakespeare Festival St. Louis' advanced teen acting ensemble, the Shakespeare Squadron, will re-mount their devised performances inspired by Romeo & Juliet, along with other Shakespearean surprises. Come join the fun!
April 21
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Villa Duchesne
Twelfth Night
G (all ages)RoosterSet in the modern-day world of punk and emo-rock music, the students of Villa Duchesne are stoked to present their version of Twelfth Night at SHAKE 38. Shakespeare’s classic text is mixed with the songs of Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and more bring to life the impulsive, raw, full-throated declarations of love and the urgent, boundless pain of that love unrequited.
April 21
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Theatre Nuevo
King Lear
G (all ages)La VallesanaEl Rey del Pollo a brand new (and very silly) adaptation of King Lear by Theatre Nuevo. This Shakespearean telenovela involves fierce sibling rivalry, a lot of backstabbing, and a giant chicken suit. The story is fun for the whole family... just not the one on stage! Enjoy a plate of La Vallesana's arroz con pollo (or pistachio ice cream) and the passionate tale of El Rey del Pollo!
April 21
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Blind Pigs
PG-13William A. Kerr FoundationCome experience the body-strewn rise and fall of Macbeth as Blind Pigs present a full production of the Scottish tragedy, in the intimate space of the Wiiliam A. Kerr Foundation.
April 21
10:30 - 11:30 p.m.
because why not? theatre company
PG-13The Monoclebecause why not? theatre company is proud to present Em by Shannon Geier, as part of SHAKE 38. Showtimes are 10:30 pm and midnight at The Monocle. 1 in 3 women has been the victim of violence by an intimate partner. Em is one of those women. Trapped in the cycle of an abusive relationship with her husband Jake, Em feels desperate and longs to escape. But will she be able to, before it's too late? Based on the supporting characters in Othello, Em is a sobering, heartbreaking tale of the wrong turns "love" can make and the many forms abuse can take.
April 22
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The English-Speaking Union and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Henry VIII,
Troilus & Cressida
G (all ages)Shakespeare Statue in Tower Grove ParkAnnual Wreath-Laying Ceremony: student winners of the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition will present monologues and sonnets, followed by performances from Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour artists with selections from The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Henry VIII, and Troilus and Cressida. Refreshments will be served at the Lily Pond Shelter following the annual laying of the wreath.
April 22
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Living Arts Studio & Maram Samaha
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
G (all ages)The Living Arts StudioLiving Arts is an all-inclusive art studio accepting artists of all levels and abilities. Come create a character puppet that will then be used in a short performance of scenes from Shakepseare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Living Arts volunteers. Everyone is welcome to join - all art supplies will be provided. Come get creative with us!
April 22
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Teaching Artists
Titus Andronicus
PG-13Pieces Board Game Bar and RestaurantJoin us for a celebration of board games and Shakespeare at Pieces Board Game Bar and Restaurant. We will play Shakespearean-themed board games, tournament style, with Titus Andronicus-inspired challenges between each round. Get ready for some friendly competition!
April 22
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Marilyn Arnold, Metro Theater Company, and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
The Comedy of Errors
G (all ages)Metro Theater Company StudioMarilyn Arnold, senior at Saint Louis University and Education Intern at Metro Theater Company, leads an educational workshop reading of A Most Outrageous Fit of Madnesswith Shakespeare Squadron and Metro Theater Company students. Come enjoy the culmination of a collaborative workshop between these two companies and a hilarious story of family and mistaken identities, written by Nancy Bell and based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.
April 22
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Stone Soup Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew
G (all ages)Schlafly BottleworksStone Soup Shakespeare heads west with The Taming of the Shrew. Sweet Bianca is wooed by many suitors, but they must marry off her clever and headstrong older sister Katherina before they can have Bianca's hand. This all new reimagining of Shakespeare's zany classic battle of the sexes explores the lengths we will go to for love...and money, all against the backdrop of the Wild West.
April 22
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Act II Theatre Club
Julius Caesar
G (all ages)Southwestern Illinois College MC TheatreAct II Theatre Club is bringing Julius Caesar to the stage. We are excited to explore the political climate Shakespeare depicts in ancient Rome and bring it a bit closer to our modern-day experiences. Join us as we experience Julius Caesar and see its relevance over history.
April 22
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Prison Performing Arts Alumni Theatre Company
A Midsummer Night's Dream
G (all ages)Centene Center for the ArtsIt’s Midsummer Madness! The clown characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream - or "workmen" - cast and rehearse their absurd version of "Pyramus and Thisbe," then perform the play to the delight of all. These scenes are Shakespeare's fondest, funniest, and most affectionate comment on the inherent silliness of the quirks and foibles of actors, directors, and the theatre itself!
April 22
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Fight Club
Henry V
Shakespeare Glen in Forest ParkShakespeare Fight Club heads once more into the breach, dear friends, to tackle Henry V for this year's SHAKE38. Bring a picnic and enjoy the classic struggle of French versus Englishc comes to life. And this year you can even be part of the story!
April 22
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Webster Conservatory
Much Ado About Nothing
G (all ages)Tower Grove Park Turkish PavilionMuch Ado About Nothing will be an immersive, exciting, choose-your-own-adventure event! There will be a pre-show experience at 5:45 p.m. where audience members will be able to interact directly with the characters in the show. Guests will be given the option to sit in the shade and watch the central story, OR follow any character exiting a scene on their own separate adventure. What could be more magical than a masquerade at sunset? Located at the Turkish Pavilion in Tower Grove Park, near the South Gate.