Summary

Summary

Celebrate the 450th Birthday of the Bard!

On Friday & Saturday, April 25-26, Elements Theatre Company presents a weekend of performances, lectures, and celebrations honoring Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.  The weekend events include performances of an original work, Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language, presented by Elements Theatre company, as well as lectures by local resident John Clark, PhD., C.E.C., Founder of The Inquiring Mind classes, a pre-show Birthday Dinner, gallery display of Shakespeare’s life and work, and opportunities to record sonnets for the Word Made Flesh online sonnet project.  Please join us!

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 25, 2014

7:00 Pre-performance lecture with John F. Clark
8:00 Performance of Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language
Reception following

Saturday, April 26, 2014

12:00-2:00 Bag lunches available for purchase, browse the gallery display, record a sonnet for the Word Made Flesh project
2:00 Pre-performance lecture with John F. Clark
3:00 Matinee performance of Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language
4:30 Gallery open and record a sonnet
5:15 Service of Choral Evensong
6:15 Birthday Dinner
8:00 Performance of Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language
Reception following

Paraclete House, Rock Harbor, Orleans

Tickets:
Show only: $30, $25 Seniors, 18 and under free

Dinner theatre: $60, $55 Seniors, 18 and under $18

For ticket reservations for dinner and performances, click here or call 508-240-2400.

About the Performance:
Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language

UntitledFrom the heights of Shakespeare’s own time to the current day, every writer who has put pen to page has done so under the guiding light of the Bard’s influence. What better way to celebrate Shakespeare’s marvelous heritage than to explore the traces of his genius left to us in the writings of his artistic children. Labyrinth will take you on a journey through the works of other great playwrights through the centuries: Stoppard, Williams, Ibsen, and Sheridan, until at last you reach the core and center – Shakespeare’s own works.

About John F. Clark, Ph.D., C.E.C.

John Clark, born and educated in England, is now a year-round resident of Eastham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

He has taught for the British Council in Beirut, at the American University of Beirut, at UCLA, where he was nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award, and at Central Washington University. John holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature and English Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin and is one of the editors of The Dictionary of American Regional English.

If you can’t make it to our Birthday Bash please join us on Livestream for John Clark’s lecture on Friday April 25th at 7:00pm EST.

 

Cast & Staff

Cast & Staff

The Cast

The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard

Max Brad Lussier
Charlotte Sr. Danielle Dwyer

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Blanche Rachel McKendree

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Krogstad Chris Kanaga
Mrs. Linde Sr. Danielle Dwyer

The School for Scandal by Richard Sheridan

Joseph Surface Chris Kanaga
Servant Rachel McKendree
Lady Teazle Heather Norman
Sir Peter Brad Lussier
Charles Surface Peter Haig

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Benedick Peter Haig
Beatrice Rachel McKendree

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet Kyle Norman
Chorus Brad Lussier, Sr. Phoenix Catlin, Rachel McKendree,Peter Haig, Stephanie Haig, Kate Shannon, Heather Norman

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare

Chiron Rachel McKendree
Demetrius Peter Haig
Tamora Sr. Danielle Dwyer
Titus Chris Kanaga

Tempest by William Shakespeare

Prospero Brad Lussier

THE STAFF

Director
Sr. Danielle Dwyer
Technical Director
Chris Kanaga

To see the entire program or read the program notes click here

News & Reviews

News & Reviews

From the Director

From the Director

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Labyrinth; A Legacy of Language, an original piece for Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday. It is our great joy and delight to offer this show as a tribute to his inspiration and ongoing influence through the last four and half centuries.

In thinking about his birthday celebrations, what better way to celebrate than to bring together works that speak of his influence and at the same time speak of their own integrity. Shakespeare’s exceptional and original grasp of the human condition; its excesses and depravity; its joy and heroism all gave birth to new ideas and possibilities of storytelling for the stage. Gathering and culling through playwrights who claim him as a direct influence was an overwhelming yet awesome task. Each of the four playwrights we chose were and are still mavericks in their own right; owing a debt of gratitude to Shakespeare’s influence. It is true Ophelia’s quote “We know what we are, but know not what we may be. “ His genius opened the door for others to explore and expand drama and its reach to greater truth.

In the course of the show you will see some very specific stylistic choices. Besides looking for playwrights influenced by Shakespeare, we wanted there to be a unifying theme and so all of the eight scenes grapple with the issues of forgiveness and or revenge. The rythym of Labyrinth takes its direction from its name, starting with a work from the last thirty years and traveling back in time until it reaches the center and core of works from Shakespeare. Keeping consistent with the nature of celebrating these 450 years, a series of windows from those years make up the set as a way to view the show, – looking through these windows of time, so to speak.

Thank you for joining with us on this birthday celebration.

Sr-D-Signature

Sr. Danielle Dwyer and all of Elements Theatre Company

See and Hear

See and Hear

The Birthday Bash

Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language

Rehearsals have begun – Check-out the gallery below.