Elements Theatre Company celebrated Shakespeare’s  400th anniversary, paying tribute to his brilliant life with Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language. The Company took us on a journey through the ages with several playwrights influenced by Shakespeare, exploring scenes of Revenge and Forgiveness — culminating with works of Shakespeare himself. Ibsen, Wilde, Stoppard, and other giants lent their voices in this homage to Shakespeare’s genius, through expressions of the human heart that echoed the Bard’s own masterful renderings of humanity — in all its grime and glory.

Kathryn Moncrief, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of English at Washington College, Maryland.  See her full biography

Friday, April 22
6:45pm – Guest Lecture, Kathryn Moncrief, Ph.D.
7:30pm – Performance
Talkback after the 7:30pm performance with Kathryn Moncrief and Elements Theatre Company Actors

Saturday, April 23
1:00pm – Lunch
2:15pm & 6:45pm – Guest Lecture, Kathryn Moncrief, Ph.D.
3:00pm & 7:30pm – Performances
Talkback after the 7:30pm performance with Kathryn Moncrief and Elements Theatre Company Actors

Paraclete House
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Performances: $35; $30 Seniors
Lunch & Performance: $50, $45 Seniors

The Real Thing
by Tom Stoppard
– Max & Charlotte

Sonnet 126 by William Shakespeare

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
– Blanche

Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
– Mrs. Erlynne, Lady Windermere, Lord Windermere, Parker

Sonnet 90 by William Shakespeare

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
– Krogstad &  Khristine

The School for Scandal by Richard Sheridan
– Joseph Surface, Servant, Lady Teazle, Sir Peter, Charles Surface

Sonnet  144
by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing  by William Shakespeare
– Benedick & Beatrice

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
– Hamlet & Ghost

Sonnet 64 by William Shakespeare

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
– Titus, Tamora, Chiron, Demetrius

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
– Prospero                            

Lunch Menu:
Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Sandwich
Balsamic Glaze Spring Salad
Cape Cod Potato Chips
Chocolate Chip and Cherry Blondie Cookies
“Sisters” Ice Tea, Hot Tea & Coffee

Cast & Staff

Cast & Staff

Director – Sr. Danielle Dwyer
Technical Director – Chris Kanaga

Guest Speaker for pre-performances lecture – Kathryn Moncrief, Ph.D.

Kate Moncrief
Dr. Kathryn M. Moncrief is Professor and Chair of English at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and is the recipient of Washington College’s Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching. She currently serves as co-editor of the Shakespeare Life and Times for the Internet Shakespeare Editions. She is co-editor of Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage and Classroom in Early Modern Drama (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2013); Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction and Performance (Ashgate, 2011); and Performing Maternity in Early Modern England, (Ashgate, 2007). She is the author of articles published in book collections and journals, including Shaping Shakespeare for Performance, Metaliterary in Practice, Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood, Renaissance Quarterly and others and is author of Competitive Figure Skating for Girls (Rosen, 2001).  She also works as a dramaturg.

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 400th Anniversary celebrations!   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 this anniversary, 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 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 words “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 scenes grapple with the issues of forgiveness and / or revenge.  The rhythm 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 400 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 celebration,


Sr. Danielle Dwyer and all of Elements Theatre Company

See and Hear

See and Hear

livestream-logoJoin us Friday and Saturday for inspiring pre-performance lectures and stimulating evening performance talkbacks with guest speaker, Kathryn Moncrief, PhD, Washington College, Maryland. Elements Theatre actors will join her for the Talkbacks.
Friday, April 22:
Friday evening 6:45 Pre-Performance Lecture
Talkback after 7:30 Performance with Kathryn Moncrief and Actors
Saturday, April 23:
Saturday 2:15pm Pre-Performance Lecture
Saturday 6:45pm Pre-Performance Lecture
Talkback after 7:30pm Performance with Kathryn Moncrief and Actors