BAG&BAGGAGE ANNOUNCES FIFTH SEASON IN THE VENETIAN THEATRE
Bag&Baggage’s seasons follow a regular schedule, including an outdoor performance of a Shakespeare classic in July, a classic of American theatre in September, a holiday show in December, a major adaptation of Shakespeare in March and an English classic in May. The 2012-2013 Season will be different, according to Scott Palmer, Artistic Director.
Runs July 5–7 &; July 12–15
First performed in July of 2002, Scott Palmer’s powerful and haunting adaptation of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy has been called “a fascinating and striking performance” by The Scotsman, and “a playing style powerfully fitting to this awesome tale” by the Edinburgh Guide. Using Japanese Kabuki-influenced movement and dance techniques accompanied by an original score by Tylor Neist of Red Sneaker Chamber Orchestra, the performance will star former Oregon Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Anne Mueller as Lavinia, daughter of the Roman general Titus Andronicus. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of Palmer’s most moving, evocative and powerful adaptations of Shakespeare. A US premiere.
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, directed by Scott Palmer
Runs September 27–October 14
As powerful today as when it was first produced on Broadway in 1937, Of Mice and Men is a moving, heart-wrenching and profoundly beautiful tale of love, friendship and struggle. One of the great classics of American literature AND a great classic of the American stage! George and Lenny, and their haunting friendship, are at the heart of this timely tale of two men struggling to live in the dustbowl of California during the Great Depression. Directed by Artistic Director Scott Palmer with designs by Gregory Pulver, our version promises to be both visually and emotionally stunning!
Runs December 6–23
The genteel English ladies from Farndale Avenue’s Dramatic Society are world-renowned for their complete incompetence, and their production of “A Christmas Carol” is likely to be their worst (and funniest) yet! Think Downton Abbey meets The Three Stooges…in drag! A disaster prone stage manager, collapsing scenery and hysterical in-fighting amongst the cast help make this truly unique show truly “HILARIOUS!” Farndale Avenue will never be the same, and you’ll never think of Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas the same way, either!
The Merry Wives of Windsor, or the Amorous Adventures of the Comical Knight Sir John Falstaff, by William Shakespeare, adapted by John Dennis, further adaptation by Scott Palmer. Directed by Scott Palmer.
Runs March 7-March 24
John Dennis (a relatively unknown playwright from the Restoration period) wrote his adaptation of Merry Wives in 1647…Only one copy of the script still exists, and Bag&Baggage has found it! Artistic Director Scott Palmer has combined Shakespeare’s classic romantic romp with Dennis’ trimmed down, fast paced adaptation, added a few of his own surprises, and created our very own world premiere: The Merry Wives of Windsor or the Amorous Adventures of the Comical Knight Sir John Falstaff ! Starring Gary Strong (Sir Toby Belch from Bag&Baggage’s 2010 hit Twelfth Night) as Falstaff, and Arianne Jacques, Cassie Greer and Megan Carver as the women who love to hate him.
Runs May 9-26
PLUS A BONUS PLAY
The Velveteen Rabbit, by Marjorie Williams, Adapted by David Jenkins
Runs weekday matinees only during the December 2012 Hillsboro school break.