Maryland Shakespeare Festival
Maryland Shakespeare Festival will stage its Bare Bard Repertory—a rotation of Comedy of Errors, Richard III, and The Merchant of Venice with only three days of rehearsal for each play—in Goucher College’s Mildred Dunnock Theatre from June 7 through June 23. The plays will be presented Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. After all Sunday performances, audiences are encouraged to stay for a talk-back with the cast.
Tickets are $22 for regular admission and $18 for students and seniors. Visit www.mdshakes.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Highly improvisational and interactive, Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s Bare Bard Repertory borrows production techniques from the original practices of Shakespeare’s own acting companies. The actors learn their lines for each show in advance, get together briefly to choreograph dances, stage fights, work out physical comedy, and run lines. Then, without any pre-established staging, the actors perform for a live audience. The actors also engage the audience with direct eye contact, questions, and sometimes an invitation to join in a dance or enter a crowd scene.