If music be the food of love play on! Join the professional company of MD Shakespeare Festival for one of Shakespeare’s favorite comedies.
Viola lands on the shores of Illyria thinking her twin brother is dead. This begins a journey of mix up identities and forbidden love. Count Orsino loves Olivia who falls in love with the disguised Viola who is herself in love with the Count. Add a puritanical steward, a drunken uncle, a cowardly suitor, a wise fool, and a plot for revenge and the whirly gig of time spins about for everyone’s amusement.
“This is NOT your Grandma’s Shakespeare!” says Producing Artistic Director and Bare Bard creator Becky Kemper, as she explains just what exactly the Bare Bard experiment is all about. Actors come together and with very little ‘traditional’ rehearsal and work to use Shakespeare’s language to stage themselves and build the play within the moment. “These are professionals at the top of their game, working on impulse and pushing the cutting edge of Shakespeare scholarship. It’s immediate, it’s centered on the actors’ relationship to the audience and Shakespeare’s poetry,’ she continues.
Actor Shannon Parks confides, “It’s exhilarating and terrifying and unlike any theater I’ve ever created.” The actors play to the audience, in the audience, and with the audience to realize a theater of the imagination that has kept William Shakespeare the most produced playwright in the world.