Accidental Shakespeare Co. Will Continue Hit & Run Shakespeare With THE WINTER'S TALE
New York's most spontaneous Shakespeare Company is back this November! The Accidental Shakespeare Company has announced that their "Hit & Run Shakespeare" series will continue with the Bard's tale of love, loss, and redemption -- The Winter's Tale.
The Winter's Tale will be staged November 24th at the American Globe Theater. In accordance with the rules of "Hit & Run Shakespeare," the company will come together fully memorized, having had no previous rehearsal. The audience is encouraged to participate by bringing along props for the actors to use in performance.
While there may be no director or rehearsal process in Hit & Run Shakespeare, there are "fouls," which a referee enforces strictly with a blow of the whistle. Any dropped lines, missed cues or late entrances will be recorded on a scoreboard, giving the event a game-like quality. In the spirit of play, the actor with the most fouls at the end of the evening is awarded a prize.
The company was launched in 2011 by Co-Artistic Directors Lindsay Tanner and Kim Wong. To date, Accidental Shakespeare Company has hosted six "Hit & Runs," and have brought their playful approach to both the Bard's comedies and tragedies. This past August, the company staged Shakespeare's bloodiest play, Titus Andronicus, where actors pelted one another with water balloons to symbolize the characters violent deaths.
"We believe that the joy of live theater lies in its accidents and screw-ups, and watching actors deal with them creatively," says Wong. "In Hit & Run Shakespeare, there's no director, no rehearsal, and no plan. It's just pure, spontaneous play!"
The Winter's Tale cast will feature Stacey Bone, Mitchell Conway, Chris Gebauer, Julia Giolzetti, Sarah Golden, John Hardin, Julia Jones, Whit Leyenberger, Collin McConnell, Rachel Ritacco, Christine Sanders, and Tai Verley.
For more information about Accidental Shakespeare Company's Hit & Run series or the November 24th performance of The Winter's Tale, visit accidentalshakespeare.tumblr.com. All tickets for The Winter's Tale will be available at the door. For directions and venue information, go to www.americanglobe.org.