The Pearl Presents James DeVita's IN ACTING SHAKESPEARE, 1/10-2/3


The Pearl Theatre Company will continue its 29th season-and its first season in its new, permanent home on West 42nd Street-with the New York premiere of James DeVita's In Acting Shakespeare. In this adaptation of Sir Ian McKellen's 1987 one-man show, DeVita expertly weaves his personal journey from the fishing boats of Long Island to a theatrical career with details from Shakespeare's life and poetry. In Acting Shakespeare is a comedic and heartfelt tribute to the transformational power of theater.

Performances of In Acting Shakespeare will take place January 10-February 3 (see schedule above) at The Pearl Theatre. Critics are welcome as of Thursday, January 10 for an official opening of Sunday, January 13. The Pearl Theatre is located at 555 West 42nd Street in New York City. Tickets are $65 ($50 previews, $35 seniors, $20 students, $20 Thursday rush) and can be purchased by visiting or calling 212.563.9261.

James DeVita was an unfocussed 24-year-old working on the fishing boats off Long Island sound. A two-time college dropout, he was lost and unsure where life would take him. In 1983, DeVita saw Ian McKellen perform his one-man show Acting Shakespeare and was completely transformed by the experience. He set out to become an actor.

In Acting Shakespeare recounts this journey, weaving Shakespeare's life together with reminiscences of DeVita's days as a fisherman and nights as a classical actor. The show explores the beauty of words, the power of memory and the profound impact theater can have on the course of a single life. For DeVita, this premiere at The Pearl marks a New York stage debut and a homecoming, following a successful 25-year career in regional theater.