Two Pence Theatre Co. Continues Dead Man's Hand Reading Series with THE ROVER
Two Pence Theatre Co. announces the second year of their popular reading series Dead Man's Hand. Featuring 90 minute cuts of plays written by Shakespeare's peers, friends and frenemies. Each reading features a new lineup of Chicago's most exciting actors and directors in casual settings exploring these often overlooked gems (and the occasional hilarious stinker.) From Beaumont to Webster, and everyone in between, join Two Pence for a beer and hear what was going on in the theatre world when Olde English was modern, the streets had no gutters, and no one knew that ole' Will Shakespeare would be the one to outshine them all.
A former female spy for Charles II, Aphra Behn turned to playwriting to make some cash after the war. The Rover was her biggest success, weaving the Trifecta of Good Plots (love, betrayal, and revenge) into an intelligent portrayal of gender and power in the late 1600s. Directed by recent NYC transplant Shannon Fillion.
Title: The Roaring Girl
Playwright: The Thomases: Middleton, Dekker and Wells
Adapted and Directed: Two Pence Artistic Director Tom Wells
When: Sunday May 4th
Based on the real life thief Mary Frith "most notorious female member of 17th-century England's underworld" The Roaring Girl centers on Moll Cutpurse, just a cross dressing lady trying to mind her own. But marked as the town's Girl You Least Want To Marry, she suddenly finds herself the center of everybody's nasty business. Come get the first peak of our unique adaptation of this incredible play, slated for a full Two Pence production in 2015.
Title: The Revenger's Tragedy
Playwright: Thomas Middleton
When: October 26th 2014
Join Two Pence for a very special Halloween reading of The Revenger's Tragedy with a special focus on the outrageous stage violence. Written when King James was widely suspected of poisoning the English crown with corruption, the playwrights took their revenge to the stage. Middleton wrote one of the best with this Italian tale of brotherly grief, rape, and murder.