Photo Flash: First Look at Theatricum Botanicum's ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, Opening Tonight
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicumcontinues its celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday with a new production of All''s Well That Ends Well that joins the All-Shakespeare Repertory Season tonight, June 21. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action!
Shakespeare''s bittersweet comedy is all about class differences, and Theatricum''s production brings it into the 21st century without changing a word. The story of low-born Helena who heals the king and wins the right to marry the man she loves starts out on a high note. But when the man of her choice turns out to be a count above her station, he brutally and ruthlessly rejects her.
Co-directors Ellen Geer and Christopher W. Jones use a simple casting choice to challenge our modern perceptions of wealth, status and class: the aristocrats are all portrayed by actors of color, with Caucasian actors playing the commoners.
Willow Geer takes on the role of Helena with Max Lawrence as the elitist Bertram. Earnestine Phillips plays the Countess of Rousillon, Wayne Stribling, Jr. is the King of France, Debi Tinsley is the Old Widow of Florence, Mark Lewis is the cowardly Parolles, Alan Blumenfeld and William Dennis Hunt alternate in the role of the Countess'' old clown, Lavatch, Melora Marshall plays Lafeu and Chelsea Fryer portrays Mariana.
This summer, discover Theatricum Botanicum's "garden of theater," a spectacular outdoor amphitheater nestled in the heart of Topanga Canyon. Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. All''s Well That Ends Well opens on Saturday, June 21 and continues through Sept. 27, running in repertory with ongoing performances of Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream. For a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or log onto www.theatricum.com. Visit Theatricum on facebook: www.facebook.com/theatricum. Follow us on twitter: @theatricum.
Photo Credit: Miriam Geer
Max Lawrence and Willow Geer
Wayne Stribling, Jr., and Willow Geer
Mamie Willhelm and Alan Blumenfeld
Melora Marshall and Wayne Stribling, Jr.