Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents Noel Coward's classic comedy Private Lives, directed by Emily Heugatter the production runs August 17 through August 27 at 2920 Paseo in the Paseo Arts District.
Private Lives, written in just three days, remains Coward's greatest success and the play that marked the peak of his career. Elyot (a role originated by Coward himself) and Amanda are a gloriously selfish divorced couple who, by a quirk of fate, meet again on their honeymoons with their new spouses and reignite their old spark. The revival of their fiery romance, alternating between heated rows and passionate reconciliations, reminds them that although they cannot live with each other, nor can they live without.
A masterpiece of 1930's high comedy full of razor sharp wit and sparkling dialogue, Private Lives remains one of the most sophisticated, entertaining plays ever written, offering an evening of acutely sharp, divinely decedent, and unashamed humour.
Private Lives features Greg White as Elyot, Renee Krapff as Amanda, David Fletcher-Hall as Victor and Claudia Fain as Sibyl. The creative team includes Lee Brausell (Set Design), Andy Wallach (Costume Design) Joshua Robbins (Lighting Design), and Kaitlyn Souter (Props Design).
Tickets for Private Lives are available online at www.oklahomashakespeare.com or by calling (405) 235-3700.
THE 2017 OKLAHOMA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK SEASON:
The Taming of the Shrew
Directed by Caprice Woosley
In Shakespeare's most outrageous comedy, sweet tempered daddy's girl, Bianca, can have her pick of suitors- but not until her sister, the acid-tongued Kate can be married off. Rising to the challenge is new man in town, Petruchio, but can he match Kate jab for jab? A hilarious, delirious tangle of masquerades and misdirection plays out as Bianca finds herself with too many suitors and Kate and Petruchio seem hell-bent on outwitting each other and in the end this surprising love story dares to ask what roles we play...and underneath who we really are.
Directed by Laura Standley
"All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster Abbey, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds."- Virginia Woolf
Aphra Behn, known to history as the first credited female playwright, has one opportunity to have her play produced and fulfill her desperate desire to leave the spy trade behind her. The catch? She must finish and deliver her play by morning all while fighting off distracting romantic temptations, attempting to win a pardon, and trying to save the life of royalty. Her hectic antics unfold into a night of hilarity, passion and self discovery that transcends time.
By Noel Coward
Directed by Emily Heugatter
Champagne and laughter will explode with Noel Coward's timeless comedy
Private Lives. Glamorous, rich and reckless, Elyot and Amanda have been divorced from each other for five years. Now both are honeymooning with their new spouses in the South of France. When by chance they meet again across adjoining hotel balconies, their romantic feelings for each other are immediately rekindled. Without a care for scandal, new partners or memories of what drove them apart in the first place, they hurl themselves headlong into love and lust. Private Lives is a dazzling witty masterpiece and considered to be one of the greatest comedies ever written.
Directed by D. Lance Marsh
An unrequited ghost, an indecisive prince, a kingdom in chaos: something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Shakespeare's dark tale of power, murder and vengeance is regarded by many as the most influential work ever written for the stage. This richly complex tragedy unfolds as the young prince of Denmark swears to avenge the untimely death of his beloved father and pulls his country into a maelstrom of madness and murder.
Tickets are available online at www.oklahomashakespeare.com
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About Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park:
Founded in 1985 by Executive Director Kathryn McGill and the late Jack O'Meara, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park has been bringing first-rate professional productions of Shakespeare and the classics to life in Central Oklahoma for 33 seasons. This season's shows will be performed outdoors in downtown OKC at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage and at OSP's new studio space in the historic Paseo Arts District. The organization's educational outreach programs help Shakespeare come alive for students and teachers in classrooms throughout the state. OSP is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation, Allied Arts, The Inasmuch Foundation, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, OCCF. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is a proud member of Actors' Equity.