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How about more SHAKESPEARE? Ojai’s Theater 150 Presents…

July 14, 2010

It seems like there’s  Shakespeare production around every corner and under every rock this summer and Ojai certainly isn’t left out.

In fact, Theater 150 is producing two of Shakespeare’s plays this summer, The Winter’s Tale and –although I am not sure whether he would recognize the second…

Theater 150’s 2010 Summer Shakespeare Festival is being held under the stars in a newly constructed outdoor amphitheater at Chaparral High school which offers both tiered and lawn seating. All chairs for the lawn must be very low to the ground and have low backs. While Ojai is warm in the summer, the evenings cool off so come prepared with bringing jackets and blankets.

The Winter’s Tale, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, asks: “Is destiny doomed to repeat itself?  Is it possible a pair of low-born clowns have the means of salvation for two kingdoms in their hot little hands?  What happens to a queen when her entire family has been destroyed?  Can there ever be redemption and reparation of grave misdeeds? Or should what’s past help also be past grief… ?”

“It is required that you do awake your faith,” suggests Theater 150, and join them “for this perilous, passionate, hilarious, heartbreaking, breathtaking tale of love and loss and laughter and sorrow and consequence. You will laugh and suffer with these beautifully flawed human beings every step of their treacherous way, and on the journey will discover new tenderness, joy, pain, and wonder. “

While the Bard would likely recognize the above production, he probably wouldn’t have a clue that this production of Love’s Labour’s LOST had much in common with his play of the same name as this is a campy MUSICAL mash-up of Shakespeare and the hit TV show, LOST!

Written by Niki Blumberg and directed by Bari Newport, Theater 150 describes it:

Follow Jack Shepherd and all your favorite LOST characters as they battle time travel, daddy issues, and the trials of love on an island where nothing is as it seems and so many questions are never answered. Written by Niki Blumberg. Directed by Bari Newport.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. ted permalink
    July 18, 2010 5:33 am

    Well, you weren’t kidding about a Shakespeare Festival around every corner and under every rock… Yes, lots of Shakespeare going on in Summertime… On my rock too… I live in Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands… A local professional theater company does ‘Shakespeare Under the Stars’ every summer on our island… This year is ‘Henry V’… in fact, Henry is from your neck of the woods (somehow that doesn’t sound appropriate), an actor from Los Angeles. Enjoy your Summer Shakespeare!

  2. July 18, 2010 6:35 am

    Yes, we’re fortunate that there is lots of Shakespeare close by! I’m amazed that A Winters Tale is being staged at 2 outdoor venues across county. We were going to go to this staging tonight but then figured out it was $34 per person on Fri/Sat and only $17 on Sunday.

  3. Marie permalink
    July 19, 2010 8:32 pm

    Did you end up getting to see it? How was it?

  4. July 19, 2010 8:51 pm

    No, we didn’t: $34 x 2 adults + our kid for Saturday night just wasn’t in our budget. And too much too early on Monday to go see it Sunday night when it’s cheaper… We really want to check out the new venue tho and I’ve heard it’s good…

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