What: Portland Center Stage presents two productions simultaneously in repertory sharing sets, costumes and many of the same actors in both productions. (These two plays will be playing on alternating nights and require purchase of separate tickets.) “The Beard of Avon” is Amy Freed’s bawdy, delicious, mind-bending comedy about the true authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. An aspiring young spear carrier (Will Shakespear) is enlisted by Edward de Vere (infamous murderer, lecher and nobleman) to serve as his front man for the plays he wants to see mounted.As their partnership develops, Will’s knowledge and understanding of the theater also grows and the line between mentor and protégé gets very blurry. Who actually wrote the plays? An uneducated actor who was losing his hair? Or the brilliant but tawdry Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford? Or was it Sir Francis of Bacon? Or Christopher Marlowe? Or, dare we dream it Her Majesty, Elizabeth Regina herself. Directed by Jane Jones, Found and Co-Artistic Director of Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre, whose delightful production of Pride and Prejudice was one of the hits of the 2005/2006 season.
Where: Portland Center Stage
128 NW Eleventh at Davis
Portland, Oregon 97209
How: EcoShuttle picks you up at your home and takes your group to watch this great play! Reserve NOW!
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The foretitle is believed to be an afterthought, created after John Marston premièred a play titled What You Will, Shakespeare’s intended title for this play, during the course of the writing. The title Twelfth Night, or What You Will, prepares the audience for its jovial feel of festivities consisting of drink, dance, and giving in to general self-indulgence. The subtitle What You Will implies that the audience is also involved in the merry spirit found in the play.
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