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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
901 W Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
“Who is it that can tell me who I am?” Why, the hat can! Now go get ready!
We've finally gotten to it, folks! The play that Bill probably wrote because the older actor in the company was sick of playing doddering idiots and wanted a meaty role for ONCE: King Lear! And of course, we will be doing it in our beloved style of «Shakespeare: RAW»!
How does it work? I'm glad you asked.
A group of actors arrive the day of the show having read (I sincerely hope) the script so they are at least passingly familiar with the text. Then, they pull a character name from a bucket to learn who they will be playing that night. They then have approximately 5 minutes to get into character (read: grab a drink) and get ready for ...their first scene. And the next one. And the one after that. You get the idea.
«But I'm not familiar with the play» you say, well, here's the gist:
Having reached the age of 80, the widowed King Lear calls his nobles together to announce his intention to pass on the cares and responsibility of monarchy to his three daughters, with whom he means to live on a rota basis. His eldest, Goneril, is married to the Duke of Albany and his middle child, Regan, is married to the Duke of Cornwall. At the court are the Duke of Burgundy and the King of France, both hoping to marry Lear's youngest (and favourite) daughter Cordelia. Before dividing his kingdom, however, Lear challenges his daughters to prove which of them loves him best. His two elder daughters play along, making passionate speeches about the depth of their love for him, but his youngest, horrified by their excesses, refuses to say anything. Her unwillingness to exaggerate her feelings enrages Lear and he banishes her forever. He divides his country between his elder daughters and their husbands. On learning that Cordelia will no longer inherit anything from Lear, the Duke of Burgundy withdraws his proposal of marriage. She leaves with the King of France who loves her more now that she has proved her honesty. Lear soon discovers that, by passing his authority to his daughters, he has damaged his relationship with them so much that he is refused a home with either of them. He finds himself banished into a storm with only his Fool (a jester) and the disguised Kent for company. As he descends into madness he learns the error of his ways.
And then everything ends happy, right?… Guys?… Right?
You'll have three opportunities to catch this spectacle, June 11th, 12th and 13th all at 7:30.
The location? Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. Yeah, the one that looks like a castle. We're doing Shakespeare in an f'ing CASTLE!!! A castle with plenty of on-street parking.
Cost is $10 at the door or $5 if you're in «Crazy attire». What does that mean? Well I don't know, what do you think it means? Whatever feels «crazy» in your mind. The wackier the better. And no whining about personal dignity! This is $5 we're talking about here! That's another $5 you can spend at the bar.
See you then Bard-flies!
“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”