The Winter's Tale
by William Shakespeare
Presented by UpstART adnd The Wright Opera House. A No Holds Bard production.
Raging jealousy destroys a marriage, a family, a friendship, and two kingdoms. What can resurrect them? The magic of love and compassion. Shakespeare's wild romantic comedy of redemption performed with the energy, intensity, and delight that Shakespeare intended...
King Leontes of Sicilia tries to convince his best friend King Polixenes of Bohemia to extend a state visit that has already lasted nine months. He fails. But when Queen Hermione of Sicilia asks Polixenes to stay, Polixenes agrees. Leontes’ suspicions about them erupt into an overwhelming jealousy, and soon two kingdoms are in crisis.
Well, it sounds familiar: every tragedy shows what happens when a noble character makes a terrible error, and then pays for it, terribly. Othello kills Desdemona, and then… himself. King Lear destroys his own kingdom, then dies.
In a comedy, by contrast, young lovers’ antics as they overcome obstacles leads them to marriage, and, somehow, the restoration of their broken world.
The Winter’s Tale is unique in containing both visions. It is tragic yet hopeful, comic yet significant. Life goes on, as Time will tell you. “The king shall live without an heir,” warns the oracle, “if that which is lost be not found.”
All is lost. What can be found?
We are so excited to share with you this strange and wonderful play.
All faults I make, when I shall come to know them,
I do repent: What’s gone, and what’s past helpe
Should be past greefe.
- King Leontes John Kissingford
- Queen Hermione Dayna Geiger
- Prince Mamillius Natasha / Ariel Hessler (alternating)
- Camillo, a lord Bill Kincaid
- Dion, a lord TBD
- Cleomines, a lord Mariposa Boyd
- Antigonus, a lord Mitch Slevc
- Paulina, a lady, wife to Antigonus Kate Kissingford
- Emilia, a lady Tiffany McNeill
- Other Lords and Ladies Mitch, Morgan, Jake, TBD
- A Jailer Kim Carrell
- A Mariner Tiffany McNeill
- TIME, as Chorus Morgan Wright
- King Polixenes Skylar Sprague
- Prince Florizell TBD
- Archidamus, a lord Morgan Wright
- Old Shepherd, reputed father of Perdita Kim Carrell
- Clown, his son Jake Abell
- Perdita, a foundling raised by Shepherd TBD
- Dorcas, a shepherdess Mariposa Boyd
- Mopsa, a shepherdess Tiffany McNeill
- Four Satyrs Mitch, John, Dayna, Morgan
When UpstART does Shakespeare, it’s No Holds Bard
Fun, interactive, entertainments the whole family will enjoy.
Through close examination of his original, unedited texts, and exploration of the original performance conditions of Shakespeare’s company, No Holds Bard performs Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before: the way Shakespeare’s own actors did it. We perform in general light, with minimal sets, with great, fast-paced, energetic acting and lots of audience interaction.
Our shows are extremely physical, totally accessible, often wild community events: more like a great championship sports game than a fusty theater production. Shakespeare’s audiences didn’t have to be English Ph.D.’s to have a great time at his plays. They were popular entertainments; the Globe was the multiplex of his day.
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