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Fringe Mini – The Rape of Lucrece

William Shakespeare's Rape of LucreceThe “opening weekend” of William Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrece has been a rousing success. We’ve got three shows left:

Tuesday 8/9 – 10:00 pm
Thursday 8/11 – 5:30 pm
Sunday 8/14 – 7:00 pm

Joshua Humphrey of the Twin Cities Theater Connection podcast caught up with me at the Rarig Center on Thursday evening. He’s got our Fringe Mini interview up on his site. Check it out. And then come and join us for this intimate, erotic, and savage evening of intense blank verse later this week.

Theatre in the Round Players
245 Cedar Ave.

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

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Rape of Lucrece – Our Curtain Speech

William Shakespeare's Rape of LucreceWe’ve just finished our premiere performance of William Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrece. We’re going to be back onstage tomorrow night at 8:30 pm at the Theatre in the Round. If you weren’t with us tonight, I hope to see you tomorrow!

If you’re joining us here because you saw the show, then you know that we’re not giving any sort of curtain speech. Here’s our short, pseudo-curtain speech as it appears in the program:

We won’t be performing a curtain speech for you tonight after the show. We know you’d much rather hit the doors and make a dash for your next venue. (Don’t forget to check out some of the other Shakespeare shows this year! We’ve got a list of some of them inside the program.)

But if you did enjoy Lucrece, please tell your friends and family. Chat us up with people you meet in the next ticket line. Grab some postcards on your way out and pass ‘em around. Go to the festival’s website (http://www.fringefestival.org) and write a review. Word of mouth means everything and you can make all the difference!

Thanks for coming! You can visit us online to sign up for our mailing list. We hope to see you in September for the Complete Readings!

I hope you can all join us in making Rape of Lucrece a huge success at this year’s Fringe Festival!

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Rape of Lucrece Postcards

Rape of Lucrece - Postcard

William Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrece premieres TONIGHT at 7pm at the Theatre in the Round at part of the opening night of the Minnesota Fringe Festival! Making our first two shows a big success is very important for getting the word of mouth rolling on the show, so please come early! (And come often!) We’ve put together something very special here, and I think you’ll enjoy it a lot.

Above you can see the beautiful image that appears on the publicity postcard for Rape of Lucrece. We thought you might like to take a peek at it, although hopefully you’ve been seeing it across the Twin Cities as our publicity crews have been distributing them.

If you’ve got some ideas for good locations to drop off postcards, please leave ‘em in the comments for us.

Thursday 8/4 – 7:00 pm
Friday 8/5 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday 8/9 – 10:00 pm
Thursday 8/11 – 5:30 pm
Sunday 8/14 – 7:00 pm

Theatre in the Round Players
245 Cedar Ave.

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

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Rape of Lucrece – Cast and Crew

William Shakespeare's Rape of LucreceRape of Lucrece opens tomorrow! Time to get acquainted with the cast and crew who have made it possible…

Cara Kluver
Role: Lucrece
Cara Kluver is a recent graduate of the Theatre Performance BFA program at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Most recently, she has appeared in readings of Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and Cymbeline with the American Shakespeare Repertory theater. She has also performed in Anton in Show Business, Room Service, and Voices From Beyond the Dark. Although acting is her first love, Cara enjoys photography and writing. Some of her photographs have appeared in a national campaign by Melcher Media; one of her short stories, “Monsters”, was published in Viterbo University’s literary publication Touchstone; and she has written and directed several one acts. Cara is thrilled to be a part of the Fringe Festival, and invites you to visit her website at www.carakluver.com!

Justin Alexander
Role: Storyteller / Co-Director
Alexander is the founder of the American Shakespeare Repertory and creator of the Complete Readings of William Shakespeare. He has worked locally with Walking Shadow Theater, Illusion Theater, Starting Gate Productions, Theatre in the Round, Shakespeare and Company, and Dream Machine Productions.

Hannah Steblay
Role: Co-Director
Hannah has been working in the theater since she was 8 years old. She began by acting in youth driven productions of Shakespearean comedies. At sixteen, she started directing when she approached an elementary school and offered to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the 2-4 graders to act in. This quickly expanded into her own business which is now called, Youth Shakespeare Company. Ever since then, she has continued to learn, teach and grow by directing children’s shows, teaching youth workshops, acting and designing. She went to Hamline University and graduated with a B.A. in Theater Arts. This marks the 30th Shakespearean production that Hannah has been apart of.

Nicole Rodriguez
Role: Stage Manager
Nicole Rodriguez is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota; working on a major in Theater Arts and a minor in Spanish. Her interests are mainly in stage managing and lighting design. This is her first time working in the Minnesota Fringe festival and is excited to continue working in the Twin Cities theater scene. She likes cats, apple pie and traveling.

Sarah Holmberg
Role: Production Manager
American Shakespeare Repertory: Executive Director
Representative Theater: (as Stage Manager) Walking Shadow Theatre Company: After the Quake, Drakul, The Crowd You’re In With, See You Next Tuesday, The Trandsdimensional Couriers Union, Mojo, Robots vs. Fake Robots, Caligula, Amazons and Their Men, The American Pilot; New Theatre Group: Strong, Little Green Man, American Sexy; American Shakespeare Repertory: Complete Readings of William ShakespeareEductation: University of Wisconsin: BFA Technical Direction and Design, MA Television Production.
Upcoming: Torch Theatre: True West (Props Designer)

Thursday 8/4 – 7:00 pm
Friday 8/5 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday 8/9 – 10:00 pm
Thursday 8/11 – 5:30 pm
Sunday 8/14 – 7:00 pm

Theatre in the Round Players
245 Cedar Ave.

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

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Rape of Lucrece – Facebook Event!

William Shakespeare's Rape of LucreceOur Facebook Event for Rape of Lucrece is now live!

Let us know you’re coming and help us spread the word about our Minnesota Fringe Festival debut! There are a lot of Shakespearean shows at the Fringe this year. Come see the one that was actually written by Shakespeare!

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Rape of Lucrece – Fringe Festival 2011!

Rape of Lucrece - Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

An intimate, intense, and terrifying adaptation of William Shakespeare’e epic poem. In this dramatic, storytelling staging, the vibrant, staccato beats of the Bard’s eternal verse pound out a tale of erotic savagery and violation.

Lucrece is the sweet and virtuous wife of Colatine. But when Colatine sings her praises to his fellow officers, he lights a blazing lust in the heart of Prince Tarquin. Tarquin flees the army, returns to Rome, enters Lucrece’s home under false pretenses, and in the blackest hours of the night forces himself upon her.

Lucrece’s ordeal, however, is only beginning as Shakespeare vividly captures her bleak and hopeless struggle to cope with unimaginable trauma…

Thursday 8/4 – 7:00 pm
Friday 8/5 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday 8/9 – 10:00 pm
Thursday 8/11 – 5:30 pm
Sunday 8/14 – 7:00 pm

Theatre in the Round Players
245 Cedar Ave.

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

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Complete Readings – On Hiatus

Complete Readings of William Shakespeare

Due to scheduling difficulties, the Complete Readings of William Shakespeare are being placed on a temporary hiatus.

Unfortunately, the Readings actually represent a fairly complex logistical problem. Each reading requires the casting and coordination of 15-20 people, in addition to arranging for rehearsal schedules and performance spaces. In many ways, we’ve been very lucky to have the Readings run as smoothly as they have up to this point, but I’m afraid our luck has momentarily run out.

Despite this hiccup, the Complete Readings will be returning sooner rather than later. Please subscribe to our RSS feed or Facebook fanpage to receive automatic updates as they occur!

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Scheduling Update

Due to some irreconcilable scheduling issues, our January reading of All’s Well That Ends Well will be postponed. (The jeopardy of running an itinerant reading series is that occasionally you end up being itinerant without an itinerary.)

We are currently reconfiguring our schedule for the next few months, but the Complete Readings of William Shakespeare will return in February. We’re all looking forwards to a year filled with Shakespeare in 2011!

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Happy Holidays!

The American Shakespeare Repertory would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hannukah, a Keen Kwanzaa, and a Wonderful Winter Solstice!

The Complete Readings of William Shakespeare will be returning in January with All’s Well That Ends Well. We’ll be announcing a performance date and venue as soon as we’ve finalized our schedule, so check back soon!

We’ll also be posting some new essays along with the scripts for our older readings as the opportunity presents itself.

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Merchant of Venice – The Sallies

In the original text for The Merchant of Venice there are, arguably, four different characters with similar names: Salanio, Solanio, Salarino, and Salerio. (Salarino is also spelled Salaryno, but that’s a fairly self-evident variant.) The Second Quarto in 1619 changed all the instances of “Solanio” to read “Salanio”, and since the Q2 text was preferred for the next few centuries most modern editions still follow this practice and narrow the list to Salanio, Salarino, and Salerio.

John Dover Wilson referred to these character as the “Three Sallies” in his efforts to unravel the rather vague identities of these characters for the New Shakespeare edition of the play. My own work on the Q1 text confirmed that his conclusions were generally sound, and the ASR script for The Merchant of Venice generally follows his practices.

First, there is the character of Salanio/Solanio. This character first appears in 1.1 and is identified in the first stage direction and speech heading as “Salanio”. But the character is then referred to consistently as “Sola.” in the remaining speech headings and then “Solanio” in the stage direction for his exit. Similarly, in his next appearance in 2.4, the character is identified as “Salanio” in the first stage direction before becoming “Solanio” in the first speech heading and then “Sol” for the rest of them. In 2.8 the character is “Solanio”, “Sola”, and “Sol”. And, finally, in 3.1 he is “Solanio”, “Solan”, “Sola”, and then “Solanio” again.

In the balance, I am forced to agree with John Dover Wilson that the text’s overwhelming preference for “Solanio” would be respected by more modern editors if the 1619 quarto hadn’t arbitrarily corrected the name to the form of its first, irregular spelling.

In the ASR script, therefore, the character is “Solanio”.

Second, there is the character of Salarino/Salerio. As “Salaryno” the character appears in the first stage direction in 1.1, then as “Salarino” in his first speech heading. He then becomes “Salar” once, “Sala” once, “Sal” once, and then “Salarino” for his exit. In 2.4 he is “Salaryno” once again for his entrance, “Salari” once, and then “Sal” for the rest of his speech headings. (It is notable that the distinction between “Sol” for Solanio and “Sal” for Salarino/Salerio in these scenes requires the spelling of “Solanio” and not “Salanio”.) In 2.8, he is once again “Salarino” in the stage direction and then “Sal” in all speech headings. In 3.1, he remains “Salarino” in the stage directions but becomes “Salari” for all speech headings.

At this point, both Solanio and Salarino disappear from the play. They are replaced by a completely new character named “Salerio” who shows up in Belmont for 3.2 (“Sal” in speech headings), teleports back to Venice for 3.3 (“Sal” and “Sol” in speech headings), and then appears in the courtroom in 4.1 (where he’s given no entrance, but is referred to as “Salerio” in both his speech headings).

John Dover Wilson argues that “Salerio” must be either Solanio or Salarino, and I’m forced to agree: It makes little sense for the other two characters to simply disappear from the play while being replaced by a third character out of wholecloth. The most likely error is that “Salerio” and “Salerino” should be the same character, misread by the compositors of Q1. Between the two, Wilson argues that “Salerio” must be the correct form because (a) it is the only form found in actual dialogue and (b) it matches scansion in the dialogue where it does appear while “Salarino” does not. (This, to my eye, appears to be a little loose. But it is true that “Salerio” matches the scansion perfectly in most cases and acceptably in the rest, whereas “Salarino” causes far more problems if you choose it.)

But the reality of the situation is more complicated than that, because it appears that Salerio’s appearance in 3.3 is a completely different error: First, he leaves Belmont with Bassanio and Gratiano at the end of 3.2, so it makes little sense that he has somehow gotten back to Venice ahead of the others without mentioning their approach to Anthonio. Second, his appearance would require an exit at the end of 3.2 and then an immediate re-entrance at the beginning of 3.3 (a practice Shakespeare never engages in for obvious reasons). Finally, the character’s identity is somewhat confused in any case: In the Q1 text he appears as “Salerio” in the stage direction, “Sol” in his first speech heading, and then “Sal” in his second speech heading.

The Q2 compositors apparently recognized the problem and corrected the character to “Salarino”. But since Salarino and Salerio are the same character, this obviously doesn’t solve the problem. The First Folio, on the other hand, correctly changes the character’s name to Solanio.

Taking all of that into consideration, therefore, we take our Four Sallies and reduce them to two: “Salanio” and “Solanio” are both Solanio. “Salarino”, “Salaryno”, and “Salerio” are all Salerio (except for 3.3, where Solanio is restored to his proper place).