June 17- Penn Brewery We Care Wednesdays

Looking for a good meal and even better company? Come support Unseam'd Shakespeare Co. on June 17th from 6pm- 9pm at the Penn Brewery. From 6pm- 9pm, present a coupon (available at Out of This Furnace) to your server, and a portion of your meal cost will help support our company!

June 3rd- Harp and Fiddle Happy Hour

Come join us on June 3rd from 5:30-7:30 for a happy hour at Mullany's Harp and Fiddle with a special guest bar tender. Proceeds go to supporting Unseam'd Shakespeare Co.'s current and future seasons. We look forward to seeing you there!!

Orlando in the News

Orlando opened this weekend to smiling, laughing houses.  We are looking forward to two more weeks of sharing this delightful story with Pittsburgh.  If you missed it, you still have 10 more chances.  Just to give you a taste, see Alice Carter's preview article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: http://triblive.com/aande/theaterarts/6140278-74/orlando-unseam-company#axzz343Gca1uF

 

Read Mike Vargo's review of Orlando in Entertainment Central Pittsburgh here: 
http://entertainmentcentralpittsburgh.com/center-stage/orlando-a-wild-crossover-story-for-the-ages-and-the-sexes/

Once your appetite has been whetted, click over the Box Office, and buy your tickets today!

PPG: Best of 2013

Happy New Year friends, fans and followers of Unseam'd Shakespeare Company!  

We have recently made the papers again with a mention in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Best of 2013: Theatre.  Click here to read the entire article.  Thanks to everyone involved!  

And kudos to its director, Michael Hood, who also receives recognition for his work on the production.  Click here for the article.

Photos from "The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle"

The cast of The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle show off their style!  Take a look at these photos of our Restoration romp, featuring costumes by Katherine Garlick and set by Gordon Phetteplace.  

More Reviews of The Tempest

Here are two more reviews of our production of The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle.   Read about the play, and get your tickets!  The show closes this weekend, with shows Wednesday through Friday evening at 7:30pm, and two shows on Saturday, June 29 at 4:00pm and 8pm.

Michelle Pilecki's review in the Pittsburgh City Paper: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/unseamd-shakespeares-the-tempest-or-the-enchanted-isle/Content?oid=1661992 

Arlene Weiner wrote about the play for the Coal Hill Review's blog at: http://www.coalhillreview.com/?p=21097 

Unseam'd Shakespeare at the Harp & Fiddle

Yesterday evening, Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle was a-buzz with fans and friends of Unseam'd Shakespeare Company hanging out for a Happy Hour Fundraiser with cast, crew and company of The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle .  We raffled off some terrific  prizes, had a few drinks and some stayed for the Irish dancing.  It was a rousing good time, and we want to thank everyone who came out to support us, Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle for hosting us, and Segway in Paradise, Golden Triangle Bike Rentals and Venture Outdoors for their generous donations.

We hope to see you at the next event, and at The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle , running through June 29th - you only have 10 chances left to catch the beautiful young lovers, foppish lords, magical creatures and hilarious sailors!

Unseam'd Shakespeare at the Harp and Fiddle

Join Unseam'd Shakespeare Company at Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle at 2329 Penn Avenue in the Strip from 5 - 7pm (Happy Hour) on Tuesday, June 18. 

Thanks to the generosity of Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle, Segway in Paradise, Golden Triangle Bike Rental and Venture Outdoors, you have the opportunity to hang out with  cast and crew from The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle, enjoy a drink or two and a tempest of fun!  All tips at the bar will be donated to Unseam'd Shakespeare Company, and we will raffle off some prizes that will get you out and about in enchanted Pittsburgh this summer.  Admission is free and raffle tickets are $20 with the chance of winning: 

• A Gift Certificate for a 2-hour guided Segway tour of Pittsburgh for 2 from Segway in Paradise 

• A Gift Certificate for 2 full-day comfort bike rentals from Golden Triangle Bike Rentals 

• A Membership Package from Venture Outdoors including: a family or individual membership, 2 Public Program Passes, 2 1-hour Kayak Pittsburgh Passes and 2 Kayak Pittsburgh t-shirts 

After our event, Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle will host an evening of Irish dancing with lessons from 7-8, followed by live music from 8-10. 

Unseam'd Shakespeare thanks you for your continued support

Isle be there, will you?

 

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From Our Costume Designer: Katherine Garlick

I don't think I would call this a high-concept show from my end.  My work, as always, starts with the script and the director.  Michael pointed the design team towards the works of Monty Python and Black Adder - and though I found a great sense of silliness there, I also found that the costumes did a fair amount of heavy lifting to establish a sense of period.  While we are not slavishly devoted to proper historical accuracy (the looks range from late renaissance through georgian- and some are outright fantastical), the overall sensibility is very much that of Dryden's time.  As a designer, I wanted to keep some of what I consider key elements of Restoration dress - a feeling of froth and air and lace, that can verge into ostentatiousness.  This is particularly evident in the designs for the nobility, but the excesses of the era are toned down for our more sympathetic characters, like Ferdinand.  There are also sharp divides between the groups of characters - in contrast to the refinement and excess of the nobility, the sailors and island natives are much more "natural."  The magical creatures are deeply connected to their elements, and their costumes have them encrusted with manifestations thereof - Caliban's fish scales and seaweed, or Ariel's delicate feathers.  Prospero and his children strike a middle ground between creatures of pure nature and the artificiality of the courtiers, reflecting the freedom and simplicity of the Island (and tempered by a bit of wizard's magic).

[Click on the image below to see more designs for the show by Katherine Garlick] 

 

From our Director, Michael Hood

Some Thoughts on The Tempest or the Enchanted Isle

Scott Palmer has produced a funny and playable modern adaptation of Dryden and Davenant’s comic version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.   The play is clearly a parody not only of The Tempest, its denizens, and motifs, but also a comic comment upon the society and the politics of the Restoration as put forward by Dryden and Davenant.

One point of view might have it that their play presents a serious argument for the Monarchy…painting as it does the natural man (Caliban and Hippolito) and Woman (Sycorax) as animals incapable of governing their emotions and/or appetites.  The sailors ape their betters, but really aren’t much higher on the evolutionary ladder than the “naturals.”

One might also look to the silliness we practice as we attempt to define and/or justify any form of government when our naked thrust for power is really at the heart of whatever we do.

I think that these are valid points and I won’t be trying to stop people from coming to them, but I think we need to take a simpler line of attack and remember that this is a comedy at best and probably closer to being a farce or (and I love this term) a droll.

I further believe that the play needs to live more or less in its time, but through a Pythonesque or, better, a Blackadder (3 is best) kind of a lens.  Yes, Restoration lines and materials.  Yes, elevated speech and manner.  Yes, highly conventionalized and practiced movement.  And, most importantly a clear and happily inflated “self-consciousness” that never forgets that the play is being performed before an audience of peers if not friends, and that the performer can rely on his/her words/moves/etc. being mightily appreciated.  And we must remember that this play will be performed not lived.

We also know that Shakespeare’s play contains no sex-crazed monster sister to the monster, Caliban, and we take equal delight in her addition to this play’s dramatis personae. We know that Shakespeare’s play had room for only one woman, Miranda, a woman who has never seen a man, and we take delight in the addition of her somewhat dim-witted sister, Dorinda.  Finally, we know that the Bard did not invent a third child for Prospero to raise on the enchanted isle, the hyper-aggressive Hippolito, a man who will love every woman he sees.  We also understand and relish the play’s implicit invitation to play big and to revel in the play’s physicality.   We KNOW it is silly!   We KNOW it is overblown!  And we LOVE it! 

The sets and costumes will need to match this sense of the overblown, puffed up and deliciously enjoyed.  I have memories of Ken Russell’s incredible film, “The Devils” in which there is a sequence of a court masque that captures at least one vision of what we are trying to build on scenically; and the costume design will tend just as much to the cartoony and the colorful.  

One week into rehearsals, Unseam’d’s production staff and very talented cast members have embarked very happily and enthusiastically on a voyage of creative discovery that promises, even at this early date, to make our island destination a treasure!

We're in the Press

After opening on Friday night, the Young Burghers posted about their experience at The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).  Check out what they had to say:

http://youngburghers.tumblr.com/post/43163331681/i-dont-know-if-seeing-a-show-on-valentines-day

You can also read about us in the Tribune-Review, in a preview article by Alice Wlaker here: http://triblive.com/aande/theaterarts/3430192-74/shakespeare-company-kirtland#axzz2KyMz4v4O

Of course, the best thing to do is come and see us for yourself!

"Complete Works..." is OPEN

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, directed by Elizabeth Ruelas and featuring Nicholas Browne, Andy Kirtland and Connor McCanlus opened this weekend to a very enthusiastic audience.  Get your tickets, now!

From Our Costumer...

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3 actors and about 74 costumes pieces for this 1 show. There really has to be that many different pieces for a show like this, I mean, they are performing the Complete Works of Shakespeare... Abridged. Now granted in most cases 1 piece counts as a watch, but it still counts. So tackling a show like this has been different than ones I did in the past, I'm used to actors making 1 maybe 2 changes max during a show. But with just the 3 actors, you need a different approach, so instead of making total head to toe costume changes, the actors are throwing on a different vest, or a different hat, and poof are now a new character. The guys have been nothing but great and willing to try on whatever I throw at them and parade around in it to make sure it fits. At this point the big part is making sure names are in the costumes, and I also want cheat sheets, so that everyone knows what each character should look like. It has been a lot, so I've been looking to beg and borrow wherever I can. But it's still a lot of begging and borrowing and making from scratch, though I knew that going into this production. There's just something about theatre people that love that brand of chaos. I'm sure the audience members will love seeing the show, just as much as I've loved working on it.

-Jen Gilbert

www.jendoes.com