MISS SHAKESPEARE & J. CAESAR
May 5 -17, 2015 at Performance Works
ticketstonight.ca \ 604.684.2787 ($25 – 30). Half price previews May 5 + 6.
May 21- 29, 2015 at The Kay Meek Centre
Tickets: 604.981.6335 / kaymeekcentre.com ($15 – 50)
Tracey Power: Shakespeare rebel with a cause
Miss Shakespeare & J. Caesar in Repertory May 5 – 29
Chelsea Hotel creator Tracey Power is re-imagining Shakespeare for Vancouver audiences with a crew of rebellious women at the helm. Her theatre company, the Escape Artists, are playfully redefining gender roles with two World Premieres – Power’s saucy original new musical Miss Shakespeare which plays in repertory with an all-female, futuristic adaptation of J. Caesar at Performance Works on Granville Island (May 5 – 17) and the Kay Meek Centre (May 21 – 29).
Power, who is the creative force behind the smash hit musical Chelsea Hotel – The Songs of Leonard Cohen, believes that women are under-represented in theatre. This prompted her to cast seven of BC’s finest female actors to perform in both plays: Caroline Cave, Medina Hahn, Amanda Lisman, Pippa Mackie, Susinn McFarlen, Erin Moon & Tracey Power.
She was inspired to write the new musical Miss Shakespeare after working on UBUNTU (The Cape Town Project) and hearing stories from South African performers passionate about their craft staging underground illegal theatre shows during Apartheid. Power channelled this spirit of rebellion to imagine a world of underground all-female productions during Shakespeare’s time, when women were banned from the stage. The result is an uproarious new musical set in a bawdy tavern that tells the story of Shakespeare’s daughter Judith (Amanda Lisman) and her crew of ballsy actors with dangerous ambitions to tread the boards on a real stage. With a musical score by Power and Steve Charles (Chelsea Hotel) influenced by underground European Cabaret, the women embrace their creativity, their voice, and their freedom.
Similarly, women seize power in the Escape Artists’ adaptation of Julius Caesar. Set in the year 2415 when a disaster has wiped out nearly all males, J. Caesar sees seven women band together to become an unstoppable human force. This psychological drama about honour, patriotism and friendship is directed by Associate Director of Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre James MacDonald, who coincidentally directed the Stratford Festival’s Julius Caesar in 2009. MacDonald is also founding artistic director of Edmonton’s Freewill Shakespeare Festival.
Miss Shakespeare & J. Caesar are Directed by James MacDonald with Musical Direction by Steve Charles. Starring Caroline Cave, Medina Hahn, Amanda Lisman, Pippa Mackie, Susinn McFarlen, Erin Moon & Tracey Power. Designed by Barbara Clayden & Cory Sincennes.
Miss Shakespeare is written by Tracey Power, music co-written with Steve Charles.
Presented by Musical TheatreWorks and the Kay Meek Centre.
More on the Escape Artists: escapeartists.ca
May 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 at 8pm | May 10, 17 at 3pm
“I want to create something no one would ever believe was created by a woman.”
– Judith Shakespeare
It’s the 1600’s and women are banned from the stage, but the suppressed female mind is finding it difficult to stay… well, suppressed. Behind the dingy walls of The Cage Tavern, six women explore the seductive power of the theatre. With a musical score influenced by underground European Cabaret the women embrace their creativity, their voice, and their freedom. But the law is not on their side and if these artists are to truly have a voice, they must find the courage to get beyond the walls and in front of an audience. Daddy’s had his turn‚ now the mad mind of Judith Shakespeare explodes in this saucy new musical.
May 6, 8, 13, 15 at 8pm | May 9, 16 at 4pm | May 17 at 7pm
“Mischief, thou art afoot!”
The year is 2415, natural disaster, societal collapse, and a great plague has wiped-out nearly all the males of every living species. The strongest women who have survived banded together, becoming a force so fierce not even nature could crush them. Countries became continents. Continents became Earth, and what is left of Earth became Rome. But once you have beaten all the odds, then what? The ides of March will come… A psychological drama of struggle between the conflicting demands of honour, patriotism and friendship.
ABOUT THE ESCAPE ARTISTS
Since 2007 The Escape Artists have brought together like-minded artists with the sole intention of creating innovative theatrical productions. An inter-disciplinary company we straddle the worlds of music, dance and theatre. Their most recent development Chelsea Hotel, featuring the Songs of Leonard Cohen premiered at The Firehall Arts Centre in 2012 and continues to tour, including Victoria’s Belfry Theatre and Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre this coming season. http://www.escapeartists.ca/