Dram Tree Shakespeare

Dram Tree Shakespeare

There’s an old saying about Shakespeare plays:  they’re a lot more fun to act in than they are to watch. 

However, there are efforts in town that are shaking apart that old idea and building a whole new paying audience for Shakespeare.  We’re seeing this most notably with Dram Tree Shakespeare and Alchemical Theatre, whose productions are associated with the Theater Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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Dram Tree Shakespeare presents The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's shortest play--and according to director Kathryn "KC" MacMillan--his funniest comedy for modern audiences. KC is a guest director from Philadelphia; she has set the show in the early 20th century with a Vaudeville theme. Listen to KC give a brief overview of the story and talk about the common roots of Shakespeare and Vaudeville above. 

Dram Tree Shakespeare

Dram Tree Shakespeare in Wilmington, North Carolina has announced its spring production: The Comedy of Errors. The director hails from Philadelphia: Kathryn MacMillan, or KC. KC was in Wilmington in early December for a launch party and introduction to the Wilmington theatre community. I spoke with KC in Thalian Hall's Stein Theatre during her visit. KC plans to interpret this early Shakespeare comedy of mistaken identity, seduction, and wild mishaps through a vaudevillian lens - by way of commedia dell'arte.

Wesley Brown

Award-winning animator Michael Granberry visited WHQR just before Shakespeare's The Tempest opened.  Granberry came to Wilmington to direct the show for Dram Tree Shakespeare, bringing his creative approach to theatre and penchant for puppetry into play.  The show is now in it's final weekend and tickets only remain for the last performance on Sunday, May 1st.  

Michael Granberry won an Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Animation last year for his work on Amazon's children's program, Tumble Leaf.  

The Warehouse Macbeth: Site-Specific & Intimate

Sep 10, 2015
Joel Vannfuller

Christopher Marino is the Artistic Director of Dram Tree Shakespeare, the (relatively) new Shakespeare production company founded last year.  While Dram Tree has produced performances as a part of other events (such as Wilmington's 275th birthday bash and for the Midsummer debut party), this is the company's first full production:  The Tragedy of Macbeth.  Marino is directing the show.