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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Alchemical Theatre is Wilmington's newest theater company. It's presenting Much Ado About Nothing under the direction of founder Christopher Marino (who also plays villain Don John in the show). The show is set in the post-Civil War South. Leonato is played by Fred Grandy ("Gopher" from the Love Boat), who also came to town for Marino's production of Measure for Measure last year.

The Shakespearean canon seems to address the entire spectrum of human foible and fallibility. Modern audiences continue to find meaning in the work to address humankind's existential struggle. Christopher Marino, a Shakespeare scholar, director, and actor, recently went to the Bard for assistance in a critique of North Carolina's HB2 law (the "Bathroom Bill").

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Christopher Marino has been in town for barely over a year, but he's already made an impact on the local theater community. He staged popular readings of Shakespeare's work almost immediately upon his arrival in Wilmington and was recently named the Artistic Director of Dram Tree Shakespeare Company. Mr. Marino teaches for the UNCW Theatre Department and is the director of the upcoming production of Hamlet - using a slightly different script than audiences would usually see staged. Marino visited us accompanied by Luke Robbins, the actor playing the title role. 

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Cherri McKay and Robb Mann told us all about Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green, opening the Shakespeare Youth Company’s adaptation of As You Like It (directed by Cherri) Friday, May 23rd at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre.  The adult troupe opens Comedy of Errors (directed by Robb) on June 6.