Shakespeare

A Totally 80s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Washougal High School invites you to enjoy a contemporary twist on a 421-year-old classic: William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The Washougal High School Theater Arts Department is giving the play a totally awesome makeover by setting it in the 1980s. (Hint: there’s a reason they were called the Awesome 80s. IT’S BECAUSE THEY WERE AWESOME, DUDE.) See this radically righteous play in the comfort of the Washburn Performing Arts Center without ever gagging on a single spoon. It will be, like, so rad.

Don’t know that plot? Whatever! It’s totally simple: Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius, and Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia’s father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon his daughter. There’s also a guy named Bottom who looks like a donkey, lots of fairies, a beautiful fairy queen and powerful fairy king, and a mischievous supernatural creature called Puck who wishes to make amends. See? CRYSTAL CLEAR.

Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 10, 11, 17, and 18. All performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, available at the door. The Washburn Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Washougal High School, at 1201 39th St. in Washougal.

A Totally 80s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Washougal High School invites you to enjoy a contemporary twist on a 421-year-old classic: William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The Washougal High School Theater Arts Department is giving the play a totally awesome makeover by setting it in the 1980s. (Hint: there’s a reason they were called the Awesome 80s. IT’S BECAUSE THEY WERE AWESOME, DUDE.) See this radically righteous play in the comfort of the Washburn Performing Arts Center without ever gagging on a single spoon. It will be, like, so rad.

Don’t know that plot? Whatever! It’s totally simple: Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius, and Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia’s father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon his daughter. There’s also a guy named Bottom who looks like a donkey, lots of fairies, a beautiful fairy queen and powerful fairy king, and a mischievous supernatural creature called Puck who wishes to make amends. See? CRYSTAL CLEAR.

Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 10, 11, 17, and 18. All performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, available at the door. The Washburn Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Washougal High School, at 1201 39th St. in Washougal.

ShakesBeer & Wine Festival

What do you get when you combine two Shakespeare plays, beer, and wine? You get the ShakesBeer and Wine Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26; on Sunday, Aug. 27, hosted by Say Ciao! Columbia River Tap Room and Eatery, Heathen Brewing, NW Wine Distributors, and OPS Fest (the Oregon Practice Shakespeare Festival). OPS Fest will present Comedy of Errors on Saturday and Twelfth Night on Sunday. Both performances are from 2 to 4 p.m. at Say Ciao!, located at 2501 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.

OPS Fest performs the same way theater companies did in the days of the Bard (a.k.a. the Elizabethan age). The actors had not rehearsed before they appeared on stage—and the audience knew it. The only thing each actor had was a script (or rather, a scroll) with his role and his lines. The play was as fresh to the actors as it was for the audience. It’s a new way to experience the joys of a live Shakespeare performance, and audience members will never see the same OPS Fest play twice in quite the same way.

While the play is being performed, attendees will enjoy Heathen’s craft brews, wine from Basel Cellars, ciders from Idiot’s Grace, and just-prepared fresh and local food from Say Ciao! Following Saturday’s production, there be live music until 9 p.m. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. Artists, music, and craftsmen will all be together for this one-of-a-kind experience, which is poised to become an annual event.

Twelfth Night at the Liberty Theatre

Twelfth Night is chock-full of the kind of Shakespearean gems that literary minds like to quote and quote again: “If music be the food of love, play on…” and “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them,” and my favorite, “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

You can hear these bot mots and far more in the National Theatre Live’s edgy interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved, most enduring comedic plays (that is to say, to quote the Bard himself, all’s well that ends well). In case you were snoozing during your English Lit classes, here’s a refresher:

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother, Sebastian, is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will be showing this adapted-for-the-screen production by England’s National Theater at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Tickets are $18.50 general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Twelfth Night at the Liberty Theatre

Twelfth Night is chock-full of the kind of Shakespearean gems that literary minds like to quote and quote again: “If music be the food of love, play on…” and “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them,” and my favorite, “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

You can hear these bot mots and far more in the National Theatre Live’s edgy interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved, most enduring comedic plays (that is to say, to quote the Bard himself, all’s well that ends well). In case you were snoozing during your English Lit classes, here’s a refresher:

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother, Sebastian, is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will be showing this adapted-for-the-screen production by England’s National Theater at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Tickets are $18.50 general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Twelfth Night at the Liberty

Twelfth Night is chock-full of the kind of Shakespearean gems that literary minds like to quote and quote again: “If music be the food of love, play on…” and “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them,” and my favorite, “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

You can hear these bot mots and far more in the National Theatre Live’s edgy interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved, most enduring comedic plays (that is to say, to quote the Bard himself, all’s well that ends well). In case you were snoozing during your English Lit classes, here’s a refresher:

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother, Sebastian, is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will be showing this adapted-for-the-screen production by England’s National Theater at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Tickets are $18.50 general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Above image: Phoebe Fox as Olivia

The Taming of the Shrew

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with several cinematic adaptations of the Bard’s plays, but certainly one worth noting—and seeing!—is the 2005 BBC production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” In this modern retelling of Shakespeare’s comedy, Katherine Minola (played by Shirley Henderson, whom you might know from Trainspotting, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and as Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter films) is a temperamental yet successful politician, and everyone, from her party chairman to her sister, wants her to get married. Enter passionate-but-eccentric Petruchio (played by Rufus Sewell—can that man GET any more handsome?), who may…or may not…be exactly what she’s looking for.

This “Shakespeare Retold” version of The Taming of the Shrew is true to the essential plot, but not the text, which might make it more accessible to contemporary audiences or people (and there are not a few of them) who find Elizabethan language impenetrably dense. The unrated film, which has a running time of one hour and 40 minutes, is being shown for free (FREE!) at the Liberty at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 2, and noon on Wednesday, May 4. For more information, visit www.camasliberty.com. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Camas.

We Love Shakespeare

The Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver and the Liberty Theater in downtown Camas are both partnering with BBC Worldwide North America to offer a free (yup, FREE!) series of William Shakespeare’s classic filmed plays to commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death on April 23. See each theater’s website for showtimes, running times, who’s starring in each production, and other information—but to whet your appetite for these pillars of Western literary greatness, here’s a sampling of what each theater will be screening:

Kiggins Theatre (1011 Main St., Vancouver)
April 1 at 10 a.m.: As You Like It
April 9 at 10 a.m.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
April 16 at 2 p.m.: King Lear
April 23 at 10 a.m.: The Taming of the Shrew
April 30 at 10 a.m.: Simon Schama’s acclaimed documentary, “Shakespeare and Us”

Liberty Theater (315 N. 4th Ave., Camas)
April 4 at 7 p.m. and April 6 at noon: Simon Schama’s documentary, “Shakespeare and Us”
April 11 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at noon: As You Like It
April 18 at 7 p.m. and April 20 at noon: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
April 25 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at noon: King Lear
May 2 at 7 p.m. and May 4 at noon: The Taming of the Shrew

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style (matinee)

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style (matinee)

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company, located at 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company, located at 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company, located at 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company, located at 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Romeo and Juliet, Steampunk-style

You may have seen many adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet," but we're pretty sure you've never seen Shakespeare à la Steampunk. Fortunately, Magenta Theater is on the job: this popular theater company, located at 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, is adding a bold new twist to the traditional trappings of this timeless play. The play will be spoken and performed exactly as written by William Shakespeare, but with the added dimension of lots of levers, gears, and layers–visual elements that characterize the Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. This classic drama (spoiler alert: it doesn't end well, but oh, what sweet sorrow!) is adapted and directed by David Roberts.

Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25. Matinee shows will be at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Advance tickets are $13 to $16, and can be purchased online at www.magentatheater.com, or by calling the box office at 360-635-4358.