If a trip to Oregon's Shakespeare Festival is not in the cards
for you this year, there is no reason to miss out on your
annual dose of the Bard. Arts Center Theater is presenting
Scrambled Shakespeare, a collection of plays and scenes by
and about the immortal Shakespeare on June 17-19 and June
24-26 at Gualala Arts Center.
The first half of the performance takes you to a present-day
audition for a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. There,
you'll witness the struggles of a group of actors, each hot for
the same role. Then follow the lucky actor cast as Hamlet as
he confronts his personal doubts about his acting abilities and
gets some ethereal coaching from a very unlikely and very
ghostly source. Our first act then concludes with a
performance of Tom Stoppard's Fifteen-Minute Hamlet, an
extremely shortened (and extremely funny) version using
Willie S.'s own words.
The second hilarious act takes you back to 1856 with the
exploits of Delia Bacon - a descendant of the famous Francis
Bacon - who is anxious to prove that William Shakespeare
was not the author he seemed to be. First she attends and
heckles her way through a performance of several famous
Shakespearean battles of wit. Then she spends the night at
the tomb of the great man himself and finds much more than
Phil Atkins as Hamlet,
Joel Crockett as Claudius, and
Norm Wohlken as John Barrymore
Scrambled Shakespeare runs June 17-19 and 24-26. Friday
and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12
for all performances except the gala
opening, which are $25 and include beverages and hors
d'oeuvres starting at 6:30 p.m. and the play at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Gualala Arts Center and the
Dolphin Gallery or by phone at 707-884-1138.
The last Arts Center Theater production
sold out, so buy your tickets early!