Thursday, October 22, 2020

Tony Award Winner Trezana Beverley and Grammy Award Winner Patrick Page Headline Southwest Shakespeare Company’s Fall 2020 Season


Southwest Shakespeare Company announces an exciting and diverse virtual and limited in-person Theatrical Season, featuring Hadestown star Patrick Page, and TONY Award winner Trezana Beverley, among others.

Southwest Shakespeare Company answers the demands of this critical moment by offering a bold, diverse Falls Season, packed with star power and available for limited in-person participation as well as virtual attendance. Explore Shakespeare’s demons with Hadestown star Patrick Page in his one-man show All the Devils Are Here - How Shakespeare Invented the Villain. Be thrilled by first Black female TONY Award Winner Trezana Beverly in her musical exploration of the sensational life of Mabel Mercer. Find healing with Lisa Wolpe in her exploration of gender in Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender. Join Arizona’s best performers in an array of additional shows, including Artist in Residence Debra Ann Byrd in her autobiographical Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey. Truly offering something for everyone, drama and comedy, the 2020 Fall Season covers a broad range of human experiences, exploring important topics and helping us to dig deep in order to answer the demands of our world.


Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey  
(Nov 5th-8th) by Debra Ann Byrd 

Smart, thoughtful and transformative, Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey is a living memoir about a young woman’s trials and triumphs with race and the classics, her memorable experiences growing up in Spanish Harlem and her gender flipped journey on the road to becoming Shakespeare's noble, flawed general. This solo show is complete with moving songs and lyrical language from Black women playwrights, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and the King James Bible. A victory over helplessness and hopelessness, it’s sure to leave you feeling uplifted and inspired.

How to attend: Limited in-person tickets for Taliesin West are available by contacting info@swshakespeare.org. Virtual tickets are available at swshakespeare.org/tickets. 


Mabel Madness 
(Nov. 12th-15th) by TONY Award Winner Trezana Beverley

Called “compelling” and “beguiling” by the New York Times, Mabel Madness, written and performed by TONY Award Winner Trezana Beverley, is the captivating miraculous story of Frank Sinatra’s muse. British born, Cabaret singer and unsuspecting winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mabel Mercer tells the story in her own style - Cabaret! 

How to attend: Limited in-person tickets for Taliesin West are available by contacting info@swshakespeare.org. Virtual tickets are available at swshakespeare.org/tickets. 

All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain 
(Nov. 19th-22nd) by Patrick Page

TONY nominated actor and star of Broadway’s Hadestown Patrick Page takes the audience on a dazzling exploration of Shakespeare’s two-decade-long investigation of Evil from Richard III to Prospero. Moving swiftly and chronologically, Page will trace the evolution of Shakespeare’s malefactors from the mere two-dimensional to the psychologically complex characters that heralded the modern psychopath. Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

How to attend: Limited in-person tickets for Taliesin West are available by contacting info@swshakespeare.org. Virtual tickets are available at swshakespeare.org/tickets. 


Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender 
(Nov. 26th-29th) by Lisa Wolpe

Internationally renowned actor Lisa Wolpe has stepped into many of the Bard’s male characters’ shoes throughout her career. In those shoes she found the power to overcome the unique challenges she faced, as she learned the truth about her Jewish World War II hero father, who infiltrated Nazi intelligence. and other family secrets that revealed themselves over time. A cathartic and deeply human story, Wolpe’s inspiring one-woman show demonstrates the healing power of Shakespeare’s writing.

How to attend:  Virtual tickets are available at swshakespeare.org/tickets

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 
(Dec. 3rd-6th) By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

Called “Pithier than Python,” by the New York Times, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy and now comes to Arizona - holiday style! Join a trio of Arizona’s finest performers in this irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, weaving their jolly way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered for the Holidays this year.

How to attend: Limited in-person tickets for The Shop in Mesa are available by contacting info@swshakespeare.org. Virtual tickets are available at swshakespeare.org/tickets. 

An Iliad  
(Jan. 14th-17th, 2021) by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare

The Trojan War meets the contemporary world and poetry meets humor in An Iliad, a captivating modern retelling of Homer’s classic. Performed by Arizona’s own acclaimed actor Clay Sanderson, this play promises to provide inspiration, laughs and a good dose of pathos as it explores war and the paths of civilizations, ancient and modern.

How to attend: Limited in-person tickets for Taliesin West are available by contacting info@swshakespeare.org. Virtual tickets are available at swshakespeare.org/tickets. 

Flachmann Seminar
 (Oct. 24th, 2021) by Dr. Susan Willis

The season will kick off with an educational seminar by Dr. Susan Willis “The Life and Times of WIlliam Shakespeare.” This Flachmann Seminar will be presented in conjunction with our production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), to add color and insight to Shakespeare’s writings. 

How to attend:  Virtual tickets, which will stream live with interaction, are available at swshakespeare.org/tickets

Season Tickets: the 6 Show Virtual Fall 2020 Season Pass is $150 (unlimited at-home participants!) and may be purchased through swshakespeare.org/tickets. Limited in-person Fall 2020 Season Tickets are available by contacting info@swshakespeare.org


Individual Tickets: VIrtual ticket prices range from $15-$50 (unlimited at-home participants!) and may be purchased through swshakespeare.org/tickets. Limited in-person tickets are available by contacting info@swshakespeare.org

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