Following the success of their inaugural production of "All's Well That Ends Well", CSC's Under-30 company, now christened Blood & Courage, is back in full force with their next production, "Unscene". Adapting the scenes most commonly removed from modern performances of the Bard's classics, director Séamus Miller leads B&C's company of young artists in a production that frames the scenes around an uptight professor under the staunch belief that there is only one true way to perform the works of William Shakespeare. Featuring a troupe of seven actresses specializing in commedia, "Unscene" sets out to prove that "one true way" is anything but the case in a hilarious production laced with audience participation, clowning, innuendo, and a demon cat.
January 29th and 30th @ 9PM
February 5th and 6th @ 9PM
$10 CASH - Come on... you can't beat that.
Tickets can only be purchased at the door.
Doors opens at 8:15PM.
Tickets can be reserved prior by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrow Parking covered lot on Water Street is offering $5 parking when you provide them with a CSC coupon (available inside the theater) upon exiting the garage. There is also paid street parking on surrounding streets and some free parking on Baltimore St.
Blood and Courage offers emerging artists the chance to realize their vision of the classics free of financial pressure. By harnessing youthful energy, they're creating new perspectives on Shakespeare. This will definitely be a unique experience and we need your support!
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That wasn't enough? It's only $10.. only 1.5 hours.. and we're giving away a free bottle of wine!! And there's a singing #DEMONCAT. It's not like you have anything better to do on a Friday or Saturday night.
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NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:
UNSCENE: The Most Frequently Cut and Least-Performed Scenes in Shakespeare, Presented for your Approval or Decapitation
I don’t think there’s one right way to do anything.
I’ve been reading criticism lately of projects like the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s contemporary translations—and, locally, Synetic Theater’s silent productions—of Shakespeare’s plays, which have been widely accused of being “not Shakespeare.”
This is a meaningless distinction.
Fine. A duck is not Shakespeare. A duck onstage might not even qualify as a Shakespeare adaptation—though I would certainly like to see someone try—but there’s no need to go up to a perfectly interesting duck and say, “Garbage! This isn’t The Merchant of Venice at all!”
To me, in evaluating this kind of work, the questions that matter are: Do we like it? Is it engaging? Does it achieve what the director and the creative team intended? And if so, does it make us want to create—or perceive, or live—in a different way?
UNSCENE is an interactive parody of Shakespeare-as-sacred-text academia and “traditional” casting. It is performed by seven women in their twenties—a demographic that is statistically and nonsensically under-employed in the performing arts—and it asks us to think of the Shakespeare canon as a dynamic inspriation for new kinds of work. Combining clown techniques with a guerrilla-trash-aesthetic, the all-female ensemble acts out the most notoriously-absent scenes from Shakespeare's major plays and asks the audience to #TrimTheFat or #SaveTheShow--voting to decide whether each "unscene" will make it into a new "Authoritative Cut Edition of the Shakespeare Canon", being published by an ancient, wildly-arrogant professor (and card-carrying member of The Patriarchy).
I don’t think Shakespeare is realism. I don’t think Shakespeare is polite. His original productions were performed by actors of a single gender and included many scenes that are invariably cut from productions today. In that light, UNSCENE is very traditional.
It is also political, irreverent, and insane.
Your vote matters. We hope to see you at the show.
Director & Creator, UNSCENE