Taking Shakespeare 05/18–06/18Buy Tickets
WILLIAMSTON—Williamston Theatre will present Taking Shakespeare by John Murrell, a gentle comedy about the power of storytelling. Performances for this Michigan premiere begin Thursday, May 18 and run through Sunday, June 18. Tickets are now on sale.
Taking Shakespeare begins with five preview performances starting Thursday, May 18. During the first four previews audience members will have the opportunity to take part in the process of creating a show by participating in a talkback session with the director following each performance. The official opening night is Friday, May 26 at eight o’clock with the show scheduled to run through Sunday, June 18. Performances will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at eight o’clock and Sunday matinees at two o’clock with additional three o’clock matinees on Saturdays starting May 27. The Conversation Sunday for Taking Shakespeare is Sunday, June 11.
Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can for the preview on Thursday, May 18. Remaining preview tickets are still $15.00. Starting opening night, adult tickets prices are $30.00 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $27.00 for Saturday and Sunday matinees and $25.00 for Thursday evenings. Senior citizens (65 and older) and members of the military receive a $2 discount on all tickets. Student tickets (with a valid student ID) remain $10 for all performances. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more (booked at least 1 week in advance through the box office). Tickets can be purchased Tuesday–Friday from 12:00–6:00 pm by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the box office, and ordered on-line up until 1 1/2 hours prior to the performance by visiting our website www.williamstontheatre.org. Payment is required at the time the reservation is made.
When a longtime, disillusioned college professor is asked to tutor her dean’s son through his freshman Shakespeare class, she finds it to be as much a test for her as it is for him. Although they seem to have nothing in common, as they explore the Bard’s Othello together, they learn more about each other—and themselves—than either is ready to admit. While they draw strength from the play, they come to understand what it means to live up to expectations.
The cast of Taking Shakespeare consists of Terry Heck and Michael Lopetrone. The director is Mary Job. The production team includes scenic design by Jeromy Hopgood, lighting design by Heather Brown, costume design by Karen Kangas-Preston, sound design by Quintessa Gallinat and props design by Stefanie Din. The stage manager is Paige Conway.