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Roustabout opens Shakespeare pastiche July 11

Preview July 04, 2019 Anne Kiley

YPSILANTI—Roustabout’s Big Daddy Shakespeare runs July 11-14 in yes [Ypsi Experimental Space] in downtown Ypsilanti at 8 N Washington St.

Managing Director Anna Simmons has once again adapted a compilation of Shakespeare’s works, centered upon a single theme. For this production, the scenes, sonnets, and excerpts will come together with original dialogue to create a night of theater focused on parenthood. This montage will explore a side of William Shakespeare we don’t often think about: his role as a father and son.

Big Daddy Shakespeare will be directed by Josie Eli Lapczynski, Roustabout’s Media Designer and the artist behind Roustabout’s signature branding. The ensemble cast of four actors – Amanda Buchalter, Julia Garlotte, Russ Schwartz, and Cynthia Szczesny – will play over 50 characters throughout the play! Finally, this production will be fully designed and built by the Roustabout team as the studio production of the season.

This year marks the first full season for the growing theater company, which was founded in 2016 with a roving model that has brought the Rousties across the region. For 2019, Roustabout has partnered with the yes [Ypsi Experimental Space] as the resident theater company of the year, planting stakes in one city for the first time in their history. The first production was Mad as a Hatter, a world premiere by Michael Alan Herman, which kicked off the season with rave reviews and great success!

“The black box space at the yes is a wonderful venue for us to further develop and grow, with an intimate vibe and mission dedicated to new and adventurous work,” says Executive Director Joseph Zettelmaier.

“I am especially excited that our summer production is something avant-garde while also paying homage to the long standing tradition of summer Shakespeare,” adds Artistic Director Joey Albright.

“This is my first time directing a Roustabout production, and I am very excited to dive in with a piece that gives me and the cast so much room to explore and play,” says Josie, who has also been seen on-stage for several Roustabout staged readings in the past. “I have acted in many Shakespeare productions, so I’m looking forward to working on it from another perspective.”

Tickets are available online at roustabout.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (734) 681-0112.

Week of 8/10/2020

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