Jan 28 2018
SHAKESPEARE IN THE GOLDEN STATE 2PM FREE EVENT RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED. Along with the pioneers, prospectors, immigrants, and adventurers who headed west in the 19th century came a stowaway named William Shakespeare. He arrived in California by several routes: the printed book, the stage, and in the everyday spoken language to which he contributed so many words, images, and famous speeches. Professional actors followed, performing on the makeshift stages of mining camps and in the ornate theaters of our growing cities. (The earliest recorded performance of a Shakespeare play in California was Richard III in 1847.) Later, as the film industry shifted to Los Angeles, Shakespeare thrived in the silent era, when many of the actors drew on their earlier stage repertoires. In the modern era, too, Shakespeare is alive and well in offshoots that reset his plots in a different time, place, or cinematic idiom. For Hamlet with Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Arizona, try My Darling Clementine (1946); for The Taming of the Shrew in a contemporary high school, see 10 Things I Hate About You (1999); for Romeo and Juliet among the zombies, see Warm Bodies (2013). This talk will consider the amazing diversity and durability of Shakespeare’s impact on the culture of California.
Feb 23 - Mar 17 2018
John, King of England, was the son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He ruled in troubled times when England and France battled for supremacy. Shakespeare’s play was one of his most popular during Victorian times, partly because of its spectacle and pageantry. Today, however, it’s a rarely performed gem, and LBSC is pleased to present it to see what you, our audience, think of it. In 1942, George Orwell described it: “With its intrigues and doublecrossings, non-aggression pacts, people changing sides in the middle of a battle, and what-not, it seemed to me extraordinarily up to date.”
Mar 25 2018
FREE EVENT RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED. Falstaff And His Critics Come and learn from USC's Professor Lemon why Falstaff is one of Shakespeare's most popular characters! Falstaff is arguably Shakespeare’s most popular character. One Shakespeare critic calls him "a kind of god in the mythology of modern man," while another writes “When we are wholly human . . . we become most like either Hamlet or Falstaff." This talk considers the praise of Falstaff next to the critiques against him, as a Vice character or a Machiavel. What do we make of this larger than life figure, and how do we assess his friendship with Prince Hal, who begins by funding Falstaff's drinking but ends in abandoning his friend? And if Prince Hal banishes him, what might Queen Elizabeth have found so appealing in this beloved "white bearded Satan" and an "abominable misleader of youth"?
Apr 07 - Apr 15 2018
LBSC will celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday Month of April with Old-Time-Radio presentations of Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite Shakespearean character (and his greatest comic creation), Falstaff! We’ll see Falstaff with Prince Hal in his first appearance in Henry IV, Part 1.
Apr 29 2018
FREE EVENT RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED Many works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries require moments of stage magic – the appearance of ghosts, gods, and devils, statues coming to life, tempests, and battles. While a practical mind may look for means to make these larger-than-life moments visually believable, Shakespeare took a markedly different approach that celebrated wonder but relied on unconventional means. Shakespeare had an appetite for such moments, inserting fantastical moments in plays where they were unnecessary to the story. In this talk we’ll discuss Shakespeare’s construction of these moments in plays like Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale. We will also note some influences on Shakespeare from the royal court where visual spectacle was utilized for political purposes.
May 25 - Jun 16 2018
Surprisingly, Shakespeare never wrote the words, “All is fair in love and war,” but he certainly wrote a play that dealt entirely with the subject. “All’s Well That Ends Well” is what scholars call one of Shakespeare’s “problem” plays, neither comedy nor tragedy, but a bit of both. Filled with unrequited love, philandering lovers, deception and disguise, it’s a story that confuses and elates the audience, and here at LBSC, we think you’ll love the way we attack it.
Aug 24 - Sep 15 2018
As we’ve said, this year’s LBSC productions of Shakespeare’s rarest plays pays tribute sometimes to the man and not the machine. “Troilus and Cressida” is probably the most modern of his tragedies and prime material for today’s audience. Author and literary scholar Joyce Carol Oates remarked that it “strikes the modern reader as a contemporary document—its investigation of numerous infidelities, its criticism of tragic pretensions, above all, its implicit debate between what is essential in human life and what is only existential are themes of the twentieth century. ... This is tragedy of a special sort—the ‘tragedy’ the basis of which is the impossibility of conventional tragedy.” Join us, and open your mind to Shakespeare’s modern ideas.
FLEX PASS CARD
The ultimate in flexibility and convenience. This ‘open’ pass is redeemable for 10 tickets to the Richard Goad Theatre. Attend 10 individual performances throughout the season (Jan-Dec 2018), or bring a companion to five performances, or use your pass for one or two family nights out…it is good for any combination amounting to ten tickets. It's up to you! Just call the Theatre at least 48 hours in advance of the performance you would like to attend to reserve your seats. Price: $100
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