Special one-hour on Shakespeare this summer. More companies are performing the Bard and Dmae talks with three groups: Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Post 5 Theatre at Milepost 5 & the historic Portland Actors Ensemble’s Shakespeare in the Park. Plus a feature on the Cornish group Fisherman’s Friends. We’ll also hear why author Ursula K. Le Guin loves Shakespeare. Featured music is by Molly Bauckham at HarpMolly.com.
First up, director Butch Flowers tells us about Northwest Classical Theatre Company’s Measure For Measure opens Friday June 22nd and runs through July 15 th (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm Sunday at 2pm) at the Shoe Box Theater (2110 SE 10th Avenue) in Portland. Flowers talks about his history with this company, why Measure for Measureis considered a ‘problem play’ and his personal love of Shakespeare.
Play synopsis: Measure For Measure focuses on Angelo, who is asked to rule by the Duke of Vienna (who pretends to leave town but instead dresses as a friar to observe the goings-on in his absence). Angelo is strict, moralistic, and unwavering in his decision-making; he arrests and condemns a young man (Claudio) for impregnating his lover before marriage.
Isabella, Claudio’s sister, is about to enter a nunnery when her brother is arrested. When she hears of her brother’s arrest, she goes to Angelo to beg him for mercy. He refuses, but suggests that there might be some way to change his mind.
Then Dmae goes to England, to the land of Shakespeare’s birth to play a feature piece about the Fisherman’s Friends in Port Isaac, Cornwall. This piece originally aired on PRI’s The World.
For more than 15, the Fisherman’s Friends have been singing sea shanties as a group in Port Isaac, Cornwall. During the summer, the ten men give free concerts in the old harbor drawing crowds of 3000 or more. The picturesque village has been highlighted in films and TV shows—mostly recently the popular Doc Martin series.
But the Fisherman’s Friends with their masterful harmonies and lively performances remain the heart of local culture. With a 1.6 million dollar recording contract (1 million pounds – that’s according to the Guardian) , the group is gaining worldwide attention.
Dmae visited with the singers at their favorite pub in Port Isaac and produced this story. See a slideshow of Port Isaac with photos by Richard Jensen!
Next Dmae talks with Milepost 5’s Claire Willett and Post 5 Theatre’s Ty Boice about the Summer of Shakespeare Festival with numerous companies. Post 5 Theatre is also offering two productions of their own in the courtyard at Milespost 5.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream previews June 27th & 28th and runs June 29th-July 20th at 7 p.m. Directed by Erica Terpening-Romeo & Caitlin Fisher-Draeger
Henry IV Part I, previews August 15th & 16th and runs August 17th – Sept 8th at 7 p.m.
Directed by Don Alder. Food and drink available onsite. Children welcome.
Performances are free of charge. Donations are welcome. All performances take place in the Milepost 5 Courtyard (850 NE 81st Avenue at NE Oregon Street). Street parking only.
We’ll also hear about Milepost 5’s Summer of Shakespeare Festival. The Portland Free Shakespeare Festival Schedule (Free & Open To All Ages):
Friday, July 20th
7 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Post5 Theatre
Saturday, July 21st
Noon: As You Like It presented by Original Practice Shakespeare
3 PM: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) presented by Post5 Theatre
7 PM: Hamlet presented by Portland Actors’ Ensemble
Sunday, July 22nd
11 AM: “Brunch With the Bard”, guest speakers TBD
2 PM: Anon and on and on presented by Brody Theatre
4 PM: “Shakespeare in 2012,” a talkback with Post5 Artistic Director Ty Boice & Managing Director Orion Bradshaw
7 PM: Romeo & Juliet presented by Original Practice Shakespeare
Friday, July 27th
7 PM: Twelfth Night presented by Portland Actors’ Ensemble
Saturday, July 28th
12 PM: Sonnetscape presented by Fuse Theatre Ensemble
3 PM: Good Will presented by Northwest Classical Theatre Company
7 PM: Much Ado About Nothing presented by Willamette Shakespeare
10 PM: Closing Awards Ceremony & Festivities
Portland Actors Ensemble’s Shakespeare in the Parks series presents two free summer productions: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, which will be performed over five weekends primarily at Lone Fir Cemetery in SE Portland, and Twelfth Night, or What You Will, which travels to metro-area parks over a seven-weekend run.
Hamlet will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm from June 14 through July 14 . Bruce Hostetler directs the production. *ASL Interpreted Performances (July 7 performance of Hamlet and August 12 performance of Twelfth Night)
Directions to park locations are available at: www.portlandactors.org., All Shows are FREE Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, unless noted
Lone Fir Cemetery in SE Portland. Entrance located near SE 26th Ave and SE Washington Street
June 14, 15, 16, 21, 23, 28, 29, and 30, at 7:00 pm
July 5, 6, 7*, 12, 13** and 14, at 7:00 pm Performed just west of the Soldier’s Monument at the center of the cemetery. Please enter from SE 26th Ave. and stay on the paved areas. For more information on the Lone Fir, please visit Metro’s Historic pioneer cemeteries website at www.oregonmetro.gov/cemeteries.
With special shows at:
Marylhurst University, June 22, at 6:30 pm
17600 Pacific Highway, Lake Oswego
On the Knight’s Green in front of the BP John Administration Bldg.
Meinig Memorial Park, Sandy, July 8, at 6:00 pm
39250 Pioneer Blvd, behind City Hall.
PAE’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will Directed by Avital Shira. All Shows are FREE Saturday and Sunday afternoons, unless noted, plus Labor Day.
Laurelhurst Park, July 28 and 29, at 3:00 pm SE 35th Ave. and SE Oak St., near “picnic area F” in the center of the Park.
Columbia Park, Troutdale, August 4, at 6:00 pm 1900 SW Cherry Park Road, Troutdale.
Lynchwood Park, August 5, at 3:00 pm SE Haig and SE 174th, between Division and Powell.
Marylhurst University, August 10, 6:30 pm 17600 Pacific Highway, Lake Oswego On the Knight’s Green in front of the BP John Administration Bldg.
Gabriel Park, August 18 and 19, at 3:00 pm SW 45th Ave and SW Nevada Ct., past the Tennis Courts.
Fernhill Park, August 25 and 26, at 3:00 pm NE 37th Ave & Ainsworth St, on the NE 41st Ave. side.
Reed College, September 1, 2, and 3, at 3:00 pm SE Woodstock and SE Reed College Pl., in front of Eliot Hall.