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March 11, 2014 > Bare-bones ÔMuch AdoÕ makes local debut

Bare-bones ÔMuch AdoÕ makes local debut

Submitted By Savage Wilde Traveling Players

Savage Wilde Traveling Players (SWTP) presents their inaugural production, ÒMuch Ado About Nothing,Ó at Made Up Theatre in Fremont beginning Thursday, March 20. This short format show is a fast-paced, bare bones, seven-actor production of one of ShakespeareÕs best loved comedies.

A semi-professional theatre company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, SWTP primarily rehearses in San Leandro and performs all around the East Bay. This touring theatre company is built on highly portable, fast-paced Shakespeare that surrounds and immerses audiences in the world of each play. In short, we are Flash Mob Shakespeare. Our productions are meant to pop up anywhere and everywhere. Productions will (most often) play during the summer months in and around parks all over the Bay Area.

SWTP incorporates some of Shakespeare's staging conditions to engage audiences in productions of Shakespeare in new and exciting ways. The actors and audience share the same light so the audience is as much a part of the play as the actors, giving audiences a taste of how Shakespeare's audience would have interacted with their theatre. They also use direct audience contact to engage the audience even further. The actors all play multiple roles and employ cross-gender casting, with every woman in the cast playing at least one male role. Shows are performed in modern dress with an emphasis on the actors and the words.

ÒI founded the company based on the principles for performing Shakespeare I learned in graduate school (and added a few of my own),Ó says Founder/Artistic Director Shannon Schultz. ÒAs such, we perform Shakespeare as close as we can manage to the way Shakespeare's company performed his works.Ó Added principles include using as small a cast as possible, using unconventional theatre spaces, and every play is cut to under one and a half hours.

ÒMuch Ado About NothingÓ stars Bobby August Jr., Tanya Benitez, Elizabeth Finkler, Mylissa Malley, Jeff Opine, Shannon Schultz, and Stephanie Whigham.

See Shakespeare in a whole new light with Savage Wilde Traveling Players.

ÒMuch Ado About NothingÓ plays March 20 through 30 at Made Up Theatre in Fremont. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 online and $14 at the door. Tickets are available at www.madeuptheatre.com. More information on SWTP can be found at http://savagewildeplayers.weebly.com.


Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday, Mar 20 Ð Sunday, Mar 30
8 p.m. (Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.)
Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Ct., Fremont
www.madeuptheatre.com
http://savagewildeplayers.weebly.com
Tickets: $10 online, $14 at the door

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