Raising the Bard
2008 was a killer year for new finds: 264 gold coins from the seventh century in Israels Jerusalem National Park, legless lizards in the Brazilian rainforest, and a previously undiscovered Shakespeare play at least, thats what the late playwright Dale Wasserman wanted you to believe.
Theater Works will present the world première of Wassermans final play, Premiere. The full-scale production chronicles the (we think) discovery of Shakespeares The Tragedy of Alcibiades and hypothesizes about the cultural reaction to such a find. Press materials advertising the original York Theatre Company staged reading divulged little of the shows plot, and local director Daniel Schay isnt telling, either. The circumstances of the discovery of [Shakespeares] play are precisely the plot of Premiere, says Schay. I shan't disclose them here, sirrah! Thats 16th-century speak for Youll just have to pay the $12 to $22 and go find out for yourself.
Jan. 9-25, 2009
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