Power Play

Injustice and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, temporarily brought out the forces of the Internet collective Anonymous and the masks of Guy Fawkes. Remember, remember the 5th of September — this Friday — for that’s when Southwest Shakespeare Company’s AriZoni-nominated production of Equivocation returns to the stage.

Speculation, incomplete facts, and strategic video releasing may have crafted a narrative on the outskirts of St. Louis, but playwright Bill Cain steps back four centuries to ponder what if Shakespeare had been tapped to craft the official state narrative of Fawkes’ failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The play’s ersatz bard, Shagspeare, struggles to find balance in being loyal to King James and to avoid being his pawn.

Southwest Shakespeare Company’s production of Equivocation is at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, for a limited run through Saturday, September 20. Friday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $12.50 to $44. Visit for more info.

Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 5. Continues through Sept. 20, 2014