If you’ve ever had the feeling when all the cylinders were firing, all the pieces were falling into
place, and all the right people were JUST where you needed them to be RIGHT when you
needed them to be there (you know what I’m talking about, @MarkLomaxii), then you know
how I feel Actors’ Theatre of Columbus is doing RIGHT NOW. Their artistic leadership has the
vision and scope (and boundless energy) to imagine – and bring to reality – what seems like an
unending store of creative ways to bring an eager and talented company to the stage in the
MOST happening ways!
Case in point: ATC’s The Shakespeare Underground. ATC’s latest project is an exuberant, fun,
unpredictable take on classic plays from Shakespeare and a variety of authors. The concept of
the project is a combination of guerrilla street theater and traditional Elizabethan staging
methods. What’s more “underground” than that? Staged readings are the first Monday of each
month (except during their summer season) at The Studio at The Kitchen in German Village. The
photo is from this month’s installment, The Duchess of Malfi.
Another case in point: they’ll be opening “OR,” as this blog goes live, at MadLab Theatre during
January weekends. “OR,” is a door-slamming Restoration-Era-style farce, in which a former spy
tries to pen her first play — but with interruptions from a flirty actress, the king himself, and a
mysterious associate from her past. Our spy finds herself torn between love for her paramours,
her country, and her craft. Where do they FIND this stuff? I can’t wait.
And if that’s not enough, ATC announced their 2020 summer season in Schiller Park, themed
“Royals”: two Shakespeare plays (“King Lear” and “Queen Margaret”), rounded out by
Congreve’s “The Way of the World,” and Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” All free and open to
the public, y’all!
Best of all, I’ve just been elected to the Board! I can’t take ANY of the credit for such an
awesome lineup of entertainment, but I am hoping to bring fundraising best practices and
thoughtful leadership to a great Central Ohio arts organization. I’ve been a longtime admirer of
this 38-year old company, and am happy to now be an integral part.
I hope to see you at one of the upcoming performances!
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