Coriolanus, Red Bull Theater

“The streets are full of protest. Economic inequality strains the social fabric. Debates rage throughout a nation riddled with dissension and distrust. It’s election year in Rome, 493 B.C.E., and as unscrupulous politicians manipulate public opinion, the hypocrisy and humiliation of political campaigns drive away the country’s finest. But beneath this political drama looms the personal tragedy of one principled man’s emotional blindness.” –- information from the Red Bull website

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Coriolanus, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

“Political manipulation, fallen heroes, and revenge meet center stage in this rarely-produced, intense tragedy. When Rome is faced with threats from without and famine within, it turns to its defender, Coriolanus.  The decorated war-hero quickly discovers that his true enemies lie inside Rome’s walls, and perhaps within himself.  A perfect Shakespeare play for an election year!” –blurb from the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey website

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Coriolanus, Burning House Theatre

"The Tragedy of Coriolanus sometime seems to lie forgotten amongst the other tragedies in the Shakespearean canon. Upon an initial read, it’s easy to see why. At first glance Caius Marcius Coriolanus is thoroughly unlikeable. He is seen to be mean, arrogant and self-centred. We are given no clear antagonists, the play’s politics seem to lean a little too much to the right, and despite some excellent speeches, the language doesn’t seem to have struck the same chord that Hamlet or Macbeth does. Coriolanus is unique amongst Shakespearean heroes because he is not good at expressing himself. He does not deem us unworthy of his emotions or his thoughts, he is literally unable to share them.

Because of this, he, and the play that bears his name, have become deeply understood. He has become known as a tyrant, an arrogant, emotionally stunted child. Brecht called Coriolanus a tragedy because the hero was unable to grow. Olivier drew his inspiration from Mussolini in his playing of the character. Beyond his military qualities, his virtues tend to be overlooked. He is dedicated to self-improvement in a way that compares to no other character in English literature. He cares deeply for his family and friends, and refuses to compromise his moral system. This concept of self-improvement, of committing to oneself to the altitude of one’s virtue, is the beating heart of this play. Rome is tearing itself to shreds in its effort to better itself. It a play about compromise and commitment, of ascendance and acceptance. Make of it what you will." — Robert Johnson  

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The Complete Deaths, Spymonkey

All 74 on-stage deaths from Shakespeare's oeuvre realized in physical comedy by four actors.  With a LED-display counter monitoring the 75 deaths (they include the fly in Titus Andronicus) and propelling the action to the zero, The Complete Deaths is a fast-paced and entertaining tribute to the tragic ends of so many of Shakespeare's characters.  

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Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare

“A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A vase for the prince. A matchbox for the servant. A toilet roll tube for the Innkeeper. A water bottle for the messenger.

In Complete Works six performers create condensed versions of each and every Shakespeare play, comically and intimately retelling them, using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on the one-metre stage of an ordinary table top."

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