For several years, the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division has presented free theater programming in the parks. This year, as the city of West Hollywood continues to navigate health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the city will present two virtual theater experiences for the 2021 season produced by Classical Theater Lab and Infinite Jest Theater Company. .
Classical Theater Lab will feature a costumed online reading of William Shakespeare‘s The Comedy of Errors. The performances will be presented online on Saturday October 9, 2021 at 6 p.m. and Sunday October 10, 2021 at 2 p.m. at www.weho.org/arts Where http://bit.ly/wehoartstheatre. These shows are offered to the public free of charge with donations accepted at www.classicaltheatrelab.org.
Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Mistakes” is considered one of the most beautifully crafted pranks ever written and one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most enjoyable plays. Shakespeare was inspired by the Roman playwright “Menaechmi” and “Amphitruo” by the Roman playwright Plautus, which, in turn, were based on plays from the New Greek Comedy of the 3rd century BC.
The story follows two pairs of twins, separated in childhood by a shipwreck, who are identical in face and name. When Antipholus of Syracuse sets out to find his twin brother in Ephesus, a series of crazy mistakes ensue due to mistaken identities and wacky slapstick humor. Colorful period costumes, live music, and virtual backgrounds will add authenticity to this 80-minute adventure that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Reading is led by Elizabeth swain and includes actors Joel Asher, Tristan Boesch, Strawn Bovee, Virtic Emil Brown, Kathy bell denton, Tim Fannon, Suzanne Hunt, Julie lanctot, Conlan Ledwith, Alison Shanks, Sara Shearer, Donald Wayne and Alexander Wells.
Infinite Jest Theater Company, Los Angeles’ only comedy theater company, founded out of a desire to create great art in a collaborative and supportive environment, brings a costumed online reading of John Lyly’s Gallathea to West Hollywood and beyond, virtually. Gallathea will be broadcast online on Saturday October 16, 2021 at 6 p.m. and Sunday October 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. at www.weho.org/arts Where http://bit.ly/wehoartstheatre and performances are offered to the public free of charge with donations gratefully accepted at www.infinitejesttheatrecompany.org.
Created in 1588, “Gallathée” by John Lyly is a strange love story set in the landscape of classical myth. To avoid being sacrificed to Neptune, Gallathea and Phillida are sent to the forest dressed as boys where they meet and fall in love. Meanwhile, three shipwrecked brothers set off in search of their fortunes, Cupid stirs up his usual troubles, the nymphs fall in love with mortals, and Diana and Neptune prepare for the ultimate clash, but maybe Venus will save the day in this playful pastoral.
The reading is led by Collette Rutherford and will feature Ben Carroll, Alexandra Demaio, Dominique Fatu, Caroline George, Shirley Ritter Hatton, Taylor Hawthorne, Ben Lupejkis, Kristofer Mikal, Skip Pipo, Zaire Martinez Roldan, Kevin Michel Shiley and Tori Zaitonia
The City of West Hollywood Virtual Theater 2021 program is hosted by the City of West Hollywood Arts Division. For more information, please contact Joy Tribble, the City of West Hollywood Arts Technician, at (323) 848-6360 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
The City of West Hollywood Arts Division offers a wide range of arts programs including Art on the Outside (temporary public art), City Poet Laureate, Drag Queen Story Hour, Free Theater in the Parks, Grants, Holiday Programming, Human Rights Speaker Series, Library Exhibits, National Poetry Month, One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Summer Sounds + Winter Sounds, Street Art (permanent public art), and WeHo Reads.
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