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Shakespeare in the Ruff presents a radical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s beloved classic. Reframed to explore the agency of women in Ancient Rome, creator Kaitlyn Riordan introduces new voices using iambic pentameter to follow themes of female friendship, fertility and the silencing of women. Opens Aug 16 and runs to Sep 3, Tue-Sun 7:30 pm (and Labour Day, Sep 3). Pwyc ($20 suggested).
Kaitlyn Riordans creative and poignant feminist overhaul of Julius Caesar shifts the focus from conflicted senator Brutus (Adriano Sobretodo Jr.) to Caesar’s initially unassuming wife, Portia (Christine Horne), who has her own allegiances tested by the political tumult. These include her life-long friendship with Caesars wife, Calpurnia (Nikki Duval), and Brutuss stern, politically-savvy mother, Servilia (Deborah Drakeford). Riordans new script, created by integrating snippets of 17 different Shakespeare plays with her own writing, makes the captivating outdoor performance resonate with current politics, and casts the Bards canon in a new light.
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