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By Thomas Nash and Christopher Marlowe

Aeneas, prince of the lost city of Troy and son of the goddess Venus, is aboard a ship bound for the North African coast when he becomes lost in a storm. The god Jupiter steps in and saves him by calming the seas, allowing Aeneas to land safely. At first, all seems well. Once on land, Aeneas meets Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and he tells her of the destruction of Troy and the purpose for his trip and destiny: to found a new Troy in Italy. Dido supports Aeneas’s goal and agrees to supply his ships. But then Cupid arrives and casts a spell to make Dido fall in love with Aeneas. More storms (literally and figuratively) ensue as now Dido, in love with Aeneas, desperately tries to keep Aeneas from leaving. 

 

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Dido, Queen of Carthage

The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours: Here Comes the Sun

Join Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s Assistant Artistic Director Claire F. Martin and the cast and crew of multiple Sweet Tea Zoom and audio productions for a reflection on what art looks like when the world is shut down, what hope for the future feels like, and some of the questions that we’ve all asked along the way.

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By Thomas Otway

Venice is rumbling. A corrupt Senate rules the city with an iron fist, while activists take to the streets in protest. Amidst political upheaval, the love affair between a young reformer named Jaffeir and the daughter of a Senator explodes into scandal. When Jaffeir’s friend invites him to join an underground resistance aimed at destroying the Senate once and for all, the stage is set for a revolution that will turn everyone’s world upside down. This thrilling adaptation of Thomas Otway’s Restoration tragedy features actors from across North America.

 

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Venice Preserv’d

PAN by Jeremy Fiebig

Peter, an impish boy who refuses to grow up — and who can fly! — lands in a suburban home looking for his shadow. Once inside, he befriends the children: Wendy, John, and Michael. With help from some magic fairy dust, Peter teaches them to fly before whisking them off for adventures on the island of Neverland: a land inhabited by mermaids, fairies, and, of course, pirates. The enduring story of Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, by JM Barrie premiered in 1904 at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. In 1911, Barrie adapted and expanded the play into a novel published as Peter and Wendy. An adaptation of JM Barrie’s classic tale by Artistic Director Jeremy Fiebig is a delightful adventure for the whole family.

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Pan

The Relapse

By Sir John Vanbrugh

Once upon a time, there was a pleasure-seeking libertine named Loveless. He was reformed by the love of a virtuous woman named Amanda. They lived happily ever after. Or did they? Sir John Vanbrugh turns the Restoration comedy on its head in this rare sequel, which follows Loveless and Amanda as their once-perfect marriage is threatened by the arrival of Amanda’s beautiful cousin and her dashing ex-lover. Recorded on Zoom in a single afternoon, this one-shot table read of THE RELAPSE features actors from across North America.

Captured April 17th

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By Phillip Massinger

In The Unnatural Combat, Massinger offers a world where there exists a thin line between virtue and vice, and warns us that every evil thing we do makes the next that much easier. At a time when cruelty has become the lingua franca of our political discourse, The Unnatural Combat calls out to us from four centuries ago, begging us to consider whither we may be going.

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Unnatural Combat