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By John Fletcher

Fletcher’s play is set in London after Katharina’s death, and Petruchio is remarried to Maria. However, he still has nightmares that Katharina will haunt him as a ghost and he resolves to be even firmer with his new wife. While Shakespeare’s Katherina is subdued by her bullying husband Petruchio, Fletcher turns things on their head by letting women tame men. Sit back and enjoy this radical sequel to William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

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The Woman’s Prize

By Margaret Cavendish

Written in the early days of the Restoration after the English civil war, the story follows a group of cavaliers who return home to find their family estates have vanished and that they have no viable options for income. Meanwhile, their sisters find their marriage prospects bleak and their brothers less than helpful. This band of sisters joins together and uses their wits to navigate the marriage front in the midst of the English Restoration.

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The Sociable Companions

The Way of the World

By William Congreve

London, 1700. When the hottest playboy in town falls in love with a free-spirited heiress, high society has a lot to say about it. Scheming aristocrats, catty ex-girlfriends, country bumpkins, and a tyrannical matriarch threaten their romance from all sides. Will the bickering lovers get their happily ever after? Or will gossip, greed, and jealousy win the day? Featuring iconic characters and some of the wittiest dialogue ever written, this audio drama of Congreve’s beloved Restoration comedy is brought to life by actors from across the United States.

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The Belle’s Stratagem

By Hannah Cowley

London debutante Letitia Hardy has been engaged since birth to a man she has never met. After their first meeting goes horribly awry, Letitia vows to win over her handsome fiancé, Doricourt…by disguising herself as a rival for his affections. Meanwhile, Doricourt’s best friend, Saville, teams up with a motley crew to thwart a local Casanova hellbent on seducing an innocent young bride. This sparkling adaptation of Hannah Cowley’s Enlightenment-era comedy of manners features actors from across the United States.

Performed March 12th, 2021

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The Beaux’ Stratagem

By George Farquhar

Chaos abounds and hilarity ensues when two down-on-their-luck Englishmen decide to pass themselves off as a rich lord and his servant in order to snag wealthy wives. It’s not long before the fake aristocrat, Aimwell, finds himself caught in a battle of wits with an heiress and her mother. Meanwhile, his fake valet, Archer, gets in over his head when he falls for a married woman whose husband just happens to be the target of a heist. This rollicking adaptation of George Farquhar’s late Restoration comedy features actors from across the United States.

Performed February 6th, 2021

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Can Acting Make You Smarter?

Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s Green Tea and Little Green Tea participants are half-way through their Shakespeare Bootcamp, in preparation for their production of John Fletcher and Philip Massinger’s The Sea Voyage . During this Bootcamp, the youth are learning about Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and the history around The Sea Voyage. They are also exploring acting techniques, such as play analysis, character analysis, and improvisation, among many other topics. And while this may surprise many, we also talked about grammar! 

When the students started their Bootcamp this past Tuesday with a basic overview of the play, suffice it to say they were a little confused about what was going on. One the second day, they examined the first scene through the lens of play analysis. By slowing picking through all the details, their knowledge and understanding of the world of the play increased. On the third day, we did an overview of basic grammar rules. By paying close attention to the grammar used in the scene, the students learned more about what their characters were feeling, and how the lines were meant to be delivered. 

At the end of this grammar lesson, the kids performed the first scene. It was amazing to see the character choices coming through, as they could make informed decisions on how to perform their role based on what they had learned through scene analysis and grammar study. In our end of class debrief, the students acknowledged how much better they understood what they read now, than they had on the first day of Bootcamp. The tools they developed in just those few days are crucial reading comprehension skills, and ones that most of us, if we are being honest, could stand to work on! But this learning process is not exclusive to the youth involved in our Green Tea programs. We frequently start the rehearsal process for our adult productions in a similar method, taking time to work through the text, to ensure all those involved in the play understand what is happening and why. Because when the actors and production team understand the text, it makes the text that much more accessible to the audience. So if you want a chance to work on your grammar or reading comprehension, come and join us. We’d love to learn alongside you, and from you!