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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

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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Sweet Tea Shakespeare Lunch Hours Intensive: Digital Restoration Series, Part II

Part II

Assistant Artistic Director Claire F. Martin is joined by Jillian Robinson (Production Stage Manager), Emily Garrison (actor), and Patrick Teed (actor/scholar) to chat about recent and upcoming projects in the Digital Restoration Series (DRS).

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A Gift for Everyone

I’m a minimalist. Well, at least I’m trying to be. I still have a lot of stuff in my house, but I’m working on it. After all, if you talk to many minimalists, they will tell you it’s not so much how many things a person owns, as it is the question of whether or not the things owned add value to the individual’s life. One of the key values of a minimalist is that experiences are more important than physical things. In this, I feel that my views aline.

Physical things are needy. They may not be able to talk, but they demand our attention. Knick-knacks require dusting. Electronics require regular updates. Silver requires polishing. Clothes require laundering. The list goes on. The more we have, the more time it takes to tend to our items. Experiences, on the other hand, just require our attention once, in the moment. The only demand is to “be in the moment,” to participate in the joy the new experience brings. 

Here at Sweet Tea Shakespeare, our goal is to gather our audiences and patrons around experiences. We create performances of Shakespeare plays, podcasts, radio theatre performances of Restoration dramas, and concerts. We create workshops. We create inter-active improvisational interpretations of Shakespeare’s works. We create training grounds for student artists to learn about theatre and improve their reading skills. We recognize that these experiences add value to life. They build community. They educate. They make us laugh; they make us cry. They inspire us to be better people. 

This year, I’d like to encourage you to think minimally as you shop for gift ideas. What experiences can you give this year? We have some pretty cool opportunities, if I do say so myself. For starters, check out these awesome Holiday Pass to all our upcoming digital productions this holiday season! Or if you have any children in your life, consider enrolling them in our Green Tea or Little Green Tea Companies! 

 

Peace, Love, Shakespeare, and Happy Holidays!

Jessie

Sweet Tea Shakespeare Lunch Hours – The Hours: The Country Wife, Part II

This full cast reading of THE COUNTRY WIFE Part II was directed by Assistant Artistic Director Claire Martin.

Casting is as follows: Duncan Gallagher as Harry Horner; Tyrone Kiaku as Quack; Jillian Robinson as the Boy; Bryson David Hoff as Sir Jasper Fidget; Emily Garrison as Lady Fidget; Alexandra Stroud as Dainty Fidget; Bernardo Mazón Daher as Frank Harcourt; Robbie Diaz as Dorilant; Ronald Román-Meléndez as Jack Pinchwife; Kelsey Petersen as Mrs. Pinchwife; Claire F. Martin as Alithea Pinchwife; Siena Brown as Mrs. Squeamish; Amanda M. Rogus as Lucy; and Cheleen Sugar-Ducksworth as Old Lady Squeamish.

The show was produced by Jeremy Fiebig and Stage Managed by Jessie Wise. This podcast was edited by Ashanti Bennett, Director of Engagement. Jen Pommerenke also assisted with this episode. Contact us at [email protected] Make a monthly, sustaining pledge on Patreon to support the work of Sweet Tea Shakespeare and our artists. We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

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Sweet Tea Shakespeare Lunch Hours – The Hours: The Country Wife, Part I

Led by Assistant Artistic Director, Claire Martin, Sweet Tea Shakespeare presents, The Country Wife.

The Country Wife is a Restoration comedy written in 1675 by William Wycherley, based on several plays by Molière. A product of the tolerant early Restoration period, the play reflects an aristocratic and anti-Puritan ideology, and was controversial for its sexual explicitness even in its own time. The title itself contains a lewd pun with regard to the first syllable of “country”. Between 1753 and 1924, The Country Wife was considered too outrageous to be performed at all. So, settle in and prepare to enjoy a rollicking, bawdy good time!

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