Washington Shakespeare Company spring 2011

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A resident company at Artisphere, Washington Shakespeare Company (WSC) is a performing arts organization dedicated to producing primarily classic works, both time-tested and contemporary classics; emphasizing a provocative, bold approach in an intimate setting; and training and showcasing the best emerging talent in the region, mentored by seasoned, professional theatre artists.

Founded in 1990, WSC's mission is expressed through its commitment to artistic excellence, collaboration, developing talent, and promoting educational and social outreach. Our history is replete with edgy, innovative productions of Shakespeare, from Julius Caesar on the top floor of an unfinished office building in Ballston to a Kubrick-inspired Richard II; productions of works by other world literary giants, ranging from Samuel Beckett and Soyinka to American classics by Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and Edward Albee. WSC has performed exciting new plays by Allison Currin and Julie Jensen hit productions of our favorite contemporary playwright, Tom Stoppard, from Travesties to Hapgood.

This season includes one play by Tom Stoppard and two short lesser known plays by Tennessee Williams:

WASHINGTON SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
IN REPERTORY MAY 12-JULY 3
Thu $25 7:30pm / Fri $30 7:30pm / Sat Mat Pay-What-You-Can 2pm / Sat $35 7:30pm / Sun Mat $30 2pm / Sun $25 7:30pm

NIGHT AND DAY by TOM STOPPARD
His rarely mounted, 1978 play looks at a British newspaper strike through the prism of journalists covering a civil war in Africa.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS CONTINUUM
A double-bill of infrequently performed one-acts—Portrait of a Madonna is an early, poignant sketch of the character who would become Blanche DuBois and The Gnädiges Fräulein, a heartbreakingly yet hilarious ode to the indomitability of the human spirit.

Preview performances are pay what you can Thursday through Sunday nights at 7:30 pm the week prior to opening night.

There are Saturday 2pm matinees that are also pay what you can starting with Night and Day on May 21st and Tennessee Continuum on May 28th.


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