Time for a Timeless Tale
The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company opens Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale July 23
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The time has come for a timeless tale: a Winter’s Tale at that. This play, presented by the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company for the first time at the 14th annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, explores temporal dimensions in multifaceted ways. The play, which the ageing Bard of Avon wrote at the end of his career, spans an interval of 16 years, and in this particular production will transport audiences across time to the 1940s. Additionally, as Director Susan Angelo observes, within this timeless and time-honored play “Shakespeare is able to craft “psychological” characters in a time when the word [psychological] wasn’t even known.”
When the jealous King Leontes of Sicilia orders his innocent wife imprisoned for adultery and her child abandoned, only time (plus a few surprising plot twists, and an exit involving a bear) can bring about the necessary reflection and repentance. According to Angelo, the play’s “tone turns on a dime, beginning highly dramatically and then finding its way to abrupt comedy and then back again to something so magical and profound and life affirming.” Angelo, who returns to the Kingsmen Company after directing “Twelfth Night” in 2003, is a resident artist and education director at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, a theatre specializing in Shakespeare. She conducts Shakespeare workshops at schools including CLU, New York University, and UCLA.
Richard Baird, who played the title role in last year’s production of “Macbeth,” is Leontes. Veteran stage actress Aaryon Kopp is making her debut appearance with the festival as Leontes’ wife, Hermione. Travis Brazil, who began his career with The Royal Shakespeare Company and has performed on many European and American stages, returns to the festival after two years to portray Leontes’ friend, Polixenes, the King of Bohemia.
The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theatre company of California Lutheran University. In addition to producing one of the area’s most popular outdoor theatrical events, it provides apprentice programs, an educational tour program and summer theater camps for youth.
The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Pre-show entertainment featuring Renaissance music, comic Shakespearean improvisations and wandering performers begins at 6:45 p.m.
The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company – A Winter’s Tale
Performed in Kingsmen Park at the California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, California 91360
Tickets: $15, under 18 is free
Reserved lawn box seating $60 to $75
Parking is available at the corner of Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road.
For more information, visit http://www.kingsmenshakespeare.org or call (805) 493-3455.