Spring Shakespeare Showcase May 21 at Broadway Center

Those wacky thespians: Adult Ensemble 915 taking ten. Photo: Emily Cohen.

The Broadway Center Conservatory will present the Spring Shakespeare Showcase on Monday, May 21, 6-9 pm. This three-hour extravaganza includes two programs: “Pieces of Virtue”, a series of short scenes from 11 Shakespeare plays performed by Adult Ensemble 915; and a 45-minute adaptation of “The Tempest” performed by the Young Actors’ Ensemble. “Pieces of Virtue” is the culmination of a 10-week acting intensive taught by Spaceworks alumni Marilyn Bennett at the Broadway Center this spring.

The public is welcome to attend one or both programs; admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Here’s the scoop:

Rachel Lionheart and Gabriel McPherson in “Othello”. Photo: Emily Cohen.

6 pm – Young Actors’ Ensemble’s “The Tempest”, directed by Scott Campbell. Seven intrepid young actors perform every role in an abridged version of Shakespeare’s play

6:50 pm –  Intermission. Complimentary coffee, tea and cookies

7:10 pm –  Ensemble 915: Mangy Dog Players present “Pieces of Virtue: Shakescenes high and low” directed by Marilyn Bennett. Twelve actors of a combined 150 years experience interpret 17 engaging moments from 11 of The Bard’s plays

8:15 pm –  Reception for companies and guests; complimentary appetizers, desserts, beverages

Broadway Center is located at the corner of 9th and Broadway in downtown Tacoma. To get to 915 Studio #3, take the silver elevator from the street just south of the Broadway Center Ticket booths on Broadway; go to the 3rd floor, studio is straight ahead.

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