2017-18 Touring Shows

R&J: 60


Adapted and Directed by Andrew Houchins

The :60 Series Favorite Returns -Shakespeare plays presented in one hour.

This small cast adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet condenses the Bard's famous tale of star-crossed lovers into 60 minutes of romance, poetry, humor, sword play, and tragedy, while keeping the plot intact. This touring show features a cast of six actors playing multiple roles in a fast-paced, high energy performance.

R&J:60 is available for booking at middle schools, high schools, and public performance spaces of all shapes and sizes across the Southeast October 2017-March 2018. Tickets are $10/ student. Title 1 discounts are also available.

Appropriate for Grades 4-12.
Click here to see the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for R&J: 60
When combined with reading the play and discussing the performance, R&J: 60 meets the following ELA and Fine Arts Georgia Standards of Excellence.

Fourth Grade ELA:
ELAGSE4SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE4L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

ELAGSE4L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

ELAGSE4RL2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

ELAGSE4RL3: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

Fourth Grade Fine Arts:
TA4.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TA4.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media.

Fifth Grade ELA:
ELAGSE5RL2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

ELAGSE5RL3: Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

ELAGSE5RL4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

ELAGSE5RL5: Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

ELAGSE5RI2: Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

ELAGSE5RI3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

ELAGSE5SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE5L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

ELAGSE5L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Fifth Grade Fine Arts:
TA5.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TA5.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media.

Sixth Grade ELA:
ELAGSE6RI1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

ELAGSE6RI2: Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

ELAGSE6RI3: Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

ELAGSE6RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

ELAGSE6SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE6L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

ELAGSE6L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Sixth Grade Fine Arts:
TA6.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TA6.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media.

Seventh Grade ELA:
ELAGSE7RI1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

ELAGSE7RI2: Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

ELAGSE7RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

ELAGSE7RI5: Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

ELAGSE7SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE7L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Seventh Grade Fine Arts:
TA7.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TA7.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media.

Eighth Grade ELA:
ELAGSE8RI1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

ELAGSE8RI2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

ELAGSE8RI3: Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

ELAGSE8RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies.

ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE8L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

ELAGSE8L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Eighth Grade Fine Arts:
TA8.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TA8.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media.

Ninth-Tenth Grade ELA
ELAGSE9-10RI1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

ELAGSE9-10RI2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

ELAGSE9-10RI3: Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

ELAGSE9-10RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

ELAGSE9-10SL1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

ELAGSE9-10L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9–10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

ELAGSE9-10L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Ninth-Tenth Grade Fine Arts:
TAHSA.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TAHSA.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media using appropriate supporting evidence.

Eleventh Grade and Twelfth Grade
ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

ELAGSE11-12RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

ELAGSE11-12RL7 Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare as well as one play by an American dramatist.

ELAGSE11-12RI1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

ELAGSE11-12RI2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.

ELAGSE11-12RI3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.

ELAGSE11-12RI4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

ELAGSE11-12SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

ELAGSE11-12L4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Eleventh-Twelfth Grade Fine Arts:
TAHSA.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TAHSA.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media using appropriate supporting evidence.


Please email Andrew Houchins at for more info or to book your performance!

Special Performances of this production will also be held on the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse stage October 13, 2017. Purchase tickets here.

How Shakespeare Won the West


Written by Kathleen McManus
Directed by Adam King

This 45-minute performance combines tales from history with the best of the Bard, using live music, puppetry, and immersive storytelling to bring Shakespeare's words and characters to life for even the youngest theatre-goers. Weaving together scenes from Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, and more, this fast-paced, high-energy 'western' is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare and the impact he has had on our world.

How Shakespeare Won the West is available for booking at elementary schools and public performance spaces of all shapes and sizes across the Southeast March 26-May 18, 2018. Tickets are $5/student. Title 1 discounts are also available.


Appropriate for Grades K-3.
Click here to see the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for How Shakespeare Won the West
When combined with post-performance discussions, How Shakespeare Won the West meets the following ELA and Fine Arts Georgia Standards of Excellence:

Kindergarten ELA:

ELAGSEKSL2: Confirm understanding of written texts read aloud or information presented orally or through media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.

Kindergarten Fine Arts:
TAK.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TAK.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media.

First Grade ELA:
ELAGSE1SL2: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

ELAGSE1SL3: Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

First Grade Fine Arts:
TA1.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TA1.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media.

Second Grade ELA:
ELAGSE2SL1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

ELAGSE2SL3: Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

Second Grade Fine Arts:
TA2.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TA2.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media.

Third Grade ELA:
ELAGSE3SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE3SL2: Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Third Grade Fine Arts: M<
TA3.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.

TA3.RE.2 Critique various aspects of theatre and other media.


Please email Adam King at for more info or to book your performance!

Special Performances of this production will also be held on the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse stage April 20-21. Purchase tickets here.