Buy Tickets From the 2020-2021 Season: Complete Works! Two Gents! Macbeth! Love’s Labour’s Lost! Playing September 16, 2021 to November 28, 2021

Rotating Shows This Fall

Food and drinks available before every performance including previews!

Every Sunday Performance In November is at 2:30pm.

Welcome to what we are calling The Shakespeare Binge Fest!

A three month-long celebration of Shakespeare for every level of fan from newbie to nerd, catering to all your cravings.


We've got something for everybody:

Funny, modern, lightsabers (probably): Complete Works
Love Triangles, disguises, and a dog: Two Gents
Murder, Ghosts, Spoopy Halloween 10/10: Macbeth
An all-teenage cast performing a Love's Labour's Lost that is so intelligent, witty and bold it will solidify your faith in the future? Got it! (Two nights only)
Simply missed the Tavern last year and want an excuse to hang out with us a lot? We're giving you four fun reasons to stop by often.

One thing is for sure: we'll be slingin' Shakespeare, Shepherd's Pie and pun-heavy drink specials your way...and maybe even sprinkle in some special comedy & cabaret nights and other Shakespeare plays!



The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)


Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield (and William Shakespeare)

$15 Gen Admission Preview Thurs Sept 16, 2021
$20 Gen Admission Preview Friday Sept 17, 2021
Performances September 18-26
October 3, 9, 14, 15
& November 5, 14, 18, 20

Directed by Dani Herd

An irreverent, hilarious, high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard's plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours! Titus Andronicus becomes a cooking show, all the Histories are performed by Superheroes, and we go NUTS with Hamlet. All of this performed by THREE ACTORS. It took ASC, with hundreds of actors, 26 years to complete Shakespeare's works the first time (this last time through, it only took us 8!) These three nerds will do 'em all in an evening. Show offs.



The Two Gentlemen of Verona


$15 Gen Admission Preview Thurs Sept 30, 2021
$20 Gen Admission Preview Friday Oct 1, 2021
Performances October 2, 7, 8, 10, 16, 17
& November 4, 7, 11, 13, 19, 28

Directed by Andrew Houchins

What’s the worst thing that can happen when one guy innocently introduces his best friend to his fiancée? No need for the relationship_advice subReddit, Shakespeare will clear things up, but not before he creates an absolutely hilarious mess for these young lovers. Oh, and their little dog, too!




Macbeth


$15 Gen Admission Preview Thurs Oct 21, 2021
$20 Gen Admission Preview Friday Oct 22, 2021
Performances October 23 - 31
& November 6, 11, 12, 21

Directed by Mary Ruth Ralston

One fateful evening, three weird sisters greet Macbeth and Banquo with visions of what could be. Is it the witches and their magical prophecies or is it Macbeth and his wife's all too human desire for power that set in motion some of the most blood curdling, murderous, and tragic events that Scotland has ever witnessed?



Love’s Labour’s Lost


Two Performances Only November 26 & 27, 2021

Directed by Adam King, O’Neil Delapenha and Gabi Anderson

For two nights only, the Shakespeare Intensive For Teens July 2021 production of Love's Labour's Lost will play to our main stage audience. Artistic Director Jeff Watkins says this was "...the show that renewed my passion for this play, this playwright, and returning to the work after being away from it all for over a year." This full-length production, directed by ASC Teaching Artists Adam King, O’Neil Delapenha and Gabi Anderson, set Jeff's heart on fire so much, he knew our patrons had to see it, so we are adding it to our fall show lineup. The production is fully realized, with exquisite costumes, a complete light design, and extraordinary text work. Presenting a play featuring an all-teenage cast is a first in The Atlanta Shakespeare Company's history.

Can four young men attempt to honor their pledge to avoid love, food, drink and sleep, for the sake of becoming more intellectual and contemplative? Not in Shakespeare's world! After four young women arrive on the scene, the result is far from a blissful pondering of noble deeds and nobler thoughts. Join us for muscovites, masks, and lessons about love in this lyrical comedy.

All Sunday performances in November are at 2:30pm only.





Content Advisory for Two Gents: This production depicts a scene with an implied threat of non consensual intimacy.



THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED] is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC
http://www.broadwayplaypub.com




WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR REOPENING*:


First thing to note is we open happily and with the awareness that things can change. We will continue to adapt and update our protocols and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic to keep everyone safe. We’re looking at you, Delta Variant.  Please check here often for the latest information.



While in Georgia, the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse may not have to legally require that all audiences be vaccinated....but we think it’s a good idea if they are. In fact we would love it if you were. If you are not vaccinated, stay home and stay safe! These plays are 450 years old and you will most assuredly have another chance to see them at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse!

Our staff, actors, crew and volunteers will be fully vaccinated.

Masks are required to be worn when not actively eating or drinking inside The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.  Our staff and volunteers will be masked while patrons are in the building.

Seating in each section will be limited to 40 seats each performance.

Our bar and kitchen will be open with the same offerings as pre-pandemic. QR codes will be available for our menus.

We prefer credit cards for all payments. Please avoid using cash if possible. Don’t even think about bitcoin. Save it for your trip to space.

Hand sanitizer will be available at various stations in the building.

We have installed a REME HALO ultra-violet air filtering system. mmm...breathe in that clean clean particle-free air y’all! Btw...if you’re sick, stay home and get well!

Since our performers have to be vaccinated to be on our stage, they won’t be wearing masks, unless they come down into the audience during the performance!

The front row will now be 10ft from the front of the stage. If you intend to go Elizabethan and throw tomatoes at the stage, you’ll have to up your game, bro.

* Any person entering the premises waives all civil liability against this premises owner and operator for any injuries caused by the inherent risk associated with contracting COVID-19 (including any variants) at public gatherings, except for gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm, by the individual or entity of the premises.










please don’t throw tomatoes at the actors. we need them for the soup.


Read the Plot Synopsis

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Synopsis

Valentine, seeking to be “tutor’d in the world,” goes with his servant Speed from Verona to Milan, saying goodbye to his friend Proteus. Presently, Proteus, enamored of Julia (as she is of him), is also ordered by his father to leave for Milan. There Valentine falls in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia; when Proteus arrives they tell him that because the Duke prefers a wealthier suitor, Thurio, they propose to elope.

Proteus, himself infatuated with Silvia, informs the Duke, who finds a rope ladder under Valentine’s cloak and banishes him. He becomes leader of a highly selective band of outlaws. Julia, who has followed Proteus disguised as a boy, hears Thurio’s musicians serenading Silvia with “Who is Silvia? What is she,/That all our swains commend her?” Proteus is listening and after Thurio has gone, he proclaims his love, which Silvia scorns, asking Sir Eglamour to conduct her to Valentine. Proteus, taking the disguised Julia (“Sebastian”) as his page, sends a message to Silvia who again rejects him.

The Duke pursues his escaping daughter and is captured by outlaws while she is rescued by Proteus. The watching Valentine attacks his treachery, then for a moment becomes all too magnanimous by giving up Silvia to him. Julia/Sebastian, swooning, reveals herself, the outlaws bring in the Duke who pardons them, and there is a correct pairing-off.

Macbeth Synopsis

Upon a “blasted heath” near Forres, three Witches, Weird Sisters, meeting the King of Scotland’s generals, Macbeth and Banquo, hail Macbeth in a triple prophecy, ending with the promise of kingship. Banquo is told that he “shall get kings, though thou be none”. After King Duncan has made him Thane of Cawdor (as the Witches promised), Macbeth knows that he and his unflinching wife are ambitious for the greater honour. She drives him onward; and that night he murders the sleeping King, their guest at the castle of Dunsinane. At dawn (Act II) Macduff and Lennox discover the murder, assumed to be by the King’s sons, Donalbain and Malcolm, who fly for safety. Macbeth goes to Forres to be crowned. Remembering the Witches’ prophecies, he has Banquo killed (Act III), but Banquo’s son Fleance escapes; that night Banquo’s ghost appears to Macbeth at a state banquet.

Macbeth goes (Act IV) to the Witches’ “pit of Acheron”, where he hears that he must beware Macduff, that he is to fear no man born of woman, and that he will remain unvanquished until Birnam Wood has come to Dunsinane. Macduff, meanwhile, has joined Malcolm in England, where he hears that in Fife the tyrant has had his family murdered. Revenge will follow. At Dunsinane (Act V) Lady Macbeth, burdened by guilt, reveals much during her sleepwalking (“Infected minds,” says the doctor, “to their deep pillows will discharge their secrets”). Malcolm’s invading army advances under the shelter of branches from Birnam Wood; Macbeth, who has just learned of his wife’s suicide (“She should have died hereafter”), hears that Birnam Wood is indeed coming towards Dunsinane. Trusting desperately to the charmed life that “must not yield to one of woman born”, he faces in battle Macduff, who cries to him: “Let the angel whom thou still hast serv’d/Tell thee Macduff was from his mother’s womb/Untimely ripp’d”./ Macbeth is slain and Malcolm hailed as King of Scotland.

-From The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin

Love’s Labour’s Lost Synopsis

Ferdinand, King of Navarre, and three of his lords, have sworn to study for three years during which no woman shall come within a mile of them. They are swayed almost at once by the arrival of the Princess of France, with three of her ladies, to discuss her father’s debts to the King.

Costard, the clown, told to deliver two letters, muddles them so that a letter from Armado, a courtier, to the village wench, Jaquenetta, is read to the Princess and her ladies, and a love sonnet from Berowne to Rosaline is read (for Jaquenetta) by Sir Nathanial, the curate. Holofernes, the schoolmaster, tells the girl to show it to Ferdinand. She does so just when, in succession, the young men have caught each other reciting love-rhymes. Berowne, in an irresistible lyrical speech, claims that love belongs to study, that women’s eyes are “the books, the arts, the academes,/That show, contain and nourish all the world.”

Presently they meet the ladies – who have taken pains to trick them – in an unsuccessful mock-Russian entertainment. At length they are settled, watching the masque of the Nine Worthies, arranged by Armado and Holofernes, when Marcade brings new to the Princes that her father has died. She and her ladies prepare to leave, having put their lovers on probation, with tasks for a year and a day before they can come together. But before departing they listen in the twilight to the villagers’ songs of spring and winter – the cuckoo and the owl.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin


Show Information

Duration

Complete Works
Act One - 60 min
Act Two - 45 min.

Two Gents
Act One - 80 min
Act Two - 45 min

Love’s Labour’s Lost
Act One: 55 min
Act Two: 70 min.

All shows have one 15 min intermission.

Show Roles

The Shakespeare Binge Fest
September - November 2021

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Directed by Dani Herd

Actors:
Kirstin Calvert
Jasmine Renee Ellis
Mary Ruth Ralston



The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Directed by Andrew Houchins

Cast:

Valentine - Sariel Toribio
Proteus- Ryan Vo (Oct); Adam King (Nov.)
Speed - Nick Faircloth
Julia - Anna Holland
Lucetta - Rivka Levin
Antonio - Kenneth Wigley
Panthino - Adam King (Oct); Brooklyn Grace (Nov.)
Silvia - Cameryn Richardson
Launce - Sarah Beth Hester
Crab - Yoshi
Thurio - Kenneth Wigley
Duke of Milan - Chris Hecke
Host of Julia - Nick Faircloth
Sir Eglamour - Adam King (Oct), Evan Judway (Nov)
Ensemble- Nick Faircloth, Adam King (Oct), Chris Hecke, Kenneth Wigley, Rivka Levin, Broolynn Grace (Nov), Sarah Beth Hester, Evan Judway
Understudies Alejandra Ruiz, Brooklynn Grace, Evan Judway, Sarah Hack



Macbeth
Directed by Mary Ruth Ralston

Cast:
Duncan - Kenneth Wigley
Malcolm - Jasmine Ellis
Donalbain - Gracie Wallace
Macbeth - Nick Faircloth
Banquo - Kevin Roost
Fleance - Gabi Anderson
Macbeth’s Lady - Amanda Lindsey MacDonald
Macduff - J.L. Reed
Macduff’s Lady - Gracie Wallace
Lenox - Daryel T. Monson
Ross - Sean Kelley
Angus - Alejandra Ruiz
Menteith - Rachel Frawley
Caithness - Gabi Anderson
Siward - Peyton Johnson
Young Siward - Daryel T. Monson
Young Macduff - Alejandra Ruiz
The Weird Sisters - Laura Cole, Rachel Frawley, Peyton Johnson
Porter - Kenneth Wigley
Old Man - Alejandra Ruiz
Scottish Doctor - Kenneth Wigley
Murderers - Rachel Frawley, Peyton Johnson
Gentlewoman - Laura Cole
Seyton - Laura Cole
Bleeding Captain - Gabi Anderson
Understudies- Jeff Watkins, Mary Ruth Ralston, Kati Grace Brown, Vinnie Mascola




Love’s Labour’s Lost
ASC’s first all-teenage cast
Directed by: Adam King, Gabi Anderson, O’Neil Delapenha

Cast:
Ferdinand - Aves Lewis
Berowne - Murphy Cochran
Longaville - Rob Ralston
Dumain - Jack Tope
Don Adriano de Armado - Arden Adams
Moth - Veronica Else
Holofernes - Olivia Else
Sir Nathaniel - Rob Ralston
Dull - Jack Tope
Costard - Danny Morrison
Jaquenetta - Ileana Deppner
The Princess of France - Molly Malloy
Rosaline - Tina Dorr-Kapczynski
Maria - Ileana Deppner
Katharine - Olivia Else
Boyet - Aiden Pernini

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm.

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
1
 
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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