Lend Us Your Ears
Play Reading Series
The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
Lend Us Your Ears offers the opportunity to join Shakespeare Theatre directors, actors and artistic staff as they explore diverse and exciting plays. These script-in-hand readings feature members of the Theatre’s company of actors as well as prestigious guest artists. A talk-back discussion with the director and cast offers the audience the opportunity to provide feedback on the play and its potential for future production.
|Adults $18 each
Students: $10 each
By Christopher Fry
Monday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Penned in 1948, this verse play, set in the 19th century, is a language lover's dream. Fry's creation of a piece that harkens back to the dramatic form and verse style of early Elizabethan drama, poses existential questions that are all resoundingly modern, but are presented by characters from almost five centuries ago.This odd romantic comedy has been celebrated for its witty, brilliant linguistic "pyrotechnics", and it's a play we are considering for future production. We would love your feedback!
By Carlyle Brown
Monday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.
This play is an interesting companion piece to both Red Velvet and Richard III. In 1821, forty years before slavery was abolished, the first black theatre company in America, The African Company of New York, was staging plays in downtown Manhattan. Much to the chagrin of the white theatre owners, the productions were well-attended by both black and white audience members. This play gives us the imagined account of one of the most pivotal events in the company's history when an act of repression gives birth to a seminal moment of creativity, and the artists' defiant spirits prevail.