During the Actors’ Renaissance Season, veteran ASC actors mount shows in just a matter of days, gathering costumes and props from our stock and often using cue scripts that contain only their own lines and their own cues.
All shows are a collaborative effort and some have no formal outside director.
And we’re crafting new works with playwrights for Shakespeare’s staging conditions and rediscovering what worked for Shakespeare’s troupe.
But the Actors’ Renaissance Season is not some academic experiment in antiquated theatre — it’s intelligent, passionate, and exceptional theatre. By daring to throw away a few more of our 21st century theatrical norms, we hope to reconnect performer and audience and create an even greater level of fun and excitement.
During the Actors’ Renaissance Season, the actors and the audience become part of the world of the play together, experiencing the raw energy of the Renaissance stage in real time.
WELCOME TO THE 2017 ACTORS’ RENAISSANCE SEASON AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE.