ASC Opens the 9th Actors' Renaissance Season
with a 25th Anniversary Season Announcement
The first title in the 2013 Actors' Renaissance Season, Julius Caesar, opens January 5th
Staunton, VA, January 2, 2013 – The American Shakespeare Center kicks off the new year and the start of the ninth annual Actors' Renaissance Season with a special event announcing the titles for its 2013/14 25th Anniversary Artistic Year. On Saturday, January 5, immediately prior to the evening Pay-What-You-Will performance of Julius Caesar, Artistic Director Jim Warren will take the stage with the ASC Actors’ Renaissance Season Troupe and reveal the shows that will come alive at the Blackfriars Playhouse and On Tour from June 2013 through June 2014.
Julius Caesar is the first show in the ninth year of the widely-acclaimed Actors' Renaissance Season, the time of year when the ASC puts up shows Shakespeare’s way. Gone are the outside directors, designers and the months of group rehearsals that Shakespeare’s company never knew. Veteran ASC actors mount these 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 cues. The focus is on luminous language delivered by charismatic actors who turn the Blackfriars Playhouse into an intimate community participating in and becoming part of the world of the play together.
Artistic Director Jim Warren says, “The Actors’ Renaissance Season aims to create an even stronger bond between actor and audience and an even greater level of fun and excitement by unleashing the raw energy of Renaissance drama.”
After the show, audience members are invited to join the ASC Staff and Actors for the 2013 Actors’ Renaissance Season Opening Night Party in the Cutaia Lounge at the Blackfriars Playhouse, featuring musical entertainment from Gypsy Town (Guests must attend the performance in order to celebrate at the Opening Night Party).
In addition to Julius Caesar, the 2013 Actors’ Renaissance Season offers four Blackfriars Playhouse premieres: the deliciously bawdy, Restoration comedy The Country Wife; the final chapter in The Rise and Fall of Kings series, Henry VIII; the remarkably modern 16th-century fairy tale, The Custom of Country; and Shakespeare's audacious take on Chaucer, The Two Noble Kinsmen.
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