‘Shakespeare on Trial’ at Ashe Civic Center Nov. 1

October 31, 2013

Shakespeare’s characters rebel and put their own creator on trial for being boring and irrelevant in the Off the Leash Production of Shakespeare on Trial 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Ashe Civic Center.

In this highly energetic and funny play featuring some of the Bard’s best quotes and speeches, William Shakespeare encounters four of his own most famous characters: Macbeth, Iago, Hamlet and Juliet — up close, personal, and ticked-off.

Shakespeare must defend his own writing as the four characters challenge him to write in a modern way. They argue that no one really understands this play anymore.

The audience will help make the case for his lasting significance as you laugh so hard you bring Shakespeare back from the dead in a brilliantly entertaining evening.

Shakespeare is a daunting subject for students, teachers and audiences. While the themes, characters and situations in Shakespeare’s plays are easily recognizable to the modern audience, the language is the greatest deterrent.

Shakespeare’s plays were created to be performed, not read. The plays were not published in written form until after Shakespeare’s death. The Shakespearean actor brings to life the words on the page in a way that increases audience comprehension.

Jeremy Webb, founder of Off the Leash company of Canada who produces theatre, film and radio, strives to bring Shakespeare to the masses in an off beat and entertaining way making Shakespeare’s work feel most alive and accessible for everyone. Shakespeare on Trial will also be performed at the Ashe County High School for 9-10th grades students.

Tickets are $15 adults and $5 students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center or by phone at 336-846-2787.