We’re in the final days of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. If you’re scrambling to see a few more shows in the next four days, here’s a menu of five Shakespeare options for you to choose from — each of them a unique (Fringey) take on the Bard’s classic texts.
1. BREAKING BARD
The Porters of Hellsgate
Breaking Bard posits one of humanity’s greatest, most enduring questions: What if television’s “Breaking Bad” had been written by William Shakespeare? The Porters of Hellsgate present the most lamentable tragedie of Walter of Albuquerque: containing his treacherous plots, his pitiful murther, his tyrannical rise to power, and most deserved death.
Thursday, June 25 @ 7PM; Friday, June 26 @ 11:30PM; Sunday, June 28 @ 4PM at Theatre Asylum.
2. TWO GIRLS, ONE BARD
The Illyrian Players Theatre Company
Two Girls, One Bard…. The greatest love story of ever told… ruined by a couple of jerks.
“A show for Shakespeare lovers and Shakespeare haters alike! The Shakespeare ambivalent will find it ‘alright’.”
-Ray Theynu, Historic-Filipino-Town Press
“An irreverent re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, performed by a cast of two women. Shakespeare meets sketch comedy. Set to the music of Prince.”
-Serena Dominic, LA-Four-Times-A-Monthly
“Who can complain about watchin chicks do theatre?! My favorite part was when they made out.”
-Larry Anonymous, Huffington Post
“I thought you girls did a very good skit but I would have enjoyed it more if there had been less swearing.”
Sunday, June 28 @ 8:30PM at Theatre Asylum.
3. R&J: A GENDER-REVERSED ROMEO & JULIET
Mine Is Yours Theatre Company
In R&J, all the male characters are now women, and all the female characters are now men. The world is dark and dreamy and “here all eyes gaze on us.” The brooding Romea falls in love with cloistered Julian, each opening up something in the other as their story swiftly unfolds. With 8 actors and 90 minutes, R&J hurtles forward, but still manages to catch your breath and fills you with our lovers’ hope.
Thursday, June 25 @ 8:30PM and Saturday, June 27 @ 3PM at Actors Company (Other Space Theater).
4. FIFTY SHADES OF SHREW
Broad’s Word Theatre
Fifty Shades of Shrew…. Place your hand below your husband’s foot?” Surely a controversial statement in Shakespeare’s time, in today’s world it is hopelessly misogynistic. Unless… What if Kate is a submissive in search of her Dominant? What if Bianca is a Dom auditioning subs? Broads’ Word Theatre sets this outdated play in a BDSM dungeon, where an all-female cast investigates the dynamics of power and submission. Tell us… what’s your fantasy?
Saturday, June 27 @ 10PM at Lounge Theatre.
5. ROMEO & JULIET: AN ASL LOVE STORY
In this abridged workshop adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet: An ASL Love Story explores the question, “What’s in a name?” Where do we find our identities? Is it from our given names and lineage, from our physical abilities or “dis-abilities,” or from our character? Bringing together deaf and hearing actors using English and American Sign Language, we “let hands do what lips do.”
Saturday, June 27 @ 11:45PM at Complex Theatres.