Theater Emory Brings Fresh Eyes to Shakespeare in its 2016-2017 Season

September 7, 2016

Theater Emory presents its 2016-2017 season, “Shakespeare Through Many Lenses” in tandem with the Folger Library’s touring exhibition “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare,” on display in Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum November 5 – December 11, 2016.

“When we heard that the First Folio would be coming to Emory, we decided to focus our season on Shakespeare’s work,” explains artistic director Janice Akers. “We saw this as an opportunity to put our distinctive stamp on the Shakespeare celebration and include a variety of voices, cultures, performance styles, and new work.”

Throughout the season, Theater Emory invites audiences to experience Shakespeare in new ways with innovative and radically differing approaches to his work. The season opens with classic Rodgers & Hart musical “The Boys from Syracuse” (Sep. 22 – Oct. 2, 2016 Schwartz Center), directed by Donald McManus. Written in 1938, this vaudeville adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” was the first American musical comedy based on a Shakespeare play.

John Ammerman brings the tragic romance of “Romeo & Juliet” to the Mary Gray Munroe Theater November 3-13. Set in Renaissance Verona, Theater Emory’s production takes a classic approach to one of the Bard’s most beloved tales, paying homage to the beautiful poetry of Shakespeare’s immortal love story.

In the spring, Theater Emory presents a staged reading of Aimé Césaire’s powerful investigation of colonialism in “A Tempest” (Feb. 9 – 12, 2017, Schwartz Center) directed by Paul Carter Harrison. The play retells Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” from a Caribbean perspective using African oral tradition.

The season closes with “Ravished” (Mar. 30 – Apr. 2, 2017, Mary Gray Munroe Theater), a new work conceived and directed by Theater Emory alumnae Ariel Fristoe and Maia Knispel, founding members of Atlanta’s Out of Hand Theater. Inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Ravished” confronts the ugly side of love with a highly physical and contemporary spirit. 

Special Events

November 7: Scenes from “Castelvines y Monteses,” by Lope de Vega’s 1603 version of the Romeo and Juliet story. In collaboration with Emory’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the scenes will be read in both Spanish and English.

November 9: Staged reading of “The Fortunes of the Moor,” a reimagining of “Othello” written and directed by distinguished theater artists Barbara and Carlton Molette.

November 13: Staged reading of “The Book of Will” by Emory alumna and award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson. The play tells the story of the group of actors whose dedication led to the survival of Shakespeare’s works. Gunderson will be on campus for the reading and to participate in conversations about her work.

For updated information and tickets, visit theater emory.edu/Shakespeare.