In 1998 seven modern playwrights were commissioned to write new plays inspired by Shakespeare's sonnets, and the resulting collection, Love's Fire, was presented as part of the American Shakespeare center's Bring 'em Back Alive staged reading series.
The Bring 'em Back Alive series was conceived to help bring new voices and less performed works to the Blackfriars, and last night's readings realized that goal on a whole new level. ASC resident and touring troupe members combined forces with Mary Baldwin College graduate students, The Hamner Theatre, the University of Virginia, and the Maryland Shakespeare Festival to bring six of these plays to the Blackfriars Stage.
Inspired by the transcendental music of Shakespeare's greatest love poetry, a painter tries, and fails, to paint his lover; a couple finds romance through jazz, and a group of students try to understand two sonnets and discover the roots of the Tree of Knowledge.
We hope you'll join us for the next reading in our Bring 'em Back Alive series will be Thomas Middleton's A Mad World, My Masters, on Sunday, October 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM. If you would like more information, or would like to volunteer as a reader, please contact Colleen Kelly, Director of Training, at firstname.lastname@example.org.