(Troy, NY) – Will Kempe’s Players are thrilled to announce a summer of Shakespearean comedies. Their 2020 touring season includes As You Like It directed by Sandra Boynton (Artistic Director) and Much Ado About Nothing directed by Shane Sczepankowski (Associate Company Member). Performances will have a limited run in the greater Capital District.
The company’s 4th season will open with a riveting interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing on the weekend of June 6-7 and continue from July 11 through mid-August. Shane has a directorial style that encourages both performers and audiences to engage with early modern play-texts in new and exciting ways. His plan this year involves blending an early modern stage aesthetic with a jazzy 20’s vibe that will undoubtedly bring both alive for audiences of all ages. By harnessing the play’s fickle relationship regarding love, lust, and infatuation, WKP’s Much Ado About Nothing w ill enrapture the hearts of all through its exploration of war, prohibition, and misrepresented love.
As You Like It w ill open July 25 and will be performed in repertory with Much Ado throughout August. Director Sandra Boynton finds that As You Like It treats surprisingly contemporary issues. The human environment – at Duke Frederick’s court – is awash with irreconcilable differences, revenge, and rancor. Spirited Rosalind, her devoted cousin Celia and, separately, the valiant Orlando flee certain death at the court to uncertain life in the wilderness. In this forest, our young folks find love, fellowship, wit, lots of music, poetry, chivalry, humor– ironically the things that are supposed to be the hallmarks of human society. This romantic comedy is ladened with music, graced by some of Shakespeare’s best loved verse, and spiked with foolery, wit, satire and disguise.
Will Kempe’s Players’ Othello was nominated for the Times Union’s Best of 2019 – Touring Play. W e are the only worker-owned cooperative Shakespeare company in the United States.
2020 auditions will be held at the Arts Center of the Capital Region on Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22, with callbacks (by invitation) on Thursday, January 23. All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. More information regarding each production and auditions is available on our website at www.willkempesplayers.com.
Will Kempe’s Players is a worker-owned cooperative theatre company that strives to serve the community, offering insightful, engaging public theatre and related workshops. For more information about the company, visit http://www.willkempesplayers.com