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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

 

No one ever said being a teenager was easy. The Montague and Capulet dynasties have been locked in a civil war for decades. Every day, their youngest family members duel and die in the streets of Verona. Then Romeo Montague meets Juliet Capulet. Inflamed by a passion they can scarcely understand, these two teenage dreamers recklessly defy their families and marry in secret, setting off a chain of events that will change Verona forever.

 

Featuring live music and soaring poetry, this Romeo and Juliet will sweep you off your feet.

Dates: June 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 at 7:30pm; June 6, 13, & 20 at 6:30pm

Venue: Museum of the Cape Fear | 1897 Poe House (206 Bradford Avenue, Fayetteville)

 

General Admission: $20 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Seniors/Military: $18 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Students: $10 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

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Director: Claire F. Martin

Music Director: TBD

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

Dates: May at 7:30pm; June at 6:30pm

Venue: Museum of the Cape Fear | 1897 Poe House (206 Bradford Avenue, Fayetteville)

 

General Admission: $20 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Seniors/Military: $18 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Students: $10 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

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Director: Molly Malone

Music Director: TBD

 

The Poe House / St Michael Catholic Church

Performances will be presented in the garden of the 1897 Poe House at 206 Bradford Avenue, Fayetteville. (In case of rain, we relocate to the Parish Hall of Saint Michael the Archangel’s Maronite Catholic Church next door at 806 Arsenal Avenue.) The 1897 Poe House offers limited street parking, with additional parking available across the MLK Freeway, at Arsenal Park.

 

Food is available for purchase, as well as signature sweet tea, craft beer, wine, and seasonal cocktails. (Outside food and drink are not permitted unless otherwise noted.)

 

For our outdoor performances, you should bring your own seating or choose from our limited rental chair and quilt seating options. Should we move indoors in case of rain, we provide basic folding chair seating, along with an optional rental seat cushion, subject to availability.

THE STRATAGEM PROJECT, Part I: The Beaux’ Stratagem | Audio Drama | George Farquhar

THE STRATAGEM PROJECT, Part I: The Beaux’ Stratagem

by George Farquhar

Chaos abounds and hilarity ensues when two down-on-their-luck Englishmen decide to pass themselves off as a rich lord and his servant in order to snag wealthy wives. It doesn’t take long before the fake aristocrat, Aimwell, finds himself caught in a battle of wits with an heiress and her mother. Meanwhile, his fake valet, Archer, gets in over his head when he falls for a married woman whose husband just happens to be the target of a heist. This rollicking adaptation of George Farquhar’s late Restoration comedy features actors from across North America.

Content warning: Sexual language & innuendo, threat of sexual assault

*This project makes up half of THE STRATAGEM PROJECT, a repertory audio production of George Farquhar’s Restoration comedy, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Hannah Cowley’s feminist response, The Belle’s Stratagem.

Release Platform: The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours (podcast)

Venue: Audio Podcast on Saturday, February 6th (7:30pm). Stir up tickets here. Pay what you will, starting at $10.

*Become a Monthly Sustainer for exclusive video footage and behind-the-scenes bonus material: patreon.com/sweetteashakes.

Director: Claire F. Martin

Claire F. Martin is the Assistant Artistic Director of Sweet Tea Shakespeare. She is a professional theater artist, specializing in Shakespeare, Restoration drama, and literary adaptation. The Beaux’ Stratagem marks the sixth in her eight-part series of all-digital collaborations between STS and the R/18 Collective. In addition to her work as a director, Claire is also a classically trained actor, playwright, and dramaturg. M.A. Theatre Directing, Royal Holloway. B.A. Theatre Arts & English (Honors), University of Puget Sound. SDC Associate Member, LMDA, SAA.

Editor: Wesley Johnson

The Unnatural Combat | Zoom Production | Philip Massinger

The Unnatural Combat

by Philip Massinger

Philip Massinger’s The Unnatural Combat is a brutal, uncomfortable play that reflects the evolution of dramatic storytelling in the decades following Shakespeare’s retirement and death. Massinger is a writer more concerned with morality, and the way personal corruption inevitably becomes political, and many of his plays (including The Unnatural Combat) can be read as a warning against the consequences of immorality in high places. The Unnatural Combat has a greater degree of what we would think of as psychological realism than we are used to seeing from Shakespeare, while also engaging in dramatic suspense and horror of the like we rarely see in Shakespeare’s plays. In The Unnatural Combat, Massinger offers a world where there exists a thin line between virtue and vice, and a warning that every evil thing we do makes it that much easier for us to excuse the most abominable behavior in ourselves in others. At a time when cruelty has become the lingua franca of our political discourse, The Unnatural Combat calls out to us from four centuries ago, begging us to consider whither we may be going.

Venue: Zoom performance on Saturday, February 27th (7:30pm EDT). Stir up tickets here. Pay what you will, starting at $10.

*Become a Monthly Sustainer for special advance ticket rates and complimentary ticket exchanges:  patreon.com/sweetteashakes.

Director: Tony Tambasco

Tony Tambasco (director) is excited to be returning to Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Tony has previously directed the company’s 2014 production of Julius Caesar, co-directed As You Like It with Jeremy Fiebig in 2016, and performed in Sweet Tea’s debut production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2012. Some of his recent directing credits include All About Image / We are the Elite at the New York International Fringe Festival, The Comedy of Errors Jr. with the Bay Street Theater, Romeo and Juliet with the Sheboygan Theatre Co., and a production of The Mikado with the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Co. of Long Island that was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and he hopes to resume rehearsing as soon as it is safe to do so. Tony holds an M.F.A. in directing and an M.Litt. in Shakespeare and Performance from the American Shakespeare Center’s partner program with Mary Baldwin University. You can learn more about his work at www.TonyTambasco.com

The Rover | Zoom Production | Aphra Behn

The Rover

by Aphra Behn

It’s carnival season in Naples, Italy, and Hellena wants to attend. There are just a few problems: her sister’s forbidden romance with an English soldier has put them both under house arrest and Hellena herself is promised to a nunnery. What’s a clever young lady to do? Sneak out of the house in masquerade, of course! And maybe, just maybe, fall in love. Aphra Behn’s dazzling Restoration comedy gets a modern makeover in this freely adapted audio drama, featuring actors from across North America.

Content warning: Threat of sexual assault, sexual language, misogynistic language

Co-produced by: Cup of Hemlock Theatre (based in Toronto, ON)

Venue: Zoom performance Saturday, November 7th (7:30pm). Stir up tickets here. Pay what you will starting at $10.

*Become a Monthly Sustainer for exclusive video footage and behind-the-scenes bonus material: patreon.com/sweetteashakes

Director: Claire F. Martin

Claire F. Martin is the Assistant Artistic Director of Sweet Tea Shakespeare. She is a professional theater artist, specializing in Shakespeare, Restoration drama, and literary adaptation. The Rover marks the second in her eight-part series of all-digital collaborations between STS and the R/18 Collective. In addition to her work as a director, Claire is also a classically trained actor, playwright, and dramaturg. M.A. Theatre Directing, Royal Holloway. B.A. Theatre Arts & English (Honors), University of Puget Sound. SDC Associate Member, LMDA, SAA.

Editor: Wesley Johnson

The Way of the World | Audio Drama | William Congreve

The Way of the World

by William Congreve

London, 1700. When the hottest playboy in town falls in love with a free-spirited heiress, high society has a lot to say about it. Scheming aristocrats, catty ex-girlfriends, country bumpkins, and a tyrannical matriarch threaten their romance from all sides. Will the bickering lovers get their happily ever after? Or will gossip, greed, and jealousy win the day? Featuring iconic characters and some of the wittiest dialogue ever written, this audio drama of Congreve’s beloved Restoration comedy is brought to life by actors from across the United States.

Production Format: Audio drama

Release Date: October 19, 2020

Release Platform: The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours (podcast)

*Become a Monthly Sustainer for exclusive video footage and behind-the-scenes bonus material: patreon.com/sweetteashakes

Director: Claire F. Martin

Editor: Wesley Johnson