Act Out Theater Group to present “The Women of Shakespeare”

Beacon Staff Reports

Act Out Theatre Group will present The Women of Shakespeare beginning March 23 and running until March 25 with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

The reader’s theatre-style show was conceived by Act Out’s artistic director, Dan Pittman.

“I wanted to find a way to celebrate Women’s History Month in a unique fashion,” Pittman said, “all the while making it an informative and low-key show that celebrates the strong female characters within many of Shakespeare’s works.”

The cast consists of six women as young as 16. The cast includes; Riley Calpin of Clarks Summit, Kalen Churcher of Plymouth, Marissa Moku of the Back Mountain, Laurie Kirk of Tannersville, Erin Reese of Moscow and Amanda Guziewicz of Scranton.

The show includes monologues and scenes from various Shakespearean works including; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew,Richard III, Coriolanus, All’s Well that Ends Well, and many more.

Reese, a Wilkes University alumnus, points to Much Ado About Nothing’s Beatrice as her favorite Shakespearean woman.

“I identify with her character so much because I, too, am stubborn and picky on the outside but truly vulnerable inside,” she said.

Pittman believes it is important to produce a show like this because he believes peopl are not as inclined to read Shakespeare anymore.

“This show is so fun and unique because it’s so many different characters that everyone

knows and loves, performed by women of all ages,” Calpin said. “With the variety of shows and characters on display, you’re bound to find a piece or two that really sticks out to you personally.”

The Women of Shakespeare runs on the Act Out stage (408 N, Main St.m Taylor, Pa. 18517) from March 23 until March 25 with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. All tickets are $10.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing the theatre at [email protected] Tickets can also be purchased at the door.