Sunday, Sept. 3 ~ Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 9 & 10
We started Will In The Woods as a nod to William Shakespeare, the father of modern day English-speaking theater. Yet, we admit, it was done with some trepidation.
Although there are many people who love Shakespeare, there are also a number who have not been introduced to his works or who have failed to find an appreciation for them. For those, going to a Shakespeare show is daunting.
For today’s audiences steeped in TV and instant technology, short attention spans are the norm. That’s why we chose a format of scenes, sonnets and speeches. As one audience member gleefully told us, “You took out all the boring parts!”
Our first Shakespeare show was composed of favorites. We thought this would also be a good way to celebrate our fifth anniversary. Except, this time we want you to help decide the program! Simply make the 3 selections of your favorite play, sonnet, and scene. Then attend Will In The Woods V and see which ones came up as “most favorite”!
Theatre is good. Come play with us!™
Shakespeare, Star Wars, and Iambic Pentameter!
Just when you thought you’d seen/heard of all the possible reinventions of Shakespeare’s stories, along comes another interpretation to blow you away.
It’s the retelling of Star Wars in Shakespeare-style language, right down to the iambic pentameter.
Although on the surface the idea might seem a little out there, the writing is in a relatively easy to read style, and Star has plenty of the elements of a Shakespeare play: strong characterization, wise knights, evil lords, captive princesses…light sabers duels!
Stratford Players performances
are made possible
through the generousity of
Doug and Pat Austin
We also thank our wonderful supporters!
First Church of Christ Scientist, Idyllwild
Idyllwild Town Crier
St. Hugh's Episcopal Church
Art Alliance of Idyllwild
From our Artistic Director
I want to thank the good people who attend Stratford plays. Without your support, all our hard work would be for naught. We'd end up telling our stories to empty seats, and where would be the fun in that?
So, thank you. Thank you for coming to play with us. Thank you for your laughter, your occasional tears, your applause. Thank you for all the nice things you say to the cast in the reception line.
We hope you'll come back to see us soon. And bring a guest – we always like making a new friend.
I am grateful as ever to our wonderful patrons, Doug and Pat Austin. Merci beaucoup to our devoted troupe and volunteers, and to our piano virtuoso, Ed Hansen.
Make Stratford Players