Love, Betrayal, Forgiveness, War, and… Bromance, including the fickleness of fate take center stage in Shakespeare’s delightful final play, The Two Noble Kinsmen, at the Newport Performing Arts Center March 2nd through the 18th.
Red Octopus Theatre Company is pleased to present William Shakespeare and John Fletcher’s epic tragicomedy, The Two Noble Kinsmen. One of Shakespeare’s lesser-known pieces, and the last he is known to have worked on, this timeless and surprisingly contemporary and astonishingly relevant play, is highly entertaining.
Devoted cousins Palamon and Arcite are captured in battle and become prisoners to Theseus, Duke of Athens. From their prison window they both lay eyes on the fair Emilia – fall instantly in love, and vow to woo her… their professed ‘eternal friendship’ be damned. Disguises, duels, devotion, disloyalty, and even the jailer’s deranged daughter combine to make this a wonderfully absurd must-see.
Directed by Milo Graamans, this charming play was as an easy choice. “When it came to shows I wanted to direct, Kinsmen was at the top of my list. Partially because it’s relatively unknown, yet completely accessible; partially because many of the topics are still relevant. The text highlights the silencing of women’s voices; and the matter-of-fact inclusion of a lesbian character was very progressive for the time.”
Barbara Perkins is Stage Manager, Ron Miller takes on lighting design, Joshua Lawrence designed the set, Darcy Hogan has costumed the production, and Milo Graamans provided the sound design.
This production opens Friday, March 2nd and continues every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through March 18th (Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm). There is also one Thursday performance – on March 15th at 7pm. Tickets are $18.50 ($16.50 for Students/Seniors) and are available in person at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office (777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365), by phone (541-265-ARTS), or online at www.coastarts.org.
More information about Red Octopus Theatre Company, visit www.OctopusOnStage.com.