Women of Will: A Stunning Look at the Role of Women in Shakespeare
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Wow. Not just an evening at the theatre, but an event! A wonderful way to enjoy Shakespeare's work--excerpted and explained along with the playwright's personal history and psychology interwoven through the personal and casual narrative. Great performances by Tina Packer and Nigel Gore without being overwrought or over-dramatic.
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“Ms. Packer glows with the energy of a quick, bright mind discovering and enjoying itself. Her transformations in style remind us of how richly mutable Shakespeare is in performance.” -The New York Times
“Drawing on her lifetime of acting in and directing Shakespeare’s plays, Packer combines the performance of scenes with the discussion of themes to create a dazzling and illuminating piece of work. For anyone who cares about women, Shakespeare, or especially women in Shakespeare, it’s not to be missed.” -Boston Globe
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“There may be more men in the plays of Shakespeare. Many more. But the Bard’s women pack a punch. Tina Packer founder of Shakespeare & Company, the renowned theater group in Lenox, Mass., and now one of America’s premier Shakespeareans has been playing and directing Shakespeare’s women for 40 years. She’s learned them from the inside out Kate and Cleopatra, Rosalind and Desdemona, Lady Macbeth and Juliet, Cordelia and Marina, and much more and put Shakespeare’s feminine side on stage. Now she’s brought the female roles together in her work “Women of Will.” It’s powerful." —Tom Ashbrook, NPR
About the Ticket Supplier: Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare CompanyLAWSC is the an all-female Shakespeare company in the world creating collaborative, multi-racial theater productions that provide opportunities for women and girls to work together. An important part of their goals to nurture in the next generation an excitement and appreciation for Shakespeare. The complexity and depth of mining Shakespeare's work provides a worthy educational and artistic challenge for women and girls to explore together, offering them personal empowerment and expression while serving the artistic cultural and educational needs of the community.
Since 1993, LAWSC has been producing extremely successful, award-winning theatrical productions. LAWSC has received national and international television coverage, reaching over two million people in 1998. Artistic Director Lisa Wolpe and the work of the LAWSC were profiled on the PBS program In the Life, as well as on London's Channel 4 Arts Station. Ms. Wolpe was recently heralded as NBC Channel 4 Local Hero on their celebratory segment featuring community leaders doing valuable work in Los Angeles, and our productions have also been featured on CNN and TNN national news programs.
LAWSC has produced a series of Gala evenings featuring some of the most inspiring actresses in Hollywood.
Special guests have included such entertainment luminaries as Lynn Redgrave, Rue McClanahan, Sharon Gless, Susan Ruttan, Gates McFadden, Linda Hopkins, Denise Crosby and Kathy Bates, appearing in scenes from Shakespeare with LAWSC's core company members.