Pack a picnic and bring a blanket or a beach chair to enjoy a lavish all-female production of Shakespeare’s timely political drama Coriolanus from July 26-30.
Cries of protest and battle fill the night air in this story of revenge and unrest. Though the play takes place in the ancient Roman Republic, the issues of people power and military heroism remain as relevant as ever.
Director Kittson O’Neill’s contemporary twist — casting women in every role — brings a new perspective to the aggressive masculinity of Shakespeare’s warring characters, and Barrymore Award-winner Charlotte Northeast stars as the title character. Professional players perform alongside a chorus of 50 local community members, ages eight to 80, who play Rome’s enraged common people.
There’s no charge for the shows, although donations are accepted. Performances start at 7 p.m., but we’d recommend coming early — some performances attract up to 1,000 people to the natural amphitheater.
In case of nasty weather, performances will move indoors to the Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at 3680 Walnut Street.