All’s Well That Ends Well
directed by Chiara Klein
The heart wants what the heart wants. And Helena’s heart wants Bertram, the handsome young nobleman in whose house she grew up. The only catch: he wants nothing to do with her. That’s the set-up for Shakespeare’s toothiest comedy, a sassy send-up of love, desire, and the mistakes of youth. Packed with colorful characters and some of the Bard’s best gags, All’s Well That Ends Well asks us: how far will you go to be with the one you love?
The Tragedy of Richard the Third
directed by Rory Pelsue
The War of the Roses is over, and an exhausted, blood-soaked England is ready for peace at last. But for one man, peace is not enough. Disfigured, embittered, and gleefully amoral, Richard of York invites the audience to join him as he cuts down every obstacle between him and the crown. The original tale of charismatic villainy (and the inspiration for a slew of contemporary baddies on stage and screen), the homicidal, hair-raising Tragedy of Richard III reminds us that evil can be witty, insidious fun.
Join us every Saturday at 2pm as the MaineStage ShakeSTARS take on the Bard’s final play. Years ago, the sorceror Prospero was exiled by his evil brother to a desert island, accompanied only by his magic library and his infant daughter, Miranda. Now, Prospero has his chance at revenge: he conjures a magical storm to shipwreck his enemies. He’s got them right where he wants them: surrounded by illusions and hounded by spirits, ready to be taught a lesson. But he has some lessons to learn of his own. A touching fairy tale about learning to let go of the past and embrace the future, The Tempest will delight viewers of all ages. Performed in five installments, with a different cast of ShakeSTARS each week. For more info, check out our ShakeSTARS page.