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If you missed our staged reading on Sep 21, fear not! You can find the audio from the event here:

Apologies for the background noise at the start. It dies down once the performance begins.

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On Thursday, Sep 21 at 7:30pm, at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Improbable Fictions will present a staged reading of Titia Andronica, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. Adapted and directed by Erin Hildebrand and Courtney Parker.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama (english.ua.edu/grad/strode).

For more information about Improbable Fictions, please visit improbablefictions.org.

Cast

TITIA ANDRONICA – MK Foster
MARCUS ANDRONICUS – Will Ramsay
LAVINIA – Emma Leisentritt
LUCIUS – Tyler Sasser
MUTIUS – Joseph Welty
MARTIUS – Deborah Parker
QUINTUS – Lily Davenport
YOUNG LUCIUS – Joseph Welty
SATURNINUS – Charlie Bell
TAMORA – Elizabeth Theriot
DEMETRIUS – Matt Smith
CHIRON – Theodore Nollert
PUBLIUS – Deborah Parker
BASSIANUS – Geoffrey Emerson
AEMILIUS – Deborah Parker
MESSENGER – Lily Davenport
COUNTRY FELLOW – Geoffrey Emerson
GOTH – Joseph Welty

 

Audio from Calderon’s *Life is a Dream*

Posted: April 4, 2017 by nrhelms in Audio, Staged Reading
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If you missed last Thursday’s performance of Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, fret not! Here you’ll find the program, the script, and an audio recording of the event.

Enjoy!

LIFE IS A DREAM edited by Deborah Parker

“Are all glories like dreams-the true ones taken to be false, and the false ones, to be true? There’s so little difference between one and the other that we cannot be sure if what we’re seeing and enjoying is simple fact or an illusion! Can it be the copy is so like the original that no one knows which is which?”

Dramatis Personae
BASILIO, King of Poland …….  Mark Hughes Cobb
SEGISMUNDO, Prince ………………..     Joseph Welty
ASTOLFO, Duke of Muscovy …… Bert McClelland
CLOTALDO, An old man ……………….   Steve Burch
CLARIN, A clownish servant ………..Joseph Arrigo
ESTRELLA, Princess …………………….. Morgan Hall
ROSAVRA, A lady …………………….    Elizabeth Thiel
Soldiers/Servants ……………………………. Mark Hulse
Richard LeComte
Calvin McLeod
Riley Rawson
Madeline Tatro
En Español ………………………………… Madeline Tatro

Translated by Edwin Honig
Adapted and Directed by Deborah Parker

If you missed September’s Bechdellian Shakespeare, fret not! Here you can find audio and photos of the event, courtesy of Megan McCarter.

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Doctor Faustus audio

Posted: February 12, 2015 by nrhelms in Audio, Staged Reading
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If you missed tonight’s staged reading of Doctor Faustus, you can find the audio here. The reading starts at about 4:03.

Improbable Fictions presents a staged reading of Shakespeare’s As You Like It on Thursday, December 4th, 7:30pm, at the Dinah Washington Black Box Theatre. The reading is directed by Deborah Parker, assistant directed by Jacob Crawford, and the cast includes students and faculty from UA and members of the Tuscaloosa community. If you missed our show, you can find an audio recording here:

IF presents As You Like It, 12.4.2015

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Cast (in order of appearance):

Orlando …………………………………………………………….. Bert McLelland

Adam …………………………………………………………………… Glen Johnson

Oliver …………………………………………………………………… Nic Helms

Charles, the wrestler………………………………………………… Matt Smith

Rosalind …………………………………………………………. Dakota Park-Ozee

Celia …………………………………………………………… Alexandra Ferretti

Touchstone ……………………………………………………… David Ainsworth

LeBeau ……………………………………………………….. Emily Pitts Donahoe

Duke Frederick ………………………………………………….. Deborah Parker

First Lord………………………………………………………… Alison Wheatley

Duke Senior……………………………………………………… Richard LeComte

1st Lord…………………………………………………………… Gabrielle Perkins

Corin…………………………………………………………………. Renwick Jones

Silvius……………………………………………………………… Jacob Crawford

Amiens…………………………………………………………………… Matt Smith

Jacques…………………………………………………………………. Steve Burch

Audrey…………………………………………………………….. Alison Wheatley

Oliver Martext……………………………………………………… Glen Johnson

Phebe……………………………………………………………… Gabrielle Perkins

William………………………………………………………. Emily Pitts Donahoe

Jacques de Boys……………………………………………. Emily Pitts Donahoe

Sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.

Audio for Richard III

Posted: October 8, 2014 by nrhelms in Audio, Program Notes
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Here you can find a partial recording of October 1st’s staged reading of Richard III, as well as the Richard III, cut. The recording starts with pre-show music, and the performance proper starts at minute 29. Unfortunately, due to the size of the original audio file and the size of the memory card I was using, the recording only goes to act 4 of the show.

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And here, the cast list and Jacob Crawford’s program notes for the show:

Cast

Richard, Duke of Gloucester (David Ainsworth)

George, Duke of Clarence, his brother (Richard LeComte)

King Edward IV, his brother (Austin Whitver)

Queen Elizabeth, Edward’s wife (Gabrielle Perkins)

Prince Edward (Bert McLel)

Young Prince (Jennifer Sudduth)

Duchess of York, mother of the brothers (Deborah Parker)

Lady Anne, widow of Prince Edward (Dakota Park-Ozee)

Lord Buckingham (Charles Prosser)

Lord Brackenbury (Renwick Jones)

Lord Catesby (Wes Youngson)

Lord Hastings (Emily Pitts Donahoe)

Lord Rivers (Allison Wheatley)

Lord Stanley (Charles Barkley)

Lord Tyrrel (Alex Ferretti)

Earl of Richmond, King Henry VII (Mark Hughes Cobb)

Crew

Nic Helms (Director)

Jacob Crawford (Assistant Director)

Laurie Arizumi (Music)

Improbable Fictions presents

Richard III

A play by William Shakespeare

Sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program of Renaissance Studies

Brief Overview

Richard III is the fourth and final play in the Henry VI tetralogy. It is one of Shakespeare’s first plays, written between 1592 and 1593, and it is one of his longest plays—second only to the quarto edition of Hamlet. (Fear not, my friends! Our version is abridged!) Although it is grouped among the histories in Shakespeare’s First Folio, it is labeled a tragedy in the Quarto edition. That said, it is a witty, darkly entertaining play that offers a bleak view of kingship and the price of power. Its biting commentary on greed, corruption, and authority is still relevant—especially in light of recent events in the Middle East.

History

Richard III was the King of England between 1483 and 1485. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His death at Bosworth Field marked the end of the War of the Roses and represents the end of the Middle Ages. To this day, Richard III remains one of the most unpopular kings in English history. Although he suffered severe scoliosis, most stories and plays about him, including Shakespeare’s play, exaggerate his monstrous afflictions. (Today, we continue this tradition through our casting of David Ainsworth.)

The spring semester is winding down, and it’s time for me to recap IF’s recent work. February’s reading of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Deborah Parker, was a complete success: great performances, great adaptation, great audience. February’s snowpocalypse and subsequent school cancelations forced us to move the show back by two weeks, however, and also forced us to push back the performance date for Steve Burch’s A Tiger’s Heart, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s first tetralogy. IF ran several cold read workshops to assist with the adaptation process, but there just wasn’t enough time in this snow-laden semester to bring the material to a satisfying performance. We decided to postpone A Tiger’s Heart to a future semester, TBA. Blame the snow!

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Many of IF’s regular readers are graduating this semester. Congrats especially to Joey Gamble, Adella Smith, and Amber Smith, who have worked with IF for the past four years. Needless to say, these seniors were swamped this April, so we tried a new format for our staged reading of Comedy of Errors: no rehearsals, complete improvisation. The script was cut, cast, and distributed before the show, but wasn’t put on its feet until the night of April 18th. It proved to be an excellent experiment by my lights, especially for a comedy concerned with error. The audience’s laughter seemed to come not only from Shakespeare’s humor but also from the enthusiasm of the actors as they tackled the material, making mistakes but sticking doggedly to the play in the process. It’s not an approach that would work for every play, but it’s something we may return to occasionally. You can hear the results here:

Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, adapted by Nic Helms

And now, announcements! The fall 2014 season is still very much in flux. Right now I have my heart set on two shows: Shakespeare’s Richard III and Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. More to come when I know things for certain.

Here are two Rude Mechanicals shows you can definitely put on your calendars: Julius Caesar, directed by Steve Burch, May 28-31 in Mars Spring Park; Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Mark Cobb, June 25-28 in Mars Spring Park.

As always, if you’re interested in being involved in IF or the Rude Mechs, reach out to us via blog, Facebook, or email and we’ll be sure to get you involved.

~nrhelms~