Shakespeare After Dark returns to the Rio Theatre with a rocking show on Friday, May 20: Spacespeare! Honoring the release of our fever dream Star Wars films, this month’s show features a scene from “The Empire Striketh Back”, live swordplay (and lightsaber play?) from Affair of Honor, shakin’ burlesque from our friends at Geekenders, and live music courtesy of the incredible Shakespeare Band, this is a one night stand no one will forget – except maybe our not so sober Skywalker.
Shakespeare After Dark is the highbrow fusion of Shakespeare served with a side of improvisational mischief. In the first half, you’ll witness a scene from the Bard utterly monkey-wrenched by an utterly stoned cast member leaving the rest of the cast to improvise around them. Then, stick around for the second half where the cast lays the it aside to serve a straight up Shakespearean tragedy – based on your suggestions. With a genuinely drunken (or in this case stoned) professional actor volunteering every night, no two shows are ever the same. Side-splitting, raucous, and completely interactive, Shakespeare After Dark will blow you away.
*This show regularly sells out; advance tickets highly recommended, lest thou experience great facial sadness and emotional strife upon reaching said door.
Friday, May 18
Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Advance tickets $12 HERE | $15 at the door
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
*Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.
Shakespeare After Dark seeks to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the works of the Bard by reviving the raucous, interactive and vibrant nature of Elizabethan theatre with a very modern twist that only the spirit of improvisation can bring, whilst reminding them to to always enjoy Shakespeare responsibly.
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