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Forced Entertainment: Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

Forced Entertainment: Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At HomeFor our 2020-21 Season we are pleased to be able to once again share condensed versions all 36 Shakespeare plays with our audiences—only this time they will be the at-home versions, where the six performers will restage the project online direct from their kitchen tables, each currently isolated in different places including Sheffield, London and Berlin.

The combined performances in Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home explore the dynamic force of narrative in relation to Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, histories and late plays. What follows is simple and idiosyncratic, absurd and strangely compelling and through a kind of lo-fi, home-made puppetry, the stories of the plays really do come to life in vivid miniature. Each play is intimately retold by one actor, sitting alone at a table alongside shelves lined with household objects and a collection of everyday products which become the play’s characters. A salt and pepper pot are used for the king and queen. A vase for the prince. A matchbox for the servant. A toilet roll tube for the Innkeeper. A water bottle for the messenger. The result is a kind of leveling of the plays—a gently comic re-casting of them via objects from the kitchen cabinet and grocery store shelves—as well as a celebration of their power as stories, and the act of storytelling and theatre itself.

Forced Entertainment is a collective of six theater artists who have been working together since 1984. They have long had an obsession with virtual or described performance, exploring in different ways the possibilities of conjuring extraordinary scenes, images and stories using language alone. Their work forges a strong link between form and content, reflecting the belief that the form of a project—the kind of experience it presents, the contract it makes with its audience and how—is an inseparable and significant part of its meaning. Often described as being experimental or innovative, their approach to each work differs from project to project, taking inspiration from movies, the internet, stand-up, dance, bad television, performance art and music as well as from theatre itself. What ties the various strands of their work together is that the projects always strive to be vivid and original, demanding a lot from audiences and giving a lot in return.

Week 1

Thu, Sep 17 at 12PM: Macbeth

Fri, Sep 18 at 12PM: Pericles

Sat, Sep 19 at 12PM: The Merchant of Venice

Sun, Sep 20 at 12PM: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Week 2

Thu, Sep 24 at 12PM: Romeo and Juliet

Fri, Sep 25 at 12PM: King John

Sat, Sep 26 at 12PM: Titus Andronicus

Sun, Sep 27 at 12PM: Much Ado About Nothing

Week 3

Thu, Oct 1 at 12PM: Hamlet

Fri, Oct 2 at 12PM: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Sat, Oct 3 at 12PM: The Winter’s Tale

Sun, Oct 4 at 12PM: All’s Well That Ends Well

Week 4

Thu, Oct 8 at 12PM: Richard II

Fri, Oct 9 at 12PM: Henry IV, Part 1

Sat, Oct 10 at 12PM: Henry IV Part 2

Sun, Oct 11 at 12PM: Henry V

Week 5

Thu, Oct 15 at 12PM: Henry VI, Part 1

Fri, Oct 16 at 12PM: Henry VI, Part 2

Sat, Oct 17 at 12PM: Henry VI, Part 3

Sun, Oct 18 at 12PM: Richard III

Week 6

Thu, Oct 22 at 12PM: Measure for Measure

Fri, Oct 23 at 12PM: Coriolanus

Sat, Oct 24 at 12PM: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sun, Oct 25 at 1PM: King Lear

Week 7

Thu, Oct 29 at 1PM: Twelfth Night

Fri, Oct 30 at 1PM: Cymbeline

Sat, Oct 31 at 1PM: Julius Caesar

Sun, Nov 1 at 12PM: Antony and Cleopatra

Week 8

Thu, Nov 5 at 12PM: Two Gentlemen of Verona

Fri, Nov 6 at 12PM: Troilus and Cressida

Sat, Nov 7 at 12PM: As You Like It

Sun, Nov 8 at 12PM: Othello

Week 9

Thu, Nov 12 at 12PM: Taming of the Shrew

Fri, Nov 13 at 12PM: The Comedy of Errors

Sat, Nov 14 at 12PM: Timon of Athens

Sun, Nov 15 at 12PM: The Tempest

Presenter / Producer: UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance

Listed Categories
Theater > Drama
Theater > Theatrical Comedy

Event Phone: 310-825-2101

10745 Dickson Ct
Los Angeles CA 90095

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 9/17/2020 - 11/15/2020
Thursday, 09/17/2020
Friday, 09/18/2020
Saturday, 09/19/2020
Sunday, 09/20/2020
Thursday, 09/24/2020
Friday, 09/25/2020
Saturday, 09/26/2020
Sunday, 09/27/2020
Thursday, 10/01/2020
Friday, 10/02/2020
Saturday, 10/03/2020
Sunday, 10/04/2020
Thursday, 10/08/2020
Friday, 10/09/2020
Saturday, 10/10/2020
Sunday, 10/11/2020
Thursday, 10/15/2020
Friday, 10/16/2020
Saturday, 10/17/2020
Sunday, 10/18/2020
Thursday, 10/22/2020
Friday, 10/23/2020
Saturday, 10/24/2020
Sunday, 10/25/2020
Thursday, 10/29/2020
Friday, 10/30/2020
Saturday, 10/31/2020
Sunday, 11/01/2020
Thursday, 11/05/2020
Friday, 11/06/2020
Saturday, 11/07/2020
Sunday, 11/08/2020
Thursday, 11/12/2020
Friday, 11/13/2020
Saturday, 11/14/2020
Sunday, 11/15/2020

Performance Times
All performances at noon except Oct. 25, 29, 30 and 31 performances are at 1PM due to British time change.

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