$13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, faculty & staff
Conceived and directed by SMU Theatre Artist-in-Residence Will Power, an award-winning playwright and hip-hop theatre performer, The Shakespeare Project offers a new look at the Bard’s text. It fuses the rhythms of his iambic pentameter with the contemporary beats of hip-hop, and uses that rhythm to explore key characters in Shakespeare’s work. The 50-minute production includes excerpts from seven of Shakespeare’s plays, including Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and The Taming of the Shrew, centered on the theme of death – from fears of dying, to ghosts, to ideas of “artistic” death and loss of reputation, independence or cultural identity. It also includes an excerpt from Henry V conceived as a step competition, and a hip-hop rhyme battle featuring a host of timeless put-downs from numerous Shakespeare works. Composer Justin Ellington has collaborated with Power as assistant director and music creator, and SMU dance faculty member Millicent Johnnie has developed the movement. The Shakespeare Project is an extension of a work Power created for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the London Olympics in 2012, a hip-hop version of Caliban’s speech from The Tempest.
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