The Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company will present “The Wicked Wilde Shakespeare Festival,” a five-week summer theater event at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica, beginning Saturday, May 29th through June 27th.
The festival offers three “streamlined, gender-bending versions” of classic plays including Macbeth3, A Tyrant’s Tale, and The Importance of Being Earnest, an event spokesperson said.
Macbeth3 is a bold, one-hour retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy in which three male actors perform all the roles, including Lady Macbeth.
A Tyrant’s Tale is a one-hour adaptation of the Bard’s The Winter’s Tale that explores the nature of leadership, loyalty, and the redemptive power of enduring love.
The festival spokesperson says a “gender-bent version” of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest features Lisa Wolpe as Jack and John Achorn as Lady Bracknell, highlighting the role-playing inherent in courtship and underscoring the play’s unconventional attitudes towards romance and sexuality.
Preview performances will be held Friday, May 28th. Show times and dates vary.
The Miles Memorial Playhouse is at 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets are $15 for a single performance, $25 for two performances, or $40 for a festival pass for four performances.
For show times and other information, (800) 838-3006.