WordStage Opens Its 2017-18 Wright Chapel Series With Shaw's "The Dark Lady Of The Sonnets"

George Bernard Shaw from the Bain Collection

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm  - The Wright Chapel at The Lakewood Presbyterian Church        

This 1910 short comedy by George Bernard Shaw in which William Shakespeare, intending to meet the "Dark Lady", accidentally encounters Queen Elizabeth I and attempts to persuade her to create a national theatre. The play was written as part of a campaign, ardently supported by Shaw to create a "Shakespeare National Theatre" by 1916. 

The play refers to the "dark lady", who is the addressee of Shakespeare's sonnets 127 to 152 - so-called because her hair is said to be black and her skin "dun".

In the sonnets, the poet is apparently involved in a sexual relationship with the Lady, but it is implied that she is unfaithful to him, perhaps with the "Fair Youth", the young man who is the addressee of most of the other sonnets

This performance features actors Agnes Herrmann, Marci Paolucci, Paul Slimak and Tim Tavcar and features incidental music of the period by Patrick Wickliffe on the harpshichord.

The Wright Chapel is located at the Lakewood Presbyterian Church - 14502 Detroit Ave. at Marlowe in Downtown lakewood, OH  Admission is by suggested donation of $10, WordStage also maintains a "Pay What You Can" policy to encourage all who are interested to attend. 

For more information, please visit www.wordstageoh.com or phone us at 216-712-6926.

Tim Tavcar

Performing Artist Tim Tavcar began his professional Theatrical/Musical career at the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado. Since then his work as an actor, director, musician and lecturer has been seen in Cleveland, Akron, Chicago, Houston, Williamsburg, VA, Newport, RI, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, NYC’s Carnegie Recital Hall and on stages and in concert halls throughout Vermont. He currently serves as an Artistic Associate for Montpelier VT’s professional company – Lost Nation Theater.  While in Vermont, he founded WordStage in VT in 2007, for which he received a Creation Grant from the Vermont State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to creating, producing and directing WordStage performances here in Ohio and Vermont, he has acted and/or directed at The Beck Center, The Blank Canvas Theatre, The Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland State University, Dobama Theatre and The Ensemble Theatre. He is currently a resident of the Edgewater area of Cleveland and is a member of the Lakewood Presbyterian Chancel Choir.

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