From a bombastic youth, to the Bard of Avon, experience William Shakespeare’s life as filtered through the lens of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare! All events are true, but not all accurate. William Shakespeare has just closed the first production of Richard III, but through unfortunate circumstances, meets the love of his life, Anne Hathaway, a woman of a most outrageous temper. William is determined to woo her, with help from his father, John Shakespeare and his friends Christopher Marlowe and Richard Burbage using his newest and most problematic play, The Taming of the Shrew, it certainly won’t be easy. But not is all as it seems… As bizarre circumstances follow William into his old age, the bard must seek redemption in the eyes of his children, Susanna, Judith and in the spirit of his departed son, Hamnet. From boisterous comedy, to most tragic tale, it’s Shakespeare as Shakespeare intended.
Set in the 1980s, Shirley Valentine is comedic drama about the second coming of age of a fifty-something woman. Her adult children have left home and Shirley finds herself trapped in a life in which she has no sense of identity. Stuck in a dead-end job and a loveless marriage, Shirley acknowledges what her life has become through anecdotes and conversations with the wall, and the fourth wall. Rallying against the constrictions forced upon her by others, Shirley sets out on an adventure to rediscover the woman she always knew she could be. Shirley Valentine provides an often hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenching portrait of an extraordinary woman trapped in an ordinary life.
FP Theatre is committed to providing opportunities to theatrical artists to develop skills, and to showcase talents in the community. We encourage life-long learning and promote the celebration of live theatre. Our first Independent Artist Initiative Gala brings together THREE new playwrights who are presenting THREE never before performed plays. These short (10-15 minute) plays will be introduced by the artists and there will be a Q&A following the approximate 1 hour performance. If you are interested in writing for the stage, this is an excellent opportunity to see how to workshop an idea from initial concept to stage. We hope you will come and support these talented new artists to the theatre community!
The Taming of the Shrew is renowned as Shakespeare’s most controversial play. It is a tale of mistaken identity, deception and complicated love triangles. The plot thickens as suitors of the fair Bianca convince a visiting stranger to marry her older sister Katherina in order to allow Bianca to be eligible to be wed. However, Katherina is not a willing participant in their plans.
Reversing the roles in this production brings a fresh perspective to an old yarn, allowing the audience to experience the story from alternative points of view.
Sleuth’s tag line is “think of the perfect crime… then go one step further.” And while not necessarily a crime in the purest sense, John L. Moore’s performance stole the show, overwhelming his co-star, in a play about love, revenge, and the games we play.
Moore’s performance and the story itself are the two defining elements of this entertaining, but flawed, production. The story, centered around two men who have a relationship with one woman—a woman never seen or heard from—deals with the meeting and aftermath of the meeting between the two principals: Andrew Wyke (Moore), a mystery writer and the man seemingly gleefully divorcing the woman in question; and Milo Tindale (Shawn Dyson), the younger paramour who is planning a future with Wyke’s …
An aristocrat with a love for mystery, theatre and strategic games enters into a potentially deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a young, charismatic man-about-town with whom his wife also happens to be having an affair.
Featuring Alice, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and other characters from Lewis Carroll’s novel, Almost Alice connects adult Alice Liddell with her past bringing both worlds to a collision. See Alice struggle with her own emotions as she falls into the rabbit hole of her mind in this entertaining comedy/drama.
Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand, Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.
Victorious in his wars against the Goths, Roman general Titus Andronicus brings home as his captives Queen Tamora, her lover Aaron, and her three sons. Ignoring Tamora’s pleas, Titus hands over her eldest son for sacrifice—thus setting in motion a relentless cycle of revenge as horrific as it is grotesque. The most shocking play in Shakespeare’s canon—an extraordinary fusion of the savage and the sublime!
Presenting this play in a Theatre in Round blackbox setting provides the audience with the feeling of being more than observers in this web of politics and betrayal.
Enter the wonderfully creepy world of Edgar Allan Poe with three faithful adaptations of some of his most haunting works. A lesser known gem, The Cask of Amontillado, and two old favorites, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart, represent Poe at his most horrifying. These plays will certainly get you in the mood for the Halloween season!
The Cask of Amontillado: A creepy tale of revenge carried out in the most hauntingly creepy manner
The Fall of the House of Usher: A family secret hidden too long comes to a horrific conclusion
The Tell Tale Heart: A murderous villain is haunted—but is it guilt, or ghost?
The play takes place in Victorian England and tells the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll, a scientist and prominent physician who dabbles with the macabre and discovers secrets that were better left buried. The character of Elizabeth was not in the original story, but adds a romantic element to the characters that makes them more dimensional.
In the late 19th century, a young English lawyer by the name of Jonathan Harker is sent to eastern Europe by his London law firm to complete what should have been a simple transaction for a transfer of real estate. The client, Count Dracula at first appears eccentric and strange, but as time progresses, Dracula shows his true nature and the horrifying secrets of the castle put young Jonathan into a fight for his very soul, and the lives and souls of those he holds dear. As the Count travels to England to seek out new hunting ground, Jonathan enlists the help of his wife, his friends Quincey Morris and Dr. John Seward, and the expertise of the infamous Professor Abraham Van Helsing to join him in a quest to eradicate the monster.
Preserving as much of the original dialogue as possible, and using lighting to provide maximum suspense, this play captures the essence of the novel and will leave the audience with an eerie feeling that will hold on to their imagination.
Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, this popular work portrays events surrounding a high society wedding that becomes the target of mischief and mayhem by faeries when they bring four young lovers and a group of amateur actors into the mix to prove “What fools these mortals be.” Set amid buskers and street performers, this classic tale of love and misadventure will amuse and entertain all ages.