‘Shakespeare on Trial’

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Article Published: Oct. 24, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 2, 2013
‘Shakespeare on Trial’

Off the Leash’s production of the comedy, ‘Shakespeare on Trial,’ comes to the Ashe County Civic Center Nov. 1.
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William Shakespeare will soon stand trial, and the jury of his peers might not be too forgiving, considering he penned some of them in a not so flattering light.

The characters of some of Shakespeare’s greatest literary creations come to life to prosecute the English wordsmith in Off the Leash’s production of “Shakespeare on Trial” at the Ashe County Civic Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center or by phone at (336) 846-2787.

In this comedy, Shakespeare must atone to the misdeeds he portrayed in the roles of Macbeth, Iago, Hamlet and Juliet, as some of his greatest creations demand answers for the fates to which he destined them.

Shakespeare must defend his own writing, as the four characters challenge him to write in a modern way, arguing that no one really understands the plays anymore.

Off the Leash is an international touring company based out of Canada, said Jane Lonon, executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council.

The acting company previously performed at Ashe County schools two years ago.

“The response they received was overwhelmingly positive, and everyone said, ‘Bring them back,’” Lonon said.

The decision to add “Shakespeare on Trial” arose from the arts council’s desire to “add variety” and to complement the civic center’s already robust schedule of performances.

“This is all part of a carefully thought-out plan to add a variety of performance opportunities we offer to folks in Ashe County,” Lonon said.

That process transcends simply looking at YouTube clips and videos of performers who might be a good fit for the arts council’s fall lineup.

“We regularly attend conferences where we see a nonstop showcase of live performances to see what is a good fit,” Lonon said.

For more information on the Ashe County Arts Council, visit http://www.ashecountyarts.org. The Ashe County Civic Center is located at 962 Mt Jefferson Road in West Jefferson.

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