Tina Packer in 'Women of Will' (photo courtesy of Kevin Sprague and Shakes & Co)
- Jan. 29, 2014
-- Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Women of Will: The Overview
on the Margeson Theater stage on February 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Eric Tucker, the single performance explores Shakespeare through the eyes of his most famous female characters and features seasoned actors Tina Packer and Nigel Gore. Tickets ($30 - $50) are available to the public on Tuesday, January 14, with a $10 discount for students and members of the military with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased by calling (407) 447-1700, online at www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.Women of Will: The Overview
is leading Shakespearean actor/dramaturg Tina Packer’s innovative exploration of Shakespeare’
s attitudes toward women. As Ms. Packerdeconstructs and conjures the Bard’s most famous female characters, ace actor Nigel Gore plays the Romeo to her Juliet, the Petruchio to her Kate. Part master class and part performance, Women of Will
provides audiences with the bonus content to Shakespeare's plays that they have been searching for.
“I experienced Ms. Packer’s Women of Will
Off-Broadway in New York--It was smashing!” said Artistic Director Jim Helsinger. “I can’t wait to bring that kind of excitement to Orlando.”
Packer’s exploration of Shakespeare’
s women played to rave reviews in Prague and Off-Broadway in 2012. Ben Brantley of The New York Times
said the overview is “marvelous … it’s not just poetry in motion, it’s thought made flesh. … Subliminally erotic (and) commandingly eloquent.”
Orlando Shakespeare Theater is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida
, and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater is also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.