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Shakespeare at New West – Fall 2019

Shakespeare at New West – Fall 2019

New West students, join us! No experience necessary! You’ll learn the basics of acting, vocal and movement techniques, and the ins and outs of Shakespeare’s language. Our work will culminate in a full performance of a Shakespeare play.

Mondays from 4 to 6 pm
begins September 9th
Performances: Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 19
Tuition: $225

LOCATION: 11625 West Pico Boulevard

Full rehearsal schedule:
September 9, 16, 23
October 2 *, 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 13 *, 18
December 2, 9, 16

* Rehearsal held on Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm to make up for Monday holidays

Dress Tech: Tuesday, December 17
We will schedule one weekend “retreat” – an extended rehearsal that will be held one of the two weekends prior to the performance.

PLEASE NOTE: Regular attendance is critical!! If you have conflicts with any of the above dates, or if you have any other questions, please email us at losangelesdramaclub@gmail.com prior to registering.

THIS CLASS IS OPEN TO NEW WEST CHARTER STUDENTS ONLY …

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

REGISTER TODAY

Shakespeare Youth Festival LA 2020

Shakespeare Youth Festival LA 2020

We’re excited to announce the lineup for Shakespeare Youth Festival LA 2020 – please join us!

March 7th & 8th
March 14th & 15th

COMEDY OF ERRORS

TWELFTH NIGHT

Two of Shakespeare’s classic comedies of mistaken identity and the chaos that ensues when people aren’t who quite you think they are.

 

March 21st & 22nd
March 28th & 29th

TROILUS & CRESSIDA

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

Moral ambiguity, corrupt government officials, religious/societal hypocrisy – Shakespeare truly did write into the future!

 

Times & locations to be announced soon – box office will open in February …

Two Shakespeare Comedies

Two Shakespeare Comedies

TWELFTH NIGHT
This play makes both the actors and the audiences very happy … and we strive to please you every day. With a hey, ho, the wind and the rain!

COMEDY OF ERRORS
Two identical twins and their two servants (also identical twins) are separated in a ship-wreck. When, years later, they all show up in the same town, mistaken identities abound.

SATURDAYS – 3:00 PM TO 5:00 PM

Rehearsal begins: October 12th
Winter Break: December 15 – January 5

Potential additional rehearsals *
Sunday, February 23; Monday, February 24; Wednesday, February 26; Thursday, February 27; Sunday, March 1; Monday, March 2; Wednesday, March 4; Thursday, March 5
* Please note: we will not rehearse all of these dates. Once the shows are cast, we will publish a final rehearsal schedule for each show. To assist us in scheduling, please note any conflicts with these two weeks in the space provided in the registration form – thank you!

Performances: March 7 & 8, March 14 & 15
Rehearsal location (tentative) – World City Center (3911 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016)

Tuition: $625
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

This play (like Cymbeline) is not on the Greatest Hits list, but we love it! T&C tells the story of the “heros” of the Trojan War (Achilles, Agamemnon, Hector, and others less well known). It swings wildly between bawdy comedy and epic tragedy, and the audience is not always sure how to feel about its complex characters!

Yet another instance where Shakespeare truly wrote into the future, this play is packed with issues that are very relevant to a middle school/high school cast. While we will treat them in a manner appropriate for the ages involved, parents should be aware that the play involves some mature topics, and we suggest reading a synopsis, and discussing any concerns with us prior to registering.

SATURDAYS – 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

Rehearsal begins: October 12th
Winter Break: December 15 – January 5
Additional rehearsals (tentative):
Sunday, February 23; Sunday, March 1; Monday, March 9; Wednesday, March 11; Monday, March 16; Wednesday, March 18;
Performances: March 21 & 22, March 28 & 29
Rehearsal location (tentative) – World City Center (3911 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016)

Tuition: $625
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

REGISTER

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

Laws that tread just a little too far into people’s personal lives. Sanctimonious officials who, behind closed doors, are guilty of the same sins they decry. Constant debates on whether people are hopelessly debauched … or just trying to live their true selves. Shakespeare truly did write into the future!

We can’t wait to explore this knotty play with our teens – it’s the first time LADC has tackled it!!

While we will treat them in a manner appropriate for the ages involved, parents should be aware that the play involves some mature topics, and we suggest reading a synopsis, and discussing any concerns with us prior to registering.

TUESDAYS – 4:30 PM TO 6:30 PM

Rehearsal begins: October 8th
Winter Break: December 15 – January 5
Additional rehearsals (tentative):
Sunday, February 23; Sunday, March 1; Thursday, March 12; Thursday, March 19
Performances: March 21 & 22, March 28 & 29
Rehearsal location (tentative) – Catch One (4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019)

Tuition: $625
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

  REGISTER TODAY  

Summer with LADC 2019

Summer with LADC 2019

Registration is now open for Summer with LADC 2019 – a fantastic way to introduce kids to Shakespeare!

Each session meets from 9 to 3, Monday through Friday, and culminates with a recital, sharing the work with parents, friends and the community.

We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Young Playwrights’ Fest

Young Playwrights’ Fest

June 17 – 21
9 am to 3 pm
Lyric Theatre – 520 N. La Brea Ave, LA 90019

THE PLAYS THE THING! WRITE/DIRECT YOUR TEN MINUTE PLAY
The program consists of rigorous, exciting storytelling and playwriting sessions throughout the day, creating short plays out of improvisations with prompts, autobiographical moments, and stories the group creates together. We will also discuss the art, craft and business of playwriting.

The playwrights will work with an ensemble of actors made up of professional actors and LADC actors, who will perform the plays at the end of the week.

Grade 7 and up (Fall 2019)

This class is full – please email us to be placed on the waiting list.

Shakespeare Intensive

Shakespeare Intensive

June 24 – 28
9 am to 3 pm
Catch One – 4067 Pico Blvd, LA 90019

Students will spend their days discovering Shakespeare through the best tools and techniques theater has to offer. The LADC technique begins with the improvisational work of Viola Spolin and Agosto Boal, and expands on that to include a variety of physical and vocal disciplines – with the ultimate purpose always to invoke the creative spirit that exists in every child.

During the Summer Intensive, our Players will work on a variety of scenes and sonnets, discover the world of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, and work together to create a performance that will be shared with friends and family.

For 2nd through 8th grade (Fall 2019)

Shakespeare and Mythology

Shakespeare and Mythology

July 8 – 12
9 am to 3 pm

Catch One – 4067 Pico Blvd, LA 90019

We not only explore Shakespeare’s plays set in Greece and Rome, but his references to mythology and Greek and Roman Gods, and the perspectives of Philosophers like Plato, Epicurus, Ovid, Lucretius, Seneca and Cicero. We explore some of the connections between Shakespeare, and playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Plautus. And we introduce the basis for all modern books, plays and screenplays – Aristotle’s Poetics. With this rich banquet of ideas, we create original skits and weave them with Shakespeare’s Greek & Roman plays.

For 2nd through 8th grade (Fall 2019)

Shakespeare and Spolin

Shakespeare and Spolin

July 15 – 19
9 am to 3 pm
Catch One – 4067 Pico Blvd, LA 90019

LADC has always used Viola Spolin’s Theater Games as one of the foundations of the way we approach Shakespeare, and we are thrilled to have Aretha Sills, grandaughter of Viola Spolin, returning with us this year. We will be exploring Shakespeare’s magical “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” using Viola Spolin’s Games, and Story Theater techniques pioneered by Paul Sills, Viola’s son, and creator/director of The Second City, to unleash our Players’ creativity through spontaneity, focus, and play.

For 2nd through 8th grade (Fall 2019)

Subversive Shakespeare

Subversive Shakespeare

July 22 – 26
9 am to 3 pm

Lyric Theatre – 520 N. La Brea Ave, LA 90019
The location has been changed to Catch One – 4067 W Pico, LA 90019

What do Shakespeare’s plays have to say about the world we live in today, about social justice, corrupt government, violence in society, etc? And how has he impacted playwrights who are writing today? We’ll not only take a deep-dive into some of Shakespeare’s most controversial works – including those works that some presume racist, anti-Semitic, sexist, or irrelevant  – and dig into what a modern audience can learn from them, but explore contemporary playwrights who were inspired (or angered) by what Shakespeare had to say 400 years ago …

Grade 7 and up (Fall 2019)

Shakespeare and Music

Shakespeare and Music

July 29 – August 2
9 am to 3 pm
Lyric Theatre – 520 N. La Brea Ave, LA 90019
The location has been changed to Catch One – 4067 W. Pico, LA 90019

The works of Shakespeare are filled with song. As always, students will spend their days discovering Shakespeare using a variety of physical and vocal disciplines – with the ultimate purpose always to invoke the creative spirit that exists in every child. But for this special week, we will pay special emphasis to the plays where his words are accompanied with music and dancing.

Participants need not be singers/dancers – each child will have the opportunity to explore within his/her comfort zone, and encouraged to reach outside of it when ready!

For 2nd through 8th grade (Fall 2019)

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

Shakespeare Youth Festival 2019

Shakespeare Youth Festival 2019

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE…

March 9th through March 31st, 2019
All performances are held at the Lyric Theatre – 520 N. La Brea, Los Angeles 90036 (map)

As You Like It

Two worlds…Power-hungry Duke Frederick runs his kingdom on paranoia and mistrust – his reign is dark and oppressive. His brother, Duke Senior fled that world (to save his life), but left his daughter behind. When the two Dukes’ daughters, along with their trusty jester, escape to follow him to the Forest of Arden, it’s like they’ve landed in Oz – they discover a colorful Carnival of eccentric artists just looking to love and be loved!

Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm
Sunday, March
10 at 2 pm
Saturday, March 16 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm

RESERVE TICKETS


Cymbeline

You have probably not seen Cymbeline, and if you have, you have NEVER seen our Cracked Fairy Tale Version, complete with a two-foot high Storybook and all sorts of other surprises. Mistaken identity? Of course. Girls dressed as boys? Duh. Long lost family members reuniting? Aren’t there always? Young love torn apart by class issues? Hello?! Machiavellian tricksters? Goes without saying. Epic Battles? Um, yeah …Jupiter descending from Olympus in the last act last to lay it out? Have you met Shakespeare?!

Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 pm

RESERVE TICKETS


Henry IV

Henry IV (One and Two) is so much more than a History Play – it’s really a Humanity Play: a day in the life of the Haves and Have Nots, a King’s regrets from his sickbed, Good Son/Errant Son/Redeemed Son, a Father’s Cowardice, a Son’s Overcompensation, Substitute Families, the funny, bittersweet antics of Pub Life… and those Spell-Casting, Tree-Hugging Welsh…come on! Our Elder Players (age 14-17) are by now, quite excellent at this stuff, as some have been at it since age six. Come witness these young masters – for some, it will be their last performance with LADC before heading off to college.

Saturday, March 23 at 12 noon
Sunday, March 24 at 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 pm

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Shakespeare at GALA

Shakespeare at GALA

Love’s Labors Lost: A Comedy by William Shakespeare

It’s the Battle of the Sexes!!

Four young men decide to make a pledge to avoid young women … for the sake of becoming more intellectual and contemplative? Really? Any chance that could work? When four young women arrive on the scene, maybe, just maybe, the young women could actually inspire them to become better men. A whole pack of hilarious and crazy characters (including more females roles than pretty much any other Shakespeare play!!)

Read more about Love’s Labors Lost here!

For more than 10 years, Los Angeles Drama Club has been working with Los Angeles youth ages 6-17 from all backgrounds. We use the exploration and performance of Shakespeare’s work to foster self-esteem, creativity, literacy and excellence in every aspect of our Players’ lives.

We begin rehearsals on February 7th, so don’t delay!!!!

Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Starting February 7th

Final Dress Rehearsal TBD (May 14 or 15)
We will also be scheduling one weekend rehearsal, and several small group/private rehearsal sessions.

Performances (tentative): May 16 & 17

Tuition: $200.00

(We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here to apply for a scholarship. Please do not hesitate to apply!)

Please email losangelesdramaclub@gmail.com with any questions ….

We look forward to working with you!

Shakespeare at New West

Shakespeare at New West

New West students, join us! No experience necessary! You’ll learn the basics of acting, vocal and movement techniques, and the ins and outs of Shakespeare’s language. Our work will culminate in a full performance of a Shakespeare play.

Mondays from 4 to 6 pm
begins February 4th
Performances: Thursday, May 30 & Friday, May 31
Tuition: $225

LOCATION: 11625 West Pico Boulevard

Full rehearsal schedule:
February 4, 11, 25 (no rehearsal President’s Day, 2/18)
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 22, 29 (no rehearsal Spring Break, 4/15)
May 6, 13, 20
Dress Tech: Wednesday, May 29th
We will schedule one weekend “retreat” – an extended rehearsal that will be held one of the two weekends prior to the performance.
PLEASE NOTE: Regular attendance is critical!! If you have conflicts with any of the above dates, or if you have any other questions, please email us at losangelesdramaclub@gmail.com prior to registering.

THIS CLASS IS OPEN TO NEW WEST CHARTER STUDENTS ONLY …

Thanks to our generous sponsors

Thanks to our generous sponsors

LADC is proud to announce that the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation is an official sponsor of Shakespeare Youth Festival LA. The Foundation’s generous donation makes it possible for all children to participate in this life-changing experience, and we are grateful for their generosity.

The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation’s mission is to follow through with the late Jack Oakie’s wish, “Give the money to the kids,” by scholarships for deserving film and theater students at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Mrs. Oakie instructed the Trustees of the Foundation to keep her husband’s legacy alive and enhance the value of visual performing arts education. We are honored that the Foundation will be supporting our theater students – their donation will fund scholarships and financial aid for our bi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival LA.

Both Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie were active participants in and during the famous Golden Age of Hollywood. Between them, they acted in more than 122 films over a 60-year period. Their contributions to acting and comedy can now be passed on to a new generation with the help of their Foundation scholarships.

Taming of the Shrew Churl

Taming of the <span style="text-decoration:line-through">Shrew</span> Churl

It’s Venus 2020 and women run the show up here. Men are welcome as long as they’re supportive and kind and don’t misbehave. When one does….it makes headlines. Catalino (aka Cat) can’t help himself: he’s wild, a disruptor and he’s angry at the imbalance of power on Venus. It’s been rough. He’s outnumbered by women, including his mother. He’s her firstborn and she must marry him off before her younger son can marry one of his many rich lady fans. Enter Petruchia, an uber-aggressive, over-caffeinated Mary Poppins, and refugee from Earth looking for an equal up here – so rare these days. The men here are not what she’s used to. But she has to play a game in order to prove she can handle him.

Presented by Los Angeles Drama Club and
the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation

Saturday, December 8th and Sunday December 9th at 4 pm
JEWEL’S ROOM AT Catch One – 4067 Pico Blvd LA 90019

Pay-what-you-can at the door (Suggested donation: $10)
Advance reservations: $10

THE SHOW IS OVER, BUT WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN MARCH FOR SHAKESPEARE YOUTH FESTIVAL LA 2019! BOX OFFICE OPENS IN FEBRUARY!

Shakespeare in Africa #3: Becoming a Different Person.

Shakespeare in Africa #3: Becoming a Different Person.

Shakespeare in Africa #3: Becoming a Different Person.

I am still headed to a rural African village called Motopi where I will live by myself and work in a local school teaching Shakespeare (what I do at home). I’ve done many daring and rash things in my life. And a lot of very strange and difficult things have happened to me. I survived my childhood and adulthood and it was rarely easy. I don’t do things because they’re easy. Easy never interested me. Well…it’s starting to. But for now, I am programmed to do hard things and to teach others to do them too.

L. A. Drama Club: Our Theatre Company makes Hard look Easy.

I am on my second Luftansa flight from Frankfurt to Johannesburg with one more German woman sitting next to me (German seat partner: mandatory for all international flights). We left off where the German seat partner was balking at my decision to book two African flights within 40 mintues of each other. I don’t have the mental bandwidth to explain — not my decision to book the two flights — yes, my decision to trust an online booking agency. I am realizing that there is no way to “check in” online to Air Botswana, but in person. Old school. I have half an hour to transfer in J-Burg and I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m stuck here for 8 more hours and can do nothing but…

Start making a list of what is emerging as The African Way for Westerners.

AW#1: You Think You “Got This.” You don’t.

“I got this.” A popular phrase. So American. Being a rugged individualist, totally self contained, on my own…gets prasied and rewarded, even though it’s an illusion. We urban dwellers are deluded. We believe we’re independent but one strike of an earthquake or hurricane would prove otherwise. I start to consider, “I don’t Got This at all.” Interdependence seems more the African Way. Tribal thinking makes more sense! I know that am going to need help over there. I don’t like the feeling. It means putting others out, being dependent, and trusting. A thought occurs to me: Not Trusting is a sign of privilege. The luxury of not trusting….

Johannesburg Airport. I am walking off the plane and am hit with a blast of hot air — “Welcome to the Land of the Protea.”

A preview of what is to come. Motopi School.

All the self help, 12-step, therapy and bone-crushing life lessons I’ve learned did not bring me the kind of catharsis as did stepping foot on African Soil and allowing that blast of hot air to hit my face. Easy and swift. A new voice. Not the Troubleshooter, not the Naysayer, not the Imposter. This is a wise voice.

You are different. You will never be the same person who fussed all the way here. You have done the work to be ready for this moment. And you get to have it.

After that sets in, I am told to go get my suitcase in baggage claim. I look around in wonder. When last suitcase tumbles onto the carousel, it isn’t mine. I show a woman who works here. She says, no. Your bag has gone to Botswana. A young airport worker looks at my ticket, then at me.

AW #2 : Sometimes things change, and you need to run.

She runs, I run…so fast and so far, I get a side-ache. J-burg is a massive airport. We finally make it to the Air Botswana gate. I could never have found this on my own. She was the only way. Now she is talking to the Check In Lady. There is a problem. A big problem. I am told….

“The flight is closed. You are too late. Come back tomorrow.”

Like making it to Oz …and having the little window open and slam. But this isn’t Oz, it’s Johannesburg. I do not know what I’m doing here. I have a man waiting, a place, a school. I can barely form words.

“There’s a man waiting …he is my only chance. There’s a school the expects me…I’ve been traveling 24 hours…I don’t know what to…”

This is not like me. I always know what to do. I’m the I Know What to Do Girl when it comes to traveling. “I got this.” The Check in Lady looks at me…I’m crying. To make it this far and then…fall apart.

AW #3: If You Fall Apart, Sometimes the Rules are Bended.

“Okay. Go. Just go.”

She just single-handedly changed the rules based on…heartstrings? The woman who ran me over there says, “Hurry! We have to run again.” And we do: down the escalator and out the doors to the outside. To a van! My face still wet from crying, I am now laughing. I’m being gaslit by the universe and it’s funny. My drops of tears, I’ll turn into sparks of fire. And I will.

I hug the airport worker who changed the fate of this journey. Years holding onto the idea that abandoment was the norm for me…she somehow erased it. Gone in one final act. I’m feeling quite alive. My first half hour in Africa included a sprinting marathon, a nervous breakdown and two serious plot twists.

Boarding Air Botswana tram, I now meet my fellow passengers on this flight to Maun. Australian and British tourists in crisp Safari costumes…er, outfits. They look like they’re playing the part of wealthy tourists on Safari for a movie shoot, when I realize…. they are wealthy toursits on Safari. We board the plane and I am next to a bickering British couple. “This is the tiniest plane on the planet.” I might not have her money, but I grin, just glad I’m not her.

AW #4: There are Bugs in this World. If you forgot, we will remind you.

When the Attendant announces that insecticide — ‘with no adverse side effects’ — will now be sprayed up and down the aisles, the women bury their heads, horrified. I grin again. My bionic ear records more conversations. They are excited they can be in Botswana versus Kenya — for the exclusivity and the Okavango Delta. They will go on game drives. I wonder will I even see an elephant? I am relieved to hear there is no hunting allowed in Botswana. I look down the entire time. Africa from the sky.

Botswana from the sky.

Long, needle-thin roads and a windy river….I feel peaceful. I drift to sleep.

We land on the tarmac and are guided to customs where everything goes HAYWIRE! Forms filled wrong, glasses lost, luggage missing, passport snagged…I am asked to “give an address where I’m staying”! It occurs to me, I have no idea where I’m staying. It’s all up to Brooks. The “two email” man. But they won’t let me go out to find him.

I’m in a Shakespeare comedy: epic problems — hilarious only to spectators. Then, just like at the ticket gate in J-burg, they change their minds and let me go look for Brooks.

I turn a corner and there he is, holding a sign with my name. Instantly, he is pulled into my mini drama. We get right into action. Brooks puts a search out for my lost luggage. But I still can’t put the address where I’m staying. Why? Brooks tells me:

AW #5: Sometimes there won’t be an address.

We sort of…make one up. I think to myself no addresses in Motopi but if all goes well, perhaps the address of the youngest Shakespeare troupe in Africa.

Brooks and Machine save the day!

We leave the Maun airport and cross the street to an open air Indian place Tandurei. Instantly, cousins, nephews, brothers of Brooks…pass by or sit wth us. I meet “Machine” — brother of Brooks. He is a teacher and he is curious about his students learning Shakespeare. They want their kids to speak more English. It gives them an edge. Swana is only spoken in Botswana, so if they want to leave, they better know English.

AW #6: Sometimes you won’t have your clothes. And it’s actually fun.

I have no clothes because my suitcase is missing. Brooks takes me to a store and I now get to re-invent my entire African wardrobe that I so painstakingly chose before leaving. For 26$ I had plenty. Food is next. I will need food for the village. At the grocery store I notice most items are imported from South Africa. Nothing local. Granola, milk in a box, potatoes, carrots, bottled water and tea biscuits. Brooks looks skeptical. “Not enough. There is nothing where you are going.” Nothing?

AW #7: Know that you are dependent on protein bars unless you’re one of those rich Safari guests.

Lunch, brought from home. #Bison

I remember my friend telling me to pack beef jerky and protein bars. I think, really? I packed 5 “buffalo bars” which ended up being my lunch every day. Brooks was right. There was no food unless I knew how to kill an animal and cook it.

We drive away and Brooks cuts up a small road and weaves through some sporadic homes. We check on a house Brooks is building so he can rent it out and retire as a Game Drive guide. This is where I first encounter the Botswana House Spider: the size of my hand. I really really dislike spiders. This is a challenge. He lets me know, they are in all the houses. They are part of the walls… He tells me about this American teenager whining, “OMG, Mom, I wanna go home, like right now!” I vow to face my arachnophobia and overcome it. I mean… do I have a choice?

AW #8: See AW #4 !

Weaving Spiders, come not Near!

We pick up a woman called “Chicken” who owns the house where I will stay. She is riding along to let me in the house. Chicken explains that she is a widow and she left her home in the village and moved here to Maun after her husband died. So now I will live in her empty house in the village.

The road to Motopi is filled with potholes: cars swerve and it’s a comical sight. We stop at a Checkpoint where we get out of the car and step into a wet box of dirty water and bicarbonate of soda which — magically wards off Hoof & Mouth disease at the county border. The virus wiped out Botswana’s beef industry years back. The thing is….the water is contaminated with the bottom of everyone’s shoes. But it wasn’t my place to start pointing things out.

AW #9: If you step in a box of water and bicarbonate of soda before crossing the border, you are magically sterilized.

The trees are epic and line both sides of the road. The sky is wide and filled with animated clouds, all telling stories. Magic is not hard to find in this African sky.

It’s my first of many drives with Brooks, where we talk about many many things. I am being taken to the school of his childhood. These are the kids he wants to help. He comes to talk to them about Why We don’t Shoot Elephants.

We pull up to Chicken’s house, where I will stay. And here I am. This spot— in this village — is about everything I’ve done in my life up to this point. It all has come together for this moment. I meet my neighbor Pinky, a mother who also cleans the local school. We all visit but I am showing obvious tand the electical system. After they leave, I accidentally shut off the breakers and Pinky must come to the rescue. Silly American…. “I don’t got this. “

I will report to the school 8:30am tomorrow, meet the teachers, the principal and the kids and get to work.

12pm — Everyone gone. Just me and one misquito terrorizing in my bedroom. I’m under the sheet, totally, but he will burrow through, I know it. Brooks had taught me to Doom the Room. I really resisted the thought of spraying chemicals above my pillow….but at 1am, sleep deprived in this hot bedroom, all bets are off. I “Doom the Room” and run outside.

I stop and look at the sky. Two stars fall within 10 minutes. I haven’t seen a falling star in decades. I go back to my bedroom. The pesty misquito is apparently….doomed.

I go to sleep… a different person than who I was at LAX. At Frankfurt. At J-Burg, and drifting off, I wonder who will I be tomorrow?

Next. Shakespeare in Africa #4: If You Come, They will Build it.

I never expected this.

 

 

*At the time this was written, Ian Khama was President. On April 1, his term ended.

Announcing our 2018-2019 Season

Announcing our 2018-2019 Season

We are excited to announce our 2018-2019 Shakespeare Youth Festival LA season! If you are new to Los Angeles Drama Club, then you must click here to schedule a phone interview before registering. We look forward to speaking with you.

SYFLA Fall – Taming of the Shrew Churl

What happens when Petruchia, a single-minded young woman, determined to marry well, meets Jake, otherwise known as the Shrew … er, that is, the Churl? His younger brother Bianco has all the girls in a tizzy, but thanks to the messed up social order of the land, they can’t do anything about it until Jake is married off. We’re subverted the established opinions and “schools of thought” on the already controversial “Taming of the Shrew” by reversing the genders, turning conventional concepts on their 16th century heads.
4th through 9th grade

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YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS WORKSHOP

Our young playwrights will work at the center of a creative team of professional writers, directors and actors and will receive true professional support and a glimpse into the process of play making!  The young playwrights will hone their one-act plays over the course of the workshop, working from the initial isolation of writing to the collaborative process involved in making their script into a living, breathing play. The workshop will culminate in a script-in-hand public reading of their new plays.
7th grade and up

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SYFLA Winter/Spring – As You Like It

Evil Duke Frederick is not a nice guy. After a rigged wrestling match goes sour, Rosalind and friends escape the rigidity and nastiness of the cruel city, where they were the victims of arbitrary and unfair rules, for the Forest of Arden, where “Do Unto Others” is the law of the land, and where a cast of eccentric characters are all just trying to find someone to love. Our youngest Players will have a great challenge exploring one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies!
2nd through 7th grade

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SYFLA Winter/Spring – Cymbeline

Whatever your favorite Shakespearean plot device may be, it probably shows up in Cymbeline! Mistaken identity? Check. Girls dressed as boys? Check. Long lost family members reuniting? Check. Young lovers torn apart by class issues? Check. Nefarious tricksters? Check. Battle scenes? Check. Gods descending from Olympus at the last minute to set things right? Yes, that, too! We can’t wait to explore all the fantastic characters in this Shakespeare Smoothie.
4th through 9th grade

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SYFLA Winter/Spring – Henry IV

Our combining of Part I and Part II, custom crafted for our teen ensemble, will not only explore King Henry IV, his renegade son and heir to the throne Hal, and Hal’s roguish friend Falstaff, but will also highlight the women in the story – Mistress Quickly, Doll Tearsheet, Lady Percy, and Lady Mortimer.
8th through 12th grade

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LADC Players in Whitley Heights

LADC Players in Whitley Heights

It was a gorgeous Sunday morning, and the park behind the Hollywood Heritage Museum was filled with Shakespeare. Several dozen neighborhood residents turned out for “Shakespeare in Our Park,” sponsored by the Whitley Heights Civic Association. After a rousing opening, featuring some stirring sword fighting by Master Teacher Kila Packett as Shakespeare and Brandon Nagle as Marlowe, our troupe performed selections from several Shakespeare plays, and, in between, got the audience into the act learning Shakespeare insults, theater games and even some Stage Combat moves.

We were honored to have a representative from Councilman David Ryu’s office, who presented Blaire and Julia with Certificates of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles.

Thank you to Greg Orson and Patty Dryden for making this stellar event possible!

If you are interested in Los Angeles Drama Club performing at your school, community center, festival, etc, please email us for more information!!

 

Taming of the Shrew Churl

Taming of the <span style="text-decoration:line-through">Shrew</span> Churl

What happens when Petruchia, a single-minded young woman, determined to marry well, meets Jake, otherwise known as the Shrew … er, that is, the Churl? His younger brother Bianco has all the girls in a tizzy, but thanks to the messed up social order of the land, they can’t do anything about it until Jake is married off. We’re subverted the established opinions and “schools of thought” on the already controversial “Taming of the Shrew” by reversing the genders, turning conventional concepts on their 16th century heads.

COST: $550 
(We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here to apply for a scholarship. Please do not hesitate to apply!)

September 12 to December 9
Ages – 4th grade to 9th grade

Rehearsals: Wednesdays – 4 to 6 pm
Additional Tech rehearsals:
Marathon – Sunday, November 18 (Time TBD)
Dress/Techs – Monday, November 26 and Thursday, November 29 (3:30 to 6:30 pm)
Regular attendance is critical – when a Player misses a rehearsal, it impacts the entire cast. Please note any conflicts when registering. 

Performances – December 8 & 9 (Time TBD)

Young Playwrights Workshop

Young Playwrights Workshop

Our young playwrights will work at the center of a creative team of professional writers, directors and actors and will receive true professional support and a glimpse into the process of play making!  The young playwrights will hone their one-act plays over the course of the workshop, working from the initial isolation of writing to the collaborative process involved in making their script into a living, breathing play. The workshop will culminate in a script-in-hand public reading of their new plays.

COST: $550 
(We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here to apply for a scholarship. Please do not hesitate to apply!)

September 10 to November 5
7th grade and up

Meets: Mondays – 4 to 6 pm
Showcase – Sunday, November 11th (Time TBD)

Cymbeline

Cymbeline

Whatever your favorite Shakespearean plot device may be, it probably shows up in Cymbeline! Mistaken identity? Check. Girls dressed as boys? Check. Long lost family members reuniting? Check. Young lovers torn apart by class issues? Check. Nefarious tricksters? Check. Battle scenes? Check. Gods descending from Olympus at the last minute to set things right? Yes, that, too! We can’t wait to explore all the fantastic characters in this Shakespeare Smoothie.

COST: $625 
(We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here to apply for a scholarship. Please do not hesitate to apply!)

October 20 to March 31 (no rehearsal Thanksgiving weekend, Winter Break Dec. 16 – Jan 6)
Ages – 4th grade to 9th grade

Rehearsals: Saturdays – 1 to 3 pm
Additional Tech / Extended rehearsals:
Marathon – Saturday, March 2 (11:00 am to 3:00 pm)
Dress Techs – Wednesday, March 6, Monday, March 11 and Thursday, March 14 (3:30 – 6:30 pm)
Performances – March 16 & 17, March 23 & 24 (Time TBD)
Regular attendance is critical – when a Player misses a rehearsal, it impacts the entire cast. Please note any conflicts when registering. 

THIS SESSION IS FULL. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST.