Shakespeare documents women's lib

By: Andrea Chamblee
Published On: 5/31/2007 10:00:47 AM

The Shakespeare Free for All is excellent this summer. Today is the last day for tickets on line, click here. The show runs until June 3rd. Volunteers get in free and get great seats.

This production of Love's Labour Lost finds four female travelers meeting up with Ringo, Paul, George, and John (or rather, the King, Berowne, Dumaine, and Longaville). The men are trying to find themselves, as the Beatles did with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The men have decided to achieve this through an oath of celibacy for 3 years but the Fab Four are having trouble keeping it.

The Post really liked it. The original historical context is also an interesting angle.

The play was inspired by Queen Elizabeth's effect as a role model on young girls and their parents in the 1500s.  The Queen, who ruled without a king and never had children, broke from the traditional female role as wife and mother.  She also lead her country in war, against a mighty Spain and its powerful armada.  Noblemen began sending their daughters to universities, and the pressure to become only wives and mothers lessened.  As women of the time became educated, they became tart-tongued. Shakespeare captured the female coming out party in this play of wits.  The rest is history.

Address and phone below.

It's at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, DC

* Information: 202-547-1122
* Price: Free


Pink metallic-clad biker babes! (Andrea Chamblee - 5/31/2007 2:35:47 PM)
Now that I have your attention, in addition to the Post's rave review, a colleague of mine wrote this:

Pink metallic-clad biker babes! Skin-tight safari outfits and gogo boots! Groovy guys in spacesuits! The adaptation, set in 1960's India, where the King of Navarre is a Maharishi-like character visited by a rock band, was a feast for the eyes with scene after scene of fab costumes. And the ears got a treat too! Between sonnets sung like ballads and enough dialogue gags to disturb anyone's "piss of mind", those of us who stuck out the storm were rewarded with an unrivaled comedy rendition.