Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.
Bare Theatre, a group of artists dedicated to eclectic, non-traditional theater, has performed around the Triangle since 2001. The theater group with a predilection towards exciting interpretations of classic plays, especially those of William Shakespeare, is partnering (again) with Cirque de Vol Studios for their latest project “Two Noble Kinsmen” to be performed outdoors at the lovely Stephenson Amphitheatre (behind Raleigh Little Theatre).
The play was co-written late in Shakespeare’s career with John Fletcher, another highly regarded playwright of the day. It’s a retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Knight’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales (you read that in high school, remember?). The plot is a spin on the classic love triangle, pitting two valiant cousins against one another to win the heart of the woman they both fall madly in love with. While that plot may seem rather ordinary, the staging (and the pre-show music and belly dancing) promises to be anything but mundane. “Two Noble Kinsmen” will be staged with a combination of live action and shadow play, with backlight providing huge shadow scenery and living shadow backdrops. All that and a Cirque de Vol fire show at intermission!
By now you’re wondering, “Where can I get tickets to see this?!” You can purchase advance tickets, and other perks and mementos, via the Kickstarter campaign. Show dates are May 23, 24, 29, 30, & 31 (with May 25 & June 1 reserved as back up rain dates) and you don’t have to pick a show date at the time you make your pledge. But you do have to hurry – the campaign for this outdoor circus-theatre collaboration ends Monday, May 19. Oh, and did I mention food trucks? They will be present too, to feed you hungry theater fans.