Actors Without Barders, a new theater company associated with long established group the Seoul Players, will present "A Night of Shakespeare," beginning tomorrow night at Roofers in Itaewon beginning at 8 p.m.
Comprising of a selection of scenes, sonnets and monologues from some of the Bard`s better known works, the show will also feature a scene with dialogue delivered in French from the play "Henry V."
Established late last year by Kevin Connors, Actors Without Barders is an international theater group comprised of more than 30 expat and Korean actors, directors and technicians.
Connors stated that the name spells out the broad nature of the group. "The name is a play on words. As in doctors without borders and Shakespeare better known as the Bard, we put the two together," he said by phone to the Korea Herald.
He also acknowledged the company`s aim to give everyone a chance at getting involved, and was keen to give many talented actors the chance to work on some of the most challenging, rewarding and powerful dialogue and monologues ever written.
"If you took the effort to turn up, we gave you a shot," he said.
Scenes will be from such diverse works as "Macbeth," "Hamlet," "Othello," "Romeo and Juliet," "A Midsummer Night`s Dream" and "Richard III."
All in all there will be more than 180 minutes of excerpts from 12 of Shakespeare`s greatest plays consisting of tragedies, comedies, history plays and sonnets.
"We strived to provide a diversity of scenes," said Connors.
The show will run at Roofers in Itaewon, on the first two Saturdays of March.
Organizer, Connors, said: "As an avid Shakespeare fan, I wanted to give audiences and actors in Seoul the chance to experience the drama, passion, action and humor of his work. It`s been a pleasure finding such an amazing company to bring the show to the stage, and I can`t wait for people to share The Bard`s world with us."
The show will run tomorrow and next Saturday from 8.p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m.
There will be one intermission. Tickets cost 10,000 won, and there are no advanced reservations.
Further information and photos contact Kevin Connors at (010) 3136-2462 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get to Roofers leave Itaewon station (line 6) via exit 3 and walk straight one block, turn right at Dunkin Donuts. Walk up the hill for two blocks. Roofers is on the right, across from the Foreign Food Mart, up on the 3rd floor.
By John Redmond