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Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company celebrates 20 years of excellent all-female multi-cultural Shakespeare by presenting HAMLET!

Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, 1158 26th Street #399, Santa Monica, CA 90403(310) 453-5069     A Non-Profit 501c3 Organization, FED ID 95-4434376 Donations are tax-deductible! 

Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company presents genuinely unique, insightful and authentically innovative productions of Shakespeare. We celebrate our 20th Anniversary season with a bold, new investigation of the English-language theatre’s greatest tragic figure ... Hamlet.

LAWSC Founder and Artistic Director Lisa Wolpe will take on the title role of Hamlet. Obie-Award winning actress Charlayne Woodard as Gertrude leads a highly accomplished classical cast of twelve women in a spare, elegant, contemporary production.

In a paradigm-shifting move LAWSC invites the collaboration of its first male director, a wonderful artist who has directed extensively both nationally and internationally. Timothy Douglas (off-B’way’s Bronte: A Portrait Of Charlotte and the world premiere of August Wilson’s RADIO GOLF) leads the company’s dynamic exploration of Hamlet’s ruminations on love, life, revenge and mortality.

Hamlet, as revealed through women’s voices, continues the LAWSC tradition of upending our expectations of Shakespeare’s familiar subtexts by pricking our ears to listen anew to his masterful characters and plotting. The production will be further inspired by its contemporary Los Angeles setting, evoking a politically dynamic, sexually provocative, and culturally divergent frame for the drama to unfold.

The Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company @ 20 … “whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature”

Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company is proud to announce



an all-female production



and Ann Colby Stockton, Celeste Den, Cynthia Beckert, Jennifer Chu, Katrinka Wolfson, Kimberleigh Aarn, Linda Bisesti, Timberlee Chanal, Natsuko Ohama, and Veralyn Jones.

Scenic Design: Adrian Jones Costumes: Karen Perry Sound: Vinnie Olivieri Lights: Jeremy Pivnick

The Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company presents Hamlet in a co-production with the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, August 17 - October 4, 2013 Wed, Fri, Sat at 8p, Sun at 2p at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

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As you know with Kickstarter it's all or nothing - either this grassroots
campaign takes off like wildfire - or we receive nothing! We need $40k, we're going for $15,000 with your help, and we are making our Kickstarter Make-or-Break $10,000 just to make sure we can touch Home Base Safely! Those are the numbers!

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Help us fund our unique theater company as we prepare to bring you another
World-Class Theater Event! Your dollars will go directly to pay for scenic
and costume materials, to artists and crew members in the form of very
modest honorariums that will help make possible the CO-creation of a
wonderful artistic project together!

About Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company:

We are the Gender-Benders, Shakespearean Drag Kings, Expert Players with an eye on the Divine. You probably know that Shakespeare¹s original troupe of players was all-male. Men played all the female roles, enjoying a
fascinating exploration of gender which was purposefully built into all of
the plays. Women were not allowed to play on stage during this time in history. Thanks to hundreds of years of impassioned activism, women are now allowed to participate in the artistic and political process. We are delightedly and expertly engaging in the opportunity to share the full range of our intellectual and emotional capabilities.

We very much look forward to celebrating our twentieth anniversary with you with this production! Thank you in advance for your support!

With Gratitude,

Lisa Wolpe
Producing Artistic Director
Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company


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