Posts Tagged ‘Mona Stephens’

  • Drunken ShakesBeer: Comedy of Errors

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, TheatreComments Off on Drunken ShakesBeer: Comedy of ErrorsRead More »

    By Mona Stephens Special to 5enses        Across the world, maybe the universe, William Shakespeare is proclaimed to be the greatest writer to command the English language. However, hundreds of millions of Americans only know his name and that he wrote plays. Most have never heard nor seen a Shakespearian masterpiece. It’s an issue the local Prescott branch of the Denver Colorado acting group “The Wit’s Shakesbeer” aims to solve.     “The Wit’s Shakesbeer” is a theater group that performs classical Shakespeare in pubs and breweries, while drunk. The goal is to bring Shakespeare to individuals who wouldn’t normally have exposure to, or appreciation of, the legend’s work. They do so in a way that’s light, and that meets people where they normally are.      The Prescott group, founded last year, when Jacob d’Armand brought this concept with him from Denver. Denver, of course, is a great theatre town, as well as a great drinking town. But it didn’t take long for Jacob to find local actors and volunteers to help him make this Denver favorite a Prescott reality. Through 2018, the group put on plays that local Prescottonians say is “comical in every way.” But don’t just take it from the locals. Drunken Shakespeare, as a whole, as been called an experience that “can’t be replicated” by the Wall Street Journal. That’s often because no one

  • Vagina Monologues Q&A with Heidi Hampton

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, TheatreComments Off on Vagina Monologues Q&A with Heidi HamptonRead More »

    5enses talks with director Heidi Hampton about the play that’s empowering the women of Yavapai County, again. Mona Stephens sat down with Heidi Hampton, the woman behind The Vagina Monologues in Prescott, told us about this year’s show, what the production is all about, what you have been missing, and how you can experience it for yourself, in a just few weeks. By Mona Stephens  The Vagina Monologues is coming to Prescott next month. What is it and who started it? The Vagina Monologues is kind of a movement, started by Eve Ensler in 1996. It’s a collection of monologues: one-person pieces and ensembles pieces that mostly deal with women’s issues. It started as a one-woman-show, Off-Broadway, that aired on HBO. It was just Eve and a mic, standing as she went through all the monologues. The issues the monologues cover run the gamut. One is the story of a Bosnian rape camp survivor. But some of them are fun and original, there are a lot of those. It’s all about women: the good, the bad and the ugly. When did you first hear about the Vagina Monologues and get involved? I auditioned for another play in 2008 and it was my, you know, “big return to the stage.” I thought I could do it and, well, I didn’t get the part. But I did backstage stuff and was the

  • Portrait of Prescott: Framing Ida Kendall

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5ensesComments Off on Portrait of Prescott: Framing Ida KendallRead More »

    By Mona Stephens   One emotion no human being can escape is the grief that accompanies a deep loss. The experience can be earth-shattering and set a person’s entire being ablaze. With time the pain lessens and for some, they rise from the ashes of their sorrows like a phoenix. They then step into their full power again and often have a new or a regained sense of purpose. Ida Kendall, a Prescott local, is that phoenix. She’s an inspirational woman from her personal life, to her career, to her philosophies. She’s a woman who “turned a grievous loss into a community building place,” as her friend Jameson Thompson would say. So, who is Ida Kendall? How is she impacting the community as a whole? How did she turn a loss into a living legacy? The answers are guaranteed to pluck at your heartstrings and make you proud to reside in Yavapai County. Here is the story of Ida Kendall, a woman people who know her say is “a lantern in the dark.” Framing Ida Long-standing residents of Yavapai County may know Ida Kendall as a happy-go-lucky artist, filled with passion, who owns The Frame and I and The Art Store in downtown Prescott. Just by stopping into her shop, you get a sense of who she is. She comes across as a gracefully vibrant, calm, and sincere being; but

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