Drama, tragedy, and comedy. These are just a few characteristics of the works of Shakespeare, whose talents have drawn a wide array of audiences time and time again. A troupe of thespians now mark a new tradition in the creation of his plays, libations in hand.
A cast of new and veteran actors to the productions of Shakesbeer will be presenting a rendition of the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew on May 28 and 29, where performers will interact with products of the bar and build an atmosphere of engaging and funny themes to surface onstage.
The Wit's Shakesbeer is based in Colorado and maintains a loyal following, continuously seeking out new contributions and ideas. The Wit's Shakesbeer Southwest, Prescott’s local branch, presents one to three shows each year. Past performances include The Medley, a brainchild of the actors and directors alike consisting of a mashup of several Shakespeare classics, including The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, to name a few.
With the rise of the pandemic in 2020 Shakesbeer’s contributors and directors undertook a new approach with online streaming performances. Actors performed in their designated Zoom windows from home, in full costume. Rehearsals were orchestrated via Zoom, and the approach allowed Shakesbeer branches to work together, bringing in direction from Denver and locally as well as actors in Phoenix, California, New York and Prescott.
The troupe is now partnering with The P.U.B. Prescott, a newer addition to the city’s restaurant and bar scene under the ownership of Joany and Brian Cole. An actress herself, Joany has been recently involved in Yavapai College productions of Mary Poppins, White Christmas and Into The Woods. The Coles own Lonesome Valley Brewing in Prescott Valley as well, a venue that has also hosted Shakesbeer shows.
The Taming of The Shrew will feature the company’s concept of indulgence in drink with improvisation, clever costuming, audience interaction, and laughter. Performances will take place on May 28-29, 6pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday, at The P.U.B., 239 N. Marina St. in Prescott. For updates and information visit The Wit’s Shakesbeer Southwest on Facebook or @wit.theatre on Instagram.