When Paul Fernandes first took the plunge into the rehabilitation of the three old houses that comprise the current geography of The Revisionist Inn, he was struck with the idea that the landscape of the back building and yard could be transformed into a miniature outdoor Elizabethan theatre.  This summer’s three short plays attempt to recreate a renaissance theatre experience rather than a modern one.

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The many production artists involved range from painters, musicians, dancers, and local personalities to children and citizens who share an interest in participating in a grassroots theatre project.  Like the troupe of hempen homespuns in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  The actors in these plays are far from practiced actors.   Audience members will be encouraged to participate with the pageantry.

Ben Johnson’s  comedy, The Alchemist,  is a city comedy that takes place in the Blackfriars district.  This is the very district where the Elizabethan theaters existed.  The play’s heroes are a servant, a drunkard and a prostitute.  When the master of the house is away tending his hop yards, the three conspire together  run  cons on local neighbors.

Lysander Chasing Dryads Free from Harm is a tragedy centering on the name Lysander and its historical significance starting with Lysander the Great of Troy, moving into Shakespeare’s use of “Lysander” in A Midsummer Nights’s dream, onto the restoration playwright and poet Aphra Behn’s use of the name in two poems about men and women.  There is a disturbing theme of rape visited again and again in the narrative.  The narrative looks to mythology to find answers to this ongoing cultural problem.

Halcat’s Halcyon is a romance that is comprised of myths from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, several Shakespeare scenes, and scholarship about the authorship question brought to life on stage.  The protagonists range from Henry the fifth and Catherine de Valois to Edward De Vere and Queen Elizabeth.  In the mythology scenes  Zeus and Hera debate about who enjoys love and romance more– men or woman.

The Revisionist Inn is a Non-profit Community Art Space occupying 1948, 1950, and 1950 rear Cherokee Street.   Empowering Artists and Explorers.  Listen in on Paul talking about The Revisionist Inn & Three Shades on KDHX: http://kdhx.fm/archives/archive_gen.php?show=mysterytrain


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