PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents William’s Shakespeare’s
hilarious dark comedy, All’s Well That Ends Well. This classic piece of
ensemble theater, directed by Jill Giles, involves a cast of 12 talented teens
from across central Connecticut and will run from November
In mid-September, director Jill Giles and her teenage cast began the
process of dissecting Shakespeare’s text, finding the humor, and putting the
play on its feet. Nightly rehearsals include warm-ups to help the young people
strengthen their voices and free their bodies, followed by text and character
work and general blocking. The cast has worked hard to create this challenging
piece of theater, and this production is sure to give audiences a new
perspective on the Bard.
All’s Well That Ends Well tells the story of the lovesick Helena on her journey to win the
heart of the Count Rousillon. The action takes place in a small French town and
travels to court to visit the cranky, albeit dying, King, to the wars in Italy, and back home again to
Rousillon. A foolish braggart, a frisky clown, a lustful countess, a greedy
widow and her totally hot daughter, Diana, all play their parts in this questing
hero (heroine) story, where lovers exchange places in the night, characters use
foreign gibberish to confuse the enemy, and everyone is happy in the end.
A “can-can” preview of All’s Well That Ends Well will be
performed on November 11 at . All tickets are
“pay-what-you-can,” and audience members are asked to bring a canned or
nonperishable food item for the Amazing Grace food pantry. Additional
performances are on November 12 & 13 and 19 & 20 at . All performances will be held
at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, in Middletown, CT. Tickets are $10 for
adults and $7 for students and seniors. For more information or reservations,
please call (860) 347-6143.
Major support for Oddfellows’ 2004-2005 season comes from the State
Department of Education, CT Health and Educational Facilities Authority, CT
Commission on Culture and Tourism, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Commission on the Arts, The J.
Walton Bissell Foundation, and the Middletown Foundation for the Arts.