Breaking the Shakespeare Code
FringeNYC, August 2014
Eighteen-year-old Anna approaches Curt, a callous young acting instructor at the women’s college she attends, to ask him to coach her for an upcoming audition. Though initially dismissive, he agrees to work with her only when she survives his challenges to her work on Julius Caesar’s Portia.
Six years later, personal scandal has nearly destroyed Curt, and Anna returns to challenge him to work with her on Lady Percy from 1 Henry IV. As she forces him to confront his personal disgrace, they begin to face the unanswered questions about their own relationship.
Ten years later, Curt is a successful, tenured professor with a new book about acting Shakespeare, and thirty-five-year-old Anna comes to him in the midst of personal and professional crises of her own. Their work on Hostess Quickly from The Merry Wives of Windsor and Imogen from Cymbeline finally breaks the code that first allowed their work together but which has kept them from true success, professionally and personally.
Find out more about the playwright JohnMinigan here: http://www.johnminigan.com/
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Collin Geraghty & Miranda Jonte as Curt & Anna in the professional premiere of BTSC, Greenhouse Theater, Chicago, 2014.