As Lysander famously said to Hermia in the Shakespeare play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
The romantic phrase could be used to describe the work done by The Wit’s Shakesbeer, a theatre company that started in Denver, Colorado, and leapt to Prescott thanks to one of its members.
Jacob d’Armand had lived in Prescott, where he attended acting classes at Yavapai College and later ran a theatre company for three years.
He then moved to Colorado and looked to get a theatre company started there with some fellow actors.
They had heard about a subculture of theatre companies that mix booze and Shakespeare in various ways and decided to explore the idea.
Some of the companies they found stage it so that one actor drinks heavily while the other actors have to play sober around him or her.
What: “A Midsummer Night’s Dram” by The Wit’s Shakesbeer
When: July 2: Raven Café, 142 N. Cortez St., July 4: Prescott Public House, 218 W. Gurley St.
Other companies would have just three actors doing all of the parts of a Shakespeare play while drinking together.
What they ended up borrowing from the most was a group based in Chicago. This company had just a few hard-and-fast rules: serious actors, no directors, one rehearsal and perform at a bar.
“We sort of took their model and rounded it out a bit because we’re not professionals, at least not all of us are,” d’Armand said.
They named the company The Wit’s Shakesbeer and started partnering…
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