The Fools and friends of the Fools all merry makers and lovers of good fun, filled the sold out Fourth Stage of the NAC on January 5th to firmly tuck Christmas away for another year and hear the details of A Company of Fools own season of good cheer!
The Company performed favourite snippets from past productions to the delight of the audience and for a bit of turnabout with very little fair play the audience “fooled” with the cast in a rousing bout of Switch as they foiled each actors attempt to bid adieu to the departing Emmanuelle Zeesman, an original member of the Company. Not to be forgotten, The Queen of the Fools, finder of the magic bean, reigned the evening in her leonine crown. All hail Queen Hazel!
The Big Fool announced the fund raising goal for 2011 of $10,000. With $3050 from the proceeds of the Twelfth Night Celebrations and the fall fundraising drive, the Company is well on its way to meeting this goal.
Upcoming in the 2011 Season:
Sweets and Sonnets delivery
Feb. 14, all across the city, 9 AM – 7 PM
Do you ever feel like a fool when you try to express your true feelings? Don’t be a fool – let us be the Fools! On Valentine’s Day a costumed Fool will deliver the Shakespeare sonnet of your choice to a loved one at home, at the office, or in a public place. A sure fire way to earn brownie points with the one you love!
The Ottawa Theatre Challenge
Saturday March 26, 2011 National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage
In celebration of World Theatre Day, theatre companies from across the region compete in a Contest of Creation. Each theatre company has 48 hours to write, rehearse and produce a brand new piece of theatre. Who will win the coveted Rubber Chicken Award?
Shakespeare’s Interactive Circus
April 25 – May 6, 2011 Schools across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec
The Fools bring the show on the road and into high schools across the region with this irreverent 60 minute romp through Shakespeare’s plays. The Fools recreate the atmosphere of the Globe Theatre, encouraging the audience to cheer and boo at the actors on stage. (You bet the students love that!) Shakesperae, rap, improvisation all blend together in an exhilarating tour of some of Shakespeare’s plays, life and themes. This award winning show has been performed all across Canada for over a decade!
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
July 2011 in Parks all across Ottawa!
Anthony and Cleopatra is hands down Shakespeare’s funniest tragedy. It’s hard to believe the Fools have never tackled this dramatic duo before. After all, the famous lovers are as worthy of mockery as any Hollywood couple (Clantony? Antopatra? TMZ is still working on the nickname). Cleo is queen of the divas. One minute she’s the embodiment of style and grace, the next minute she’s the most petulant of spoiled brats. Tony is the Roman Empire’s answer to South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. He neglects his wife and his state for the love of a seductress from way down south. As Tony dallies in Egypt with his celebrity paramour, the Roman Empire is coming apart at the seams. Conspiracies, double-crosses and back-stabbing abound in the power vacuum left behind in his absence. Finally, forced to choose between love and duty, Antony flip-flops between being a heroic leader and a henpecked lapdog faster than a pancake cook at IHOP. Cleo tries to stand by her man, but can’t keep herself from pulling his strings. From full-on sea battles to a botched “noble end” that is literally gut-wrenching, Antony and Cleopatra is tragedy on hyperbolic steroids. In the hands of a Company of Fools, all that over- wrought mayhem translates into pure comedy gold. It’s so OTT you’ll LOL when A+C are DEAD.