"Real Live Theatre is a brand-new ensemble that brings a thrilling immediacy and creative savvy to the stage."

-Chris Rohmann, The Valley Advocate (2013)


REAL LIVE THEATRE AND PAULINE PRODUCTIONS PRESENT

SHE KILLS MONSTERS
by Qui Nguyen
directed by Dan Morbyrne

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Last year's one-weekend run of SHE KILLS MONSTERS played to packed audiences who begged to see it again - so here we go! This year RLT is co-producing a two-weekend run with Pauline Productions

SHE KILLS MONSTERS is a funny, irreverent, gory, sexy, and surprisingly touching journey into the world of Dungeons & Dragons and the fraught relationship between two sisters. When Agnes finds her dead sister's Dungeon Master notebook, she must join the campaign to save her sister's soul from Tiamat, and kill a ton of monsters along the way. Bugbears, Dark Elves, Demon Queens, Quantum Leap-obsessed devils, and cheerleading succubi, SHE KILLS MONSTERS has something for everyone!

Please Remember: This is not a play for children. There is mature content! We're talking swearing, sexyness, and so much D&D-style violence. (Teens welcome.)

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20 - SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 at 8 PM
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 at 7 PM
Gateway City Arts
Holyoke, MA
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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27 at 7:30 PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 & 29 at 8 PM
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30 at 4 PM
First Congregational Church of Ashfield
Ashfield, MA
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NOW BOOKING

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF QUEEN MARGARET

a patchwork of Shakespeare's text as funneled and augmented by Toby Vera Bercovici and Dan Morbyrne
directed by Toby Vera Bercovici

Cast: Myka Plunkett, Linda Tardif, Jeannine Haas*, Lisa Abend*, Kate Hare, Ellen Morbyrne, Annelise Nielsen, Emily Tanch

Stage Management/Lighting Design: Ezekiel Baskin
Choreography: Annelise Nielsen
Costume Design: Julia Vincenza Whalen & Rich Vaden
Sound Design: Catherine McCurry
Staff Design: Michael Humphries
Dramaturgy: Josh Platt
Stage Combat: Dan Morbyrne
Original Music: Cynthia Zaitz, Ph.D.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association

During the 100 Years’ War between England and France, just after the time of Joan of Arc, a young French princess is torn from her home and sent to a foreign land to become its queen. Surrounded by powerful men who resent her for her gender and origins, and coupled with a king both weak-willed and prone to madness, she forms an alliance with her new lover to take down critics and seize control of the kingdom. When battle lines are drawn, can she lead the country in war and protect the crown for herself, her king, and her heirs?

The Life and Death of Queen Margaret follows the story of Margaret of Anjou, a fierce, strong-willed, and independent woman who was both a historical figure and also one of Shakespeare's greatest characters. Her rise to leadership and subsequent downfall, portrayed through bitingly relevant and alarmingly prescient 400-year-old texts, hold a necessary mirror up to our modern society.

In a time when women's rights have been under attack by those in positions of supreme power, Real Live Theatre brings you this 'new' Shakespeare play which examines what really goes on when women rise to power inside patriarchal systems.

Real Live Theatre's The Life and Death of Queen Margaret features an all-female cast of eight. We are now booking tours in 2017 and in the 2017-2018 academic year. We are also available for residencies and concurrent workshops/class visits focused in speech, movement, devised ensemble, and Shakespeare's language.

 

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To see photos of past productions, including recent shows of The Lion & The Clown and our ongoing House Plays, and to check out the recent award-winning short film In Time, please visit Photos & Videos.