Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Mute Quire by Fratellanza

Our friend Jim Manganello who did such a fabulous job directing Richard II for The Rude Mechanicals has a new project playing at the Mix Studio Theater in Ypsilanti through July 1. The play, The Mute Quire, a comedy about the production of Shakespeare's First Folio, was written and produced by Fratellanza for the New Theater Project. Manganello's promo says:
Fratellanza is a new collaboration between Jim and Paul Manganello committed to generating live theater with physical rigor and imagination. [The play is] Written and performed by Jim and Paul Manganello with Josh Berkowitz. Two forgotten actors. A printer and his apprentice. An absurd clown and a sad one. All these characters collide in a print shop to publish the plays of the recently dead Shakespeare. Before ink meets paper, they're battling over the soul of poetry, drama, nonsense. Using verse and movement, Fratellanza transforms history into a living celebration of love.
The Mute Quire is told from a traditional point-of-view in a decidedly non-traditional manner. The Mix Studio Theater is at 130 W. Michigan in Ypsilanti, MI. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.