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Shakespeare for the Masses

Quick, Painless & Free


The brainchild of Chelsea McCarthy and Nicole Galland, the tongue-in-cheek Shakespeare for the Masses bills itself as the “quick and painless and free” way to enjoy Shakespeare in the off-season. With an ensemble of nimble island actors, the shows are short and performed after a single day of rehearsal. A highly opinionated narrator lends modern commentary and clarity to the events.

Since October 2008, The Vineyard Playhouse’s Shakespeare for the Masses has staged over 20 lively readings, from Shakespeare’s most famous to his most obscure. Far more action-packed than most staged readings, the performances include duels, robberies, murders, naval battles, and even a game show.

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February 15th & 16th, 2014

Katharine Cornell Theater

Shakespeare for the Masses – CORIOLANUS

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the forum...

Quick & Painless & Free!

Shakespeare for the Masses brings you a rowdy Valentine’s Day Massacre set in ancient Rome!

The only Shakespeare play ever banned by a democratic government, CORIOLANUS is a startlingly contemporary tale about political intrigue, political spin doctors, political treachery… and, as with any story involving proto-fascism, the importance of motherhood.

February 15th at 7PM
February 16th at 2PM

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April 5th & 6th, 2014

Katharine Cornell Theater

Shakespeare for the Masses – CYMBELINE

Quick & Painless & Free

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Nicole Galland & Chelsea McCarthy

If you can’t decide which of the Bard's plays you like – or hate - the most, then CYMBELINE is just the show for you.

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