PULP SHAKESPEARE, a "Best of Fest" winner at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Fest, will receive its New York premiere in the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival.
Imagining what it may have been like if William Shakespeare had written the cult classic Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, PULP SHAKESPEARE weaves the story of a pair of Elizabethan murderers, their boss's alluring wife and a desperate knight through a breezy, lyrical 80-minute homage to two of history's most popular storytellers. Performances begin today, August 12 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Adapted by Ben Tallen (Minnesota Fringe Festival's Tempest), Aaron Greer (Kafkaeqsue), BrIan Watson-Jones (A Klingon Christmas Carol) and Jordan Monsell (Connecticut Repertory Theatre's Hamlet), PULP SHAKESPEARE is being presented by Her Majesty's Secret Players, whose focus is to introduce a new slant on Shakespeare and ignite a newfound appreciation of the Bard in popular culture. Monsell will also direct the production.
The cast of PULP SHAKESPEARE will feature Hannah Beck (Seventeenth Of June, FringeNYC's Skin Around The Earth), Curtis D. Davis (who as a singer has worked with Usher and Peabo Bryson), Liza de Weerd (The Merchant of Venice, The Trip to Bountiful), Nathaniel Freeman (Colours In The Dark), John Klopping (Noises Off, Measure for Measure), David Lautman (Live-In Fear), Christian Levatino (Balm In Gilead, Talk Radio), Aaron Lyons (Cousin Bette, Hamlet), Juan Perez (A View from the Bridge, Wait Until Dark), BrIan Weiss (The Merchant of Venice, Two Rooms), Dan White (Barbershop, MTV's Pimp My Ride), Justine Woodford (To Carry the Child, Into the Woods) and Monsell.
Lighting and sound design are by Aaron Lyons (Rise) and BrIan Weiss (Richard II). Costume design is by Kelly Bailey (I Love Lucy Live On Stage). The music, featuring Elizabethan versions of the original film soundtrack, was composed by Todd Monsell (Director of the Charleston Children's Chorus) and Bill Weiss (Now Hiring, The Gale Whitman Show).
PULP SHAKESPEARE will be performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre, located at 38 Commerce Street just west of Seventh Avenue. The performance schedule is as follows: Today, August 12 at 4pm; Tuesday, August 14 at 8:30pm; Sunday, August 19 at 5:30pm; Thursday, August 23 at 9:15pm; and Friday, August 24 at 2pm.
Tickets – $15 in advance or $18 on the day of the performance-can be purchased by logging onto www.FringeNYC.org, calling (866) 468-7619 or visiting the FringeCENTRAL box office at One East 8th Street.