Drunk Shakespeare Will Go Top Shelf; Production to Transfer Off-Broadway

News   Drunk Shakespeare Will Go Top Shelf; Production to Transfer Off-Broadway
 
Producer Scott Griffin announced Oct. 10 that Drunk Shakespeare, described as "an irreverent and outrageous new interactive theatrical experience," will move to The Lounge at Roy Arias Stages beginning Nov. 1.

The work, directed by David Hudson, recently ended its extended run at Quinn's Bar, where it began performances March 26. 

Conceived by Scott Griffin and Three Day Hangover (David Hudson, Lori Wolter Hudson and Beth Gardiner), Drunk Shakespeare is performed by a rotating company of actors. The cast includes Tiffany Abercrombie, Julia Giolzetti, Josh Hyman, Elissa Klie, Whit Leyenberger, Christina Liu,Caitlin Morris, Damiyr Shuford, Adam Thomas Smith and Alison Wien.

Read the Playbill.com feature in which members of the cast set Shakespeare classics in New York City bars.

Here's how the show is billed: "A self-proclaimed 'drinking club with a Shakespeare problem,' The Drunk Shakespeare Society invites audiences to join them for a meeting in their society lounge. The evening begins with one actor drinking more than five shots of whiskey before attempting to lead the cast through a Shakespearean story in under 90 minutes. The results are messy and outrageous. Every night is different and truly anything can happen! On Friday and Saturday nights, a 'late show' starts at 10 PM where the drunk actor from the early show keeps drinking, and performing."

The creative team at Quinn's Bar included Maddie Bucci (set design), Caitlin Cisek (costume design) and Gordon Hamilton (composer). One "exclusive enhanced experience," priced $500, is available per performance and includes a regal throne and crown for the performance, up to two guests seated in the royal chambers, one bottle of Moet & Chandon, caviar delivered to your throne, handmade chocolates, two signature cocktails with premium liquor per guest and decision-making power for points of action in the play and additional surprise treats throughout the evening.

The Lounge at Roy Arias Stages is located at 300 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue. For tickets and more information, visit DrunkShakespeare.com.

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