“Women of Will” by Elm Shakespeare

Have you ever lost sleep pondering the fate of The Bard’s female characters? If so, you have a treat in store for you as Elm Shakespeare has a new and novel show designed with you in mind. Tonight, May 16 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Southern CT State University’s Blackbox Theatre, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven will be alive with Tina Packer’s unique production of “Women of Will,” an intimate look at the females who populate Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies with humor, passion, poignancy and pain.

Elm Shakespeare’s Artistic Director Rebecca Goodheart will tred the boards for her debut acting experience, conjuring up the immortal themes of “love, loss, freedom, control, violence and power” that mark these women’s fates. Goodheart will perform with Tina Packer and actor Nigel Gore to create figures like the tragic Ophelia who drowns in her own sorrow, the plucky Beatrice who expands her wit to her own benefit, the loyal daughter Cordelia who cannot please her father, the faithful Desdemona who is falsely accused of infidelity, the adventurous Rosalind and Celia who romp through the Forest of Arden, the innocent young love of Juliet who meets a tragic end, and the list of potential players marches on.

For tickets ($40, tonight $95 reception with post show wine and appetizers), go to eventbrite.com/e/tina-packers-women-of-will-tickets-872980356747.

Enter your own personal Forest of Arden and romp merrily along with Shakespeare’s female creations, shedding a tear or three along the way, and gain a greater understanding of the man and his contributions to our literary world.

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