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May 6, 2009 > Theater Review: Questioning Shakespeare

Theater Review: Questioning Shakespeare

By Mona Shah
Photos By Jack Barnwell

Known for launching new work and examining current issues, Chabot College Theater Instructor Rachel LePell and her students are taking on a daring project by asking two very bold questions: "Just why do we continue to revere Shakespeare after 400 years?" and "How do we go about really understanding his work on stage?"

The public is invited to join LePell and her students for exciting performances of two unique pieces of theater work that are intimately linked to each other and will address these questions.

LePell adapts and directs Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" May 7-9, 14 and 16 at 8 p.m. and May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and seniors.

The public is also encouraged to see "Measureworks," a 50-minute original piece that explores how and why we continue to read and perform Shakespeare's work. It is based on Chabot's current production of "Measure for Measure." It is fast, furious and funny, and will delight audiences, especially those who are new to the study of the Bard.

"Measureworks" takes place May 12 and 14 at noon, and May 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets to the daytime show are $5 for the general public. Tickets to the evening performance are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and seniors.

Both plays will take place in the Chabot College Little Theater, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. Tickets are available at the door. For additional information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.

The cast includes:

From Hayward: Youssef Riahi, Rino Hzedichic, Susan Carman, Willie Romano-Pugh, Alicia Cisneros. From San Leandro: Joiandrea Robinson, Robyn Werk, Adam Reeser, Shane Richard, Ben Cruz, Milcah Orcebedo. From Union City: Daniel Banatao. From Alameda: Patrick Sweet, Brian Davis (Rachel LePell is also from Alameda and has worked for local group Virago Theatre Company)


For more information, please call (510) 723-6700, or go online at www.chabotcollege.edu.

"Measureworks"

Tuesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 14
Noon

Friday, May 15
8 p.m.

Daytime shows: $5 for the general public
Evening performance: $12 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and seniors.


"Measure for Measure"

Thursday, May 7, 14
Friday, May 8
Saturday, May 9, 16
8 p.m.

Sunday, May 17
2 p.m.

Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(510) 723-6830

General Admission: $12
Students, staff and seniors: $10

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