This isn’t your Grandma’s Shakespeare….

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…but she’ll still love us. 

Our Mission at Shakespeare on the Deck is to celebrate and enhance our understanding of ourselves and others through affordable, communal, and innovative experiences of classical theatre (we consider modern adaptations and even great American Classics).  

We began as a one off idea- a group of artists wanting to put on a show in the style of, well…think Shakespeare in a Bar meets The Globe Theatre. What that translates to is unconventional seating that allows us to acknowledge the presence of our audience; a hybrid of modern and classical interpretation; and a minimalistic approach so that the story, language, and artistry of the actor is always first and foremost.

Since our inception we have defied the modern practices of theatre with those inspired by the classics- proving the gender of the actor does not define the gender of the character they are playing; communal environments do not take away from the theatrical magic, but enhance the connection between audience, actor, and text; and offered a home where actors and audience members of all backgrounds can meet to create and commune. In a year we’ve gone from producing one show to four, been placed in the LA Times, forged a new partnership with a second venue, seen almost 800 people over 11 performances (we like to keep it small), and are continuously finding ways to give back to the community in which we reside. The weirdest part of all though is our home is A HOTEL and man do we love it. Stay tuned for what’s in store- 2020 is gonna be a big year.

Values.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION- we all can’t be as eloquent as the bard.

Vision.

We might be messy, but man we want to be the best at what we do in the way that we do it. The best in use of language. The best in artists grappling with their craft with very little rehearsal time. And the best experience you, our audience, has with not only Shakespeare and classical work, but theatre itself.

SERIES 1 (2018)

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SERIES 2 (2019)

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SERIES 3 (2020)

MUSE OF FIRE

Henry 4 1/2 and Henry 5

March 2020

Artistic Director Mikey Mulhearn tackles the troubled Henry series in his new adaptation about to duty to one’s self, to one’s family, and to one’s country in a time of war. Broken into two, 2 hour epics, Muse of Fire will hail as a tribute to how the company began- communal, minimal, and authentic while holding up a mirror to our own society at war. Ensemble member Katherine Landreth will take on the titular role. 

ANGELS IN AMERICA

Millennium Approaches and Perestroika

August 2020

In their first contemporary production, Shakespeare on the Deck goes all in with their new production of Angels in America. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and overshadowed by a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. 

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA

October 2020

In collaboration with Fight/Intimacy Director Celina Surniak, Shakes on the Deck is excited to bring you this devised rendition of a not often produced work within the cannon. Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with even more tragic consequences.