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The Shakespeare Smackdown – one evening only

The Shakespeare Smackdown – one evening only

Joan Shakespeare

THEATRE 40 is proud to present the very talented Joan Darling in a tour-de-force performance to benefit Theatre 40 in her solo show: JONI vs THE BARD: The Shakespeare Smackdown, written by and starring Joan Darling and directed by Blake Bradford, for one evening at Theatre 40 on Sunday, April 25th at 7:00 PM.

In the vein of Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard and Sir Ian McKellen’s Acting Shakespeare, Joan will share her lifelong passion for Shakespeare and how it can be thrilling, engaging, and most important FUN. Melt into the worlds that Shakespeare created as she performs some of her favorite selections from Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar.

Joan Darling is no stranger to the works of Shakespeare. She starred at the Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons and was awarded “Best Actress” both years. She went on to perform at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford as Viola in Twelfth Night, to much acclaim. Joan then joined the award-winning improvisational theater company, The Premise, with Gene Hackman, Tom Aldredge, and Ron Liebman as well as starring on Broadway in Leda had a Little Swan and A Minor Adjustment. She won an Emmy for her performance in Dorothy Parker, Woven in Crazy Plaid.

She is renowned as a teacher (her classes in LA have had up to a five year waiting list) and is a lifelong Shakespeare enthusiast. She created the “Directing the Actor” workshop for the Sundance Institute and has served as a creative adviser at the Director’s Lab at Sundance for the last seventeen years. She also has served as a creative adviser at the European Moonstone Labs. Joan Darling has been honored by the Museum of Broadcasting as a “Woman Who Made It.”

Theatre 40 is a professional theatre company located on the Beverly Hills High School Campus at 241 Moreno Drive.  The Theatre is air-conditioned, has ample free indoor parking and is disabled accessible.

Tickets for JONI vs THE BARD are $25.00.

RESERVATIONS: 310-364-0535.

7:00 pm Curtain, Sunday, April 25th 2010

Report by Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

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