4th Wall Theatre Company, located at 1824 Spring St., is presenting “Sitting with Shakespeare at 4th Wall.” The two-part online performance, with Part I scheduled for Sept. 17-20 and Part II set for Sept. 24-27, will explore monologues from Shakespeare’s plays.
Audiences will join classically trained actor and Juilliard alumnus Philip Lehl as he examines six of Shakespeare’s leading men in workshop-style performances. He will also be joined by award-winning director Kim Tobin-Lehl, his wife.
The project was created in order to give audiences a look into the art of theatre more deeply during a time when in-person plays can’t be produced.
“The truthful aesthetic to which we aspire at 4th Wall requires an iterative and collaborative approach that audiences cannot fully appreciate by only attending a polished performance,” Tobin-Lehl said in a news release. “We wanted to illuminate for our audiences this process of acting.”
Tickets for both parts of “Sitting with Shakespeare at 4th Wall” are available for purchase on 4th Wall’s website, https://4thwalltheatreco.com/.
4th Wall has also teamed up with Stephan Wolfert of DE-CRUIT, a nonprofit that helps veterans re-enter society through the language of Shakespeare, to make an online recording of “Cry Havoc!” available for a limited time.
“Cry Havoc!” is Wolfert’s one-man show that weaves Shakespeare’s most famous speeches with personal experience. The show highlights the crisis the nation faces by failing to re-integrate war veterans. During the 90-minute performance, Wolfert twists the speech to make Shakespeare contemporary, suffering of veterans ancient, and introduces the DE-CRUIT program of healing through Shakespeare.
The online performance will be exclusively available for 4th Wall’s audience on YouTube until Sept. 20. It is free to access the performance, but donations are encouraged. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to DE-CRUIT.
To gain access, viewers will have to join the 4th Wall’s email list on https://4thwalltheatreco.com/.