Lend Us Your Ears

Play Reading Series
The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre

Lend Us Your Ears offers the opportunity to join Shakespeare Theatre directors, actors and artistic staff as they explore diverse and exciting plays. These script-in-hand readings feature members of the Theatre’s company of actors as well as prestigious guest artists. A talk-back discussion with the director and cast offers the audience the opportunity to provide feedback on the play and its potential for future production. 

Adults $18 each or $48 for all 3
Students: $10 each


Not About Heroes

by Stephen MacDonald 
May 5th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. 

In acknowledgement of this year marking the hundred-year anniversary of the start of WWI, we’ll read this intimate piece about the friendship of two taciturn, complicated and brilliant men: Siegfried Sassoon, war hero and aristocrat, determined to expose the false ideals used to justify war; and the young poet, Wilfred Owen, recovering from the effects of shell-shock, and desperately seeking a hero and understanding. Their paths cross at Craiglockhart War Hospital for Nervous Disorders, in Edinburgh, in August, 1917.

The Physicists

by Friedrich Durrenmatt 
September 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. 

Like so many of this season’s offerings, this play deals with the notion that the quest for new discoveries and knowledge often comes at a dear cost, with high stake responsibilities and consequences.  Like Wittenberg, the play places historical figures from different eras into one place and time, in this case, a mental sanitorium, with men who believe they are Einstein, Sir Issac Newton and Möbius. The play’s assertion of “What was once thought can never be unthought,” provokes provocative reflection on the social responsibility of science and technology.        

A Tender Thing

Adapted by Ben Power from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet 
November 10th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. 

A tale filled with characters with whom we are intimately familiar, but which is told in such a new way, that it is both disquieting and amazing at the same time.  Royal Shakespeare Company member, Ben Power, has re-woven Shakespeare’s timeless tale, and given Romeo and Juliet long life. The constant in both these accounts of the famous lovers is their undying passion for each other. This arresting new take on characters we know so well will provoke a fascinating and probably passionate response – especially amongst ardent fans of the play and of the Bard.