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Shakespeare On Tap: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The Press Room
77 Daniel St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

Doors at 5:30pm | Show at 6:30pm

What’s on tap?… THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Bruce Norris
Directed by Dan Beaulieu

Shakespeare on Tap is a contemporary play reading series created to shine a light on Shakespeare by featuring those playwrights whose work was inspired by the Bard.

With professional actors seated on stage, scripts on music stands, and minimal sound and lighting design elements, this series offers you the chance to come hear new and/or contemporary plays inspired by Shakespeare as you enjoy dinner and drinks from The Press Room’s delicious menu.

Written by the legendary Bertolt Brecht and translated by Tony, Olivier, and Pulitzer winning playwright Bruce Norris, this parable play* satirizes the rise of a demagogue to tyrannical power. Norris speaks to the fact that he was translating prior to the 2016 election and that the results of that election had a direct impact on his translation moving forward. The play, written in verse, leans heavily on Shakespearean allusions and references as Brecht did in his original piece penned in 1941 about the rise of Hitler in Germany.

Will we see you for this evening of bold, provocative and important storytelling?

*Please note: Parental Discretion is Advised. Strong & explicit language and thoughts expressed.

Two tickets types are available for your convenience:
-Reserved Seating tickets for $14 which offer guaranteed table seating
-General Admission, FREE FOR ALL, Or Pay What You Will tickets which offer a variety of options including bar area seats, seating on the banquettes in the back of the mezzanine (view of the stage via TV screen), and standing room only.

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Presenting Sponsor: Allagash Brewing Company, and 7SSC Season Sponsors DTC Lawyers: Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella, Faith Harrington & Peter Lamb through Julia’s Fund of the Maine Community Foundation and Eric Dufour, MBA, CFP of SagePoint Financial