The Parilla Performing Arts Center College Series will present Jeffrey Hatcher's Compleat Female Stage Beauty, February 20-24. The setting is 1661, when only men were permitted to act in female roles on the London stage, and the most famous portrayer of female roles was a man named Ned Kynaston. Ned was famous for his interpretations of Shakespeare’s tragic ladies, especially his Desdemona. But his career was turned upside-down when King Charles II changed the law to allow women to act, and he found himself working in a bawdy tavern. The presenter notes that the play “contains mature themes and/or language that some patrons may find objectionable.”
Image below: The poster for Compleat Female Stage Beauty - courtesy of R. Scott Hengen
Rorschach Theatre is presenting Reykjavik, written by Steve Yockey and directed by Rick Hammerly, thru March 3 in the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre.The play is about a man who visits Reykjavík for the Northern Lights, but instead “he ventures into the 24-hour dark of the Icelandic winter and finds himself entangled with dangerous strangers, suspicious lovers, malevolent birds and the mysterious Huldufólk.”
Playwright Steve Yockey has been called “a genre-bending master of suspense, who takes us to the end of the Earth to experience a dark, sometimes supernatural world populated with characters who defy expectations at every turn.” The presenter notes that “Reykjavík may not be appropriate for children under 18. Parental discretion is advised.