Main Stage Productions
Directed by Kayvon Khoshkam
Written by William Shakespeare
Not everything is quite what it seems in SOTS’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set in the roaring 20s. Step inside the rotten state of Denmark and be dazzled by the flashing lights and the sparkling gin as our tragic hero, Hamlet, realizes just how much he has lost with the end of the first World War. As he wades through the lies and deception surrounding the suspicious death of his father and his uncle’s ascension to the throne, he will be forced to determine what, and who, is left that he can trust. Many bright young things have found an escape in the parties and the music, and you can too—but be careful: the 1920s are filled with smoke and mirrors for a reason.
Directed by Anita Smith
Written by Kate Besworth
SOTS is immensely excited to be premiering Kate Besworth’s Done/Undone this summer and to help bring this humorous, relatable, and intensely introspective play to life to life. Done/Undone asks us to consider the problematic aspects of the Bard: while we tend to forget it, William Shakespeare was indeed a man, and a man living in a time rife with social and ethical problems, no less. Sexism, racism, and classism were just some of these social issues that we, in the 21st-century, often gloss over when talking of the legend of Shakespeare. Done/Undone attempts to dismantle the aura of mythos surrounding Shakespeare and challenges the audience to contemplate our love of—or distaste for—Shakespeare. Done/Undone provides various perspectives on this debate through the eyes of actors, scholars, audience members, board members, and even Shakespeare himself. If you have ever questioned what the hype around Shakespeare was all about, step into our theatre this summer as we create an inventive and humorous labyrinth of ideas all leading to one question … why Shakespeare?
John Rayner Community Stage Productions
JULIET: A Revenge Comedy
A Monster Theatre Production
Directed by Ryan Gladstone
Written by Pippa Mackie and Ryan Gladstone
What if JULIET doesn’t kill herself?
JULIET: A Revenge Comedy is a fast-paced, action-adventure comedy that follows Juliet on the literary adventure of the century. Juliet refuses to die for someone she just met two days ago. She recruits a team of Shakespeare’s most famous female characters to find out why they’ve been forced to die!
AI Shakespeare: The Creation of Love’s Labour’s Won
SOTS is exploring the place of AI in art and theatre this season by attempting to turn back time and recover a possible long-lost Shakespearean play. Love’s Labour’s Won, theorized by historians to have been a sequel to Love’s Labour’s Lost, is thought to have been written in the latter half of the sixteenth century and produced in 1603, the same year as Measure for Measure and Othello. However, no known copies of this play have survived to the modern age. What was this play about? What implications would it have had on our view of Shakespeare? What if we lost the best Shakespearean play, and we don’t even know it?
By working with AI to fill in the blanks, SOTS is going to try and uncover this lost play and present the script to our audiences, while also evaluating whether we should even be doing it. Is it ethical to use AI in this way? Will it create theatre of any value? We don’t know, but we want to find out, and we want you to join the conversation as we begin this journey. Stay connected by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok.