Beer and Shakespeare: Homer Simpson Would be Proud

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From the ADK Artistic Director, Tara Bradway, on how beer and Shakespeare are a perfect match:

"So Paradox Brewery is partnering with us and providing beer for tastings at our Scaroon Manor performances. And in The Tempest, there is a drunken butler character named Stephano -- when he lands ashore the magical island, he manages to save some precious liquor and proceeds to imbibe happily throughout the show.

So in the midst of our rehearsal process as we try to gather props for the show, we were faced with needing a bottle for the drunken Stephano, and we thought that we could do some fun, great product placement with the Paradox growler!

In this particular picture … Ariel is invisible to the other characters in the scene (he is an airy spirit of the aisle), and I noticed that Stephano had left his bottle sitting so I decided to pick it up and "levitate" it -- a little inspiration! Took a while for them to actually notice it, which was quite funny!

ADK Shake next perform at Scaroon Manor on August 19, for what will be an epic performance which you, the audience, will decide the play they perform! Seriously. Click here for ticket information. 

From Patrick Siler:

“For the first time ever, it's already more ambitious than anything we've ever done, but we're trying something that we've always wanted to do and just decided to go for it. On Tuesday, August 19th, at Scaroon Manor Amphitheater, we will begin a half an hour earlier than usual.

“We usually have a 5:00 call in the amphitheater. We'll have a 4:30 curtain because the first thing we're going to do is poll the audience and let the audience choose which play we're going to do that day. We won't know until the audience says, "We want to see ..." and I guess we'll have to go by cheering or I don't know exactly how we're going to do it. But we're doing audience choice where the audience picks the show and then the cast just has to jump right into it.

How nerve-racking is that?

“For me, I have a strange mind. For me, this is not nerve-racking at all. That's the most exciting thing that I could do is show up and be like, "Tell me what play to do for you." I know that, for some of our actors, they like to have a good afternoon ahead of the show to get in the right head space and maybe run through all of theirs. I like to walk the tightrope personally. I'm looking for the most nerve-racking situation to put myself into, which is why I started a company that behaves this way. The energy will be high on audience choice night, I am certain”.

Schroon is a proud sponsor of the ADK Shakespeare Company. For more information about the season, the actors and purchasing tickets, click here.