Women of Will

Women of Will

By Tina Packer

Women of Will 
October 24 – November 10, 2019

One Night Only Performance Events, November 6-10

Directed by Eric Tucker
Featuring Nigel Gore and Tina Packer*


Part masterclass / part performance: Funny, fierce, deep and accessible, Women of Will is the bonus content to Shakespeare’s plays that you have been searching for. Join master Shakespearean actor/dramaturg, Tina Packer as she conjures up and deconstructs William Shakespeare’s most famous female characters. Ace actor Nigel Gore plays the Romeo to Ms. Packer’s Juliet, the Petruchio to her Kate.

One Night Only Performance Events

Each “One Night Only” performance events takes a deep dive into the character development of Shakespeare’s more well-known women.

Wednesday, November 6
Warrior Woman, from Violence to Negotiation From Joan of Arc and Margaret in
Henry VI to Elizabeth in Richard III.

Thursday, November 7
The Sexual Merges with the Spiritual; New Knowledge reveals Shakespeare moving from projecting onto women to writing from within women, as if he were a woman himself, illustrated by Romeo and Juliet.

Friday, November 8
Living Underground or Dying to Tell the Truth Women become the voice of truth, but they either die for telling the truth or they disguise themselves as men. This performance juxtaposes scenes of As You Like It with Othello.

Saturday, November 9 
Chaos Is Come Again, the Lion Eats the Wolf Women desire the same power as men in society in with
Macbeth as the exemplary play.

Sunday, November 10
The Maiden Phoenix; The Daughter Redeems the Father  sees Shakespeare turn to women as the engines of social and cosmic healing.
Pericles is this topic’s featured play, and the production concludes with “The last woman Shakespeare portrayed,” says Packer, the infant Elizabeth in Cranmer’s prophecy from Henry VIII.

**Regular Season Ticket holders may choose to see Women of Will or one of the one night only events as part of their package. Season tickets holders get 20% single ticket prices for additional purchased performances.

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Together Packer and Gore’s stage alchemy creates the Shakespeare experience that Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls, “Marvelous!” and Jennifer Farrar of Associated Press hails as “Boundless and irresistible!”

Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

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