Shakespeare Festival announces groundbreaking project

May 21, 2014 8:45 AM

New Wave staff

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane announces that it will partner with Compleat Stage to create a unique, two-part artistic experience: The Luna Series: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s Women.

Heather Hansen

Heather Hansen performs one of her kinetic drawings, taking charcoal to canvas in a manner that is part dance, part fine art. (Photo by Bryan Taranowski)

“The name Luna references the moon; the source of our inspiration and an object that has always represented the feminine,” says Chaney Tullos, an adjunct faculty member in the Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance who is director of both events.

On June 18, audience members will journey with a group of actors, musicians and internationally acclaimed artist Heather Hansen as she performs one of her kinetic drawings, taking charcoal to canvas in a manner that is best described as part dance, part fine art. It will be an evening of live music, visual artistry and Shakespeare’s words.

The show also features actresses performing Shakespeare’s words and live music by international conductor/composer Raul Gomez, a guest conductor for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

On July 7, with a nod to Elizabethan staging practices, the Shakespeare Festival and Compleat Stage have enlisted some of New Orleans’ finest male actors to portray a variety of Shakespeare’s most memorable women. 

“Accompanied by music, this is sure to be an illuminating evening,” says Tullos, director of operations for the Shakespeare Festival. “Male performers will be playing Shakespeare’s women as it would have been done at the Globe. We are doing it in earnestness in hopes of showing what that might have been like.”

The shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Lupin Theater on the Tulane uptown campus. These events are pay-what-you-will and open to the general public, but seating is very limited. Seats can be reserved on the Shakespeare Festival’s website.

Compleat Stage is a not-for-profit professional performing ensemble in New Orleans that tells stories through innovative shows created by interdisciplinary artistic collaboration.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000