SHAKE 38 Continues!

SHAKE 38 continues today through Sat., April 23. Amateurs and professionals will read or perform the Bard’s entire canon in creative settings — cemeteries, bakeshops, bars, book stores, parks, and more — translating Shakespeare’s works into their own modern interpretations. Performances are limited only by one’s imagination. Events are free and open to the public and hosted by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.
Performances scheduled today (April 20) are listed below. A detailed, daily schedule is available at
8-9 a.m. Zumba Teacher King Ausar Meets King Henry V  Zuka Gallery (2701 N. 14th St.)
A Zumba class taught by King Ausar interlaced with scenes from Henry V. Join the group and come together as a community to fight the French with dance and celebration.

10-11 a.m. I turn, I bind, I cherish — Practicing Yoga (5755 Chippewa)
This all-levels yoga class by Brianna Owens will draw inspiration from the contrasting depictions of masculinity and femininity in The Taming of the Shrew. 

5-6 p.m. The Plebeians Protest — Ritz Park (3145 S. Grand, between Mangia Italiano and the King and I)
The students of Fontbonne University have devised a performance piece that reflects the protests in Shakespeare’s text and the protests that have happened in this very space. The students have a piece that displays how gender roles and mob mentality can be used to critique corrupt leaders in literature and civil practice.

6-7 p.m. The Merry Wives of Tinder Milquetoast (2212 South Jefferson)
The Merry Wives of Tinder is a new and relevant look on an old tale by Theatre Nuevo. Take a glimpse into the inbox of modern singles as they stumble through the online dating realm. Using inspiration from the Bard’s original text, The Merry Wives of Tinder, is a collaboration of bound text and contemporary voices struggling through the cyberspace of single life.

7-8 p.m. To Whom Should I Complain Bellefontaine Cemetery (4947 W. Florissant Ave., Wildwood Valley Gardens area inside the cemetery)
America has a new – wait. No. Vienna! Vienna has a new leader, and his name is Donald Trump – no. Wait…Angelo! His name is Angelo. Vienna has a new leader, and his name is Angelo. Chaos ensues! Is this a play about the past or the future? Who is this “Angelo” and why is he so orange? What is it like to see a ply performed in a cemetery? Poor Monsters will perform a new concoction of Measure for Measure.

7-8 p.m. The Merchant of Venice COCA Black Box (524 Trinity Ave., 63130)
COCA Improv Project presents The Merchant of Venice at the Anheuser-Busch Black Box Theatre at COCA.

7-9 p.m. Doing Lear — The Monocle (4510 Manchester Ave., 63110)
A play set in a modern-day suburb in which live mostly retired entertainers. While they often get together to play cards or discuss old times, on this particular evening, they decide to read King Lear. The play contains much humor as well as serious moments. As the residents read this great tragedy by Shakespeare, they realize how their own lives parallel those of the characters in the play.

8-9 p.m. All is True: An Improvised Henry VIII — The Improv Shop (510 N. Euclid Ave.)
Second monarch of the Tudor dynasty, Supreme Head of the Church of England, Serial monogamist — The Improv Shop’s brightest scholars have been furiously analyzing, dissecting and beheading their folios in order to present, All is True, a condensed, colloquialized and fully improvised version of the Shakespeare Henry VIII. No cannons will be used in this production.


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