The Linfield Theatre Program will present actor Timothy Mooney in a free performance of his critically acclaimed one-man production of Lot o' Shakespeare on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre at Ford Hall.
The performance features Shakespearean monologues (one from every play) chosen entirely at random by the spinning of a Bingo cage. The audience plays along on their individual "IAGO" cards, and the first to match four play titles in a row wins a t-shirt. In a review of his recent performance at the Minnesota Fringe Theatre Festival, the Twin Cities Daily Planet said, "Mooney was fantastic, animating each character with energy. It was exciting. You can't help but sit back and be dazzled."
Mooney described the genesis of the Lot o' Shakespeare production:
While I was on tour with my one-man show, Moliere Than Thou, and performing in one of our southeastern states, one of my hosts informed me that a local Shakespeare Festival was looking to cast their Macbeth, and that I really ought to send them my resume. Having grown up as the stereotypical dweeby theatre major, it was somewhat of a shock to grasp that someone/anyone might look at me and say: "There's our Macbeth!"
And I started fantasizing about all of the Shakespeare roles that were now coming into my range in my middle years. I thought that I might be able to transform my performance tour into an audition tour. What if, no matter what Shakespeare play they were doing, I had a monologue from that show available to perform? So I might be able to ask, "So what shows are you doing this summer?" And when they said, Pericles, Coriolanus, and Henry VI, part 3, I could say, "Great! Lemme do those for you!"
I started envisioning an acting workshop and a one-man show and wondered what might be the best order in which I might package these speeches: in the order that the events in the plays actually occurred; according to their date of composition; by the position of the monologue within its play of origin? In the end, I decided to leave it to chance, select the order by lottery and let the audience play along with their own "IAGO" (Bingo) cards."
Timothy Mooney, author of the new textbook, Acting at the Speed of Life: Conquering Theatrical Style, has given over a hundred thousand students their first introduction to Moliere through his one-man play, Moliere Than Thou. Mooney is the former founder and editor of The Script Review and was Artistic Director of Chicago's Stage Two Theatre, where he produced nearly fifty plays in five years. While most of Stage Two's plays were original works, when they turned to the classics, Mr. Mooney found himself taking on the hilarious world of Moliere, eventually writing seventeen rhymed variations of Moliere's plays with an impish sense of rhyme. These plays have been produced and celebrated around the world. His Doctor in Spite of Himself took third place in the Scottish Community Drama Association National Festival, and was a finalist at Italy's Sanremo Global Education Festival. Tim continues to present Moliere across North America, recently augmenting his repertoire with Lot o' Shakespeare while teaching classical acting and occasionally performing his one-man sci-fi thriller, Criteria!
The production is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2802.
This performance is sponsored by the Theatre and Communication Arts Department, with support from the Department of English.