Shakespeare on Sleeping with a Stranger

“Would you have sex with a stranger to save your brother’s life?” NapaShakes Dramaturg Dr. Philippa Kelly’s cheeky take on “Measure for Measure” Would you have sex with a stranger to save your brother’s life? This is the question Shakespeare throws at Isabella, a Catholic novitiate, in the most famous…

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Shared Passions: Measure for Measure & Dido and Aeneas

Both Measure for Measure and Dido and Aeneas dramatize the conflict between public duty and private passion. Angelo’s commitment to Vienna is tested by his lust for the virtuous Isabella, while Dido’s passion for Aeneas threatens her rule of Carthage and delays his destiny as the founder of Rome. Indecent…

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All About Derek Jacobi

Read about Sir Derek Jacobi, coming to NapaShakes in the premiere of Measure + Dido in September Derek Jacobi, one of England’s most beloved and respected stage actors, has been acting for nearly 60 years and is more in demand now than ever. Having recently completed a scene-stealing run as…

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How Napa Became the World’s Stage

June 22, 2016 Napa Valley Register: In an interview with the Register, NapaShakes artistic director Laura Rafaty explains the backstory of bringing the world premiere of “Measure + Dido” to the Napa Valley Editor’s note: NapaShakes has been bringing some impressive names into Napa Valley, presenting performances by Shakespeare’s London Globe…

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