The Santa Barbara Public Library will host a special free performance of Tales of Woo and Woe: a Journey of the Heart on Saturday, April 25 at 3 pm. The show was written by Jinny Webber in collaboration with William Shakespeare, and produced by DramaDogs, a local theatre company, with a cast of eight performers. It will be held in the Faulkner Gallery of the Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St., in Santa Barbara.
Shakespeare has much to say about how “the course of true love never did run smooth.” The five part structure of Tales of Woo and Woe draws on his plays, poems, and songs to create a new arc: the journey of the heart. There is the thrill of love at first sight, then follies committed in the name of love, and then the exchange of vows. Though promises can fail, tormenting the heart with grief, loss, and jealousy, there is a happy ending: the enduring power of love.
Tales of Woo and Woe requires little knowledge of Shakespeare’s works: it focuses on the universal challenges and delights of love that we experience in our own lives. As Romeo says, Love “is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like a thorn,” and yet it offers transcendent joy.
The performance will be followed by a talk-back with the cast, writer Jinny Webber and directors, Ken Gilbert and Bonnie Lewis. It is free and open to the public, and takes place during the week of Shakespeare’s 451st birthday, and during National Poetry Month.
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