There’s an ambitious program for the Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival, including this event May 7 an 8 in the new theater at New Rochelle High School. Sounds like a lot of fun. Here’s a release.
The Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival takes a dramatic turn as the Knighthorse Theater Company makes its New Rochelle debut: Enjoy an evening of innovative and exciting theater when the Museum of Arts & Culture presents the Knighthorse Theater Company in “The Shakespearean Jukebox” on Friday May 7th and Saturday May 8th at 7:30 pm at the Linda Kelly Theatre in the new wing at New Rochelle High School (corner of North Avenue at Braemar). The Shakespearean Jukebox is an interactive event during which audience members choose which plays they want to see, and the actors perform scenes from those plays: With 38 plays and 2 actors the possibilities are infinite – and every performance is unique. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Reserve today online at www.nredfund.org <http://www.nredfund.org/> or by calling 576-6518 and leaving a message.
Knighthorse Theatre Company travels with no sets and uses few props, “Because,” says Artistic Director Tyrus Lemerande, “when delivered with clarity and conviction, Shakespeare’s words can inspire images in your “mind’s eye” that are far more distinct, elaborate and truly beautiful than anything we could build with some wood, a bucket of paint and a few nails.”
Knighthorse Theatre Company has traveled around the country, and their reviews have been raves: The Provincetown Banner calls Knighthorse Theatre’s productions “Dazzling, big fun that will keep your eyes glued to the stage” and the St. Paul Pioneer Press lauded their “astounding energy and palpable passion.” The Cape Cod Times observed that with The Shakespearean Jukebox “Knighthorse Theatre Company has figured out how to offer brilliant bits of the Bard on demand…. This interactive show is instantly appealing to people of all ages and all levels of familiarity with Shakespeare.”
“Live theatre has a responsibility to be different,” says Knighthorse Artistic Director Tyrus Lemerande. “Going to the theatre should never be the same experience as going to the multiplex on a Saturday night. But all too often it is. Audiences sit quietly in the dark, safe within the cocoon of their assigned seat, passively watching the events onstage through the sanitary buffer of the so-called “fourth wall.”…. We want to change all that. Our mission is simple: make Shakespeare cool again. We do that by making him FUN! By getting him off the page and onto the stage, where he belongs.” But, he adds, that stage is one with “no dimensions, no boundaries, no limits. We are not constrained by the “fourth wall” because for us it doesn’t even exist. Actor and audience occupy the same space. We touch you, talk to you, sit down next to you…. After all, going to the theatre should be like going to Fenway Park; it should be a communal experience filled with cheers, jeers, fears and tears.”
Artistic Director Tyrus Lemerande was born and raised in San José, California. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1988 and enlisted in the Navy. Two years later he accepted an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he majored in English, toured with the Men’s Glee Club and served as Masquerader’s President. Ty graduated with merit in 1994 and worked for five years as a Public Affairs Officer in Washington, D.C. After leaving active duty in 1999, Ty studied acting at Penn State University, where he graduated with an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts in August 2002. While at Penn State, Ty also taught acting, guest lectured on Henry V at his alma mater in Annapolis, directed a production of The Winter’s Tale and certified as an actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. After graduation, Ty traveled the country with Shenandoah Shakespeare’s Brave New World Tour, performing the title role in Coriolanus, Ferdinand in The Tempest and Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew. He also met and fell in love with the woman who would become his partner “forever and always.”
She is Amy Lemerande, born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in the small town of Marshfield on the South Shore. Amy was the last of five siblings to attend Boston College where she majored in English and Theatre Arts. While at BC Amy performed in many productions at Robsham theatre as well as spent the summer of 1996 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating in May 1997, Amy worked at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton where she taught theatre to disabled and terminally ill children for two years. She then attended Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island, and received her M.F.A. in Theatre Arts in May 2002. While at Trinity, Amy spent her summers teaching drama at Tufts Children’s Creative Arts Camp in Medford, MA. Upon graduating from Trinity, Amy joined Shenandoah Shakespeare in Staunton, VA, where she met her future husband and partner, Tyrus Lemerande.
In 2003, Amy and Ty founded Knighthorse Theatre Company, traveling across the country and around the world. Ty remains a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve and is currently assigned to the Public Affairs Office at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.