|Timon of Athens
by William Shakespeare
directed by Rob Melrose
The Cutting Ball Theater
277 Taylor St, SF
March 30 - April 29, 2018
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Directed by Cutting Ball co-founder Rob Melrose, Timon of Athens is one of Shakespeare’s neglected classics, featuring some of the bard’s more experimental verse paired with some of his best poetry.
About the play:
This play – written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton – tracks two parallel lives: that of Timon, a rich philanthropist, and that of Alcibiadies, a military commander. Both men are betrayed by the people of Athens but face their betrayals in stark contrast. While Timon retreats to the wilderness to live as a hermit, Alcibidies mounts a military campaign to bring his former homeland to its knees. This beautiful and bitter satire inspired much of Samuel Beckett’s work, three and a half centuries later.
A Word from the Director:
Timon is one of Shakepeare’s neglected classics. It is in many ways a warm-up to King Lear and Coriolanus. And while it is admittedly not Shakespeare’s best play, Timon of Athens features some of Shakespeare’s best poetry and it has inspired writers who enjoy Shakespeare’s later more experimental verse. Nabokov gets his title for Pale Fire from this play and references it throughout the novel.
The play tracks two parallel lives: Timon and Alcibiadies. Timon is a rich philanthropist and Alcibiadies is a military commander. Both men are betrayed by the people of Athens and both have opposing responses to this betrayal. Timon falls on hard times and asks his friends for help. When no one helps him, he retreats the wilderness to live the life of a hermit. Alcibidies is banished by the Senate of Athens for defying their orders. He mounts a military campaign outside of Athens to bring his former homeland to its knees.
It is a beautifully, bitter, funny, and satirical play that anticipates the blighted worlds and sarcastic characters that Samuel Beckett would create almost three and a half centuries later.
|Rob Melrose (director) is co-founder of the Cutting Ball Theater and works nationally as a freelance director. He has directed at The Guthrie Theater (Happy Days, Pen, Julius Caesar – with the Acting Company); The Public Theater (Pericles); The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Troilus and Cressida – in association with the Public Theater), The Old Globe (Much Ado About Nothing); Magic Theatre (An Accident, World Premiere); PlayMakers Rep (Happy Days); Black Box Theatre (The Creature, World Premiere, BATCC Award for direction), as well as Actors’ Collective and Crowded Fire, among others. His directing credits at Cutting Ball include Ondine (World Premiere), Pelleas & Melisande, the Bay Area Premiere of Will Eno’s Lady Grey (in ever lower light); Bone to Pick and Diadem (World Premiere); The Taming of the Shrew; Macbeth; Hamletmachine; As You Like It; The Vomit Talk of Ghosts (World Premiere);Helen of Troy (World Premiere); and Drowning Room (World Premiere). He is a recipient of the NEA / TCG Career Development Program award for directors. He has taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, USF, the University of Rhode Island, and Marin Academy. He has a B.A. in English and Theater from Princeton University and an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama.|
|Doug Nolan is thrilled to make his Cutting Ball debut! Credits include: American Conservatory Theater (Enrico IV, Threepenny Opera), Shakespeare Santa Cruz(Kean, Love's Labour's Lost), Marin Shakespeare Company (Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream), Magic Theater (Balm in Gilead, Scattering Poems All Through the Night), Shotgun Players (Arrivals/Departures), Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company (Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet), Coastal Repertory Theatre (August: Osage County, Every Christmas Story Ever Told). Doug has been juggling and clowning professionally for more than 25 years. He earned an MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater.|
|Brian Pickman-Thoon is excited return to The Cutting Ball Theater in Timon of Athens! Bay Area: Phèdre (Cutting Ball), Landscape of the Body (Bigger Than A Breadbox), Julius Caesar & The Winter's Tale (California Shakespeare Theater). New York: The Mormon Bird Play (New York Fringe Festival), Stalled (Unchained Theatre Festival), The Lion in Winter & Aesop's Fables (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble).|
|Courtney Walshappeared in title role of Phèdre at Cutting Ball in 2017. Other credits include locally: Marin Theatre Company (Native Son), San Francisco Playhouse (Jerusalem, Seared), We Players (Romeo and Juliet), 3Girls Theatre (The Couch), NCTC (Dear Harvey), Stanford Repertory Theater (nine seasons including Moby Dick – Rehearsed, winning TBA awards for Acting, Directing, Production). International credits: Paris and Montpellier (Happy Days); Athens (The Wanderings of Odysseus); Berlin, Amsterdam, Cardiff, Sydney, Auckland, others (Tangled Justice). Courtney studied theater at Yale University and during a hiatus from acting was an attorney for abused children.|
|David Sinaiko is a Cutting Ball Associate Artist, where his credits include: Life’s a Dream, Mount Misery, Ubu Roi, The Chairs, Tenderloin, The Tempest, Endgame, Taming of the Shrew, and many others. Shotgun Players: Hamlet, Village Bike, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Antigonick, and The Coast of Utopia. Co-founder of Chicago’s New Crime Productions, where credits include: Heart of a Dog, The Balcony, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Methusalem, and Alagazam! Additionally: Just Theater, Golden Thread, Crowded Fire, SF Playhouse, The Goodman Theatre, and The Actor’s Gang. Film includes: The Grifters and Bob Roberts, among others.|