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CHICKSPEARE

We are Chickspeare. We challenge the norm. We push boundaries.

We have chosen…TO BE.

2016 SEASON

December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

Chickspeare & NoDa Brewing Company present…. 
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

By Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez
Directed by Joanna Gerdy

The Show: The Grinch, Rudolph (er…Gustav), Frosty the Snowman, George Bailey, and just about every other character from holiday myths, movies and tv specials make an appearance in this hilarious comedy. Join the Chicks as they choose to retell every Christmas story ever told in less than 90 minutes rather than perform yet another tired rendition of A Christmas Carol. This fast-paced and interactive romp features holiday traditions from around the world, singalongs of every Christmas carol ever sung, and all your holiday favorites shaken up in a snow globe of Christmas cheer. And Beer.  Every Reason You Should Put This Show at the Top of Your Christmas List (And Then Some!):

  • Everyone gets a cool surprise Christmas present!
  • Regular opportunities to toast the season (drink!) throughout the performance.
  • Answers to the age-old question: “What the heck is the deal with Fruitcake?!”
  • Noda Brewing Co. makes great beer. And you get to drink it while watching a great show!
  • You’re just as tired of the usual holiday fare as these three actors are.
  • You get a little vaudeville, a little Quickspeare, a little improv comedy, and a lot of heart in one fun holiday package.
  • Did we mention The Beer?  Participate in the Audience-wide gift exchange!
  • The promise of a night to unwind and laugh away the stresses of 2016 with friends (and complete strangers who will feel like friends!

And Finally…what other holiday show takes the whole audience on a holiday caroling bus ride – the JOY RIDE – as PART OF THE SHOW and visit BOTH NoDa Brewing Co. Taprooms?!  Audiences will gather at NoDa Brewing Co. NorthEnd (2921 N. Tryon St.) at 7PM Friday & Saturday shows, 2PM for Sunday shows & take the Joy Ride Bus to the N.Davidson St. Taproom for the performance.

Tickets: $24 Advance Sale and $28 at the door.

Join Chickspeare’s Tanya McClellan, Lane Morris, and Sheila Snow Proctor in what promises to be madcap and magical evening!

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Shakespeare in the Park-ING Lot, 2013

ABOUT THE CHICKS

Chickspeare™ is an all-female Shakespeare Company that started performing shows in 1998 at (the now defunct) Johnson Beer Company in Charlotte, NC. While over the years they have become best known for their Shakespeare “abridging/fast-forwarding/rewinding” brewery shows, they have also produced numerous full-length productions including MacBeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Julius Ceasar, and Winter’s Tale. 

Following the closing of Johnson Beer, Chickspeare™ produced shows in different Charlotte spaces, finally landing in a familiar brewery setting at NoDa Brewing Company where it began its ChicksBEER series in 2012. In 2013, Chickspeare™ produced Twelfth Night at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte.

As an all-female Shakespeare Company, Chickspeare™ has been breaking gender barriers, giving women the opportunity to explore characters not otherwise available to them in most modern productions of Shakespeare. Chickspeare’s shows are not merely passive theatre experiences; indeed, they engage the audience and provide a creative, provocative environment for female actors to explore and experience Shakespeare’s plays. This desire to break down gender barriers for women in Shakespeare fuels the next stage of Chickspeare’s future. While the company continues to be a vehicle for women and girls to explore their performance of Shakespeare’s roles, the company plans to promote the development of new plays, providing the voices of female playwrights the opportunity to create new work based on Shakespeare’s plays. To learn more about Chickspeare™, read about them in Shakespeare and Gender in Practice by Terri Power. A part of the Shakespeare in Practice series, it explores theoretical and practical approaches to performing gender in contemporary Shakespeare productions. Check out their website at http://chickspeare.com/chickspeare-history/ or follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@chickspeare).

Chickspeare™ looks forward to continuing its relationship with NoDa Brewing Company as it continues its ChicksBEER series in 2016! Stay tuned!

CONTACT INFORMATION

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Chickspeare

Charlotte, NC
704.258.3210
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