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!
In the meantime, check out this image gallery from our production of Henry IV at Johnson Brewing way back in 2000.
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