Join us on our latest video series called

Shelter In Place

Written by

A UNV Original

Directed by
Directed by Sharie Renault

All 6 scenes of our "Love Gone Awry" series are available to watch below.

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ScENES

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Director's Statement

The call to delve into a series of scenes from Shakespeare’s lovers came from our desire to produce an uplifting romantic series for Valentine’s Day.

Our deadline was delayed when an actor got Covid and, again, when a frightening surge of the virus brought another stay-at-home order. The rain, although a welcome gift to our scarred, fire-weary Napa Valley, prevented outside rehearsals from taking place. Perseverance in finding ways to rehearse and videotape, including Zoom rehearsals, fueled our efforts to begin airing our plays in early spring.

UpStage has managed to keep producing work for our community during the pandemic. Thinking outside the stage has been my goal in 2020-2021. The “Shelter in Place” episodes and “Until the Flood” production have pushed my skill as a theater director into the virtual realm of video.

Looking back in history, London’s theatres closed when another severe bout of plague hit from April 1603 to April 1604. During these times, the only option for Shakespeare’s company and other actors was to tour the provinces. For us at UpStage Napa Valley, it is finding locations to video our work outdoors. If Shakespeare wrote “King Lear” in quarantine, it certainly shows in Lear’s desolate outlook as he cries into the storm, “Vengeance! Plague! Death! Confusion!” We can all relate to these exclamations as we experience daily upheaval and devastating loss.

The setting and props for the “Love Gone Awry” series are contemporary, yet the dialogue is pure Shakespeare. In Two Gentleman of Verona, Shakespeare leaves us with:

"Hope is a lover’s staff

Walk hence with that

And manage it against despairing thoughts.”

About

“Love Gone Awry” is a series of short, light-hearted comedies on the love affairs in William Shakespeare’s plays.  With performing arts theaters dark across the country, UpStage Napa Valley has needed to think outside the stage, as its cast of volunteers are producing on-line productions as gifts to the community.

“Love Gone Awry” will add a much needed bit of humor to the Covid-sequestered days of our community. Twelve local actors have rehearsed their lines in Elizabethan English for these clever modern-day interpretations of Shakespeare’s works, which are filmed on-location and directed in the Napa Valley by Artistic Director Sharie Renault. To give you the flavor of the modern interpretations of the bard’s love scene in "Antony and Cleopatra", actress Elaine Jennings plays an eccentric woman, who is convinced that she is Cleopatra waiting for a letter from her lover, Mark Antony. Howard Fisher plays the mailman (as he is in real life too) who fights off Elaine’s attempts to steal a letter.

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Intermission

15 minute intermission halfway through the play

Talk Back

the actors and director will hold an open discussion with the audience at the conclusion of the performance.

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