…ShakesBEER Is an Hour or So of Nonstop Laughter”
– Kurt Benrud, Triangle Arts & Entertainment (read the full review here)
…ShakesBEER is a great time…There’s singing, fights, ‘Yo Momma’ battles, and a chance to be pulled up onstage to be a part of their show.”
– Katy Koop, Triangle Arts & Entertainment (read the full review here)
ShakesBEER combines two great things! Beer and Shakespeare. And is performed at some of the Triangle’s best breweries, bars, and unconventional performance spaces.
Directed by Dustin Britt
Written by William Shakespeare and Chuck Keith
Venue: Various Brewery Bars in the Triangle Area
Imurj in downtown Raleigh at 8pm
Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough at 8pm
Imbibe in Chapel Hill at 8pm
Hibernian in downtown Raleigh at 8pm
Fortnight Brewing in Cary at 8pm
Oak & Dagger Public House in downtown Raleigh at 8pm
ShakesBEER combines two great things! Beer and Shakespeare. And is performed at some of the Triangle’s best breweries, bars, and unconventional performance spaces. No tickets required — just show up and a hat will be passed at the end of the show. Show runs 45 minutes and beer-drinking and food-eating are encouraged. Just show up early to get your order.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to director Dustin Britt and the cast of ShakesBEER on the CPF Radio Hour (you may need to use the “Open with Google Music Player” option)
Laura J. Parker
Tara Nicole Williams
J. Robert Raines
CAST and CREW
Dustin Britt (Director) joins the Bare Theatre family as a director after performing in Henry VI: War of the Roses (Exeter), Two “Gentlemen” of Verona (Speed), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew) and Coriolanus. In addition to co-producing Fairest Creatures, an annual festival of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Dustin is a regular stage manager for Cary Players and served as Assistant Director for Heathers: The Musical at NRACT. He regularly appears as Sir Walter Raleigh for Seed Art Share and hosts Cary’s annual Zombiepalooza film festival. Recent roles include Alfie in One Man, Two Guvnors (RLT; Cantey Award for Best Supporting Actor); Michail in Thunderbodies (Women’s Theatre Festival); Vice Principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (NRACT). Dustin holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from East Carolina University and teaches locally.
Seth Blum (Improv Coach) in unsure why his bio is included among these performers and contributors to tonight’s entertainment. He sure hopes you like looking at this picture of him as much as he does. What a babe, huh? He must be saying something important. Look at all the microphones! Seth is an amateur model and a model amateur. In his spare time, Seth collects pictures of himself. Congratulations on starting your collection!
Kirsten Ehlert (Player) is thrilled to be joining Bare Theatre and the Shakesbeer 2.0 cast! She most recently appeared in Love, Loss, and What I Wore (NRACT/Actors Comedy Lab) and One Man, Two Guvnors (Raleigh Little Theatre). She holds a B.A. in dramatic arts from UNC Chapel Hill. When she is not onstage, she teaches elementary and middle school theatre at Endeavor Charter School.
Rebecca Jones (Stage Manager) loves being back with her Bare Theatre family! She got her break with Bare’s “Two ‘Gentleman’ of Verona” (Julia) and was in Forest Moon’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” (Dr. Einstein). Catch her this December in Sonorous Road’s “Gift of the Magi.” Rmns 8:28 God Bless!
George Labusohr (Player) is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, where he received his B.F.A. in Performing Arts. He is thrilled to be performing for the third time with Bare Theatre, having just finished up a stint as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. We don’t know too much more about him…but he keeps assuring us that he is a “Serious Classical Actor”…Whatever that means.
Kyle Mears (Player) began performing as an acrobat with a small travelling circus in 1902. After a mysterious green fire burned down the circus in 1921, Mears became a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest. He eventually returned to the stage in the 50s, appearing in Lady, Grab Your Hat, The Bird Diaries, and other experimental performances. When he isn’t acting, Kyle tends to the self-portrait in his attic that keeps him young forever.
Laura J. Parker (Player) has recently appeared in Bare Theatre’s productions of Romeo and Juliet (Nurse) and Richard III (2nd Murderer, Messenger). Other favorite roles include Guiderius/Second Lord in Cymbeline (Sweet Tea Shakespeare), Martha in A Piece of My Heart (Raleigh Little Theatre), Gallipot/Rosie in The Roaring Girl (little independent theatre), and Helga ten Dorp in Deathtrap (Forest Moon Theatre.
J Robert Raines (Player) (EMC, ASCAP, SAFD) is a local actor, musician, and business owner in NC. He’s worked both as an actor, sound designer, and director in Equity and Non-Union productions in NC, NYC, Chicago, Washington DC, New Orleans, and CT. Favorite roles include: Jamie – Long Day’s Journey Into Night (NYC, NY., Equity), Tupolski – The Pillowman (New Orleans, LA., Equity), Thomas/Guitarist – Young Ones (Chicago, IL.), amongst others. Roles with Bare Theatre include Actor B (Feste, Lord Chief-Justice, Benvolio, Montano) in ShakesBEER 1.0. J is also the owner of Raleigh Room Escapes, LLC, a theatrical-escape room hybrid business in Raleigh.
Natalie Sherwood (Player) frequents the NC State University Theatre stage; she just finished her eighth UT role as Sunny Jacobs in The Exonerated (2017). She also acted in Theatre in the Park’s sketch comedy showcase Zero Headspace (2016) and in several local short films. Off stage, Natalie enjoys writing, modeling, thrifting, and discovering tasty hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Camille Watson (Player) is thrilled to be joining the Bare Theatre family! She has worked with ECU Loessin Playhouse, Farmville Community Arts Council, The Dance Collective, Cary Players, and the Women’s Theatre Festival. Favorite roles include Girl in THUNDERBODIES (Women’s Theatre Festival), Hunyak in Chicago (Farmville Community Arts Council), and, of course, the Porter/Maria/Falstaff/Sampson/
Tara Nicole Williams (Player) is everyone’s favorite busty brawler! She enjoys punching, kicking, and reciting dope soliloquies. Some Bare credits include: Titus Andronicus (Martius/Caius), Measure for Measure (Pompey), and Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio). She would like to thank Bare Theatre, her ShakesBEERean cohorts, and the patrons of public houses near and far. Come have a pint (or three) with her!
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