Wednesday pick: Youth Shakespeare at Fresno Pacific

Fresno Pacific University

The cast of ‘Ren Noir.’

The YES! (Youth Engage Shakespeare) Project deserves a plug for its upcoming free performance 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Fresno Pacific University.

The theme this year is inspired by “A Comedy of Errors” (which reopens Friday, July 12, at California Arts Academy) and Shakespearean scenes of mistaken identity and disguise. Five actors take a case-by-case look — narrated by Private Eye Ace Marlowe — as they investigate the mysteries behind the “false seems true.”

Fresno Pacific collaborates with Woodward Shakespeare Festival for this annual workshop.

Director Julia Reimer describes the event, titled “Ren Noir,” as an under-an-hour performance of Shakespeare scenes in a devised theater frame with a film-noir detective spin. The actors have each been working on two Shakespearean scenes about disguise and/or mistaken identity, “and then there’s original material we’ve devised or written as connecting tissue,” she says.

More details: This year’s performance is at the university’s amphitheater because the Woodward Park stage is temporarily unusable for performances. The FPU Amphitheater is on the south side of campus, on Hamilton Street. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be served.


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