Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender

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Prague Shakespeare Company is delighted to announce that Lisa Wolpe returns to Prague with her internationally acclaimed one-woman show Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender – in Prague for one performance only at Divadlo Na Prádle.

An activist as well as a celebrated actress and director, Wolpe’s work speaks toward liberation from the “gender box” of expectations, and offers a unique and powerful perspective of courage, resilience and hope against her family’s background of war, suicide and despair. It’s a fascinating look in a fascinating life – one informed by her fascinating father.

Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender has played as part of the PSC400 Season at Divadlo Kolowrat and in London at the historic Rose Playhouse as well as Provincetown Women’s Theater Festival, Los Angeles (Whittier College, The Miles Playhouse, Skylight Theater, UCLA), SpringWorks Festival, Stratford Ontario; Vancouver, B.C.; Chicago, Hope College, MI, Richmond Shakespeare Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon, U.K.; Orlando Shakespeare Theater, FL, and Tulane University.

Performed in English 

GENERAL: 350kc

LONDON – The New Current, U.K. ★★★★★
“Lisa Wolpe is her own woman and joyfully speaks her mind, but her greatest legacy will undoubtedly be her creative vision and determination to create a platform and a voice for women, minorities and now the growing trans community in theatre. Theatre inspires, it gives hope to a generation who will, sooner than they think, be given the keys to these theatres and told ‘now it’s your turn’. When this time comes these new guardians can look back at those pioneers like Wolpe who will make this future possible, a future that’s fair and doesn’t see gender, colour, sexuality.”

LISA WOLPE (Artist) – Lisa is an international activist working for the empowerment of women and diversity on the stage. Since 1993 she has been the Founding Producing Artistic Director of the all-female Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (22 seasons –, where she produces, directs, and has performed roles including Hamlet, Richard III, Angelo, Leontes, Romeo, Shylock, and Iago. Lisa is currently touring her solo show Shakespeare & the Alchemy of Gender to venues around the world. She has directed and acted regionally at theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Company, Shakespeare & Company, Arizona Theater Company, San Diego Repertory Theater, and more. She is a teacher/writer/actor/director who has studied deeply in Clown, Voice, Shakespearean text, and new work, and has received multiple awards for excellence in Directing, Acting, and promoting diversity and excellence onstage. She has taught and directed at universities including NYU, UCLA, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Whittier College, ACT San Francisco, Boston University, MIT, the American Shakespeare Center, University of Colorado, and more.