Wednesday, May 16th 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 18th 6:50 PM
Wednesday, May 22nd, 8:25 PM
Thursday, May 23rd, 6:50 PM
Sunday, May 26, 9:20 PM
Tickets are $12, and can be purchased at orlandofringe.org or at the Fringe Box Office! (No tickets sold at the Breakthrough Theatre.)
The Breakthrough Theatre is at 419A W. Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789.
Tim Mooney presents a fun, sensual feast of the most delicious soliloquies ever written in English! Lot o’ Shakespeare, a tour de force of vocal pyrotechnics, features one monologue from every Shakespeare play chosen entirely at random by the spinning of a Bingo cage! And there are PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!
Lot o’ Shakespeare was a hit at the Orlando Fringe Fest: “Flat out riveting.” (Sultana Ali, TheDailyCity.com). “Like a house afire.” (Elizabeth Maupin, Wordpress.com); “His St. Crispin’s Day speech made me want to take up arms with him.” (Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel). The Minnesota Fringe press called it: “Expressive, funny, intelligent…” “A one-man dynamo! A banquet of delights!” Mooney has twice performed “Lot o’ Shakespeare” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival “Green Show.”
While I was on tour with my one-man show, “Moliere Than Thou,” and performing in one of our southeastern states, one of my hosts informed me that a local Shakespeare Festival was looking to cast their Macbeth, and that I really ought to send them my resume. Having grown up as the stereotypical dweeby theatre major, it was somewhat of a shock to grasp that someone/anyone might look at me and say: “There’s our Macbeth!”
And I started fantasizing about all of the Shakespeare roles that were now coming into my range in my middle years. I thought that I might be able to transform my performance tour into an audition tour. What if, no matter what Shakespeare play they were doing, I had a monologue from that show available to perform? So I might be able to ask, “So what shows are you doing this summer?” And when they said, “Pericles, Coriolanus and Henry VI, part 3? I could say, “Great! Lemme do those for you!”.
I started envisioning an acting workshop and a one-man show and wondered what might be the best order in which I might package these speeches: in the order that the events in the plays actually occurred, according to their date of composition, by the position of the monologue within its play of origin? In the end, I decided to leave it to chance, select the order by lottery and let the audience play along with their own IAGO (Bingo) cards.
Timothy Mooney is the author of Shakespeare's Histories; Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace! which "cracks the code" on Shakespeare's most challenging plays, making them accessible to the average, as well as to sophisticated audiences everywhere. Mooney's acting textbook Acting at the Speed of Life is breathing life into stylistic performance at high schools and colleges, while his The Big Book of Moliere Monologues, has given actors everywhere a new resource for comic classical auditions. Tim has given over a hundred thousand students their first introduction to Moliere through his one-man play, Moliere Than Thou. He also presents one monologue from every Shakespeare play in his one-man show, Lot o' Shakespeare, along with his collection of some of the most amazing speeches ever, in The Greatest Speech of All Time. Mr. Mooney is the former founder and editor of The Script Review and was the Artistic Director of Chicago's Stage Two Theatre, where he produced nearly fifty plays in five years, which eventually included many new versions of the plays of Moliere, featuring Mooney's impish sense of rhyme. Timothy has now written seventeen iambic pentameter variations of the plays of Moliere (most published by Playscripts, Inc.), produced around the world. High School productions of Mr. Mooney's The Misanthrope, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and Tartuffe have gone on to state finals in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama, and Mooney's The Learned Ladies won "Best Play" in Connecticut's "Halo Awards," while his Doctor in Spite of Himself, took third place in the Scottish Community Drama Association National Festival. Mr. Mooney continues to present his one-man shows (including "Criteria, a One-Man Comic Sci-Fi Thriller") across North America.