- Written by award-winning Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen, the full length one-act solo performance “Shakespeare’s Will” will be performed at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
The play sheds light on William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. Performed by NACL Theatre’s Tannis Kowalchuk, with music by Kurt Knuth, costumes by Karen Flood and directed by NACL resident director Mimi McGurl, the play looks through the eyes and heart of a woman and mother who spent a lifetime with and without the great playwright.
This work is a celebration of a life unbowed by tragedy and unapologetic in the face of public scorn. Tickets are $20 ($18 advanced sales for DVAA members).
The drama begins with Hathaway arriving home after the funeral, holding a copy of Shakespeare's will. She reminisces about her first meeting with Shakespeare, their courtship, their strained marriage, their children and his death from fever.
In his will he leaves Anne with a big surprise. Kowalchuk premiered “Shakespeare’s Will” in Sullivan County last season at NACL Theatre, and will travel to Pontine Theatre in Portsmouth NH in 2014 to perform the play.
Kowalchuk is co-founder, actress and artistic director of NACL Theatre and has created and performed in over 18 original NACL productions. With her collaborators, Tannis leads programming and the creative projects at NACL Theatre, including the NACL Deep Space
Performance Residency program for guest artists and ensembles, the presentation of innovative performances from across North America, and theatre education classes at both NACL and a local Montessori School.
In 2008 she began raising a son and flowers at her family’s organic farm. A graduate of The University of Winnipeg theatre department, Tannis was a core member of Primus Theatre, a prominent experimental theatre troupe based in Canada from 1990-97.
The Tusten Theatre is located at 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg. The fall series is presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. For tickets or information call (845) 252-7272 or visit www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.