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Apr 26 '13
Feb 12 '13

Shakespeare Party: The Tempest!

On Thursday, February 21st Surprise Party Theatre is doing our latest Shakespeare Party (The Tempest!) at the Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th Avenue, PDX, under the Rialto Poolroom).

THE SHAKESPEARE PARTY is Surprise Party Theatre’s flagship project. Think of it a little like Shakespeare karaoke—audience members are assigned parts at the door, provided scripts, and then we just get on our feet and straight up perform a Shakespeare play. No stage, no auditions, no experience required. And no audience but ourselves. All in a comfortable and inviting bar where you can relax and have a drink with your friends (at least while you’re not busy busting out iambic pentameter). Show up early to claim your part. Color commentary, dancing, and drinking games abound!

A week after Valentine’s Day we break out our first of Shakespeare’s romances* with THE TEMPEST. A shipwreck. A mysterious island. An old man with his books. Pasts will be confronted. Lives will be changed. People will be mistaken for fish.

This Shakespeare Party is CRUISE themed, so feel free to show up in your best Hawaiian shirts with noses dripping in sunscreen.

We start handing out parts at 7:00. Performance starts at 7:30.

FREE, with $5 suggested donation.

* Note: not super romantic.

RSVP at the Facebook event page!

Nov 1 '12

Shakespeare Party: Richard III

The latest installment of our Shakespeare Parties is coming to the Jack London on November 15th! Get ready to delve deep into the murderous world of English history with RICHARD III.

THE SHAKESPEARE PARTY is Surprise Party Theatre’s flagship project. Think of it a little like Shakespeare karaoke—audience members are assigned parts at the door, provided scripts, and then we just get on our feet and straight up perform a Shakespeare play. No stage, no auditions, no experience required. And no audience but ourselves. All in a comfortable and inviting bar where you can relax and have a drink with your friends (at least while you’re not busy busting out iambic pentameter). Show up early to claim your part. Color commentary, dancing, and drinking games abound!

This time around we are getting all historical with Shakespeare’s slimiest, nastiest villain: KING RICHARD III. Watch the original Tricky Dick lie, cheat and murder his way to the throne of England in the thrilling climax to Shakespeare’s series of plays on the Wars of the Roses. Think of it like Game of Thrones, except it really happened!* Not familiar with medieval English history? That’s okay! We’ll bring you up to speed with all the fast-paced, power-hungry backstabbing intrigue.

Thursday, November 15th, at The Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th Ave, PDX. Underneath the Rialto Poolroom)!

We start handing out parts at 7:00. Performance starts at 7:30.

FREE, with $5 suggested donation.

* Sort of.

Jul 15 '12

SPT Recommends: 7/16-7/22

So, as part of Surprise Party Theatre’s mission ("Here to make friends!") we’re going to try rolling out a feature highlighting a few events this week put on by other people that we think SPT fans would dig on. It’s kind of a vague set of criteria, but we’re looking at stuff that defies easy categorization, that takes nerdy shit and makes it fun, and just generally the kind of events that smart, attractive people like yourselves might enjoy.

So here we go for the week of Monday, July 16th-Sunday, July 22nd! 

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Jul 11 '12

We’re coming out of hiatus!

SHAKESPEARE PARTIES HAVE A NEW LOCATION! Don’t get us wrong, we loved The Waypost, but we were just getting too big to perform there!

We’ll be doing Shakespeare’s wonderful genderfuck in the woods AS YOU LIKE IT on Thursday, August 23rd at The Jack London Bar! Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more information!

Mar 2 '12

Macbeth Auditions!

Most of the roles at our Shakespeare Parties are given out at the door, but we like to assign a few of the biggest parts earlier to give those actors a little bit of time to review their parts before the night of. Would you be interested in doing that for Macbeth? We’re holding an INFORMAL AUDITION/GET-TOGETHER on SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH at from 4pm-6pm. Think of it like a weekend happy hour, but with Shakespeare!

If you’re interested in auditioning, send an e-mail to surprisepartytheatre@gmail.com for details! And either way, hope to see you at Shakespeare Party: Macbeth on March 29th!

(Oh, by the way, the roles we’re pre-casting are: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Malcolm, Macduff. Ladies, please feel free to audition for any of those!)

Feb 1 '12

NEXT UP: Macbeth

Join us for Shakespeare Party 2: Shakespearer as we take on that bloody, creepy, disturbing tragedy MACBETH.

The Waypost (3120 N Williams) on Thursday, March 29th at 7:30 PM.

See you there!

Jan 12 '12

The Cast List!

Shakespeare Party: Measure for Measure is a week from tonight (Wednesday)! Can’t wait to see your beautiful faces there!

We’ve pre-cast the five biggest roles, to give them a chance to look over their parts a bit before the night. We are so happy to announce: DUKE VINCENTIO will be played by noted local puppeteer, comedian and co-artistic director of “Shakesprov”, the improvised Shakespeare show, AMY “ZING” GRAY.

You may have seen our ANGELO as the highly logical, expressively eyebrowed Mr. Spock of PDX hit “Trek in the Park”, but when he kicks off his shoes and gets real, he’s just plain old lovable JESSE GRAFF.

Our ISABELLA is fresh from her run as Lady Anne in Portland Actors Ensemble’s delicious Richard III—yes, it’s the charming and gifted ALLIE RANGEL.

The lovable fop LUCIO will be played by a puppeteer and actor who you will be able to see next month in Tears of Joy’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the rakishly handsome JON PLUEARD.

Finally, what story would be complete without a pimp? Our pimp of the night, POMPEY, will be presented by that master of Shakespeare, veteran actor of the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, your friend and mine, MEGAN MURPHY RUCKMAN.

Jan 4 '12

THE FULL MOTHERFUCKING PRESS RELEASE

Who: Surprise Party Theatre
What: Shakespeare Party: Measure for Measure
When: Wednesday, January 18th, 7:30 PM
Where: The Waypost (3120 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97212)
Admission: Free! ($5 suggested donation at door for a script, which is required to participate.)

Surprise Party Theatre is a brand new events company, dedicated to blurring the lines between the theatrical and the social, all in our never-ending quest for a good time. Our mission is to throw parties where creative people can enjoy themselves, and to take performance out of uncomfortable chairs in overly-air conditioned spaces. Surprise Party Theatre is the wild-eyed, precocious child of producer, clown, puppeteer, actor, writer and intriguingly handsome man-about-town Jonathan Owicki.

The Shakespeare Party is Surprise Party Theatre’s flagship project. Think of it like Shakespeare karaoke—audience members are assigned parts at the door, provided scripts, and then we just get on our feet and straight up perform a Shakepeare play. No stage, no auditions, no experience required. And no audience but ourselves. All in a comfortable and inviting bar where you can relax and have a drink with your friends (at least while you’re not busy busting out iambic pentameter). Show up early to claim your part. Shakespeare Parties are hosted by Surprise Party Theatre’s resident Shakespeare dork, Jonathan Owicki, who will provide color commentary, choose appropriate dance music, lead the drinking games, and let you in on today’s Secret Word.

Measure for Measure is sexy, disturbing, funny, depressing, and basically just Shakespeare at his awesomest. The duke of Vienna has disappeared and his deputy is so puritanical he makes Rick Santorum look like Perez Hilton. But when he condemns a man to death for knocking up his fiancée before they were legally wed, has he gone too far? Listen, this play has it all—Nuns! Monks! Corrupt officials! Prostitutes! WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT, PEOPLE?

Dec 24 '11

Save the Date!

Shakespeare Party #1: Measure for Measure! January 18th! More details TO FOLLOOOOOOOW!