Friday, June 27, 2014

Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender

“Wolpe is one of the great stage actors of our generation, who breathes life into Shakespeare’s words as though they were dredged from her own soul.”    

“Wolpe confirms that she is simply one of the best interpreters of the Bard out there! “   Talking Broadway

Railtown Cultural Eclective brings visionary theatre artist Lisa Wolpe’s new solo show Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender to their Trier Series, July 16 at the Orpheum Annex,offering a unique celebration of the enchanting power of cross-gender Shakespeare.

Wolpe is an actress, director, teacher, producer and artistic director and founder of the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company (LAWSC), an award-winning all-female, multi-cultural theater company.

Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender, she both performs and contextualizes her experience of interpreting some of the many Shakespearian roles she has played – including Hamlet, Iago, Richard 111 and many others, while exploring her own life story from childhood to maturity. Her work speaks towards liberation from the “gender box” of expectations, and offers a unique and powerful perspective of courage, resilience and hope against her family’s troubled background of war, sickness, suicide and despair.

Wolpe has played more of the Bard’s male roles than any woman in history, always to superlative reviews. She recently received the Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the LA Theater Community and was awarded the Key to Harlem and a Congressional Certificate of Merit for her work with the Harlem Shakespeare Festival in 2013.

She has taught and directed Shakespeare, all levels of acting, as well as directing courses for many theater companies and universities, including the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Emerson College, Wellesley College, Boston University and MIT, and has lectured widely on cross-gender Shakespeare. She will be offering a cross-gender acting workshop on July 12 at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. Click here for full details. 

Shakespeare & the Alchemy of Gender
July 16 Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street 
8pm Doors 7pm Tickets $20/$15 Students, Seniors & Arts Workers Tickets are available at  For more information email or call 604-836-9943