Shakespeare from the Ground Inaugural Event at Pearl Street Brewery
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One of Shakespeare's Plays, No director, One Rehearsal, at a Bar.

LA CROSSE, Wis. - WisconsinEagle -- The newly formed Shakespeare From the Ground theater ensemble in La Crosse announces their first production in partnership with Pearl Street Brewery. Modeled after Chicago's The Back Room Shakespeare Project, they will bring Twelfth Night to life in a unique way Tuesday, January 7th, 2020.

In Shakespeare's theatre, the audience was an unruly bunch of drunks. His actors had no director and they rehearsed only fights and dances. The Project is a culture and a set of ideas that is quickly being replicated across the country. They have official chapters in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Similar groups are popping up in communities across the country and Shakespeare From The Ground is the newest inception in La Crosse, WI.

Chuck Charbeneau has been instrumental in putting together a group of local and regional actors who are willing to throw caution to the wind for one night as they tackle one of Shakespeare's plays—Twelfth Night in this case—with no direction, and only one rehearsal before going on stage… or Pearl Street Brewery in their case.

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Charbeneau, who has degrees in computer science and theater, has been teaching improv for over two decades, and has acted in several local theater productions. "I had the opportunity to see The Back Room Shakespeare Project - (BRSP) (https://www.backroomshakespeare.com/) in Chicago, picked up Samuel Taylor's book 'My Life with the Shakespeare Cult,' and fell in love with the idea." Said Chuck.

Local actors include: Chuck Charbeneau, Rick Gramlich, Megan Gunderson, Josh & Jacob Kaiser, Greg Parmeter, Devin Simko, Matt Springer, Kelsey Taunt, Joeann Tesar, Emily Ware, Jim Warsinske, Sam White as well as Whitney Graham (Madison, WI), Dawn Havican (Dubuque, IA), and Sara Pillatzki Warzeha (Minneapolis, MN).

"This process will be like no other show I've been in," says Jacob Kaiser, "It's going to be an excellent experience and a huge chance for personal growth as an actor." Jacob is a senior at Aquinas High School. Some of his favorite roles include The Man in the Yellow Suit in Tuck Everlasting and singing "We Beseech Thee" in Godspell both at Aquinas as well as Aladdin in Aladdin Jr at La Crosse Community Theater.

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You're invited to find out firsthand what happens when this group of dedicated actors who understand their work take one of Shakespeare's plays, eliminate the director, and are willing to step into the chaos. Mark your calendars for the inaugural FREE performance from Shakespeare From the Ground: 12th Night for 12th Night. Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm.



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