"E. Bonnie Lewis shone in all the facets of her complex character — from wide-eyed teenager being married off to Henry VI of England, to high-powered ruler of England, to mother suffering personal tragedy, to penniless exile. A dancer as well as actor…a small gesture of her hand or turn of her mouth could bring deep humanity and vulnerability to this ambitious and volatile character."
Alex Henteloff (Theatre reviewer for Casa Magazine) recently hailed E. Bonnie Lewis as “always commanding, our own younger Judy Dench.”
In the art that we produce, we enter into a process of creation. What we want to express, how we want to express it and the characters we are creating unfolds before us, revealing to us, in layers, that which leads to what we manifest and demonstrate in our theatrical productions.
DramaDogs proudly presents Annie Baker’s Obie award winning play “Circle Mirror Transformation." Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declared it as “the kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word.”
An absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny play which traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. The theatre “games” are funny, imaginative and sometimes absurd, but the real drama lies beneath the games—where secrets come to light in unexpected ways. By the play’s end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways.
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Queen Undaunted stars E. Bonnie Lewis in this critically acclaimed one-woman show – the story of Margaret of Anjou -told in private reflection and memory. Margaret is the only character to appear in four of Shakespeare's plays. From her first appearance as a young French princess engaged to Henry VI of England to her defeated but unvanquished old self, we follow her through Henry VI, Parts 1, 2,and 3 and Richard III .She is there from the beginning of the War of the Roses between the Lancasters and the Yorks up to the final defeat of Richard III, the last York king.
Much of the script is in Shakespeare's words, with transitions and explanations as well as the overall structure created by the playwright Jinny Webber. Director Ken Gilbert and co-director Michelle Osborne designed the innovative staging for which theirDramaDogs, a Theatre Company, is known.
In her review for Noozhawk9.28.11, Justine Sutton stated:
“E. Bonnie Lewis shone in speaking the words as Queen Margaret in all the facets of her complex character. The elegant language, often imbued with her slightly more modern tone and expression, felt accessible and yet still authentic. More than the words, what brought Margaret to life was Lewis’ movement. A dancer as well as actor, she is able to portray raw emotion, as well as depicting the mundane moments in life that not even a queen is immune to, with her physicality. A small gesture of her hand or turn of her mouth could bring deep humanity and vulnerability to this ambitious and volatile character.”
Queen Undaunted follows Shakespeare's arc of her life as depicted in his Henry VI trilology and Richard III, largely in Shakespeare's words as she reflects on the events of her life as they happen.
This play depicts how a woman of the fifteenth century could defy the norms of her time to direct the course of England. The War of the Roses originated in Queen Margaret's era; the white rose Yorks rebelling against the red-rose Lancasters, with Margaret more powerful than King Henry on the Lancaster side. Many of the gender issues of her story still relate to today.
No background in Shakespeare or medieval English history is needed to enjoy this play, which conveys Margaret's story through words and innovative staging.
Jinny Webber devised Queen Undaunted from Shakespeare's words--a modern-day collaborator. Her lines create the structure and transitions so as to give us the story from Margaret's point of view.
Playwright Jinny Webber, PhD, is a long time college instructor in literature. Her recent historical novel, The Secret Player, (see www.ShakespeareanTrilogy.com), focuses on an actor in Shakespeare's England. Artistic director and producer for New Bard Productions, Jinny has acted in amateur Shakespeare productions, co-directed As You Like It for a Santa Barbara City College faculty production, and directed David Starkey's How Red the Fire.She wrote a ten minute play which led to Queen Undaunted, commissioned by E. Bonnie Lewis.
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Who We Are
DramaDogs is a multidisciplinary and project driven theater production company that celebrates the creative process of performance through collaborative dialogues between the director, performer, technical and administrative segments of each production or event. It is the intention of DramaDogs to develop theatrical pieces, training programs, and educational outreach activities to touch the human spirit.
DramaDogs recognizes that theater arts provide the environment for a rich creative and collaborative process. This process allows artists of various disciplines to work toward the inception, development, and production of theatrical pieces. These performances in turn enrich and entertain the artists and the audience at large. The company is concurrently dedicated to outreach programs and experiences for youth in public and private schools.
Different from the autocratic director/producer artistic vision practiced by most professional companies, DramaDogs utilizes the self as the artist. It is the artists' experiences, in life and in rehearsal, that are the most viable creative tool toward performance. DramaDogs crafts challenging theatrical productions and workshops that provide opportunities for actors to explore and discover their own creativity through their personal experiences, discoveries and awareness. Within the collaboration and dialogue at production meetings, rehearsal and in the final performances, the director, designers, actors and technicians are involved on two levels. Their voiced ideas are heard and are then applied to the overall vision of the theater piece. The artists working together reveal and bring forward an artistic statement that potentially becomes art.
Ken Gilbert and E. Bonnie Lewis began their collaborative work in the theater in Pasadena during the summer and fall of 1991. Following several successful productions, DramaDogs was established in 1998 and registered as a non-profit in 2000. Continuing to work with and develop original material, DramaDogs stimulates and provokes personal and social responses from its audiences.
Queen Undaunted: Margaret of Anjou
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