The Drilling Company's latest production in Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. The company's premiere of Coriolanus, directed by Hamilton Clancy, was a triumphant and highly relevant interpretation of Shakespeare's corrosive view of Roman democracy in the fifth century B.C.E., a tragedy in which the political process seems every bit as chaotic and poisonous as that of the United States in the twenty-first century C.E. The New York Times:
Despite the obvious sympathies of the theater troupe mounting the play, though, here the Occupiers don’t come out looking so good. Which makes this production all the more provocative.
The rabble places special blame on Caius Marcius, a valiant Roman general who disdains the lower classes.
“There is no more mercy in him,” a former friend of the general ominously declares, “than there is milk in a male tiger.”
But somehow the star of the show is still the setting.
Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot has been around since 1996. Yet the pocked concrete and the bugs and the foot traffic seem especially poignant in this particular play at this particular time, given the fresh memories of real mob outrage and unruliness, also staged outdoors, just a couple of miles away.