Going to the theater lets you take in dramatic scenes at a safe distance, much like listening to your neighbors argue about how to pronounce “gnocchi.” Hide behind the fourth wall with this GrouponLive deal to see WSC Avant Bard’s production of Shakespeare in Klingon II: The Wrath of (Michael) Kahn at the Artisphere Spectrum Theatre in Arlington. For $42, you get one ticket package (up to an $86.50 value, including ticketing fees), which includes:
- One general-admission ticket for the performance on Sunday, March 4, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
- A flex pass for any two shows in the company’s 2011–12 season.<p>
Shakespeare in Klingon II: The Wrath of (Michael) Kahn translates the Bard’s immortal lines into the fictional guttural language from the Star Trek series. Made up in the space-faring race’s characteristic forehead ridges, actors recreate scenes from such famed plays as Hamlet and The Tempest in both English and Klingon. Veteran Shakespeare impresario and Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn will take the stage beside the galactic thespians, along with WSC Avant Bard director Christopher Henley and the inventor of Klingon, Marc Okrand. After the show, a question-and-answer session with the cast gives the audience the chance to clear up lingering questions about Klingon idioms and how to break into the language-inventing racket.
In addition to taking in the interstellar pentameter, Groupon buyers receive a pass to any two shows in the remainder of WSC Avant Bard’s season. Les Justes, Albert Camus’s haunting meditation on political violence, runs through March 11, and Euripides’s Greek tragedy The Bacchae opens for previews on May 10, stirring audiences with Dionysus’s punishment of a Theban king who refuses to worship him. The latter production runs in reparatory with Sam Shepard’s The Tooth of Crime, a sci-fi musical in which gangsters combine rock ‘n’ roll with violence to rule an apocalyptic future. The Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre offers clear sight lines of all the productions while creating an intimate space for actors to forge an emotional bond with show-goers, deepening the betrayal when fans find them acting for other audiences.
WSC Avant Bard
Established as the Washington Shakespeare Company in 1990, WSC Avant Bard is dedicated to updating classic theater for modern audiences, revitalizing well-worn drama with challenging interpretations. Under the leadership of newly appointed artistic director Tom Prewitt, the theater treats audiences to daring productions of established classics, new works, and little-known Shakespeare fan-fiction about him teaming up to fight crime with Queen Elizabeth I.