Our 24th Meetup was a free one, where we had the pleasure of seeing Lisa Wolpe, founder of the LA Women’s Shakespeare Company, deliver a charged performance in “Shakespeare and The Alchemy of Gender” at the Presidio this evening. Wolpe is an actress, director, teacher, producer and artistic director and founder of LAWSC, an award-winning all-female, multi-cultural theater company. This one-day only event is followed by a masterclass tomorrow, where she will explore the alchemy of gender in a MasterClass setting, in which an audience watches her work with resident artists from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.
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.
Wolpe also performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last month, and Claudia Alick, OSF’s Associate Producer, Community had this to say: “Lisa Wolpe is an amazing interpreter of Shakespeare. She approaches characters such as Iago and Hamlet in challenging and illuminating ways. It’s a pleasure to have this company member returning to share some master work.”
Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times, in his review, had this to say: “Director Lisa Wolpe saves her most interesting interpretation for the diabolic ensign, a role she performs so naturally that you’re hardly aware of any cross-dressing trickery.”
If you were part of the meetup, leave us a note and tell us what you thought of the performance.