Laak Productions presents
                Shakespeare visits Arcosanti


             September 2, 3 & 4, 2016
             Friday, Saturday & Sunday

               September 2 (Friday)
6:00 pm Dinner
                    7:30 pm Hamlet

               September 3 (Saturday)
                    3:00 pm All’s Well That Ends Well
                    6:00 pm Dinner
                    7:30 pm Hamlet

               September 4 (Sunday)
                    3:00 pm All’s Well That Ends Well

               Price: $40 for dinner and the show
for each show ($10 for students)

 >>> For tickets, please go here <<<


Sept 3 (Saturday) Lunch @$10

Seafood pasta (with imitation crab, Penni pasta in a white sauce)
Roasted Tempe, red and white potatoes, and onions
Steam mixed fresh garden greens
Caesar salad

Sept 3 (Saturday) Dinner @$20

Salisbury steak
Quinoa mixed in with garden fresh vegetables stir fried with chilies
Oven baked red potato fries
Caesar salad
Cherry Ice Cream

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s best known works. In keeping with our mission to produce unique site specific events, the Laark production at Arcosanti will be a one time experience. First, as with all Laark productions, the story comes first. Rather than being a vehicle for a famous actor, our Hamlet is the Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Second, we see Hamlet as a young man clinging to sanity in a world gone mad. Third, the story will unfold within the incomparable architectural magnificence of Arcosanti.

A sensitive young man stands at odds with his society.  Misunderstood and judged by his peers and elders alike, he questions his ideas of the material and spiritual worlds and his duty to family and society vs. vengeance for the foul murder of a loving father. Driven to action by the forces arrayed against him, and his own drive for justice, Hamlet embarks on a course destined for personal tragedy but ultimate national healing.

All’s Well That Ends Well

This is an overlooked comedy in the Shakespeare canon, but worth the price of a ticket!   A sickly King, a runaway groom, inept soldiers, the passion of youth, and the wisdom that comes with experience all combine in an evening of comedy and drama for anyone who has ever hoped for the best in a world where things often go sideways…

Helena, the orphaned daughter of a respected physician, loves Bertram, the son of the Countess of Rossillon.  When Helena is able to cure the ailing King of France, he rewards her with his ring and allows her to choose Bertram as her husband. Bertram is horrified by the prospect of marrying against his will and flees the court on his wedding night.  Encouraged by his despicable companion, Parolles, he joins a group of French gentlemen-soldiers who are off to Italy to involve themselves in a civil conflict between Florence and Siena.  Bertram sends Helena home to Rousillon with a letter saying she must wear his ring and bear his child in order to win him as a husband and Helena, in despair, decides to leave Rousillon.

Loosed in a foreign country, the French noblemen make a (more or less) fine showing in military skirmishes, but also engage in some of the less noble activities of young warriors. When Helena’s pilgrimage brings her to Italy she befriends a resourceful widow and her daughter, Diana, and quickly discovers that her runaway husband is attempting to seduce the virtuous young woman. These new allies concoct a plan to turn the tables on the lustful Bertram: Diana agrees to a tryst with Bertram with Helena taking her place in the darkened bedroom.  Meanwhile, to demonstrate to Bertram the poor character of his comrade, the men of his own company kidnap Parolles, blindfold him and convince him he is in the enemy camp. Under questioning he shamelessly gives away troop numbers and positions as well as vilifying the characters of his comrades.

The war ends speedily.  Meanwhile, the report reaches France that Helena is dead.  No sooner do the soldiers return to France than Bertram agrees to marry another woman. He casually produces the King’s own ring as an engagement pledge and is quickly arrested for the suspected murder of his wife. With impeccable timing, Diana appears to claim Bertram as her husband, exhibiting his family ring as proof. Bertram scrambles and lies to avoid the truth of his behavior coming out, but is condemned by the King. He is saved by Helena’s dramatic entrance, bearing both his ring and his child.  In the final moments of the play, Bertram — forced to recognize the dishonesty of Parolles, his own sins, and the determined love of his wife — finally repents and vows to change his ways, leading to an ending where all seems well.

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