And if the whole thing sounds a little confusing, you are not incorrect there, either; a number of the actors cited the difficulty of explaining the plot to the uninitiated.
“We will be asking a lot of the audience to follow every bit of both of those [narratives],” cast member James Finley said. “But I think they’ll be able to get what they need out of it.”
The actors insist that the heart of what made Shakespeare’s works compelling remains intact. “You still very much have the story of the prince who is not really wanting to be a part of the royal scene and would rather hang out with some subversive types,” said Sara Barker, another member of the cast.
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The TheatreWashington Star Gala and Benefit Auction on Friday raised nearly $300,000 for the newly rebranded organization. Almost 400 guests braved inclement weather to reach the Four Seasons in Georgetown, outpacing attendance from the previous three years.
Although the mechanics of the event have remained largely intact for more than two decades, Linda Levy Grossman, president and chief executive of the organization, cited a more intangible development.
“The feel of it was very different,” she said. “There was a difference in energy . . . in vibe. We were sold out more than a week in advance . . . and I think this difference could certainly be attributed to an excitement about TheatreWashington, about a desire to be part of something new.
“It’s more than just a name change. It truly is a philosophical evolution as well.”
TheatreWashington’s new Web site was launched last week.
Jaylee Mead, a longtime Washington theater patron and a current member of the boards of Studio Theatre and TheatreWashington, was honored with the 2011 Helen’s Star.
In addition to a silent auction, a live auction — led by Sebastian Clarke of “Antiques Roadshow” — brought out the most lucrative items of the night: A trip to Asia, with first-class airfare, went for $8,000, as did a trip to Machu Picchu.
Money raised from the event provides funding for TheatreWashington’s year-round work, including audience-building programs and education initiatives.