Elizabeth Rex follows the story of Queen Elizabeth on the eve of the beheading of her rumored lover, the Earl of Essex. In great need of distraction, the Queen plans to be entertained by a royal command performance by Shakespeare and his company.
“Based on this obscure historical fact, one of Canada's most acclaimed playwrights, Timothy Findley, imagines this drama in and edgy way,” said OCC faculty member Dennis North, fine & performing arts department. “The story unfolds as the Queen visits the acting troupe's lodgings and finds a kindred soul in an extraordinary male actor who plays Shakespeare's leading ladies.”
The original play premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada in 2000. OCC’s production features current and former students, faculty and theatre adjuncts – including one with Broadway credits – and a community member in the cast. Two of the original production costumes will be used in OCC’s performances.
Show dates are March 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19. All performances are at 7:30p.m. General admission is $15; students and seniors (age 62+) pay $5. Due to adult themes, it is not recommended for children.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Ken Faulk - firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.522.3666
Where can I purchase tickets?
Tickets may be purchased at the Smith Theatre Box Office on the night of the performance.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
The Smith Theatre allows only bottled water.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No - Please check in at the Will Call Desk, located in the Smith Theatre Lobby on the night of the performance.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes- Just let the individual attending the performance know the name the tickets are under.