Performed by Ron Danko and Ann Chandler*
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and
Stage Managers in the U.S.
In the Arizona Room of Academy Village,
Thursday evening, March 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Friday afternoon, March 6, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday evening, March 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
Please note location and times. The audience will be limited to 50 for each performance. For assured seating email email@example.com or call 520-312-7188.
In this hour-long adaptation, 28 of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets (first printed in1609) have been chosen and sequenced by ASA Theatre Artistic Director Ron Danko as a dramatic narrative of a long-lived love affair, with all the strains and convolutions of a secret romance between two mature lovers—the pleasures of love, the urgency of aging, the threats to reputation, the possibility of unfaithfulness, separation, and the hard-won reconciliation. Ron Danko has had a long love affair with these poems and now brings them to the Academy in the intimate space of the Arizona Room for four performances. He is joined by AV resident Ann Chandler in a dialogue that follows the arc of the relationship, bringing to life the often-conflicting emotions and reflections portrayed in the scenes and soliloquies of Shakespeare’s timeless poems.
Based in New York City, Ann Chandler’s professional acting career has spanned 30 years in theatre, film, television and commercials. Of her numerous theatre roles, some of the most critically acclaimed were in Richard II, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Lysistrata, The Crucible, Eleemosynary, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, and Uncommon Women & Others. In Academy Village, she has appeared in the ASA Theatre Co.’s productions of Lettice & Lovage, Spoon River Anthology, and Laundry & Bourbon.
Ron Danko has been fascinated by the sonnets since his college years at UC, Santa Barbara, where he studied with teacher/director Dr. Homer Swander. He subsequently worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Founding Artistic Director, Angus Bowmer. Ron started Shakespeare festivals in Kalispell, MT, and Salinas, CA, where he was Artistic Director of The Western Stage. Teaching at Southern Oregon University, he had his students dramatize the sonnets as a final project; this led to his adapting 48 sonnets with a cast of 18 actors, singers, and musicians for a staging at Rogue Community College.
In the current production, incidental music from Shakespeare’s time will be provided by Michael Foote and Suzanne Ferguson, who met in a recorder class in Santa Barbara in 1968. After nearly 50 years of sporadic playing together, they formed a new early music ensemble at Academy Village early in 2018.
Written by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer