When the national shut-down began, we felt the best way to weather this time would be to step back, make masks, improve our infrastructure and organizational culture, and look forward to the time we can create live theatre again. Then members of our community started to reach out and ask if we had anything planned, saying they really were going to miss seeing our work this year.

We were reminded of our fervent commitment to our mission and to our artists. So what to do? We invited our 2020 directorial team to inspire us. The parameters: pitch a digital idea somehow related to Shakespeare, and something more playful than a zoom reading. They did have some ideas. And those ideas are BADASS.

We know digital theatrical programming will be an important way to stay engaged with our audience and artists even when live in-person events are safe again, so keep an eye out for announcements of more to come. Our inaugural Shakespeare Playground Season will be fully digital and will run September 2020-June 2021.

A podcast featuring short stories and conversation inspired by Shakespeare's canon and the lives of theatre people. Stories written by Scott Kaiser and read by ISF company members.

Playwright, director, and scholar Scott Kaiser has penned 38 short stories, each relating to one of Shakespeare’s plays. Each episode, a voice familiar to ISF will read a story and share their response, followed by a conversation about what inspired each story between Mr. Kaiser and ISF artistic director, Olena Hodges. Please be advised, most episodes will contain adult content.

Episodes are published every other Sunday at 11AM, beginning October 4, 2020.

Written by Scott Kaiser
Directed and Produced by Olena Hodges
Sound effects, Engineering, and Music by Orion Mikael Schwalm

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12/13/20 Partners Lexi Chipman
1/10/21 The Cast List Helen Roundhill
1/24/21 Just the Messenger Orion Schwalm
2/7/21 It Takes Guts Davion T Brown
2/21/21 Rumor Race Michael Blackwood
3/7/21 Ecdysiast Eric Bermudez
3/21/21 The Dream Job Renea S. Brown
4/4/21 The Interview Zandi Carlson
4/18/21 Jonathan Falls Maya Sugarman
5/2/21 Love's Labour's Won David Ossman
5/16/21 Theatre Francais Mary Reagan
5/30/21 Shrewd Jeff Natter
6/13/22 The Monitor Shelley Hartle

The Lark - Olena Hodges - October 4, 2020
Corps A Corps - J. Tyler Jones - October 18, 2020
Doppelganger - Cameron Gray - November 1, 2020
Music and Dance - Candice Handy - November 15, 2020
The Audition Monologue - Amanda Noriko Newman - November 29, 2020

Join us as we investigate the intersections of Tarot, gender, and Shakespeare's canon. Theatre-maker Will Wilhelm (they/them) will lead bite-sized interactive live-streamed Zoom sessions that will entertain, inspire, and enlighten! Developed by Erin Murray (she/her) and Will Wilhelm as part of a solo-show collaboration process.

Created by Will Wilhelm (they/them) and Erin Murray (she/her)
“Scenic” Design by Kathryn Lynn Morgen (they/them)

Thursday, December 10: Bill Rauch (he/him) Reserve Free "Tickets"

Sara Bruner (she/her) View the video
MJ Kaufman (they/them) View the video
Meme García (they/them) View the video

OCTOBER Archive:
Ada Karamanyan (she/her) View the video
Christian Bufford (he/they) View the video
Linnea Valdivia (she/her) View the video

Kevin Kantor (they/them) View the video
Jordan Barbour (he/him) View the video
Lucky Stiff (they/them) View the video

Sonnet Tarot Cards Available Here!

A devised multi-media production, in collaboration with University of Kansas, Lawrence, using text from Shakespeare to investigate contemporary social justice. Featuring ISF actors (virtually) alongside KU drama students, this piece will explore culturally conscious theatre making in this digital age.

The 5 chapters or ‘acts’ will explore:

  1. Power/corruption

  2. Pain from corruptions and the oppression that comes from misuse of power

  3. Fighting the power/Revolution

  4. The power of Love in the midst of revolution

  5. Hope for powerful change

Devised and Directed by Santiago Sosa (he/him)
University of Kansas Students:

Actors: Tehreem Chaudhry, Jeremiah Coleman, India McDonald, and Diego Rivera-Rodriguez Dramaturg: Lauren Smith Assistant Text Coach: Aubrey McGetrick

ISF Company: TBA