BON TEMPS ROULER AT THE SHAKESPEARE CAFE

By Elizabeth Huffman & William Shakespeare

Bremer Shakespeare Co & Post 5 Theatre

PRODUCTION NOTES

Set in a bar in New Orleans on Mardi Gras night, with text and characters borrowed from Shakespeare, the fun begins as the regulars arrive at their favorite watering hole, The Shakespeare Cafe.  

 

Overseeing the preparations and music is the owner and chanteuse Ursula and her lovesick bartender Pym. The joint is packed and Rosalind, Beatrice, Orlando, Benedict, Will, and Julia and even Falstaff are gearing up for a full-tilt costume party later that night, hoping to get laid, fall in love or stay in love but all hell breaks loose as misunderstandings, brawls and unfortunate disguises threaten to derail the festivities.

 

Originally created with ICAP theatre in Los Angeles, Bon Temp was first performed with no music for Theatertage Festival in Hanau Germany.  The next iteration of a play with music sung by Ursula only was for The Fertile Ground Festival at Post 5 theatre in Portland Oregon. In 2018, The Bremer Shakespeare Company in Bremen Germany commissioned the play now with the adding four additional songs for that production.

 

Now the project has developed into a full musical version with, rap, dixie-land, blues, rock , cajun and zydeco created by English composer Anderson Qunta. It is currently being developed in Pittsburgh for full musical production.

 

 

BREMER SHAKESPEARE  CAST 
ORLANDO
Tim Lee
ROSALIND
Svea Mecken Auerbach
BEATRICE
Theresa Rose
BENEDICT
Markus Suess
JULIA
Petra-Janina Schultz
WILL
Simon Elias
URSULA
Ithica Tell
FALSTAFF
Peter Luchinger
PYM
Vicktor Kobani
MUSICIAN & COMPOSER
ANDERSON QUNTA
BREMER PRODUCTION TEAM
Producer
Renate Heitmann
Production Design
Heike Neugebauer
Assistant Director
Julia Redder
Fight Choreographer
Thomas Zeisch

PORTLAND CAST

 

Orlando

Khristopher Mahoney-Watson

 

Rosalind

Chantal DeGroat

 

Ursula

Ithica Tell

 

Pym

Yoheii Sato

 

Julia

Kristen Fleming

 

Will

Ben Buckley

 

Benedick

Nathan Dunkin

 

Beatrice

Nicole Accuardi

PORTLAND PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Director

Elizabeth Huffman

 

Set Design

Rachel Finn

 

Lighting Design

Cassie Skauge

 

Costume Design

Elizabeth Huffman

 

Original Music

Anderson Quinta

 

Promo Video

Andy Chandler

 

Artwork/Projection

Tyler Peterson

 

Production Stage Manager Nathan Brauner


 


 


 


 

 PORTLAND PRESS

Review: Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe

Oregon Arts Watch

By: A.L. Adams

Review: Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe

All Things Performing Arts

By: Dennis Sparks

 

Review: Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe

OregonLive

By: David Stabler

 

AWARDS

SPARKLE AWARDS 

Outstanding Production

Post 5 Theatre

Outstanding Director

Elizabeth Huffman

Outstanding Actress:

Chantal de Groat