Lean & Hungry Theater to Perform and Record Radio Drama Version of The Winter's Tale, December 4 and 5

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December 5 pre-show "Food for Thought" discussion features scholarly debate on the play and its relevance in contemporary society.

We planned our production of The Winter's Tale to coincide with the winter holiday season, because of the play's underlying themes of rebirth, renewal, family and forgiveness

Lean & Hungry Theater, where readers' theater meets radio drama, will perform and record the Shakespeare classic The Winter's Tale live on December 4 and 5 at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Performance times are 8 PM each evening. General admission tickets are available at the door for $12, or $8 for students, seniors and St. Stephen and the Incarnation parishioners. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

From 6:30 to 7:30 PM on December 5, immediately before the recording, Lean & Hungry will present the first in its "Food for Thought" discussions, focusing on the relevance of The Winter's Tale in literature and contemporary society. Moderated by Mr. Joseph Casazza of the Library of Congress, the "Food for Thought" discussion panel will feature Professor Phoebe Farris of the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts, and the Reverend Doctor Katherine Grieb of the Virginia Theological Seminary.

"We planned our production of The Winter's Tale to coincide with the winter holiday season, because of the play's underlying themes of rebirth, renewal, family and forgiveness," said Lean & Hungry Artistic Director Jessica Hansen. "As one of Shakespeare's less well-known plays, we'd like our audience to understand how these themes are expressed in the play, and how they relate not only to the holidays but to life and times today."

The cast of the Lean & Hungry production of The Winter's Tale features the acting talents of classically-trained performers who have appeared with or taught at The Shakespeare Theatre, The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and The Washington Shakespeare Company, as well as other well-known local and national companies.

The resident theatre company of St. Stephen and the Incarnation, Lean & Hungry Theater is the only theater company in the Washington, DC metropolitan area dedicated to adapting works of Shakespeare and other classic playwrights as radio dramas.

Lean & Hungry's radio drama adaptations of Shakespeare's classics are produced as staged readings, recorded before a live audience with live sound effects and musical underscore.

About Lean & Hungry Theater:

Conceived in 2006, Lean & Hungry Theater (Lean & Hungry) is a non-profit theater company that bridges the gap between readers' theater and radio drama. Drawing primarily on the comedies and tragedies of William Shakespeare, Lean & Hungry provides professional readers' theater to underserved areas, in established or improvised venues (both live and electronic), for the educational benefit and cultural enrichment of students, families, seniors and other interested groups in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and beyond. The Lean & Hungry performance model is to have classics of English-language theater read and recorded before a live audience, complete with live sound effects and live original musical underscore. The recorded performances ultimately will be made available as a podcast, Webcast, broadcast or audio CD. For more information, visit http://www.leanandhungrytheater.com.

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