OBERON to Embrace Shakespeare With a Twist

ShakespeareA production of Hamlet at the Rev Theatre Company. Photo by Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities / Flickr Creative Commons.

Lucky Charming feels he was born to play Puck from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He stopped growing in ninth grade at 5 feet 4 inches and is playfully peppy when around friends. But whenever he saw a casting call for the play, the role of Puck was already filled.

“I need to play this role before I die. Several years ago I conceded, if I’m going to play this role, I have to produce the show myself,” says Lucky Charming, who asked that his non-stage name not be printed. “This is my attempt at sort of breaking the curse.”

He and fellow co-producer Shira Lipkin decided to create a show that would allow people from all backgrounds—burlesque performers, aerialists, spoken word artists—to embrace their love of William Shakespeare.

“Exit, Pursued Bare: A Shakespearean Burlesque and Variety Spectacular,” running Jan. 19 and 21 at OBERON, is a series of five-minute acts that explore the works of Shakespeare in daring, inventive ways. One performer pays tribute to “The Tempest” by exploring their queer identity through Prospero’s magic. Aerialists will perform a high-up snippet of “Hamlet.” Lucky Charming’s rendition of Puck will include a “comedic dance montage.”

Lucky Charming describes the show as a “big mishmash” made up of circus, acting, burlesque, puppetry, drag, and aerial acts.

Each performer submitted the idea for their own act, and Lipkin and Lucky Charming will host the show.

“Not everyone in our show is a trained actor or does public speaking or spoken word or anything, but they all have strong attachments to the work of Shakespeare and specific characters,” Lucky Charming says. “They have an opportunity to play this role in a way that makes more sense for them.”

“Exit, Pursued Bare: A Shakespearean Burlesque and Variety Spectacular” will run at OBERON on Jan. 19 and 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20.