History knows Shakespeare's love sonnets, but the source of inspiration remains a mystery. One original play will uncover Shakespeare's true love.
Milestone Theatre Company in association with Arroyo Repertory Theatre will present the original "Master Mistress Muse" about the love-hate battle between a young lord and mysterious Dark Lady in their attempts to win over the audience and determine Shakespeare's true love. The show will run from Friday through Dec. 19.
A selection of 154 Shakespeare sonnets are peppered throughout the play to tell the story through text, sung by a modern Greek chorus, and interpreted through movement, said Mike Alva, executive director of Milestone Theatre Company and Pasadena resident.
This is not a strict, classic take on the Shakespeare's sonnets, but a collection and exploration of the Bard's inspiration, he said.
"Never has anyone seen Shakespeare like this before," Alva said. "Instead of producing the same Shakespeare plays we've seen over and over again or take plays like 'Romeo & Juliet' or 'Hamlet' and dress them up in modern times and situations, we decided to take what we knew of his work and create something brand new of it."