Celebration Quotation – January 3, 2016

Free will or Fate?  It’s a common theme in Shakespeare’s works, as this quote from Julius Caesar demonstrates:

fault in our stars quote

The actor in the photo – Joseph Haworth, was hailed as the “Best Actor of Leading Roles on the American Stage” in the late 19th Century.  This (autographed) photo of him in the role of Cassius is dated 1893.

Theatre is so ephemeral – productions come and go, with so little left behind. We love uncovering these little bits of history of Shakespeare in performance from the  Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection – if you haven’t  explored the collection, it’s definitely worth a look!

Celebration Quotation – January 2, 2016

The new year is upon us, and we like this quotation from Hamlet – even though Ophelia has already taken the express to crazy town when she says it, there’s truth in it, and maybe hope for something better?  Or the Elizabethan version of karma?


Image: Watercolor by artist Mary Ann Criddle; 19th century –  Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

Celebration Quotation – January 1, 2016

 Happy New Year!  Happy Shakespeare Quatercentenary!

2016 marks the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and Unexpected Company is joining with other theatre companies, libraries, museums, educational institutions, and and Shakespeare lovers around the world to celebrate his legacy.  In the days leading up to the opening of our Shakespeare Celebration production in April, we’ll be posting a series of quotations from Shakespeare’s works, along with some wonderful historic photos and artwork from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Digital Image Collection.



Image: From Illustrations of Shakespeare and From Ancient Manners by Frances Douce, engravings by J. Berryman; 1903  – Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

New Dates – Shakespeare Celebration


We have added another week of performances for the Shakespeare Celebration next spring – in addition to the original show dates April 22-24 (just in time for Shakespeare’s Birthday/Deathday), we’ll also be running the weekend of April 28-May 1.

Some roles are already cast – we’ll be announcing that soon – but there a still two roles open for young actors ages 16-25 (if you’re over 25 but look a bit younger, you might still be in the running), and we are open to actors of all cultures.

Check our Jobs page for more info on the show, and watch this blog – or like us on Facebook – for the latest updates on auditions and casting.

Shakespeare Celebration Preview

Special Preview Performance Tonight 

 at 7:00 pm

at Westminster Presbyterian Church

We will be performing a short staged-reading of selections from our Shakespeare Celebration piece tonight at the 2015-2016 Westminster Fine Arts Gala. This hour-long event includes coffee, dessert, and a sneak peak of several acts from the upcoming season – including our!

Company members performing in tonight’s preview include John Earl Robinson, Tiffany Flory, Jennifer Hughes, Eric Olson, and Brian R. Lynner (who will also be playing piano.)

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are strongly recommended so that they may plan accordingly. To RSVP, please email Westminster or call the church office at 515-274-1534.

New Website!

Welcome to the new (and hopefully improved!) website.

There’s a lot to explore, including new projects on the horizon, new classes, and new job opportunities for artists.

We’ve also split off the detailed information on our non-profit consulting services into a separate web site – visit our UnXco Consulting site here – or follow the link on our Services page.

You may notice that we have turned off the Comments section on most of these posts – mostly to cut down on spam comments until we can optimize our security settings on this site. If you have a comment or question, please use our Contact page to send it.

We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from theatre production for a while, focusing mainly on the consulting side of our business and  writing projects.  The fruits of some of these labors will manifest in 2016 with the production of a new Shakespeare performance piece, and a workshop production of a new (and slightly less tragic) update of the Oedipus story, told from the point of view of minor characters who are party to those events.

As this is a new site, please help us out by letting us know if you encounter links that don’t work, typographical errors in the copy, or anything else that looks funky by sending us a quick e-mail through the form on our Contact page.  And please come back again, as we’ll be adding new information as we move closer to production for our new projects!