They’re called The Classic Theatre, and the name of the five-year-old San Antonio theater company isn’t by accident.
"We concentrate on classic dramatic literature, and that means is we usually do old classics and one modern classic a year," said Co-Artistic Director Diane Malone. "I’m just doing pure Shakespeare and the audiences are loving it."
Why is something written hundreds of years ago -- like Shakespeare -- still relevant today?
"Because people don’t change!" she said. "If you come to see 'Taming of the Shrew' you’ll see that the trials and tribulations of courtship and love and marriage, and the battle of the sexes and the relationship between men and women has not changed!"
The Classic is also planning for the next production -- auditions are being held this week for "Death of a Salesman," which will be performed in their new space at the Woodlawn Theatre on Fredericksburg Road.
"We have found a lovely space in the black box of the Woodlawn," Malone said. "It’s small -- it’s going to be very intimate, which we like."
There seems to be a bit of a boom in theater happening in the Alamo City right now and Malone said they are happy to be part of it.
"There’s a lot of theater going on in San Antonio," she said, lamenting on the other hand that she felt something was missing.
"Nobody was paying attention to the classics," she said.
With the continued efforts of The Classic Theatre, that problem seems to have been solved. The "Taming of the Shrew" runs now through November 24 at the Classic Theatre's Blue Star performance space.
- Learn more about this performance and more at: www.classictheatre.org