FRACTURED SHAKESPEARE re-contextualizes the words of the bard to find new meaning by producing new works from the age-old text.

Introducing: “Was it Rape, Then?”

A narrative video short following four women in their fight against sexual assault. When they speak, they use Shakespeare’s words; recontextualized excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays woven together to form a new story – a Fractured Shakespeare. Originally conceived by Charissa J. Adams as a monologue for the consent-culture burlesque Cabaret Consensual, it was adapted by partners Kari Lee Cartwright and Thaddeus Shafer and is presented in association with Lady Brain Films, More Than No, and Los Angeles Theatre Makers United for Progress.

with text borrowed from…
*Double Falsehood (2.1)
The Taming of the Shrew (4.3)
Much Ado About Nothing (4.1)
The Tempest (4.1)
Macbeth (5.5)
Henry V (4.3)
Coriolanus (1.4)

Presented by:
Fractured Shakespeare
Lady Brain
Los Angeles Theatre Makers United for Progress
More Than “No”

Directed by Kari Lee Cartwright
Screenplay by Thaddeus Shafer
Adapted from the stage piece compiled and performed by Charissa J Adams

Connor Kelly-Eiding, Charissa J. Adams, Elitia Daniels, Sujana Chand
Karen Pittman

Abigail Marks, Bitsy la Bourbon, Carly D. Weckstein, Jessica Goldapple, Jess M Garcia, Kari Lee Cartwright, Sabrina Bernasconi
Adam Slemon, Andy Forrest, Bruce A. Lemon Jr., Grace Lee, Lisa Grady, Michael James Adams, Richard Abraham, Thaddeus Shafer

Produced by
Kari Lee Cartwright
Thaddeus Shafer
Charissa J. Adams

Editor: Thaddeus Shafer
Colorist: Sean McDaniel
Composer: Jonathan Thomas Miller
Sound Editor: Michael Kaplan, Zwick Post
Publicity: Casey Gates

Los Angeles Unit
First Assistant Director: Steph Warpaint
Director of Photography: Sean McDaniel
Sound: Carlito Hendy
Gaffer: Thaddeus Shafer
Stills Photography: Casey Gates

New York Unit
Director of Photography: Alejandro Cortés
First Assistant Camera: Paula Cury
Boom Operator: Brandon Green
Gaffer: Nicolas Lopez
Production Manager: Charis Shafer

Special thanks to…
Buz Danger Wallick, Carolyn Templin, Charlie Zwick, Dana and Vivian Huff, Devin Kawaoka, Gabriel Long, Joe Sabia, Jonny Taylor, Marc de la Cruz, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Michael James Adams, Michael Lucid, Noelle Bruno, Sam Pancake, School of Visual Arts, The Illyrian Players Theatre Co., and Will Hrdr

*Double Falsehood is a text whose authorship is disputed. To find out more, you can read this article from The Guardian.

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