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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

  • Scottish Rite Theater 1547 Lakeside Drive Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Friday-Sunday, December 11-13 and 18-20,
Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00PM and 5:00PM
Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, 510-451-1903
See website for detailed ticket prices and parking information.

The 30th Annual Christmas Revels: A Venetian Masque

It is the end of 1620 when a troupe of ragged Commedia Dell’Arte players arrive in Venice. They are fleeing a less-than-successful European tour and are hoping for an upturn in their fortunes. The Doge, Antonio Priuli, is preparing an elaborate festival to celebrate the new year. It is to feature the finest of elegant Renaissance music and courtly masque drama as well as guest performers invited from around the Mediterranean. There is no place in his plans for the low comedy of the players. Relying on their wit and ingenuity, the Commedians manage to infiltrate the festivities, and before long the Most Serene Republic of Venice is reduced to comic chaos. The show brings together high and low art with vibrant costuming, multiple masks and even a gondola race as audience and performers join together in an uproarious Revels celebration of the turning of the year.

Featured performers include Jeff Raz and Robert Sicular, last seen in the 2013 Ghosts of Haddon Hall Christmas Revels, last year's female lead, Tristan Cunningham, newcomer Slater Penney, and Revels regulars Shira Kammen, James Galileo, and Brass West.

Earlier Event: December 13
Handcraft Holiday Market
Later Event: December 13
A Winter Wonderland