"The Lady of Shalott," TE San Pedro Rep

August 16, 2014 5:53 PM

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"The Lady of Shalott," TE San Pedro Rep

Richard Wagner thought a gesamtkunstwerk, an integration of all the arts, would be the purest form of theatre. "The Lady of Shalott: A Journey Beyond Arthurian Legend," conceived and directed by Aaron Ganz for TE San Pedro Rep, grounds gesamtkunstwerk in unbelievable storytelling and enchanting spectacle. The result? A sensual and passionate example of the way art can come to life.

To appreciate the extraordinary thing Ganz and his troupe have done here, consider the bare bones of the story. He bases the production on a poem by Alfred Tennyson. Elaine, the Lady of Shalott (Cassandra Ambe) weaves at her loom. A curse prevents her from looking out onto the world. Her only knowle...

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