The Shakespeare Theatre Joins Forces with Local Businesses To Bring George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple
Life Beyond the Stage
Exciting partnerships include “pop up” exhibit from Museum of Early Trades and Crafts and a signature cocktail at local tavern Poor Herbie’s
MADISON, NJ —The Shakespeare Theatre is thrilled to celebrate the Independence Day season, the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey’s charter, and the opening of George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple through a unique local partnership with the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts and the historical tavern restaurant Poor Herbie’s in Madison. Shaw’s only full-length play about America, The Devil’s Disciple is set in 1777 amid the tumult of the American Revolution and honors the spirit of the everyday people who fought for the nation’s independence. Performances continue through July 27th at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. “Theatre is such a collaborative art form, and we’re delighted for the opportunity to collaborate with our local community throughout this production, especially as we remember the proud history of this country and this state that ties us all together,” said Rick Engler, Director of Marketing at The Shakespeare Theatre.
The Devil’s Disciple was Shaw’s first commercial success and established the signature Shavian balance of comedy, drama, and his astute exploration of human nature. The Devil’s Disciple stands out both as a testament to Shaw’s mastery of impactful melodrama and, more importantly, as a skillful and moving examination of what it truly means to be an American. The story begins as nearby insurgencies send shockwaves through the small town of Westerbridge, New Hampshire, particularly into the lives of the Dudgeon family. The choices of two unlikely anti-heroes eventually cause Loyalists and Revolutionaries alike to examine the true meaning of honor.
A special “pop-up” exhibit in conjunction with the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts’ ongoing exhibit The American Revolution: Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront will be on display in the Theatre’s lobby throughout The Devil’s Disciple’s run. The exhibit will feature Revolutionary War artifacts from the Museum’s exhibit. “The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is happy to partner with The Shakespeare Theatre to create our own ‘Crossroads of the Revolution’ this summer. Visitors can enjoy quality theatre and visual arts while they learn local history,” said Meg Wastie, the Museum’s Curator of Education. Patrons can enhance their theatre-going experience by visiting the full exhibit at the museum, located at 9 Main Street in Madison. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4p.m. For more information, visit www.metc.org.
Joining in the celebration of America’s history and great local culture is Poor Herbie’s, Madison’s landmark tavern restaurant located on historic Waverly Place. Patrons who present their Devil’s Disciple ticket stub will receive 10% off their entire bill. Also, be sure to ask about the exclusive cocktail the “Devil’s Disciple,” created especially for this play by proprietor Dennis Mullins, Jr.“We love working with The Shakespeare Theatre, and this specially-designed summer cocktail is a great pairing for this production!”
Individual tickets to The Devil’s Disciple are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.org
. Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Individual tickets range from $15 to $75.