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Boxing Love with Shakespeare’s Women

A TheARTrical Valentine’s Experience

Oceanside CA— Theatre and Art collide in a TheARTrical explosion of the senses when Apotheque Lifestyle Spa becomes the stage for Theatre Arts West’s Boxing Love with Shakespeare’s Woman, and the delectables of some of Oceanside’s locally crafted culinary artisans, as well as potions of the spa itself, become characters in a production that will take audiences from balcony to garden to rooms whose histories date back to the boom of the 1880’s and which will now set the stage for Shakespeare’s most famous lovers, as well as Frida Kahlo, Josephine and new characters penned by Southern California playwrights and a composer who were inspired by the Altered Boxes and Altered Book art of Oceanside artist, Blake Kern.

Actor Cara Cadwallader in playwright Rosh Wright’s Frida! (Photos courtesy of Theatre Arts West)

Actor Cara Cadwallader in playwright Rosh Wright’s Frida! (Photos courtesy of Theatre Arts West)

Oceanside’s, Theatre Arts West creates fusions of culturally diverse theatre/art/music/dance by using one art form to inspire new work in another while introducing unique, locally made products into its productions in support of buy/shop/grow local.

Blake Kern, an Oceanside resident who has lived in North County since 1975. Married for nearly 44 years, she has two adult children, and two grandchildren. Blake is a retired educator and is enjoying her new found time exploring her personal creativity. She has found her niche in collage and mixed media work, whether it be on canvas, in a box, or a book.

Art Piece Ballerina Princess (Photos courtesy of Theatre Arts West)

Art Piece Ballerina Princess
(Photos courtesy of Theatre Arts West)

Blake enjoys writing poetry, which becomes the story behind the art in her sometimes rather dark and mysterious books. Creating altered books and altar boxes is a way for her to focus on a particular theme and develop the layers of texture and 3-D effect that is not obtainable with canvas or paper. She explains, “I begin with an idea or sense of where I want to go, and by the end of the process I often find myself somewhere unexpected. The piece just takes on a life of its own. I know when the piece is complete because it just feels right.” Her goal is to not only evoke an emotional response, but to tell a story.

Actor Shaun Hagan in playwright Pattric Walker’s Dancing Princess which was inspired by Ballerina Princess (Photo Courtesy of Theatre Arts West)-click on image to enlarge photo

Actor Shaun Hagan in playwright Pattric Walker’s Dancing Princess which was inspired by Ballerina Princess
(Photo Courtesy of Theatre Arts West)-click on image to enlarge photo

Performance dates and times:

February 6th and February 8th through the 13th at 7:30 p.m.

February  7th and 14th at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and include the performance, a gallery exhibition, a gift bag which includes discounts from local businesses, champagne (Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday performances), tea and sherry (Sunday performances), and a taste of Leucadia Red wines.

Tickets may be purchased at http://theatreartswest.bpt.me

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