“Shakespeare's poetic language has always been the argot of lovers, but never have two people been wooed and won by it so intensely than the characters in John Minigan's compelling Breaking the Shakespeare Code. It is one of the finest plays you'll see… Stephen Brotebeck has directed a brilliantly acted production of [John] Minigan's intelligent play about the coded language of reluctant lovers. [Miranda] Jonte and [Tim] Weinert electrify the stage like a modern Beatrice and Benedick with their exquisitely nuanced performances and onstage chemistry. In many ways, the play is a love letter to the power of Shakespeare's words as well as to the acting profession itself, and anyone who cares about either of these things will find this show exhilarating.” - Pete Hemstead, Theatermania
Eighteen-year-old Anna approaches Curt, a callous young acting instructor at the women’s college she attends, to ask him to coach her for an upcoming audition. Though initially dismissive, he agrees to work with her only when she survives his challenges to her work on Julius Caesar’s Portia. Their lives converge personally and professionally over the next sixteen years as they try to find the right moment and opportunity to finally reveal their true feelings for one another.
Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm:
Theater: Black Box @ 440 Studios
Address: 440 Lafayette St, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
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Miranda Jonte Anna
was born & raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MFA from the Actors Studio in New York, her BA in Theatre & German from Chico State, & studied at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Roles include: Suzanne (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), & Tracy (Seascape with Sharks and Dancer), Mary (Mary Stuart) Nina (The Seagull), Masha (Three Sisters), Mercy (I Am Yours), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Madame (The Maids) Katherine (The Secret Rapture), Kim (This Isn’t Working): FringeNYC, Amy (Refuge), Governess (The Turn of the Screw), & mercenary killer Danielle Bosola in the new retelling of the Duchess of Malfi, Malfi, Inc. with Milk Can Theatre Company. She wrote the full-length play GREASEMONKEY, (semi-finalist, Princess Grace) originating the role of Mara in its world premiere in NYC, Winter 2013. Her next play, St. Francis (semi-finalist, Princess Grace), premiered successfully in Spring 2013 as a one-woman show; and in August of 2015, debuted at New York International Fringe Festival (Best Director: Stephen Brotebeck). St. Francis is published both in Applause Books' “The Best Plays From American Theatre Festivals 2015” and “Contemporary Monologues for a New Theater 2018”. She has also penned the ten-minute play All In A White Trash Pie, directed by Stephen Brotebeck. Her piece, The Shark Play, was selected for the Final 12 at the Sam French OOB Fest 2017 at Classic Stage Company, and was selected for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska. Her one-woman show, Good & Kissed, debuted at Midtown International Theater Fest, and was twice and was selected for Capital Fringe in DC this July. She recently received the Puffin Grant from the Puffin Foundation for her proposal of GREASEMONKEY as a feature film. Miranda and Stephen helmed the professional production of John Minigan's Breaking the Shakespeare Code at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago in June 2014. followed by the New York premiere in FringeNYC, August 2014. She played Anna in both productions. In her spare time, she does road races & mud runs, eats way too much junk food, & watches too many Hallmark Movies. Proud member of AEA.
Tim Weinert Curt
is very excited to be re-joining the SHAX-CODE team and Hey Jonte! Productions. Tim first worked with Hey Jonte! for the original, NYC fringe-festival premiere of Breaking the Shakespeare Code, and has since been involved in multiple projects with Miranda and the team. Most recently, Tim has worked with Miranda on the filming of promotional materials to assist in the making of GREASEMONKEY, the film. TV/Film: Tim has most recently been seen as Lt. Paxson in a recurring role on Chicago Fire, Ralph Friedman in Street Justice: The Bronx on the Discovery Channel, One Life To Live, and As The World Turns. Notable credits include – Jaime in Time Stands Still (Theatre for the New City); Ralph Friedman in Street Justice: The Bronx on the Discovery Channel; Selridge in Biloxi Blues (Walnut Street Theatre), Stride in Jekyll and Hyde (Bucks County Playhouse), Steve Ghent in The Great Divide (Metropolitan Playhouse), Tom Jr. in Sweet Bird of Youth (Terry Schreiber Studio) and Hamlet in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Terry Schreiber Studio. Tim is a member of SAG/AFTRA.