Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents

Shakespeare’s Skull

By Rich Rubin

Directed by Matthew Pavik

FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 25 @ 7:30pm; Jan 26 @ 10:30am

VENUE: The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland OR 97213

TICKETS: $15 (Jan 25); $10 (Jan 26)


Shakespeare’s Skull by Rich Rubin, winner of the 2019 Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award, is a tongue-in-cheek comedy about Shakespeare and the grave robbers who loved him. The year is 1794 and the place is London. Frank Chambers is a young physician with a dwindling income and a penchant for gambling. Horace Walpole is a celebrated British aristocrat who believes genius is reflected by the shape of our skulls. Fate brings Frank and Horace together for a singular purpose: To steal the skull of the greatest literary genius of all time. Horace is hoping to prove his theory, while Frank is hoping for a few extra coins in his pocket.  Will their hopes be realized or will unforeseen events flip them upside down? Rich Rubin’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S., as well as internationally in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico.  Recent Portland productions include Cottonwood in the Flood, a co-winner of the 2012 Fratti-Newman Political Play Award, and Left Hook which was a finalist for the 2018-19 Woodward-Newman Drama Award. Rubin is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the New Play Exchange, Portland’s Nameless Playwrights and LineStorm Playwrights.