2021 Season

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When: June 25

Time: 7pm ET

Location: Facebook Live

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The Shoemaker's Holiday


Join Classics on the Rocks on Friday, June 25 at 7pm Eastern Time for a free live streamed production of Thomas Dekker’s “The Shoemaker’s Holiday.”


Thomas Dekker’s (the Ringo of Elizabethan playwrights) “The Shoemaker’s Holiday” is a slice of life from the streets of London. Complete with everything you’ve come to expect from an Elizabethan comedy: disguised lovers, disapproving and meddling parents, and a “King-in-the-box” ending.  


After a year of living in uncertainty and fear, as we begin to see the light at end of the tunnel and a return to normalcy there is a collective desire to exhale, celebrate, and truly embrace all that life has to offer. In Shoemaker’s Holiday, there is a similar undercurrent - as the seemingly endless war begins to abate, and fear for the unknown transforms into cautious optimism our characters find themselves feeling hopeful and in search of their happily ever after.


We hope you’ll join us to watch this quirky story filled to the brim with everything you know and love about Shakespeare’s writing but with Thomas Dekker’s unique stamp. 


How to Watch

This zoom-based production will be live streamed directly to Classics on the Rocks facebook page. Simply follow the page to view. 



Rose Oatley and Sir Roland Lacy are in love. Unfortunately for them - their parents disapprove. As the daughter of the current lord mayor, Rose is too high class to be consorting with a playboy like Lacy. Conjuring up a plan to keep the two lovers apart, Lacy is sent off to war by his uncle, Lincoln.


But Lacy has other plans. 


As the war with France rages on - Lacy deserts the army to pursue his love. Disguising himself as Hans, the dutch shoemaker, he remains in London so he can come up with a plan to be reunited with Rose. 


“Hans” then enters the employ of Simon Eyre - a charismatic and boisterous merchant who is quite the social climber. With Hans’ help, Simon Eyre, the main shoemaker, closes a deal with an out of town ship captain to buy lots of in demand items. This helps him elevate his status in life, and leads him to become the new mayor of London.


Meanwhile Rose, with the help of her servant Sybil, works to keep unwanted suitors at bay. 


“Hans” also develops close relationships with all of his shoemaker buddies - Firk, Hodge, and Ralph. But poor Ralph’s story has been a sad one…


Ralph returned recently from the war with a life-long injury and begins searching for his wife Jane. Unfortunately Jane, unaware of Ralph’s return, is approached by a man named Hammon with an offer of marriage. After refusing him because she is waiting for Ralph, Hammon shows her his name on a list of the dead, and Jane considers Hammon’s offer. But lucky for Jane and Ralph, they find each other because Ralph recognizes her shoe when it’s sent to him to be used to make a new pair for Jane and Hammon’s wedding.  


With the help of Lacy’s new shoemaking buddies, Ralph and Jane AND Hans and Rose are reunited and all ends well for love. 



Roland Lacy aka Hans - Sam O’Sullivan

Rose Oatley - Olivia Konteatis

Lord Mayor - Patrick Taaffe

Simon Eyre - Corbin Puryear

Firk - Julia Baker

Margery Eyre - Veronique Jeanmarie

Sybil - Sharon Stevens

Ralph - Noah Kollar

Jane - Alysia Homminga

Hammon -Connor Scott

Warner/Scott/Lovell/King - Jake Rivet

Hodge - Islam Balbaa

Lincoln/Servant/Prentice - Andie Lerner

Dodger/Boy/Skipper/Cornwall - Clare McKelway


Directed by William Downes

When: June 25

Time: 7pm ET

Location: Facebook Live

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