Here Comes The East Cape Play Again

19th season of the most professional, and usually funniest play in Baja

BY FRANCIS BACON

Baja Shakespeare is presenting their annual play, and we hesitate to say Shakespeare has anything to do with it because, for one thing, he’s dead, and secondly, people tend to think his plays are dead. But not this play, which was freshly written like yesterday.

 It’s called The Sea Princesa & the Frijole

This troop has been known to enhance play titles of classics in the past, but “The Sea Princesa & the Frijole?” Well, it’s their special adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical, Once Upon a Mattress, based on the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. Carol Burnett’s career was launched in this story of a medieval kingdom where no one can marry until a Princess is found for the Prince. Not an easy task when the Queen (and ‘Mommie Dearest type) doesn’t think anyone is good enough for her son.

It seems a little kinky, psychologically, but BS keeps things ‘light’ Of course, there are lots of hilarious characters played by your favourite local actors and lots of local jokes and references are inserted, ‘cause that’s how this troupe rolls. The leader of their live band this year is Lynn Goetting, a musician and actor in recent shows. The collaboration to bring Directora, Camilla Ford’s vision of the play, together with Lynn’s music began before the new year.

The Convention Center at Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort will once again host the shows. Opening night is Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m., running Sat. March 9 and a 1:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday March 10. Shows return on Wednesday, March 13 and running the 14, 15, and closing Saturday, March 16. Doors open one hour early.

Ticket price is $20 USD or 400 pesos and can be purchased in Los Barriles at Homes and Land of Baja, or reserve through Anne at Will Call: nanatembden@ymail.com 624-141-0314.

New this year is the hotel’s pre-show, beachside dinner offering, a fantastic Mexican buffet with salad bar on both Friday performances (March 8 and 15) and both Saturdays (March 9 and 16), beginning at 5:30 p.m. The price is only $17.50 USD and includes one drink (margarita, wine or non-alcoholic beverage) plus tax. Reservations can be made up to the day before. Sign up for it when you purchase your theater tickets at Homes and Land Of Baja; let Anne at will call know; call the hotel directly 624-142-0099; or email them at hortencia@hotelbuenavista.com.

For other shows, the regular dinner menu is available. And for out-of-towner’, the hotel is offering their super, overnight package; $185 USD for two persons, includes room, dinner, one drink per person, play tickets and breakfast, all taxes included. That’s quite the deal, because there’s nothing like a weekend on the East Cape! The Festival des Artes is March 17 and BS’s closing night show sells out first. Visit their website: hotelbuenavista.com  to book now.

If you’re interested in becoming a Friend of Shakespeare, for an annual minimum donation of $120 USD or $2,500 pesos patrons get two tickets to the performance of choice with preferred seating, an invitation to the exclusive FOS-Baja Shakespeare cast and crew dinner party Tuesday, Feb. 26. Your name will be included in the playbill on the Friends of Shakespeare page. If you respond by Feb. 15 you will be granted the status of a super-patron of this long-standing community theater company. Contact Anne Herschleb at herschleb@gmail.com.

Shows sell out fast, so pick your date and make your reservations soon. Groups are welcome. Baja Shakes promises you another great production. Every year their fans come out of the theatre saying, “This is my absolute, all-time favorite! For more details and updates go to www.facebook.com/pages/Baja-Shakespeare.

Oh, and not to worry, this has absolutely nothing to do with Shakespeare.