Tony nominee Patrick Page's All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain, has extended at the DR2 Theatre Off-Broadway through February 25, 2024.
Created and performed by the Hadestown star, the show explores "the twisted motivation and hidden humanity at the heart of Shakespeare’s greatest villains." Moving through the evolution of some of the iconic antagonists of the stage, Page examines over a dozen characters. Simon Godwin directs.
As Page told Playbill in an interview, “The journey of the play begins in 1590, when Shakespeare first emerges as a playwright in London, and then moves chronologically through the canon using these particular characters,” Page explains. “These wrongdoers, these malefactors, these outcasts, rogues, scoundrels trace Shakespeare's evolution in his understanding of what a human being is. Our fascination with villains is our curiosity about what a human being is capable of, and what we ourselves might be capable of, were we pushed to the extreme.”
All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain was originally scheduled as a one-night-only benefit at Cherry Lane Theatre in February 2020. It was presented on film through the Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2021 and was made available for streaming for a limited audience. The solo show began performances Off-Broadway September 29.