Accidental Shakespeare Company

An ensemble-based theatre company promoting the idea of PLAY.

Hit & Run Shakespeare


Hit & Run Shakespeare is fast-paced, high-stakes bardolatry. Our ensemble of actors comes together, fully memorized and with fully developed characters, to create a one night only, fully staged production of a Shakespearean classic! There is NO director, NO rehearsal, and NO plan: just pure, spontaneous PLAY!

Each actor costumes themselves, and is required to bring one random prop to contribute to the play. We encourage the audience to contribute props as well! A prop can be absolutely anything at all – a common household item, something random, something silly, something useful. Props are placed around the playing space for actors to use during the performance.

If an actor forgets what comes next in the middle of the performance, they can call ‘line.’ The STAGE MANAGER is on book to cue the actors. Actors who call line more than three times in a scene, or who completely go up, are forced to carry the Book of Shame and wear something embarrassing for the rest of the scene.

Fouls are judged by the REFEREE, and are punishable by a whistle blow and a tally on the board. At the end of the evening, a prize is awarded to the actor who makes the most mistakes!

The referee also has the ability to hand a prop to an actor at any point in the play, and the actor must immediately incorporate that prop into the scene.

- Calling for line
- Warranting the Book of Shame
- Skipping a major portion of the scene or play

- Miming a prop
- Not using a prop handed to you by the Referee
- Use of stage combat or dangerous physicality
- Missing an entrance
- Taking too long in between scenes
- Taking too long to pick up your cue

The Accidental Shakespeare Company embraces the philosophy “Play on!” by bringing elements of improvisation to classical text. We believe that the joy of live theater lies in its accidents and screw-ups — and watching actors deal with them creatively. The hilarity, the life, the truth of Shakespeare’s stories will emerge from this sense of play, and the dynamic it creates with you — our audience!

Hit & Run History:

HENRY V. August 16, 2014.


JULIUS CAESAR. March 15, 2014.

CYMBELINE. January 4, 2014.

MACBETH. September 7, 2013.

LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST. May 4, 2013.

TWELFTH NIGHT. January 5, 2013.

THE WINTER’S TALE. November 24, 2012.

TITUS ANDRONICUS. August 22nd, 2012.

ROMEO AND JULIET. June 2nd, 2012.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. April 28th, 2012.

THE TEMPEST. March 24th, 2012.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. February 4th, 2012.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. December 17th, 2011.

Stay tuned for announcements of the next performance in the series!