“Shakespeare in the Shadows” Premieres at Tiburon International Film Festival

Director Joshua Dylan Mellars and Producer Sofia Englund before the film festival premiere.

Shakespeare in the Shadows premiered to a sold out audience at the Tiburon International Film Festival tonight, April 12.

Classically trained stage actor Mark Cohen teams with award winning director Joshua Dylan Mellars in a mesmerizing, minimalist montage of Shakespeare soliloquies. Cohen—who honed his craft at Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) affiliate Guildhall in London—performs a riveting one-man show of the Bard’s most intriguing characters from the storm tossed, supernatural world of The Tempest to the dank, dark corridors of Macbeth’s Dunsinane.

Shakespeare in the Shadows Trailer

Shakespeare in the Shadows takes its inspiration from the drama, the rhythm, the musicality of Shakespeare’s prosody. Mellars—who previously produced a diverse group of music documentaries highlighting genres from around the world—used the aural aesthetics of Cohen’s performances as a guide to find the tempo, measure the dynamics, and set the tone for the filming process.

The short film is screening at festivals this year before being expanded into a full program for television broadcast. Mellars and Cohen are scheduled to shoot additional Shakespeare scenes later this summer in preparation for a PBS television premiere. This year marks the 400th commemoration of Shakespeare’s death in 1616.