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The Spanish Tragedy Opens Next Week! Aug. 11th, 2016 @ 05:36 pm
Thomas Kidd's classic revenge play is considered one of the sources Shakespeare used as inspiration for Hamlet. It's got a Prince, a Ghost, and a Girlfriend and even more Mayhem! Don't miss it!

by Thomas Kidd
directed by Mary Parker

The battlefields of Spain are a walk in the park in this fast-paced take on Thomas Kidd's funny, gory, tragic story of a Ghost, a Girlfriend, a Portuguese Prince, and the Spirit of Revenge! Join Theatre@First and Director Mary Parker for a fantastic evening of free theatre in Nathan Tufts Park.

Thursday 18 August
Friday 19 August
Saturday 20 August
Thursday 25 August
Friday 26 August
Saturday 27 August

Nathan Tufts Park, 850 Broadway, Somerville 02144
Rain Dates: Sunday 21 August and Sunday 28 August

Visit our website for more information!

Audition for Love's Labour's Lost (in Space!) Aug. 8th, 2016 @ 09:49 am
Theatre@First is excited to announce our November show: Love's Labour's Lost (in Space)! Sign-ups are now open to audition on Monday, Aug 29 or Thursday, Sept 1 at Unity Somerville.

Are you a fan of the Bard, or of classic sci-fi tv? Actors are welcome to read for any role regardless of gender. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition.

In Love's Labour's Lost (in Space), Ferdinand of Space Station Navarre and his friends vow to avoid all terrestrial pleasures to pursue a life of study for the next three years. But when the spaceship of the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies arrives, those oaths prove impossible to keep. Faithful to Shakespeare's text, our production will focus on the fantastic comedy of the script, while playing with the possibilities of setting the Bard in the vast beyond.

Mark your calendar now for our performances at Unity Somerville on Nov 11-18!

Visit our website for more information!

free outdoor As You Like It in Cambridge in late August Aug. 6th, 2016 @ 01:31 pm
I saw a flyer today advertising that Merely Players is doing free outdoor As You Like It in Cambridge parks in late August.

Longfellow Park (Aug 18-21) and Danehy Park (Aug 25-28) [maps here]

Thurs-Sat 7pm
Sun 5pm

(The shows will be free, but their website indicates that they're currently fundraising if you wanna throw some dollars their way or help with advertising.)

more free summer Shakespeare (Hamlet outdoors in Chelsea) Jul. 6th, 2016 @ 12:56 pm
From the email I just got:
One Week til Hamlet!!
Apollinaire in the Park
July 13-31, Wed.-Sun. at 8:00 • FREE

PORT Park, 99 Marginal Street,
on the Chelsea Waterfront

Hamlet will be presented as a
Promenade Production,
and in Apollinaire summer tradition
the audience will move with the action.

Audiences will be on their feet for about half the show. All areas are wheelchair accessible.

Patrons with mobility concerns who will not be bringing wheel chairs are encouraged to
call ahead so a chair can be provided.

Audience members are encouraged
to bring blankets and beach chairs,
and a picnic to enjoy along with the harbor views.

There will also be a food truck for each performance.

Free parking is available on site.

www.apollinairetheatre.com or (617) 887-2336.

In case of rain, call (617) 887-2336 to check status.

ASP's 13th season Jun. 19th, 2016 @ 02:37 pm
This year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and ASP is doing a bunch of popular plays this coming season -- plus a Marlowe play.

From their website:
by William Shakespeare
directed by Doug Lockwood
October 5 - November 6, 2016

Shakespeare’s most iconic work, “Hamlet” explodes with big ideas but at the center is a story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet’s father is dead, and Denmark has crowned Hamlet’s uncle the new king. Consumed by grief, Hamlet struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.

The Tempest
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Allyn Burrows
December 1, 2016 - January 8, 2017

In Shakespeare’s fantastical thriller the magician Prospero orchestrates spirits, monsters, a grief-stricken king, a wise old counselor, two treacherous brothers and a storm at sea into a fantastical conspiracy bringing banishment, sorcery, and shipwreck into the lives of two hapless lovers to stir and seal their fate.

Edward II
by Christopher Marlowe
directed by David R. Gammons
February 22 - March 19, 2017

The reign of Edward II, King of England, is troubled from the start when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of exile.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
directed by Patrick Swanson
May 10 - June 4, 2017

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the journey of four young lovers as they find their way through the forest and to each other. But as Lysander says “the course of true love never did run smooth.” Full of madcap chases and mistaken identities, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is an exploration of the mystery and madness of love.
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» more free summer Shakespeare
from metro:
It’s a Fiasco: “MacBeth”
Through June 19

The City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Arts Council are sponsoring It’s a Fiasco’s free presentations of “MacBeth” at Longfellow Park (through June 12) and Denehy Park (June 16-19). Director Hatem Adell’s production will have nightly performances starting at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees on June 11th and 18th. Just bring a blanket and your picnic basket and get ready for a night of betrayal.
Brown Box Theatre Project: “Cymbeline”
August 18-28

Another free outdoor production, though it won’t be staying put. Brown Box Theatre will present Will’s lesser-known work in 7 different locations around eastern Mass. They’ll be at the Waterfront Plaza at Atlantic Wharf on August 19th, 26th and 28th and locations in South Boston on the 18th and the 25th.

[Edit: schedule details listed here]

» free summer Shakespeare
Shakespeare on the Common is doing Love's Labour's Lost this summer (July 20 - August 7, 2016).

From their website:
In Love’s Labour’s Lost, friendship and loyalty amongst four young men and four young women are put to the test when romantic youthful notions of love encounter the challenges of adulthood. A high-spirited romantic comedy filled with dazzling wordplay, strong comic characters and a few unexpected twists, Love's Labour's Lost both charms and touches the heartstrings of young and old alike.

“Love’s Labour’s Lost for me is about growing up, about leaving behind adolescent attitudes towards love and gaining an understanding of the power and responsibility of loving another person,” says [director Steven] Maler. “Though it’s an early play, it has terrific language and indelible characters. Many of the themes, characters and situations in the play are explored in Shakespeare’s later plays, so you get to see the young Shakespeare at work in Love’s Labour’s Lost. The play for me became an anchor for the 2016 season, "Love On The Rocks", as we explore refractions and reflections on the enigmatic, magical and effervescent mystery of love.”

And MIT is doing a free sci-fi Tempest (July 29th-30th and August 4th-5th at 8pm, and July 31st at 4pm).

From their website:
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law

Join us for a science fiction tale of trickery and revenge set on a deserted planet in the far future. Prospero, the deposed captain of the starship Milan, has lived in exile on the planet for twelve years with only his daughter, Miranda, and Ariel, a sentient AI, for company. Now, the Milan’s new crew finds themselves crash-landed on the planet and at the mercy of the advanced technology that its inhabitants wield.

Show dates for The Tempest will be July 29th-30th and August 4th-5th at 8pm, and July 31st at 4pm, in MIT’s Kresge Little Theater. Tickets will be free!

» 2 Twelfth Nights in June
In June, Central Square Theater is hosting Bedlam doing Twelfth Night in rep with itself -- Twelfth Night (June 9 - July 10, 2016) and What You Will (June 10 - July 9 2016).

From their website:
Two different versions of the same play, both of them staged by the same director, Eric Tucker, and performed by the same five-person cast, whose members share between them all 12 parts!

What's the difference between Twelfth Night and What You Will?

"Twelfth Night,
performed in street clothes, is a drunken debauch that strips away much of the laughter" - The Wall Street Journal

"What You Will, is a bright-young-things revel in which the costumes of the white-clad actors are spattered from time to time with what we come to understand is their own hearts' blood." - The Wall Street Journal

» cheap Shakespeare
Verse and Vodka is doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream May 13, 14, 20, and 21.

Arlington Elks Club, 56 Pond Lane, Arlington, MA
House and bar open at 7pm. Play begins at 8pm.

$10 tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets or contact their box office.


Youthquake Theater, the Boston-area youth theater company run entirely by
kids and teens, presents its 12th Shakespearean production. The Winter's
Tale will be performed Friday and Saturday, June 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at the Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster
St., Arlington. Tickets are $5. For information call 781-648-5579 or visit

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Edited to add:

ASP & BAA present Othello May 19-21 -- a student production of Othello, directed by ASP Lead Teaching Artist Magda Spasiano, at Boston Arts Academy.

Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is located at 174 Ipswich St., Boston, and the performances will be held in the school’s black box theater on:
  • Thursday, May 19 at 7pm
  • Friday, May 20 at 3pm and 7:30pm
  • Saturday, May 21 at 7pm

Seats are limited. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 students and seniors.
For tickets and info email Lindsay (at) actorsshakespeareproject.org
» Audition for Spanish Tragedy in Somerville
Theatre@First invites you to join the cast of The Spanish Tragedy!

May 25 & 26, 7-10pm
By appointment only

Directed by Mary Parker, this fun, fast-paced version of Thomas Kidd's classic revenge play (one of the sources for Hamlet) will take place in Tufts Park at Powderhouse Circle in Somerville on August 19-28. Come play in the park with the Spirit of Revenge in this madcap and murderous romp!

For more details and to schedule your audition, please visit:

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