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Shakespeare on the Common: King Lear Jul. 14th, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

For Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's 20th season production of Free Shakespeare on the Common, CSC is pleased to present King Lear for the very first time, with celebrated Boston actor Will Lyman in the title role and Artistic Director Steven Maler directing. King Lear follows the journey of the aging king, faced with his own mortality and mental decline as he tries to secure the legacy of his kingdom by dividing it amongst his three daughters. Only through loss—of status, of love, of loyalty—does King Lear learn what is truly resonant at the end of a life. For more information about the cast and the show, click here.

Performances will be July 22-August 9, 2015 on the Boston Common near the Parkman Bandstand, running Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 7pm; and one matinee on Saturday, August 8, 3pm. (Opening Night/Press Performance is Wednesday July 29 at 8pm).

Click here for more information on the Greenshow (1 hour prior to curtain)

Click here for more information on the Commonwealth Concerts (90 minutes prior to curtain)

Performances are free and open to the public. For reserved “Friends Section” chairs, special events and more information visit online at www.commshakes.org or call (617) 426-0863.

Click here for more information/to purchase Friends Section tickets

Weather hotline is 781-239-5972.

Fair Verona - free family-friendly community arts days 7/10 (Allston), 7/11 (Dorch.) & 7/17 (Rox) Jun. 29th, 2015 @ 09:11 am

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs, will present three free open-air, community arts days, Fair Verona Festivals in July 10, 11 and 17. It is the third part of the NEA “Our Town” Grant project each festival will feature workshops and performances by local artists in dance, music, visual artists plus a performance of CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet, which recently performed for a week at Boston’s Historic Strand Theater. Each festival will also feature Boys & Girls Club artists, interactive outdoor activities, food, and workshops. Community members who attend Fair Verona Festivals will receive a special invitation to enjoy King Lear at Free Shakespeare on the Common (July 22 - August 9) from the Friends Section.For more information about Fair Verona Festivals or Shakespeare OFF the Common, contact CSC’s Community Engagement Coordinator Marissa Friedman at mfriedman@commshakes.org or visit www.commshakes.org.

Fair Verona Festival dates:
Friday, July 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m at West End House Boys and Girls Club (Ringer Park, Allston, MA)
Participants include:
• Museum of Fine Arts
• Boston Ballet
• Pavoh, Inc. - Cole Brightbill, Lizzy Marella, Coda Sky
• Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s “Instrument Playground” Led by Assistant Conductor Kristo Kondakci
• Romeo & Juliet performed by CSC2, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s company of early-career actors
• Haley Hewitt, a harp player
• Rosalita’s Puppets

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 4:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m at Blue Hill Club (Harambee Park, Dorchester, MA)
Participants include:
• Museum of Fine Arts
• Boston Ballet
• Urbanity Dance
• Federator No.1
• Haley Hewitt, a harp player
• Rosalita’s Puppets
• Romeo & Juliet performed by CSC2, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's company of early-career actors

Friday, July 17, 2015, 3:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m at Yawkey Club of Roxbury (At the baseball field, Roxbury, MA)
Participants include:
• Museum of Fine Arts
• Boston Ballet
• Quartet of Happiness (presented through the Celebrity Series of Boston)
• Haley Hewitt, a harp player
• Rosalita’s Puppets
• Romeo & Juliet performed by CSC2, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s

Shakespeare OFF the Common is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant program. Special thanks to our partners and sponsors: City of Boston, Xfinity, The Boston Foundation, The Dorchester Reporter, Delta Dental, Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Boston Park & Recreation.

The Tempest in Arlington Apr. 21st, 2015 @ 01:11 pm
Verse and Vodka Theater is presenting a staged reading of The Tempest on May 8, 9, 15 and 16 at the Arlington Elks Club as the last play of their season.  Doors and bar open at 7pm.  The audience is welcome to bring their dinner (just buy your drinks there) and 8 tickets bought together will reserve you a table.  Show starts at 8.  The actors move throughout the audience with scripts in hand during the show.  Audience is welcome to stay until we close the place down at 11pm.

Tickets are available here - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1387486
More information on Verse and Vodka Theater is available here - http://verseandvodka.com/

Knight of the Burning Pestle Opens Next Week! Apr. 16th, 2015 @ 01:48 pm
Theatre@First proudly presents

Knight of the Burning Pestle

Unity Somerville
6 William Street, Somerville

$15 for Adults
$12 for Students & Seniors
$5 for Children Under 12

Thursday, April 23
Friday, April 24
Saturday, April 25
Thursday, April 30th - Autism-Friendly Night!
Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2

Francis Beaumont's overlooked Elizabethan gem comes to glorious life with a surprisingly modern flair. Breaking through the fourth wall and upending the conventions of Shakespeare's time, this comic masterpiece features giants and monsters, unforgiving parents and unsavory innkeepers, heroic grocers and dastardly suitors as two plots intertwine to riotous effect!

Autism-Friendly Night (April 30) presents the show adjusted to accommodate the needs of theatregoers on the autism spectrum and with other sensory issues.

Parent-Friendly Matinee (May 2) especially welcomes parents--kids are welcome to join the audience or play upstairs with experienced caregivers during the show.

Visit our website to buy tickets, or make free advance reservations and find out more about this exciting show!

Yet another Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Oct. 13th, 2014 @ 10:23 am
This time, it's from The Longwood Players, coming up in November. Theatre @First already did a great take on this earlier this year, but I know at least a few of us are happy to see this show plenty of times. :-)
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» Fall College Shakespeare
I suspect this is far from comprehensive (that, or there's a depressing lack of cheap Bard options; I'm not counting Art @ Emerson and their $60 Lear here). But here's a few that are already listed:

BU/New Rep: A Midsummer Night's Dream. October 25. Okay, not truly a college troupe, but $20 still feels like a reasonable price.

BU: Henry IV, Part 1. October 23-26. Yes, the headline says "Henry VI," but based on the description, that's clearly a typo. This is the Femina Shakespeare troupe, who always do a great job (and as always, it's free).

MIT: Othello October 31st, November 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th and 8th. MIT's been consistently doing amazing productions over the last five or six years. There's been enough cast turnover in the last year to make me a bit nervous, but I'm still planning on going to see how well the new kids can carry on the legacy. No price yet, but if it's like past productions, expect $12 for general public, $9 for students.

Harvard: Pericles: Prince of Tyre: November 7-9. Also free. Not normally one of my favorite plays, but I'll give it a shot.

Emerson appears to have Taming of the Shrew planned for December (but with no times/dates/prices listed yet). I'll update once info is available.

The Wellesley and BU ensemble pages haven't been updated yet, but it's safe to assume they'll have something (and I'll update the post once I find out). Brandeis's Hold Thy Peace troupe was making noises about doing Midsummer, but I can't find anything definite online yet. BC's got a couple of Spring plans (including a January production), but nothing in the fall. Nothing at Northeastern (they're choosing Sophocles over Shakespeare).

Let me know if I missed anything, and I'll update the post and hopefully we'll have more cheap Bard options coming up.
» Henry the 4th Tickets Now on Sale
Summer Shakespeare heats up in Somerville ​​

​​8pm evening shows:
Thursday August 21
Friday ​​August 22
Saturday ​August 23
Wednesday ​August 27
Thursday August 28
Friday August 29

4pm matinee show:
Saturday August 30

Unity Somerville
6 William St, Somerville

TICKETS: $15 for adults
$12 for students/seniors.
Group discounts available.

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For tickets and more information about ​​Henry the 4th and Theatre@First, visit​ ​theatreatfirst.org.
» Shakespeare Slam!
Theatre@First welcomes you to the stage this Sunday for an afternoon of beer with the Bard!

Get up on stage and strut your Shakespeare stuff! Monologues, sonnets, stand-up...where there's Will, there's a way to the stage! Or sit back, relax and enjoy performances by some of the best Shakespeareans in the Boston area.

$5 to participate, $10 to watch! We'll have materials on hand in case you're inspired in the moment to get your Bard of Avon on.

From 2:00-2:30 PM, you can order food and drinks, sign up for last-minute performance slots, or just catch up with friends. Performances will begin at 2:30!

We'll have exciting performers ready to entertain us, trivia contests and prizes, and a sneak preview of Theatre@First's upcoming production of Henry the 4th!
» Silly Shakespeare, available cheap!
Local Shakespeare fans should take advantage of this Pay What You Want opportunity to see two great shows. Not only do you get the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), but also a pre-show performance of Michael Anderson's wonderful works, collectively titled Hallucinating Shakespeare. Do Not Miss!

» Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Free Shakespeare On The Common July 23 - August 10, 2014
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