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Musical "Midsummer Night's Dream" at Hatch Shell, Wednesday, August 26 Aug. 22nd, 2015 @ 08:38 am
ron_newman
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Boston Landmarks Orchestra team up for the musical version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with music by Felix Mendelssohn. The show will happen on Wednesday, August 26 at 7 pm at the Hatch Shell. (Rain date is Thursday, August 27.)

Brown Box Theatre presents "Taming of the Shrew" at various Boston-area locations, August 22-30 Aug. 22nd, 2015 @ 08:18 am
ron_newman
Brown Box Theatre brings a travelling production of Taming of the Shrew to various outdoor locations over the next week. All performances start at 7:30 pm.

August 22 - Cormier Youth Center | 36 Bartlet St, Andover MA
*rain location is indoors at the same address

August 23 - Atlantic Wharf | 290 Congress St, Boston
*rain location is indoors at the same address

August 27 - Castle Island, South Boston

August 28 - Martini Shell Park | 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park

August 29 and 30 - Atlantic Wharf | 290 Congress St, Boston
*rain location is indoors at the same address

Romeo & Juliet at a Lynn Cemetery Aug. 1st, 2015 @ 04:27 pm
lentower
Romeo & Juliet outdoors in a Lynn Cemetery

August 2nd at 1PM and 4PM
August 8th at 4PM
August 9th at 1PM and 4PM

http://www.artsafterhours.com/

They also have a Facebook page including an event page.

free all-female Winter's Tale outside of Davis last 3 weekends in August Jul. 31st, 2015 @ 03:43 pm
hermionesviolin
Below is an email I got about an upcoming show:
Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company is proud to present its summer production, William Shakespeare’s The Winters Tale, directed by Sarah Gazdowicz. The play is Shakespeare's genre transcending story of love, jealousy, loss and redemption. With some of the most extraordinary female characters and stories in Shakespeare's canon, this all female production examines a world where magical possibilities are ever present and tragedy, although irreversible, can still give way to new life and new joy.

The performances are produced as free outdoor events with the support of local Somerville businesses. The audience will be repositioned between acts.

The incredible cast includes Sarah Mass, Allison Gilman, April Singley, Leilani Ricardo, Caroline Markham, Kamela Dolinova, Mara Elisa Palma, Cassandra Meyer, Gail Shalan, and Juliet Bowler.

The brilliant design crew includes Julie Streeter (Production Manager), Elizabeth Ramirez (Stage Manager), Norma Heller (Costume Designer), Kat Nakaji (Set/Props Designer), Ben Leiberson (Lighting Designer/ME), Kiki Samko (Choreography), and Jeff Butcher (Sound/Musical Director).

Location:
Nathan Tufts Park (aka Powderhouse Park)
Somerville, MA

Admission is FREE

Performances:
August 14th 6:00pm (OPENING NIGHT)
August 15th 2:00pm and 6:00pm (PRESS NIGHT)
August 16th 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 21st 6:00pm
August 22nd 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 23rd 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 28th 6:00pm
August 29th 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 30th 2:00pm and 6:00pm

For more information, visit: http://maidenphoenix.org/events

ABOUT MAIDEN PHOENIX THEATRE COMPANY: We are a Boston Fringe Theatre Company committed to telling stories about women: where we are, where we were, and where we are going. We are committed to giving opportunities to female theater artists, onstage and off, by having at least 51% female involvement in all aspects. We focus on plays that tell women's stories, past, present, and future, in the hopes of breaking down stereotypes, breaking through barriers, and reaching a more equal world.

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

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.

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» Fair Verona - free family-friendly community arts days 7/10 (Allston), 7/11 (Dorch.) & 7/17 (Rox)


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
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!
Theatre@First proudly presents

Knight of the Burning Pestle

Unity Somerville
6 William Street, Somerville

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

EVENING PERFORMANCES AT 8PM
Thursday, April 23
Friday, April 24
Saturday, April 25
Thursday, April 30th - Autism-Friendly Night!
Friday, May 1

PARENT-FRIENDLY MATINEE AT 2PM
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!

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES
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
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. :-)
» 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.
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