There doesn't seem to be the abundance of cheap/free Shakespeare that there was last year, but here's an attempt at a comprehensive list of area Shakespeare scheduled for this season.|
Apparently this is the year of Romeo & Juliet (and Julius Caesar and Midsummer).
Romeo & Juliet
October 2 - November 3, 2013 | The Strand Theatre, Dorchester
543 Columbia Road, Boston
BU - free events
THE WOMEN OF HENRY VIII
A devised work conceived by the company
Lillian King, director
Thu, Oct 17, 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 18, 8pm
Sat, Oct 19, 5pm
Sun, Oct 20, 1pm and 7pm
College of Fine Arts, Studio 102
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
BU - free events
ROMEO AND JULIET
Wed, Oct 23, 7:30pm
Thu, Oct 24, 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 25, 5pm
Sat, Oct 26, 4pm
Sun, Oct 27, 5pm
Join BU’s all-female Femina Shakespeare troupe (Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Henry V) for the Bard’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
College of Fine Arts, “Jewels 1” Miller Studio Theatre 352
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
BU - New Rep
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm
Individual Tickets: $20
Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
HRDC - free, at the Experimental Theater (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge)
Thursday, October 31st at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 2nd at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
November 1-2 @ 8pm
November 3 @ 4pm
November 7-9 @ 8pm
La Sala de Puerto Rico (Stratton Student Center, building W20)
Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, November 14th at 7pm
Friday, November 15th at 8pm
Saturday, November 16th at 7pm
Sunday, November 17th at 6pm
Thursday November 21st at 7pm
Friday, November 22nd at 8pm
Saturday, November 23rd at 7pm
Sunday, November 24th at 6pm
Tickets are $5 for Wellesley affiliates and $10 for general public.
BU - free events
THE SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
Thu, Dec 5, 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 6, 5pm
Sat, Dec 7, 2pm and 8pm
Sun, Dec 8, 5pm
An annual exploration of both the Bard’s most famous and his lesser known scenes and soliloquies, featuring performers from the junior class of Acting majors. Running time TBD.
College of Fine Arts, Copeland Studio 354
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Shakespeare & Company
December 13 & 14
Tina Packer Playhouse
70 Kemble St
Lenox, MA 01240
December 11, 2013 - January 5, 2014 | Modern Theatre at Suffolk University
525 Washington Street, Boston
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
MAR 06 - 15, 2014
Location Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont St., Boston)
By Bristol Old Vic In association with Handspring Puppet Company
As You Like It
April 17 - May 18, 2014 | Venue To Be Revealed
Kiss Me, Kate
May 2, 3, 8, 9 at 8pm
May 10 at 2pm and 8pm
Cambridge YMCA Theater
820 Mass. Ave.
Central Square, Cambridge MA
May 10, 2014 - June 15, 2014
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Just caught the latest ASP production at The Strand, only a few miles from my house. It wasn't a perfect production, but it was *damn* good. It's more or less in-the-round; a traditionally-shaped theater, but with a large number of auditorium seats actually *on* the stage. As is often the case with ASP, the set design was fairly minimal, and the costuming was modern, but both did their jobs just fine.|
Bad points: One actor blanked on his lines in an early scene, and had to ad lib a bit to get back on course. Friar Lawrence was played with a *heavy* Spanish accent, damaging both the meter and my ability to understand what he was saying.
* R & J were both young, pretty, and *totally* sold being in love (and comfort with the language). It's the one thing the show absolutely requires, and everything else is gravy.
* Excellent violence design, mostly knife fights, but in a variety of different styles.
* Excellent supporting performances by the Nurse, Mercutio, Tybalt, and a kick-ass female "Benvolia".
* Having "Benvolia" and Mercutio be lovers was really nifty. They didn't change any actual text to do that, just a few scenes suddenly had rather different connotations than usual.
* They actually managed to make Romeo's death scene more horrifying and heartbreaking than any other version I've seen. ( spoilersCollapse )
The show just opened, and runs through November 3rd. Highly recommended.
"Tickets for all performances are $15 for Adults and $12 for Seniors/Students." More ticket info here.|
From the website:
Shipwrecked on the island of Ilyria, the twins Viola and Sebastian find themselves drawn into the romantic dalliances of the island's inhabitants. Loves are lost, found, revenged and tricked. Identities are mistaken, switched and twisted. Filled with music, romance, wit, swordplay and humor, it is no wonder that Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies.
Director: Ari Herbstman trained in theatre at the University of Iowa, in improv at IO (Chicago) and at Improv Boston, and in life at the school of hard knocks. He is excited to engage in his directorial debut with Theatre @ First. He loves bringing to light those little moments of humanity in every character and every scene. His lifelong love of theatre was instilled in him by his parents (another scar).
Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA
||2 pm (matinee)
Originally posted by jbpr120 at Actors' Shakespeare Project presents Romeo & Juliet at The Strand Theatre in Dorchester-10/2 - 11/13|
Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) will open its 10th Anniversary Season with a new production of Shakespeare’s universal and timeless love story Romeo & Juliet October 2 – November 3, 2013 (press performance October 5 at 8pm) at The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester. Co-directed by ASP Resident Acting Company member Bobbie Steinbach and ASP Artistic Director Allyn Burrows, Romeo & Juliet will focus on fate of the two young lovers as it rests on the dramatic intersection of intransigence, revenge, and the clash of generations.
Continuing its partnership with the City of Boston and The Strand Theatre, ASP will be using the main orchestra for audience seating and adding 80 seats on the stage to immerse those audience members in the flow, poetry and action of this piece. According to Burrows, "The audience will also represent those who witness tragic events like these on an ongoing basis . . . the never-ending cycle".
The Romeo & Juliet cast features Julie Ann Earls (Juliet), Jason Bowen* (Romeo), Ken Baltin (Capulet), Paige Clark (Benvolio), Miranda Craigwell (Lady Capulet), Paula Langton* (Nurse), Antonio Ocampo-Guzman (Friar Lawrence), Omar Robinson (Tybalt), Ben Rosenblatt (Paris/Prince) and Maurice Emmanuel Parent*(Mercutio/Apothecary). *ASP company member
The creative team includes Bobbie Steinbach (Co-director), Allyn Burrows (Co-director), Janie E. Howland (Scenic Designer), Jen Rock (Lighting Designer) Kathleen Doyle (Costume & Mask Designer), Susan Dibble (Choreographer), Arshan Gailus (Sound Designer), Trevor Olds (Violence Designer), Annie Thompson (Vocal Coach), Cassie M. Seinuk (Stage Manager), and Erin Baglole (Assistant Stage Manager).
Performances are Wednesday October 2 at 7:30pm, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm (no matinee October 5) and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $15 (student rush) - $50 and available at http://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org
. Student matinees are at 10am on select days. Please visit www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/group-s
ales for discounted prices and calendar. Post peformance talkbacks are held following all student and Sunday matinees.
Direct link to OvationTix https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/926734
or call 866-811-4111.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Boston Landmarks Orchestra collaborate to bring us a free "semi-staged" concert performance of Kiss Me Kate, this Wednesday at 7 pm at the Hatch Shell.
|» free outdoor Much Ado About Nothing in Cambridge next month|
Fiasco Productions will present twelve free outdoor performances of Much Ado About Nothing in various Cambridge parks this September. They are not on the Web, but they do have a Kickstarter campaign (6 more days to go) and a Facebook page.|
Wed-Fri September 11-13 at 6:30pm, Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St.
Sat September 14 at 2:00pm and 6:30pm, Longfellow Park, 175 Mt. Auburn St.
Sun September 15 at 2:00pm, Longfellow Park, 175 Mt. Auburn St.
Wed-Fri September 18th-20th at 6:30pm, University Park, 38 Sidney St.
Sat September 21 at 2:00pm and 6:30pm, University Park, 38 Sidney St.
Sun September 22 at 2:00pm, Longfellow Park, 175 Mt. Auburn St.
|» Shakespeare Literary Evening in Russian with Musical Accompaniment, in Somerville|
an e-mail I just got:|
SHAKESPEARE LITERARY EVENING IN RUSSIAN WITH MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT
at Museum of Modern Renaissance, 115 College Ave., Somerville MA (red line Davis Square)
Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
We invite you to a literary-musical presentation.
Author Alla Tsybulskaya will present in Russian
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
"Girls and Women in Shakespeare"
The musical and vocal accompaniment is by Boris Vogel
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|» Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Free Shakespeare on the Common: The Two Gentlemen of Verona|
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Free Shakespeare On The Common is one of Greater Boston's most beloved traditions. For their 18th annual season, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is excited to present the comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona July 6 - 28, 2013. Directed by the company's Artistic Director Steven Maler, The Two Gentlemen of Verona tells the tale of two friends who leave their hometown of Verona to find their happy fortunes in Milan. Instead, they find temptation, trickery, and trouble as they vie for favor with the high-society Duke... and his debutante daughter. All are drawn into a web of disguise and secrecy where the last thing anyone wants is for the truth to surface - least of all the dog. Inspired by Rat Pack-era Vegas – the glamour, the hedonism, and the morning after agonies – the production brings new meaning to the line “what happens in Milan, stays in Milan.”|
The performance schedule is July 6 at 8pm; July 7 at 7pm; July 8-12 at 8pm; July 14-15 at 8:30pm; July 17 at 8:30pm; July 18 at 1pm; July 21 at 7pm; July 23-26 at 8pm; July 27 at 2pm & 8pm; and July 28 at 7pm. Free and open to the public. For reserved lawn seats and to learn more go online at www.commshakes.org.
For reserved chairs and to order picnic boxes, visit http://www.commshakes.org/support-us/reserved-seats. For information on our Acting Apprentice Company and Tour of the Parks, visit http://www.commshakes.org/performances/performance/30. For information on Family Day and Free Fun Friday in conjunction with the Highland Street Foundation, visit http://www.commshakes.org/performances/performance/31.
|» Henry V|
Actors Shakespeare Project has a program working with teens. This weekend, those teens will be putting on a production of Henry V in |Chelsea Charlestown, near Sullivan Square, free but needing reservation (directions at the link).
|» [Emerson] Winter's Tale & Two Gentlemen of Verona|
Emerson Stage is doing 2 Shakespeare plays this season:|
The Winter's Tale
February 21–24, 2013
Thursday, February 21: 8:00 pm
Friday, February 22: 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 23: 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 24: 2:00 pm
Tickets: $12 General audience, $8 Emerson Community
Two Gentlemen of Verona
"Shakespeare’s first romantic comedy gets a treatment of music from the ‘70s in this story of love and betrayal involving best friends who fall in love with the same woman. The friends remain loyal only to their own desires, forsaking their friendship and those they love, as they let their passions guide them forward."
Cutler Majestic Theatre
April 18–20, 2013
Thursday, April 18: 8:00 pm
Friday, April 19: 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 20: 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Tickets: $20 General Audience, $15 Students and seniors, $10 Emerson community