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    • · Vendors available onsite
    • · Personal food & drink welcome
    • · No alcohol
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    · Performances are free & open to the public

    · Bring a blanket to sit on

    · Bring or rent a chair - rentals $5 + $5 deposit

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    · Additional information will be posted in the spring

  • Other Info

    · Parking: Boston Common Garage

    · Restrooms available onsite

Art, by Yasmina Reza

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Auditions for Summer 2015 Shakespeare on the Common:
King Lear

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is holding auditions for this summer’s production of King Lear directed by Steve Maler to be performed on The Boston Common in Summer 2015King Lear will rehearse on the Babson College Campus in Wellesley, MA where CSC is the Theater in Residence.

Important Dates:

(Tentative, upon approval from AEA and City of Boston permitting)

  • First Rehearsal: June 23
  • First Performance: July 22
  • Press/Opening Night: July 29
  • Closing Performance: Aug 9

Members from the casting team will be present throughout this year’s Stagesource auditions  April 12-14 and will be considering actors seen at those auditions for this production. Please only sign up for a slot below if you do not plan to attend the Stagesource auditions this year.

This year’s auditions will be held at the following times and locations in Boston, MA and Wellesley,MA:

*Boston Center for the Arts Studio 204: 551 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116

  • Thursday, 2/12/15, 9:30AM-5:30PM: AEA Performers Only
  • Wednesday, 2/18/15: 5:00PM-10:00PM: Non Equity
  • Thursday, 2/19/15: 10:00AM-4:00PM: Non Equity

Babson College: Rehearsal Studio at the Carling-Sorenson Theater; 231 Forest Street, Wellesley, MA 02457

  • Friday, 2/13/15, 2:00PM-8:00PM: Non-Equity

*AEA Performers without appointments will be seen on any day as time allows.

Audition Requirements:

Please bring a copy of your head shot and resume with your union or non-union status clearly marked.  Please prepare one Shakespeare monologue under two minutes in length. If time allows, we may also ask to see an additional contemporary monologue, also not to exceed two minutes.

Sign Up Instructions:

Please fill out the form below and select your top three time slot choices after which you be contacted to confirm your final time slot assignment.

Most audition times are now full. If you are not available for any of the remaining times listed below. You may send an email to auditions@commshakes.org with the following information to be placed on our wait list. Only submissions with full info will be placed on the wait list. No phone calls please. 

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Times available from the above list
First Name*
Last Name*
Email Address*
AEA or Non-Equity* (select one)
Time Slot Choice 1*
Time Slot Choice 2*
Time Slot Choice 3*