• Shakespeare on the Common

  • Cancellations

    Weather information:


    Food & Beverages

    • · Vendors available onsite
    • · Personal food & drink welcome
    • · No alcohol
  • Tickets & Seating

    · Performances are free & open to the public

    · Bring a blanket to sit on

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

    · Learn more about sitting in our Friends Section

    · Additional information will be posted in the spring

  • Other Info

    · Parking: Boston Common Garage

    · Restrooms available onsite

Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Our American Hamlet

Beckett In Brief

See Calendar for matinee schedule


  • July - August, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      July - August, 2017 (Exact performance schedule announced in Spring 2017)

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

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  • March 23-April 2

    Our American Hamlet

    • When:

      March 23 - April 2, 2017

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

      Runtime: 90 minutes

      Tickets: $25-$60

      March 23 performance is pay-what-you can with a minimum of $10 per ticket. Seating locations will be based on availability.

      Students with a valid student ID may purchase in advance for $15 per ticket for any performance.  Tickets will be located in the balcony. 

      Groups with 10 or more attendees will receive a 20% discount off the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  A deposit will be due for half of the total cost upon booking and the remainder will be due one week before the performance.  Call 781-239-5682.

      Seniors 60+ receive $4 off the ticket price for the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  


      Scenic Design:
      Julia Noulin-Merat

      Lighting Design:
      Brian Lilienthal

      Sound Designer:
      David Remedios

      Costume Design:
      Nancy Leary

      Nile Hawver

      Properties Designer:
      Lisa Berg

      Assistant Director:
      Leah Carnow

      Stage Manager:
      Jenna Worden

      Assistant Stage Manager:
      Rachel Corning

      Fight Captain:
      Kelby Akin

      Assistant Sound Designer:
      Isaias Pedreros







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  • May 8-16, 2017

    Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

    • When:

      May 8-16, 2017 90 minutes

    • Venue:

      Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts

    • Need to know:

      Recommended for grades 6 and up.

      Directions & Parking Information for the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

      Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

      Wheelchair Accessibility: Wheelchair seating is available at the Sorenson Center for the Arts. When purchasing tickets, please indicate your needs for wheelchair accessible seating and House Management staff will be happy to reserve appropriate seating for you and your guests.

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  • April 27–30 and May 3–7

    Beckett In Brief

    • When:

      April 27–30 and May 3–7

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.
      NOTE: There is no 3pm performance on Saturday, April 29

      General Admission $40
      April 27 (only) is pay-what-you-can

      Scenic Design:
      James Fenton

      Sound Design:
      Elizabeth Callas

      Costume Design:
      Chelsea Kerl

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  • 04/05/2017

    Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Artistic & Education

Steven Maler, Founding Artistic Director

Adam Sanders, Associate Artistic Director

Victoria Townsend, Artistic Programs Coordinator


Abigail Rollins, Managing Director

Joanna Rothman, Director of Development

Heather Darrow, Director of Marketing

Julia Ashton, Development & Events Associate

Stephen Reinstein, Audience Services Manager

Kati Mitchell, Press and Media Relations (For press inquiries, please email katimitchell.pr@gmail.com)

Legal Representation: Jeffrey Cleven at Holland & Knight, LLP
Bookkeeping: Steven Kleinberg
Accountant: Julian Friedman at Friedman, Hurwitz & Aliber


Steven Maler

Steven Maler is the founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), which presents free productions of Shakespeare on the Boston Common.  His CSC 2001 production of Twelfth Night won the Elliot Norton award for “Best Production,” his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream won the Norton Award for "Outstanding Director,” his production of Suburbia for the SpeakEasy Stage Company won the Norton Award for "Best Production," and his production of John Kuntz’s Starf***ers won the Norton Award for “Best Solo Performance.”  Starf***ers was presented in the New York International Fringe Festival and won the “Best Solo Performance Award.”

The critically acclaimed Othello starring Seth Gilliam and James Waterston, played on Boston Common for CSC and was seen by over 110,000 people.  Other productions include the American Premiere of Peter Eötvös' operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America; The Taming of the Shrew, starring Jennifer Dundas, Hamlet, starring Jeffrey Donovan, Macbeth, starring Jay O. Sanders, Henry V, starring Anthony Rapp, A Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest for CSC; the World Premiere of Enrico Garzilli’s Michelangelo for Opera Providence; Turn of the Screw for The New Repertory Theatre; Santaland Diaries and Porcelain for the SpeakEasy Stage Company; Top Girls and Weldon Rising for The Coyote Theatre; and The L.A. Plays by Han Ong for the American Repertory Theatre, where he was the Artistic Associate for New Plays.

His New York City credits include the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Without You, written by and starring Anthony Rapp for which he was recognized with an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Directing by The NYMF 2010 Awards for Excellence.  The production recently concluded a successful run in Seoul, South Korea.

From 2002-2006 he was the Vice President for Artistic Programming at Citi Performing Arts Center (formerly The Wang Center).  At Citi Center, he created the Programming and Investment Committee to engage Trustees around programming challenges; he launched American Voices, a series of staged readings of classic American plays featuring some Broadway’s best actors – Leslie Uggams, David Morse, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Denis O’Hare, Blair Brown, Anthony Mackie, Charles Busch, Paul Rudd and Fred Weller; and he launched Artropolis, a subscription series offering high quality family entertainment with educational study guides and artist talkbacks (productions include Rachel Portman’s operatic treatment of The Little Prince, Deaf West’s production of Big River, Project Bandaloop, and AGA-Boom).

His feature film, The Autumn Heart, starring Tyne Daly and Ally Sheedy, was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and won the "Audience Choice" award at The Nantucket Film Festival.  It was released in September 2000.

He is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University where he directed Woyzeck, Pericles, The Duchess of Malfi, and Ghosts.  He was the associate director of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V at the American Repertory Theatre, and Titus Andronicus and Hamlet in Tokyo.

He grew up in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the John Motley Morehead scholarship.  He has lived in the Boston area for over twenty years.