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    · Performances are free & open to the public

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Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

See Calendar for matinee schedule

Theatre in the Rough

A new series debuting in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 2013-2014 season. An expansion of CSC’s longstanding American Voices, TITR is a script-in-hand reading series presented without common theatrical elements like sets or costumes. These pared-down readings uniquely engage the audience by immersing them in the immediacy of the text and the actors’s performances, allowing one’s own imagination to take creative flight.

Shakespeare and the Law/Leadership

A favorite script-in-hand reading series, Law and Leadership each bring together local, state and national lawyers and judges and renowned business leaders with some of Boston’s best local acting talent to perform Shakespeare plays each season. Each performance is followed by a panel discussion addressing questions and themes in the text that resonate for these professionals within their modern fields.

Tour of the Parks

CSC’s touring initiative to local parks brings free outdoor theater to neighborhood venues and under-served communities. Past seasons have included: Shakespeare on Love, a collection of love scenes complimented with popular music performed by CSC Apprentices and Bard Over Broadway a new Shakespeare-inspired musical-theater review performed in collaboration with The Boston Conservatory.


Shakespeare on the Common

A Boston tradition since 1996, CSC has been presenting fully-staged productions of Shakespeare plays free-of-charge to Boston audiences.


Commonwealth Concerts

Sponsored by New England Conservatory and the Free For All Concert Fund, Commonwealth Concerts is a series of pre-show concerts featuring a wide range of musical styles before performances of Shakespeare on the Common.


Events

Special events--including our Annual Gala--held throughout the year to raise funds to support all of CSC’s FREE programming.

  • September 26, 2017

    Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

    • When:

      2 hours

    • Venue:

      Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street

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Death and the Maiden

Monday, April 25

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Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman

Directed by Steven Maler

Starring Cote de Pablo, Joel Perez, and Nael Nacer

Monday, April 25 at 8 p.m.

Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

Reserve seats now!

 

After the fall of the totalitarian regime in a South American country, a former political prisoner finds herself face-to-face with the man she believes was her captor. Is he guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, or is her paranoia getting the better of her?  

PLEASE NOTE: ALL FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS HAVE BEEN RESERVED.

If you wish to be on the waitlist to reserve free general admission tickets, should they become available, please join the waitlist. If seats become available, you will be contacted.

To guarantee admission, purchase a ticket to the post-show reception for $95. Reception tickets include preferred seating at the reading, as well as entry to an intimate reception with the cast and creative team. Proceeds from the reception will benefit CSC's education and outreach programs.

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About Theatre in the Rough

Theatre in the Rough (TITR) debuted in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's 2013-2014 season. An expansion of CSC's longstanding American Voices, TITR is a script-in-hand reading series presented without common theatrical elements like sets or costumes. These pared-down reading uniquely engage the audience by immersing them in the immediacy of the text and the actors' performances, allowing one's own imagination to take creative flight. Previous readings have featured some of Boston's best local talent alongside stage/TV/film actors such as Seth Gilliam, Rutina Wesley, Chris Cooper, Jeff Donovan, Paul Rudd, and Anthony Mackie. 

    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Cote de Pablo

  • Joel Perez

  • Nael Nacer