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    • · 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

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

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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  • November 13, 2017

    Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

    • When:

      Monday, November 13, 2017 7pm 2 hours

    • Venue:

      Carling Sorenson Theater, Babson College

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  • 2017-2018

    2017-2018 Season

    • When:

    • Venue:

      Babson College, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

      All dates, times, artists, and programs are subject to change.

      * Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Death and the Maiden, and Old Money are presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

May 8-16, 2017

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  • 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.

Stage2 2017:

 

Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Adam Sanders

May 8-16, 2017
Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts

Student Matinees: 

Monday, May 8 at 10AM

Tuesday, May 9 at 10AM (limited tickets left)

Wednesday, May 10 at 10AM

Thursday, May 11 at 10AM 

Friday, May 12 at 11AM *note special start time (SOLD OUT!)

Monday, May 15 at 10AM (limited tickets left)

Tuesday, May 16 at 10AM

Ticket Price: $8 per person (student or chaperone)

Grade Recommendation: 6-12

 

Public performance:

Saturday, May 13 at 7pm

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About the ShowRome’s most powerful citizens plot the assassination of its ruler, Julius Caesar, to save the republic from an impending monarchy. In the wake of their bloody deed, the city must confront the consequences of their political idealism. When the curtains of rhetoric and symbolism are pulled aside, what underlying motivations will be un-masked? Honor? Greed? Patriotism? Ambition? In light of the recent presidential election cycle, JULIUS CAESAR offers a timely perspective on the rhetoric of political leaders and its scrutiny by the citizens they govern.  

Post-Show Talkback: After each student matinee of Julius Caesar there will be a short post-show discussion in the theater with members of the cast and led by a representative of the show's artistic team. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of the actors and learn about their process in preparing the show. We’ll also discuss themes from the play, encouraging feedback and reactions about the work from the audience, tying this discussion into their own lives. These talkbacks are offered free of charge directly following each student matinee and are optional for all attendees.

About: CSC’s Stage2 Series provides the opportunity for students and their teachers to attend high-quality live theater created with them in mind. Stage2 is presented at the state of the art Sorenson Theater at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. These productions use Shakespeare’s original text and are performed by our CSC2 Company, a group of young professional actors in residency with us for the year. We focus on themes and stories told by this next generation of actors that will resonate with next generation of theater goers. These productions bring the vibrancy, clarity and immediacy that has been the hallmark of our work on the Boston Common for over twenty years. Stage2 is a perfect supplement for students already reading Shakespeare in their curriculum or as a first-time introduction. We strive to make each play accessible, intelligible and entertaining for all. In addition to our Stage2 productions, we also offer supplemental in-school workshops led by our teaching artists and CSC2 actors.

Who is this show appropriate for?

Our Stage2 programming is recommended for students grades 6-12; however, we encourage each educator and/or parent to read the play being presented and make the best choice for his/her student(s). Please use the information and graphic below to gain a better idea of what to expect from this year's play.

Our shows are presented using Shakespeare's original text, cut for length to approximately 1.5 hours without intermission. School groups also have the option of staying for a short post-show talkback with the actors. Our cuts focus on highlighting the themes, ideas and language that will resonate most for this audience. Our creative team and performers strive to support the play by making choices that serve to illuminate the storytelling for student audiences without "watering down" our source material.

Julius Caesar in particular touches on many themes that should be considered when deciding if this play is appropriate for your student(s). Caesar's plot contains strong elements of violence and war depicted on stage. Scenes will include: staged-combat, gunshot sounds, blood, murder/stabbing and suicide. We recommend discussing the context of these scenes with your student(s) before and after you view our production.

Now booking Julius Caesar workshops!

Schools may also book a pre-show workshop at their school in advance of attending our performances. This workshop is co-led by a CSC Teaching Artist and an actor from the cast of Julius Caesar.

Interested in preparing your students to view our show, bridging the gaps between reader, audience member, and performer? Learn more about the play from an actor's perspective and how artists bring Shakespeare's words to life. We'll explore the characters' vibrancy and immediacy in the context of students' modern experiences. Loyalty, honor and the identity of a nation are at stake when a clairvoyant warning, secret meetings and deadly conspiracies collide. This pre-show workshop will bring students inside the action as they explore these themes, examine character motivations and ultimately choose a side to support. Drawing on our recent election, students will develop authenticate connections to the Shakespearean text and come away with a deeper understanding of the politics of Shakespeare and the USA.

"Thank you all for everything each of you did to make this incredible opportunity available to our students...As a class, they've had their fair share of challenges, but as [the CSC teaching artists] can attest, the students confidently point to our work with Midsummer as one of the most enjoyable and transformative experiences of the year." -Eric Schildge, Boston Collegiate Charter School teacher on in-class residency with CSC.

Workshop Rates

Workshops start at a base day rate of $375 for 1 class (approximately 20-30 students). We will work to fit our programming into the timing of your school's class period (typically, around 1 hour). Additional classes in the same school day may be booked for $125 each up to 5 classes. Additional school days will start at the base day rate.

To learn more about workshops, contact Victoria Townsend at vtownsend@commshakes.org or (781) 239-5974.

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