• Shakespeare on the Common

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    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

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

Death and the Maiden

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.


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

    • Need to know:


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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

    • Need to know:

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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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  • Jan 30-Feb 11

    Death and the Maiden

    • When:

      January 30-February 11, 2018

    • Venue:

      Black Box Theater, Babson College, Wellesley

    • Need to know:

      $40 General Admission
      $36 Seniors
      $15 Babson Faculty/Staff
      $5 Babson Students
      $15 Non-Babson Students

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2017 Apprentice Showcase

July 25 - August 6, 2017

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2017 Apprentice Showcase

Henry IV, Part One & The Tempest



7/25 at 6:30pm      Henry IV, Part 1      Babson College
7/26 at 6:30pm The Tempest Babson College
7/27 at 6:30pm Henry IV, Part 1 The Public Library of Brookline
7/28 at 6:30pm The Tempest The Public Library of Brookline
7/29 at 2pm Henry IV, Part 1 Modern Theatre
7/30 at 1pm The Tempest Modern Theatre
7/30 at 7:30pm Henry IV, Part 1 Hyde Community Center
8/3 at 6:30pm The Tempest Mother Brook Arts and Community Center
8/4 at 7pm Henry IV, Part 1 Menotomy Rocks Park
8/6 at 7:30pm The Tempest Hyde Community Center


Henry IV, Part One

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bryn Boice

The First Part of King Henry IV uncovers mounting tensions and tests of loyalty to King Henry’s crown–seen by some as stolen from his predecessor, King Richard II. As factions turn against the king, the country’s turmoil causes the young, slacker Prince Henry (and friends) to step up in defense of his father’s kingdom. Shakespeare’s famed history play asks us, “What will we do in times of political crisis? Play dead or fight back?”


King Henry IV Emily Wirthwein
Earl of Westmoreland Josh Telepman
Prince Henry Michael Garcia Otavo
Falstaff Ken Roberts
Poins/Messengers Catherine Newell
Earl of Worcester/Peto Tim Colee
Earl of Northumberland/Mortimer/Sheriff      Evan Ayer
Henry Percy "Hotspur" Kyle DePasquale
Sir Walter Blunt/Ensemble Rose-Emma Lambridis
Gadshill/Vernon Jonah Cochin
Bardolph/Ensemble Pat McCarthy
Lady Percy/Douglas Elena Anderson
Mistress Quickly/Lancaster Maggie Bogan
Owen Glendower/Ensemble Can Yasar


Production/Creative Team 

Director Bryn Boice
Assistant Director Sarah Vasilevsky
Stage Manager Rachel Corning
Production Manager Diane Knox
Assistant Production Manager      Ellie Cordero
Properties Paige Austin
Costume Designer Brooke Stanton
Sound Technician Jeffrey D. Higgins
Lighting Technician Thomas Laverriere


The Tempest

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dawn M. Simmons

"Hell is empty, And all the devils are here." Prospero and her daughter Miranda have been banished to an island in the Mediterranean for 12 years when her usurping sister Antonio and a boatload of treasonous miscreants find themselves stranded on the very same land. In 24 hours the new inhabitants find themselves in a back-stabbing, drunken, magical mess! Will anyone ever make it off the island and return home?


Prospero Sarah Golden
Miranda Anna Christina Klein
Antonio Sara Laughtin
Alonso Kathryn Semple
Trinculo Ryan Cooper
Ferdinand Sharmarke Yusuf
Caliban J. Edward Clarke
Ariel Kira Player
Sebastian Kelly O'Donnell
Gonzalo Dontel Ducksworth
Stephano Rebecca Darling
Boatswain      Jasper Bliss

Julie McNamara


Production/Creative Team

Director Dawn M. Simmons
Assistant Director Joe Juknievich
Stage Manager Geena M. Forristall
Production Manager Diane Knox
Assistant Production Manager      Ellie Cordero
Properties Paige Austin
Costume Designer Brooke Stanton
Sound Technician Jeffrey D. Higgins
Lighting Technician Thomas Laverriere


    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Catherine Newell

  • Dontel Ducksworth

  • Elena Anderson

  • Emily Wirthwein

  • Evan Ayer

  • Jasper Bliss

  • J Edward Clarke

  • Jonah Cochin

  • Josh Telepman

  • Julie McNamara

  • Kathryn Semple

  • Kelly O'Donnell

  • Ken Roberts

  • Kira Player

  • Kyle DePasquale

  • Margaret Bogan

  • Michael Garcia Otavo

  • Can Yasar

  • Pat McCarthy

  • Rebecca Darling

  • Rose-Emma Lambridis

  • Ryan Cooper

  • Sarah Golden

  • Sara Laughtin

  • Sharmarke Yusuf

  • Tim Colee