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    · Performances are free & open to the public

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    · Parking: Boston Common Garage

    · Restrooms available onsite

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

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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

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    • 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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2017-2018 Season

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    Babson College, Boston Common

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    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.

Season includes performances of Fear and Misery in the Third ReichOld Money, Death and the Maiden, Richard III on Boston Common, and more!

 
 
A Message from Founding Artistic Director, Steven Maler 

“William Faulkner said ‘The past is never dead. It's not even past.’  I keep coming back to this quote as I think about the world we find ourselves in today, as we struggle to make sense of our rapidly changing world. Industries are being disrupted, politics are being disrupted, lives are being disrupted. In this sea of change, where norms are being upturned and the future is murky, I wanted to look at how great writers responded to mercurial times, how they captured the fleeting moments of civic and personal decisions when history was not yet inexorably fixed, when a change of direction was still possible. These plays capture the subtle, and not so subtle, fissures in the daily domestic tapestry as the Nazi’s came to power in Germany in Bertolt Brecht’s Fear and Misery in the Third Reich; the half-lives of destruction in the wake of a tyrannical military dictatorship in Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden; the power of money, both old and new, in Wendy Wasserstein’s Old Money; the chaos and devastation of political instability in Macbeth; and of the destructive rise and fall of one of Shakespeare’s most riveting villains in Richard III. It’s an intense season for an intense time, a season of plays that we hope provoke deep thought about how we want to be remembered by history.”

 

Tickets to all events and performances on sale soon. Season highlights below:

 

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich: A Staged Reading
by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Eric Bentley, directed by Steven Maler;
featuring Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams
Monday, November 13, 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College
Tickets: $20-40

Brecht’s series of 18 interconnected playlets describe what life was like in German households in the 1930s as the Nazis came to power. Written while Brecht was in exile in Denmark and first performed in Paris in 1938, these poignant stories dramatize the suspicion and anxiety experienced by ordinary people, particularly Jewish citizens, as the power of Hitler grew.

Tickets: $20-$40
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Meet the Cast and Support CSC! A limited number of tickets are available for a post-show reception with the cast. Tickets are $125 each and include priority seating for the performance. All proceeds to benefit CSC’s education and outreach programs.

PRIORITY SEATING + RECEPTION TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Death and the Maiden                  
a play by Ariel Dorfman, directed by Steven Maler
January 30–February 11
Sorenson Black Box, Babson College

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, a sadistic doctor who's face she never saw. Is he guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, or is her paranoia getting the better of her?

Old Money
by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Karen MacDonald
March 6–18, 2018
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College


A dinner party in a fashionable home offers a rich and witty look at social classes and issues of wealth and privilege — from the Gilded Age of the early 20th century to the present day.

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare, directed by David R. Gammons
featuring the CSC2 Company of early-career actors
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College
June 1, 2018


Shakespeare’s classic tragedy dramatizes the damaging effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.

*Matinee performances available for schools and groups. For schedule and ticketing, contact Artistic Programs Coordinator Victoria Townsend at vtownsend@commshakes.org.

 

Richard III - Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common!
by William Shakespeare, directed by Steven Maler
July - August, 2018


Shakespeare's searing chronicle of a ruthless leader's ascension through betrayals and multiple murders, and the devastation he leaves in his wake as he gains power over the realm.

 

    Cast: Click image to read bio