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    · Performances are free & open to the public

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The Boys from Syracuse with Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Shakespeare & the Law: Julius Caesar

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.

King Lear

July 22 - August 9, 2015

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By William Shakespeare

Directed by Steven Maler

Featuring Will Lyman as Lear

July 22 - August 9, 2015

FREE and Open to the Public

For our 20th season production of Free Shakespeare on the Common, CSC is pleased to present King Lear for the very first time. King Lear follows the journey of an aging king, faced with his own mortality and mental decline, who tries to secure the legacy of his kingdom by dividing it amongst his three daughters. Only through loss—of status, of love, of loyalty—does King Lear learn what is truly resonant at the end of a life.

“King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s monumental plays,” says Steven Maler, CSC's Founding Artistic Director. “There’s good reason I’ve waited 20 years to take it on. As with the greatest of Shakespeare’s history plays, Lear blends the political and the personal, interweaving a country’s destiny with the very human frailties of those charged with shepherding its future. The play reveals what it means to be human--our responsibilities to ourselves, our family and our fellow human beings--as well as true loyalty and loyalty as pretense for deceit, and the struggles in times of succession and transition that are as resonant today as they were four hundred years ago.”

Will Lyman says, “Of course, in my fantasies, I hope this will be the best evening of Shakespeare anyone has ever seen; the one that makes people say, 'I finally understand why everybody says Shakespeare was such a great playwright.' In truth, I just hope that this will be a theatre experience that speaks honestly about who we are, and about the difficulties and joys of our human experience.”

Friends Section Chairs are available. Learn more or reserve your chairs now!

 

CAST

Jerry Goodwin

Doctor/Old Man

Brandon G. Green

Oswald

Ed Hoopman*

Edgar

Jeanine Kane*

Jeremiah Kissel*

Regan

Earl of Kent

Will Lyman*

King Lear

Deb Martin*

Goneril

Libby McKnight

Cordelia

Maurice Emmanuel Parent*     

Duke of Cornwall

Mickey Solis*

Edmund

Mark W. Soucy

Duke of Albany

Fred Sullivan, Jr*

Gloucester

Brandon Whitehead*

Fool

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Steven Maler

Director

Katherine O'Neill

Costume Designer

Peter West**

Lighting Designer

Colin Thurmond

Gabriel Prokofiev

Kevin Schlagle*

Jeremiah Mullane

Sound Designer

Music Compositions

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Yo-el Cassell

Choreography & Movement

Jeremy Browne

Fight Choreography 

Christopher Martel      

Assistant Director

Theona White

Assistant Costume Designer

Evan DelGaudio

Assistant Lighting Designer

Bori Yoon

Assistant Scenic Designer

**Member of United Scenic Artists

Plus, the company of CSC2: Avery Bargar, Sophia Blum, Matt Giampietro, Charlotte Kinder, Kelsey Lidsky, Brennan Lowry, Chris Olmsted, Marc Pierre, Eliott Purcell, Arisael Rivera, Jacob Rosenbaum, and Addison Williams

 

 

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CSC's Free Fun Friday sponsored by the

Highland Street Foundation

Friday, July 24

 

 

 

 Thanks to our Shakespeare On The Common sponsors and partners!

                  

                        

 

Have any questions? Click here to read our frequently asked questions. 

    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Will Lyman*

  • Jerry Goodwin

  • Maurice Parent*

  • Fred Sullivan, Jr.*

  • Ed Hoopman*

  • Mark W. Soucy

  • Brandon Whitehead*

  • Libby McKnight

  • Brandon G. Green

  • Deb Martin*

  • Mickey Solis

  • Jeremiah Kissel*

  • Jeanine Kane*