Cymbeline

July 17-August 4, 2019

Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Fred Sullivan, Jr.

Schedule
Wednesday, July 17 at 8:00pm
Thursday, July 18 at 8:00pm
Friday, July 19 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 20 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 21 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, July 23 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00pm
Thursday, July 25 at 8:00pm
Friday, July 26 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 27 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 28 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, July 30 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, July 31 at 8:00pm
Thursday, August 1 at 8:00pm
Friday, August 2 at 8:00pm
Saturday, August 3 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, August 4 at 7:00pm

Performances are FREE and open to the public.
Tuesday–Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm (off Mondays)
Matinee performance on Saturday, August 3 at 3pm

Accessibility Performances:
Open Captioned: Friday, July 26 (Raindate: Sat, July 27)
ASL Interpreted: Friday, Aug 2 + Saturday, August 3 (8pm); (Raindate: Sun, Aug 4)
Audio Described:  Saturday, August 3 (3pm); (Raindate: Sun, Aug 4)

 

Synopsis
Free Shakespeare on the Common takes up residence once again with Shakespeare’s lovely mystical dramedy Cymbeline. The play chronicles the fates of King Cymbeline and his family through a journey of deception, intrigue and separation. Join his daughter Imogen, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroines, as she is swept into a nearly mythic realm of mistaken identities, twists and turns, and the all-consuming quest for true love

 

 

Friends Section Chairs

 

Free Shakespeare on the Common is made possible each year through a combination of grants, sponsorships, and donations collected through the Friends Section program.  The Friends Section consists of lawn chairs set in front of the stage for your convenience.  Individuals can reserve a chair at a performance with a donation of $60 per chair, with all proceeds going directly towards the cost of the production. Starting July 17, chairs increase to $75 during performance weeks. Online reservations can be made up to 5 hours prior to the performance.

Friends Section chairs are preassigned. You will be seated at the performance by a member of our team. You must select the performance date you would like to attend at time of purchase or seats will not be reserved.

All donations are NON-REFUNDABLE.  Proceeds from the Friends Section help keep Shakespeare on the Common free for all!

Free Shakespeare on the Common Sponsors: Babson College, WGBH, Xfinity, Ovation TV, The Klarman Family Foundation, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Boston Globe, Boston Common Magazine, Interiors Boston, Downtown Boston Business Improvement District, Shakesbeer, Vantage Graphics, The Highland Street Foundation, Mix 104.1, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, The Boston Cultural Council.

 

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Cast

Kelby Akin
Cloten

Kelby Akin makes his fifth appearance at CSC.  Other area credits include Death of a Salesman (IRNE award winner, Best Supporting Actor), 33 Variations, The Understudy and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Lyric Stage).  Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Paul and The Glass Menagerie (Sandra-Feinstein Gamm Theatre).  Richard III, All The King’s Men and A Christmas Carol (Trinity Rep).  Kelby has also enjoyed featured roles in “Patriots Day”, “Detroit”, “The Heat” and several other major releases.

Remo Airaldi
Pisanio

Remo Airaldi has appeared with CSC in Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentleman of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, and The Taming of the Shrew. He has appeared in over sixty productions at the American Repertory Theater, including The Night of the Iguana, Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and Island of Slaves (IRNE Award—Outstanding Actor). Other credits: Shakespeare in Love (Speakeasy Stage), The Little Foxes, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy (Lyric Stage), Exposed (Boston Playwrights’ Theater), Mistero Buffo (The Poets’ Theatre), Frankenstein and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Central Square Theater), The King of Second Avenue (New Repertory Theatre) and productions at Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Cirque du Soleil, American Conservatory Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Prince Music Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. He teaches acting and public speaking at Harvard University.

Daniel Duque-Estrada
Posthumus Leonatus
Daniel Duque-Estrada
Posthumus Leonatus

Daniel Duque-Estrada is thrilled to be making his CSC debut. He is currently a Member of Trinity Rep’s resident acting company and has been a resident actor at the Dallas Theater Center as well as two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He holds an MFA in acting from the Brown/Trinity MFA acting program.

Nora Eschenheimer
Princess Imogen
Nora Eschenheimer
Princess Imogen

Nora Eschenheimer is thrilled to be making her CSC debut. Her recent credits include Rosalind in As You Like it, Perdita in The Winter’s Tale, Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Gamm Theatre, and Rachel Brown in Inherit the Wind at the Ocean State Theatre Company. She is the co-founder of the Tiny Traveling Theatre (as recently seen on HGTV and DIY Network) and has spent the last year traveling the country to raise awareness of the importance of accessibility to the performing arts. TinyTravelingTheatre.org

Tony Estrella
King Cymbeline
Tony Estrella
King Cymbeline

Tony Estrella has extensive experience in Shakespeare as both an actor and director. Favorite roles include Hamlet, Macbeth, Henry V, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale.  His film/TV work includes Martin Scorsese’s The Departed”, Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by The Sea” and Greta Gerwig’s upcoming “Little Women”. He is also the author of new versions of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler as well as works by Friedrich Schiller and the world premiere adaptation of Barry Unsworth’s Morality Play. Since 2002, Tony has been Artistic Director of the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre and has been on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island since 1997 where he teaches Shakespeare in the BFA acting program.

Tom Gleadow
Belarius

Tom Gleadow is thrilled to be back at CSC having been involved with their productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It.  He has performed throughout New England for close to thirty years in such productions as Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Awake and Sing, Arcadia and A Doll’s House at The Gamm Theatre, Oklahoma, Oliver, and A Christmas Carol, at Trinity Rep, Anything Goes and Young Frankenstein at North Shore Music Theatre and She Loves Me at The Greater Boston Stage Company.  Tom is a full time faculty at Salve Regina University.

Jonathan Higginbotham
Guiderius/ Fight Captain
Jonathan Higginbotham
Guiderius/ Fight Captain

Jonathan Higginbotham’s credits include: Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theater), Richard II (Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab), Peer Gynt From Kosovo (Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab), Twelfth Night (Elm Shakespeare Company), Not Medea (Art House Productions), and The Feels…KMS (New Ohio Theater). Jonathan received his MFA from Yale School of Drama where he was seen in The Three SistersUbu RoiMacbethA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Oresteia, and In The Red and Brown Water (Yale Cabaret). Jonathan studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford and holds a BA in theater from Hamilton College.

Jesse Hinson
Iachimo

Jesse Hinson is excited to be making his CSC debut.  Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Christmas at Pemberly.  Speakeasy Stage Company: Shakespeare in Love.  Central Square Theatre: Photograph 51. Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Exit the King, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, King Henry VI Part 2, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Pericles, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra. New Repertory Theater: The Whipping Man, Holiday Memories. Greater Boston Stage Company: Seminar, Miracle on 34th Street. The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater: As You Like It, ArcadiaThe Winter’s Tale, Morality Play Berkshire Theatre Group: The Puppetmaster of Lodz, Moonchildren, Macbeth, The Einstein Project, A Christmas Carol. Georgia Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus, Cymbeline. Jesse earned an MFA in acting at Brandeis University and a BA in theatre at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. He is an assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University.

Jeanine Kane
Queen

Jeanine Kane last appeared with CSC as Regan in King Lear. A resident actor at the Gamm Theatre, some favorite roles have been Hannah in The Night of the Iguana, Jaques in As You Like It, Elizabeth in King Elizabeth, Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Margaret in Good People, Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Nora in A Doll’s House. Other regional theatres include Trinity Rep Company and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. She teaches acting and speech classes at Massasoit Community College and speech communications at Emerson College.

Gunnar Manchester
Caius Lucius

Gunnar Manchester is delighted to be making his CSC debut. Brown/Trinity: John Buchanan Jr. in Summer and Smoke. Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater: As You Like It, Uncle Vanya, Arcadia. Actor’s Shakespeare Project: Exit the King. Wilbury Theatre Group: Church, Spring Awakening, Straight White Men. Williamstown Theater Festival: Late Night Cabaret, 27 Ways I Didn’t Say Hi to Laurence Fishburne. Epic Theatre Co: Red Speedo. Gunnar is a graduate of Bates College, and a rising second year in the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program.

Richard Noble
Philario

Richard Noble lives and works by day as a rare book librarian in Providence, where he has also appeared at the Gamm Theatre (going back to its days as Alias Stage), Perishable Theatre, the Brown Playwrights’ Festival, and lately as Galileo in Burbage Theatre’s production of Brecht’s Galileo. In 2018 he made his Shakespeare on the Common debut as Edward IV in Richard III. In earlier days he appeared in a couple of dozen productions at Wesleyan University, was a member of the Dartmouth Summer Rep, and frequently appeared at the Parish Players in Thetford, Vermont.

Nigel Richards
Lord

Nigel Richards is thrilled to be making his CSC debut. He has done productions with Trinity Repertory Company. The Wilbury Theater Group: Passing Strange, Spring Awakening. Peregrine Theater Ensemble: Hair. Nigel is a rising junior at Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the BFA Musical Theater program.

Rodney Witherspoon II
Officer/ Guard

Rodney Witherspoon II is a New England based actor and writer. A Los Angeles native, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and is an MFA candidate at the Brown University/ Trinity Repertory Company MFA program in Acting. He is also a teaching artist at Trinity Rep’s Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI). He has worked with Berkeley Repertory Company (CA), Wilbury Theatre Group, Mixed Magic Theater (RI), ART Station, Vanguard Repertory Company, Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, the Sanford Performing Arts Center, and Atlanta Actors Equity (GA).

Erika Anclade
Helen

Erika Anclade  A recent grad of Yale University. She played the Mistress in Passion at the Yale School of Drama and Lady Macbeth in her senior thesis production of Macbeth. Her NY credits include the Off-Broadway revival of Fiorello! (Classic Stage Company) and a reading of Better Than Dreaming, a new musical, at the York Theatre Company.

Chet R. Davino
Lord/ Ghost of Brother
Chet R. Davino
Lord/ Ghost of Brother

Chet R. Davino is incredibly excited to be joining CSC for their 2019 season.  Since graduating Dean College’s School of the Arts in 2014, he has been working as an actor and fight choreographer for community and professional theaters around the northeast. His recent work includes performing as Melchior (Spring Awakening, The Warner Theater), Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid, Company Theater), & JD (Heathers, Enter Stage Left).

Zachary Gibb
Officer/ Guard/ Roman Captain
Zachary Gibb
Officer/ Guard/ Roman Captain

Zachary Gibb is an actor from Providence, Rhode Island. Previous productions include Inherit the Wind at the Ocean State Theatre Company as well as many shows at Swamp Meadow Community Theatre. He has trained at The Gamm Theatre, and has spent the last six years working as a software engineer.

John Hardin
Lord

John Hardin is excited and grateful to be making his CSC debut. Previous Shakespeare credits include the title role in Hamlet (Adirondack Shakespeare Company), Ferdinand in The Tempest (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), and The Porter in Macbeth (Shakespeare on the Sound). In addition to his acting work, John is a chess teacher and coach with clients all over the country. Training: Stella Adler Studio (NYU Tisch)

Gregory Hermann
Philharmonius/ Ghost of Brother
Gregory Hermann
Philharmonius/ Ghost of Brother

Gregory Hermann is a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing and Classical Studio at New York University.

Ashley Knaack
Lady of Court
Ashley Knaack
Lady of Court

Ashley Knaack is a recent BFA Musical Theatre graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory.  Her conservatory credits include Hecuba in The Trojan Women, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Victoria Woodhull in Onward Victoria, and Elizabeth Welsh in Blue Stockings. Professionally, Ashley has appeared in My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, and The Pirates of Penzance with Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre and in 5-Star Theatricals’ Beauty and the Beast, and as Mrs. Spencer in 4-Leaf Theatricals’ Merrily We Roll Along.

Mihir Kumar
Cornelius
Mihir Kumar
Cornelius

Mihir Kumar is making his debut with CSC. Recent credits include: Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company: Richard III. International: The Australian Shakespeare Company (Melbourne): The Comedy of Errors. Training: UCLA: BA in Communication Studies & Theatre; American Conservatory Theater; National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Web: Instagram: mihir.is.here.

Armand Lane
Ghost of Sicilius Leonatus
Armand Lane
Ghost of Sicilius Leonatus

Armand Lane is classically trained in both stage and voice.  He has worked in productions ranging from the classics to musicals in off-Broadway houses, regional theaters, and even a fort from time to time. Recent credits include Measure for Measure (Angelo), Silence! The Musical (Crawford/Papa Shtarling), and King Lear (Cornwall). @armand.lane

Brian Pollock
Frenchman

Brian Pollock is an actor-director, clown teacher, and resident actor at the Flea Theater in NYC. Brian is thrilled to return to CSC. Since his apprenticeship in 2013. NYC: Not My Monster, Serials (Flea), The Witch of St. Elmora Street (Wolfpack Theatrics). CSC: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline. Italy: The Iliad, Captain Gloriosus (Continuum Company). Film: “At the End of the EPA” (Musical Short, Hackstage). Brian received a BFA in Drama at NYU Tisch.

Michael Underhill
Arviragus

Michael Underhill is thrilled to be returning to CSC. Previous CSC Credits include:  Richard III (Richmond), Macbeth (Duncan/Macduff), Two Gentlemen of Verona (u/s Proteus) and Othello (Soldier 1/ Officer 2). His recent credits include Man In The Ring (Huntington Theatre Company), Watson in Photograph 51 (Central Square Theater), Joseph Surface in School for Scandal (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Actor #1 in The Hotel Nepenthe (Brownbox Theatre Project), as well as productions with imaginary beasts, Happy Medium Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Whistler in The Dark, Maiden Phoenix, Bad Habit Productions, Theatre on Fire and Apollinaire Theatre Company. He graduated Northeastern University (BA in Theatre – Performance). www.michaeljamesunderhill.com  @michaeljamesunderhill

Sarah Vasilevsky
Lady of Court/ Ghost of Mother
Sarah Vasilevsky
Lady of Court/ Ghost of Mother

Sarah Vasilevsky is excited to be joining CSC once again, for their performances of Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet) and Cymbeline.  Recent favorite credits include; Measure for Measure (Isabella; CSC Apprentice Program), Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio, Lady Capulet, Shakespeare Now!), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena, Titania, Shakespeare Now!). Sarah has recently graduated from Suffolk University where she studied Theatre, with a focus in Acting. SarahVasilevsky.org

Creative Team

Fred Sullivan, Jr.
Director

Fred Sullivan, Jr. is celebrating 13 seasons with Shakespeare on the Common, first time as Director. He has played the Duke of Buckingham, Capulet, Malvolio, Bottom, Gloucester, and Parolles, Menenius, the First Gangster in Kiss Me, Kate at the Hatch Shell, and received a Norton Award for Outstanding Actor for his Jaques in As You Like It. He spent 35 season as a resident actor at Trinity Repertory Company where he appeared in over 130 plays and received Norton and IRNE awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in Blithe Spirit and His Girl Friday. His Trinity Rep roles included Falstaff, Bottom, Oscar Madison, James Tyrone, Jr, Joe Pitt, Captain Hook, Scrooge and Harold Hill, and he directed Trinity Rep’s A Christmas Carol, Shooting Star, and Boeing Boeing. Fred is Resident Director for the Gamm Theatre since 1996 where he has directed 28 productions including Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing (each twice), and Awake at Sing (Norton Award for Outstanding Production). As an actor at Gamm, he played Donny in American Buffalo, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale and Mark Rothko in Red. Fred has also performed at NJ Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. He teaches acting at Gamm and RISD.

William Shakespeare
Playwright

William Shakespeare was a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor born in 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon. His birthday is most commonly celebrated on 23 April, which is also believed to be the date on which he died in 1616. Shakespeare was a prolific writer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages of British theatre (sometimes referred to as the English Renaissance or the Early Modern Period). Shakespeare’s plays are perhaps his most enduring legacy, but they are not the only things he wrote. Shakespeare’s poetry has also remained popular to this day.

Shakespeare’s work includes 38 plays, 2 narrative poems, a collection of 154 sonnets, and other poems as well. No original manuscripts of Shakespeare’s plays are known to exist today, and about half of Shakespeare’s plays are only available to us because a group of actors in his company collected them for publication after his death. These writings were brought together in what is known as the First Folio (‘Folio’ refers to the size of the paper used). It contained 36 of his plays, and none of his poetry. Shakespeare’s legacy is as rich and diverse as his work; his plays have spawned countless adaptations across multiple genres and cultures, and his plays have had an enduring presence on stage and film.

His writings have been compiled in various iterations of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by different entities, which usually include all of his plays, his sonnets, and his other poems. From Stratford to London and beyond, William Shakespeare was and is one of the most important literary figures of the English language.

 

Jessica Hill
Co-Scenic Designer
Jessica Hill
Co-Scenic Designer
Patrick Lynch
Co-Scenic Designer
Patrick Lynch
Co-Scenic Designer

Patrick LynchPrevious CSC: Othello. Trinity Rep: A Flea In Her Ear, Veronica Meadows, Intimate Apparel, Boeing Boeing, A Christmas Carol (2010 & 2014), Shooting Star. Long Wharf Theatre: Smart People. Gamm: The Night of The Iguana, The Importance Of Being Earnest, The Children’s Hour, American Buffalo, The Winter’s Tale, and many more. Brown/Trinity MFA Program: The Good Person of Szechwan, Neva, In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play, The Skin Of Our Teeth, Middletown, and many more. Greater Boston Stage Company: Million Dollar Quartet. Emerson Stage: Urinetown and Titanic. Associate/assistant design credits: Bright Star, Wicked, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Fortress Of Solitude, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Velocity of Autumn. Patrick has an M.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon. Member: USA829. patricklynch.carbonmade.com

Eric Southern
Lighting Design
Eric Southern
Lighting Design

Eric Southern is an OBIE award winning designer for theater, opera, and dance. With CSC: Richard III (Irne Nomination), Love’s Labor’s Lost, Without You, Twelfth Night, Two Gentleman of Verona, Coriolanus, & The Last Will.  Other recent work includes Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, BAM, The Public Theater, and The Kennedy Center.  He is a frequent collaborator with 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Susan Marshall, Suzanne Bocanegra, and David Lang. Also projects with Carnegie Hall, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theater Club, The New Group, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Guthrie, Geffen Playhouse, among others. He is an assistant professor at Northwestern University and received his BFA & MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.   Member USA 829.

Elisabetta Polito
Costume Design
Elisabetta Polito
Costume Design

Elisabetta Polito*-Recent Costume Design work: Camelot, Peter and the StarcatcherSaturday Night/Sunday MorningCity of AngelsInto the Woods, Water by the Spoonful, Stones in His Pockets, Time Stands Still.  Cyrano, The Last Schwartz, Out of Sterno (Gloucester Stage Company). Inherit the Wind (Ocean State Theater Company). Dog Fight, Big Fish, A Future Perfect, Necessary Monsters, The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut: Make up your Mind, In the Heights, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (SpeakEasy Stage). Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theater).  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,  How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingAddams Family: The Musical, Unbleached American, Bernarda Alba, These Shining Lives, The NutcrackerThe Rimers of Eldritch (Stoneham Theater). The Pajama Game (Boston Conservatory). Blood at the Root, The Wiz, OthelloInner City BluesIn the Heights (Boston Arts Academy). Marie Antoinette: Color of Flesh (Providence College). White Christmas (The Company Theatre).  L’Elisire d’amore, L’ Amico Fritz , Il Campanello, MarthaThe Bartered Bride,  The Merry Wives of Windsor (Boston Midsummer Opera).  The Love of the Nightingale (Emerson College). Into the WoodsThe Importance of Being Earnest, The Cherry Orchard, Hairspray, Metamorphoses, Imaginary Invalid (Concord Academy). RentDr. Faustus (Suffolk University). Funnyhouse of a NegroThree Sisters (Brandeis Theatre Company). 2016 recipient of an Elliot Norton Award. *Member USA 829.

Peter Hurowitz
Sound Design
Peter Hurowitz
Sound Design

Peter Hurowitz is excited to be working on his first show for CSC. He is the Resident Sound designer and Sound Engineer at Trinity Repertory Company where he is completing his 23rd season.  This season he has designed A Christmas Carol, Black Odyssey, Macbeth and Little Shop of Horrors. 

Milly Massey
Composer/ Music Director
Milly Massey
Composer/ Music Director

Milly Massey is honored to join this great project at CSC. Recent credits include: Assistant Director The Importance of Being Earnest, Arcadia and The Winter’s Tale, LeBeau/Martext As You Like It, Nurse/Musical Director A Streetcar Named Desire, Second Nun The House of Blue Leaves (Gamm Theatre); Musical Director/Mrs. Blair Inherit the Wind (Ocean State Theatre Company); Viv in Di and Viv and Rose, Musical Director, Futurity, Assistant Director Stupid F*%$!! Bird, Co-Musical Director This Beautiful City (Wilbury Group). After 20 years in New York as an advertising executive, Milly is now Director of Fine and Performing Arts at The Gordon School. She is a board member of The Wilbury Group and a teaching artist with Trinity Repertory’s YASI program.

Nile Hawver
Fight Director
Nile Hawver
Fight Director

Nile Hawver is a Boston-based actor, musician, photographer, and fight director. Previous work with CSC includes fight consultation for Birdy, Death and the Maiden, fight direction for Our American Hamlet, fight direction for CSC2’s Romeo and Juliet and playing Sebastian (Twelfth Night) on the Common in 2014. As an actor: Once at Speakeasy Stage. Breath and Imagination; (Lyric Stage) ,Man of La Mancha; (New Repertory Theatre), Edward II; (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Finish Line, (Boston Theater Company); Violet and Mothers and Sons, (Speakeasy Stage); Etherdome, (Huntington Theatre Company), Central Square Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Ocean State Theatre Company, and more. MFA: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When he’s offstage, Nile is usually behind a camera, taking photos for actors and theatre companies, including CSC, throughout Boston. Huge thanks to Steve for all of the creative collaborations! www.nilehawver.com | www.nilescottstudios.com 

Sally Tomasetti
Props Artisan
Sally Tomasetti
Props Artisan

Sally Tomasetti is pleased to return to CSC having recently worked on Birdy, Universe Rushing Apart and Birdy.  A freelance set and props designer working with Next Generation Theatre Company, Boston Improv, Walpole Children’s Theatre, Uncommon Theatre Company and Needham Explorations. Sally is an artist that specializes in portraits and liturgical art. Each spring and summer Sally’s joy is to teach Theatre and Set design classes, educating the next generation in the wonders of backstage theater.

Kevin Schlagle
Stage Manager
Kevin Schlagle
Stage Manager

Kevin Schlagle returns to CSC after previously working on Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other theatre credits include Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His opera credits include Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Boston Opera Collaborative, Guerilla Opera, New England Conservatory, BU’s Opera Institute, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. He holds a BFA in stage management from Boston University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Renee E. Yancey
Production Manager
Renee E. Yancey
Production Manager
Renee E. Yancey is a stage manager, production manager, and theatre educator. For CSC: Production Manager for Richard III; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Boys from Syracuse (co-productions with Landmarks Orchestra); the CSC galas, 1985: New York City and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Much Ado About Nothing (CSC Apprentice Program)  Originally from Texas, Renee spent 10 years based in the Washington, D.C., area where she performed stage, production, and events management for Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, theatre Washington/Helen Hayes Awards, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Velocity DC, and AFI Silver Spring. New England-area work includes Stage Manager for Frankenstein (Central Square Theater); Heartland and Ripe Frenzy (New Repertory Theatre); and The Fantasticks (Opera House Arts). Renee is a Lecturer and Program Head of Management for the School of Theatre at Boston University. Education: BFA Texas State University; MFA Boston University
Brian M. Robillard
Assistant Stage Manager
Brian M. Robillard
Assistant Stage Manager

Brian M. Robillard returns to CSC after previously working on Romeo & Juliet and King Lear. Recent Area Credits Include Jersey Boys (Ogunquit Playhouse). 1776, We Will Not Be Silent, The Bakelite Masterpiece, Lonely Planet, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Ideation, The Gift Horse, Brecht on Brecht, Fiddler on the Roof (New Repertory Theatre). Bedlam’s Pygmalion and A Christmas Carol (Central Square Theatre); as well as credits with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Boston Opera Collaborative. Brian received his BFA in Stage Management from Boston University and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Upcoming projects include the premiere production of Bedlam’s The Crucible at Central Square Theatre.

Nicole Clark
Assistant Production Manager
Nicole Clark
Assistant Production Manager

Nicole Clark is a freelance production manager, stage manager, and technical director working in the Boston area. She received her BFA in Technical Production with an emphasis in Stage Management from Boston University, and is the recipient of the 2018 Daisette Hay McKelvie Award for Theatrical Collaboration and the Chuck Giles Award for Excellence in Technical Production. Her recent regional credits include Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s Pride and Prejudice (Production Manager), Boston Opera Collaborative’s Don Giovanni (Production Manager)Boston Midsummer Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (Assistant Production Manager), BCAP and New Rep’s world premiere co-production of Ripe Frenzy (Technical Director), OperaHub’s world premiere of DIVAS (Production Stage Manager), and the Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater’s co-production of Frankenstein (Assistant Stage Manager).

Jessica Hirschhorn
Assistant Director
Jessica Hirschhorn
Assistant Director

Jessica Hirschhorn is a New Yorker who graduated from Ithaca College in 2016 with a BFA in Acting. She has spent the last three years in Portland, OR as a Director and Actor working with Staged!, Milagro, LineStorm Playwrights, PATA, Metropolitan Performing Arts, and many more. She is thrilled and honored to work with CSC this summer.

Performances take place at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common, across from the AMC Loews Boston Common movie theater on Tremont Street.

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When are the performances?

The summer 2019 production of Cymbeline will run from July 17-August 4.  Performances on Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm.  Sunday performances begin at 7pm.  There is a 3pm matinee on Saturday, August 3.  There are no performances on Mondays.

Are there matinee performances?

There will be one matinee performance of Cymbeline on Saturday, August 3 at 3pm.

Where are the performances?

Performances take place at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common, across the street from the AMC Loews Boston Common movie theater on Tremont Street.

MBTA

If you are traveling via the MBTA, there are several stations located within steps of the Boston Common.

Green Line: Boylston or Park Street stops

Orange Line: Downtown Crossing or Chinatown stops

Red Line: Park Street or Downtown Crossing stops.

Where should I park?

Parking is available in the Boston Common Garage.  (Zero Charles Street, Boston, MA) Be sure to pick up a discount parking coupon from the Info tent or from an usher to receive $1 off your parking.  These coupons are provided by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA).  CSC receives a $2 donation from the MCCA each time a coupon is used.

How much are tickets?

All performances of Shakespeare on the Common are FREE and open to the public.  We offer a limited number of reserved chairs in our Friends Section located near the stage at each performance.  Click HERE for more information.  In order to help us keep Shakespeare on the Common free for everyone, we encourage all who attend to consider leaving a donation to support our production.

Are shows delayed or canceled for weather?

Audience and actor safety is our main concern.  In cases of heavy rain or lightning storms, we will cancel.  Audiences can get weather updates on the homepage of our website or by calling the Weather Hotline at 617-426-0863.  Information will also be distributed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

When should I arrive?

Some patrons arrive as early as 2-3 hours before the performance to stake out their spot.  There is plenty of room on the Boston Common, however, and you will be able to find room no matter when you arrive.

Are there chairs?

Lawn chairs are available for rent in the chair rental tents on either side of the stage.  Chair rentals are $5, plus a $5 deposit that will be returned to you when you bring back the chair after the performance.

Can I bring my own chair? If so, where can I sit?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own chair and/or blanket to sit on.  Please note that if you have a tall chair that could obstruct the view of other patrons, you will be directed to a Tall Chair Section.  Click HERE to view a detailed seating map.  If you plan to arrive early, please do not leave your chair or blanket unattended.

How do I get one of those seats near the stage?

Shakespeare on the Common is always FREE and open to the public.  A limited number of reserved chairs will be available in our Friends Section for each performance.  Friend Section seats will be available for purchase in mid-spring. For more information, click HERE or call 617-426-0863.

Is there food?/Can I bring my own?

Yes, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream truck and Earl of Sandwich are present during all performances.   CSC concessions including bottled water and candy directly support Free Shakespeare on the Common.  For your convenience, we encourage attendees to bring cash for food and concessions, although we do accept credit cards.  You are welcome to bring your own food and we ask to help us keep the Boston Common clean by picking up after yourself.  Alcohol is not permitted on the Boston Common.

Visit our amazing food truck partners including Bartleby’s, Ben and Jerry’s, Bon Me, Da Bomb, Pennypacker’s, Saypao, and
Taco Party.  Check out our Food Truck Schedule below to see which trucks will be on the Common during your visit!

 

What else should I bring?

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on, a light sweater, mosquito repellent, and an umbrella if the forecast calls for rain.  If you plan on attending a matinee performance, we suggest you bring a hat and sunscreen for your protection from the sun.  Bringing cash is very much recommended for concessions, although we do accept credit card as well. If you plan to arrive early, please do not leave your blanket or chair unattended.

Are there restrooms?

Yes, portable toilets are located near the tennis courts.

Is there merchandise available for purchase?

Yes, T-shirts, sweatshirts, blankets, baseball hats, and other items are available for purchase at the tents on either side of the stage.  100% of the proceeds benefit Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

How can I support Free Shakespeare on the Common?

There are a number of ways to support CSC.  Donations will be collected on the Common or visit.  You can also CLICK HERE or call us at 617-426-0863 to learn more about how you can make a donation.  Free Shakespeare on the Common is possible thanks to the support of friends like you.

Can I smoke on the Common?

No, there is now a smoking ban in all Boston Parks.  A $250 fine will be enforced by the Park Rangers onsite.

Visit our amazing food truck partners including Bartleby’s, Ben and Jerry’s, Bon Me, Da Bomb, Pennypacker’s, Saypao, and
Taco Party.  Check out our Food Truck Schedule below to see which trucks will be on the Common during your visit!

 

 

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