King Lear

July 22-August 9, 2015

Boston Common

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Steven Maler

For the 20th season production of Free Shakespeare on the Common, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company 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 among 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. Will Lyman stars as King Lear.

Wednesday, July 22 at 8:00pm
Thursday, July 23 at 8:00pm
Friday, July 24 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 25 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 26 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, July 28 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, July 29 at 8:00pm
Thursday, July 30 at 8:00pm
Friday, July 31 at 8:00pm
Saturday, August 1 at 8:00pm
Sunday, August 2 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 4 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, August 5 at 8:00pm
Thursday, August 6 at 8:00pm
Friday, August 7 at 8:00pm
Saturday, August 8 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, August 9 at 7:00pm

Cast

Jerry Goodwin
Doctor/ Old Man
Jerry Goodwin
Doctor/ Old Man

Jerry Goodwin CSC: Twelfth Night (Captian/Priest), The Boys from Syracuse (Duke) and Kiss Me Kate (Harrison Howell) with the Landmarks Orchestra.  Other credits include The Brother/Sister Plays (The Man from State), Hamlet (Polonius), The View From the Bridge (Eddie Carbone), and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Mr, Utterson).

Brandon G. Green
Oswald

Brandon G. Green was seen in CSC’s King Lear in 2015 and recently appeared in The Scottsboro Boys at SpeakEasy Stage (Elliot Norton Award -Best Production), Mr. Burns… at Lyric Stage, and An Octoroon at Company One/Arts Emerson; (Elliot Norton – Best Actor).

Ed Hoopman
Edgar

Ed Hoopman is thrilled to be back with Commonwealth Shakespeare, having previously performed as Edgar in King Lear, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Nicholas in The Taming of the Shrew. He has been seen recently in Boston as King Arthur in Camelot at Lyric Stage and as Ted in Ideation at New Repertory Theater. Other regional credits include Finish Line (Boston Theater Co./Boch Center); Peter and the Starcatcher, City of Angels, Dear Elizabeth, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Groucho Marx in Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage); Mister Roberts and Indulgences (New Repertory Theater); Dog Paddle (Bridge Rep); A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre Company); Assassins, After Ashley and A Clockwork Orange (Company One); and Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse). NYC: Interior: Panic (NY Fringe Festival) and World’s Fastest Hamlet both with Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre; Jester’s Dead (The Outfit); Foreign Wars (Random Access Theater). TV: “See Kate Run” (ABC), “Aftershock” (History Channel). Mr. Hoopman is also an accomplished voice over actor whose work can be heard both locally and nationally. www.edhoopman.com

Jeanine Kane
Regan

Jeanine Kane makes her CSC debut in King Lear.  Other credits include Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Good People (Margie Walsh), The Real Thing (Annie), Hamlet (Gertrude), Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them (Hildegarde), A Doll’s House (Nora), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Esme/Eleanor), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), The Scarlet Letter (Hester Prynne), An Ideal Husband (Laura Cheveley), The Taming of the Shrew (Katherina), The Elephant Man (Mrs. Kendal), Top Girls (Marlene), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Red Noses (Sister Marguerite Delair) and An Enemy of the People ( Petra Stockmann) all with The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre.  She was also seen recently in Deported/a dream play (Varter/Rose) with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

Jeremiah Kissel
Earl of Kent
Jeremiah Kissel
Earl of Kent

Jeremiah Kissel is a thirty-five year veteran of Boston’s professional theaters, and has appeared previously for Commonwealth Shakespeare eight times, most recently in King Lear. Other recent appearances include Fiddler on the Roof, Kol’s Last Call, The Boston Pops Holiday Concerts, and an episode of the upcoming “Castle Rock” for Hulu. Screen credits include “The Town”, “The Fighter”, “Joy”, “Stronger” and “The Wrong Car”. He has received numerous Norton and IRNE nominations, and has won several times, most recently, for Best Actor, 2014, and most notably, the very first Norton Award for a Boston actor in 1990. In 2003 he was given The Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.

Will Lyman
King Lear
Will Lyman
King Lear

Will Lyman-Boston Stages: King Lear, Ulysses on Bottles, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Windowmen, Operation Epsilon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, All My Sons, Exits and Entrances, The Oil Thief, Nicholas Nickleby, King of the Jews, Prospero, Brutus, Claudius. Off-Broadway: The Novelist, Passion of Dracula, Grinding Machine, The Dwarfs. Television: “Commander-in-Chief”, “Threat Matrix”, “Hull High”, “Crossbow”, “American Meltdown”, “Our Fathers”, soaps. Film: “Little Children”, “A Perfect Murder”, “The Siege”, “Mystic River”, “Welcome to the Dollhouse”, “What Doesn’t Kill You”Narrator: “Frontline”, “NOVA”, “American Experience” etc. Awards: Norton Outstanding Achievement (4 plays), Norton Sustained Excellence 2013, IRNE, NETC Award for Contribution to American Theatre, Howard Keel, Best of Boston, Imaginaire.

Deb Martin
Goneril

Deb Martin returns to CSC after appearing as Goneril in King Lear. Recent credits include Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Croom in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia at The Gamm Theatre, Barbara in Barbecue at The Lyric Stage Co. of Boston, Sam in Mud Blue Sky at Bridge Repertory Theater (IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actress), Eleanor in Casa Valentina at SpeakEasy Stage, and Corrine in Gidion’s Knot at Bridge Rep.  Other roles include Victoria Grant in the 2nd National Tour of Victor/Victoria, Holly in Next Fall at SpeakEasy Stage, Anna in Ivanov, Irma in The Balcony, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kristín in Miss Julie. Development workshops with Huntington Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, New Repertory Theatre and German Stage. FilmSpartan with Val Kilmer and William H. Macy, written and directed by David Mamet.  Training: B.F.A., Emerson College, and trained with off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company, founded by William H. Macy and David Mamet.

Libby McKnight
Cordelia

Libby McKnight returns to Commonwealth Shakespeare Company after performing as Cordelia in King Lear and as a member of the Apprentice Company in 2011. She just graduated from Juilliard Drama’s MFA program, and she is so thankful to be reunited with CSC in her favorite city. Most recent credits include Andromache in Trojan Women, Everybody in Everybody (Juilliard), and Judith Bliss in Hay Fever (Panther Creek Arts).

Maurice Emmanuel Parent
Duke of Cornwall

Maurice Emmanuel Parent returns to CSC after appearing in Coriolanus (Tullus Aufidius).  Other credits include Wheelock Family Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Underground Railway Theatre, New Repertory Theater, Lyric Stage Company,  and Huntington Theatre.  Roles include Angels in America (Boston Theatre Works) and The Wild Party (New Repertory Theatre).   Member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Measure for Measure, Romeo & Juliet, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, and King John. 2015 IRNE Award for The Color Purple. 2008 Elliot Norton Award for Some Men (SpeakEasy Stage),

Mickey Solis
Edmund

Mickey Solis played Edmund in CSC’s production of King Lear on the Boston Common in 2015 and was most recently seen at Gloucester Stage in the New England Premiere of The Effect with Lindsay Crouse, directed by Sam Weisman. He is a graduate of the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard, and played leading roles in the A.R.T. productions of The Seagull, Cardenio, Romeo and Juliet, and Desire under the Elms. His New York and Off-Broadway credits include Illusions (Baryshnikov Arts Center), An Oresteia (Classic Stage Company), God of Carnage (Engeman Theater), White People (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Night Over Taos (INTAR), The Master and Margarita (Fisher Center at Bard College), Beckett at 100 (92nd St. Y with Alvin Epstein and Bill Camp), and Error of Their Ways (HERE Arts Center). He has also performed at several regional theaters. His film and TV credits include michigan (writer), Lament for the Artist (co-writer), Fall NorthMan with Van, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Person of Interest,” “Blacklist,” “Mysteries of Laura,” and “Girls.”

Mark Soucy
Duke of Albany
Mark Soucy
Duke of Albany

Mark Soucy performed in CSC’s The Boys From Syracuse (Aegean), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Sir Nathaniel) and King Lear (The Duke of Albany). Other local roles include The Elephant Man (John Merrick), The Real Inspector Hound (Moon), and The Dresser (Norman). Mark is a fundraising consultant and served as Development Manager at New Repertory Theatre, among other roles, from 1994-2010.

Fred Sullivan, Jr.
Earl of Gloucester
Fred Sullivan, Jr.
Earl of Gloucester

Fred Sullivan, Jr is celebrating 12 seasons with CSC. Fred has played Malvolio, Bottom, Gloucester, Capulet, Parolles, Menenius, Holoferness etc on the Common, the First Gangster in Kiss Me, Kate at the Hatch Shell and received a Norton award for Outstanding Actor for his Jaques in CSC’s As You Like It. He is a 35 season resident actor at Trinity Rep where he has appeared in 130 plays and received Norton and IRNE awards for Outstanding lead actor in Blithe Spirit and His Girl Friday. He directed Trinity Rep’s A Christmas Carol, Shooting Star and Boeing Boeing. Trinity roles include Falstaff, Bottom, Oscar Madison, James Tyrone, Jr, Joe Pitt, Captain Hook, Scrooge and Harold Hill. Fred is resident director for the Gamm Theatre since 1996 where he has directed 28 plays including Hamlet and Much Ado about Nothing (each twice), Macbeth, King Lear, The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale, The Dresser, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Arcadia and The Importance of Being Earnest. His production of Awake at Sing at Gamm was awarded the Norton for Outstanding Production. As an actor at Gamm, Fred played Donny in American Buffalo, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale and Rothko in Red. Fred has acted for NJ Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. He teaches acting at Gamm and RISD.

Brandon Whitehead
Fool

Brandon Whitehead CSC credits include Boyet in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Fool in King Lear. Other recent credits include Amiens in As You Like It and Oscar Wilde et al in The Importance of Being Earnest at the GAMM Theater. Also Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind and Mike Francisco in Breaking Legs at Ocean State Theater Company as well as Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors with Tantrum Theatre (Ohio). Before moving to Massachusetts, Whitehead spent nearly twenty years working professionally in Seattle performing with ACT (A Christmas Carol, Joe Egg, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde), Seattle Repertory Theater (Twelfth Night, The Imaginary Invalid), Intiman (Paradise Lost), Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theater, Village Theater, and many others. Some of his film and television credits include “Castle Rock” (Hulu), “A Bit Of Bad Luck”, “21 And Over”, and “Leverage”.

Avery Bargar
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier
Avery Bargar
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier

Avery Bargar was last seen as Lord Montague and Friar John in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet.  Recent credits include Tom in Blue Window, (Brown Box Theatre Project), Luciana and Aegeon in The Comedy of Errors (Hampshire Shakespeare Company), and Cornwall in King Lear (Hubbard Hall). Avery studied with he renowned clown Phillippe Gaulier in France, with The Groundlings’ founding director, Gary Austin in LA, and earned his B.A. in Theatre from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

Sophia Blum
Goneril's Attendant
Sophia Blum
Goneril's Attendant

Sophia Blum last appeared with CSC as Lady Capulet in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet,  Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Calpurnia in Julius Caesar with The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey’s Touring Company.  She also recently played Queen Margaret in Henry VI Parts I, II & III in an Off-Off Broadway production.  www.sophiablum,com

Matt Giampietro
Duke of Burgandy/ Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier
Matt Giampietro
Duke of Burgandy/ Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier

Matt Giampietro was recently seen as Tybalt/Apothecary in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet and in West Side Story at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH.  Film: “Best Night Ever” and “Leverage” (TNT).  Matt earned his MFA in 2012 from the University of Washington PATP.

Charlotte Kinder
French Soldier
Charlotte Kinder
French Soldier

Charlotte Kinder returns to CSC after appearing in Romeo & Juliet (Juliet) with CSC2 and in Twelfth Night in 2014.  Other credits include Greenland (Apollinaire Theatre Co.), Bully Dance (Argos Productions), and The How and the Why (One Bird Productions).  Charlotte earned her BA in Theatre Studies from Wheaton College. www.charlottekinder.com

Timothy Kopacz
King of France/ Knight/ French Soldier/ Captain
Timothy Kopacz
King of France/ Knight/ French Soldier/ Captain

Timothy Kopacz last appeared with CSC as Curio in Twelfth Night.  Other credits include Julius Caesar, The Love of the Nightingale, and Seven Sicknesses. 

Kelsey Lidsky
Regan's Attendant/ French Soldier
Kelsey Lidsky
Regan's Attendant/ French Soldier

Kelsey Lidsky last appeared with CSC in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet as the Nurse. Other credits include G Train Exodus (Estrogenius Theater Festival), Dear Mom (Theater for New City), and Nettles (Manhattan Repertory Theater). New School Credits: Eurydice, King John, Fen, and Execution of Justice. After attending Boston University, she received an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama.  www.kelseylidsky.com

Brennan Lowery
Knight/ French Soldier
Brennan Lowery
Knight/ French Soldier

Brennan Lowery was last seen at CSC as Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet as part of the CSC2 Company. Other credits include Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch (dir. Rand Foerster), The Skriker (dir. Pitr Strait), Get Me A Guy (dir. John Clancy), Le Pond: a New Musical (dir. Kristin Hoffman), New School Credits: As You Like It, Blue Window, and The Ladder. He appeared in the viral YouTube commercial First Moon Party as well as on National Geographic’s “Brain Games”. www.brennanlowery.com

Chris Olmstead
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier
Chris Olmstead
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier

Christopher Olmstead is delighted to be at CSC after appearing as Peter in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet. After receiving his BA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Chris trained as an apprentice director in London.  He spent the last few years directing, performing, and teaching in Germany before returning to the states.  Boston credits include Retreat (Roxbury Repertory Theatre).

Marc Pierre
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier/ Herald
Marc Pierre
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier/ Herald

Marc Pierre returns to CSC after appearing as Benvolio in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet.  Other credits include Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project), I Am a Camera (Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre), A Soldier’s Play (Roxbury Repertory), and We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…(Company One/ArtsEmerson). Marc received his BFA in Acting at Emerson College.

Eliott Purcell
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier
Eliott Purcell
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier
Eliott Purcell returns to the Commonwealth Shakespeare stage after previously appearing on the Common in King Lear and Two Gentlemen of Verona, and at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester in the CSC2 production of Romeo and Juliet. Recent Credits: The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-TimeHand to God (Elliot Norton Nomination Best Actor), appropriate [SpeakEasy Stage]; Our Town [Huntington]; The Weird [Off the Grid]; Laura [Greater Boston Stage Company]; A Measure of Normalcy [Gloucester Stage]; The Song of Achilles, The Oresteia, Ethan Frome [Newton Theatre Company]. NYC Credits: Jews on First [Piece of Tish Productions]. Education: Boston College.
Arisael Rivera
Curan/ Knight/ French Soldier
Arisael Rivera
Curan/ Knight/ French Soldier

Arisael Rivera returns to CSC after appearing as Puck in CSC2’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friar Laurence in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet, and in the Ensemble of King Lear on Boston Common.  Other credits include Narrator/Arsonist in LA Lights Fire, and Butch in Educational, Career Relevant.  Follow him on Twitter: @ari_sael_riv.

Jacob Rosenbaum
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier
Jacob Rosenbaum
Knight/ Attendant/ French Soldier

Jacob Rosenbaum returns to CSC after appearing as Paris in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet.  Jacob graduated from Connecticut College where he earned a BA in Theatre.  He has also studied acting at the British American Drama Academy in London, with the National Theatre Institute, and the Labyrinth Theater Company.

Addison Williams
King of France/ Knight/ French Soldier/ Captain
Addison Williams
King of France/ Knight/ French Soldier/ Captain

Addison Williams returns to CSC after appearing as Mercutio in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet.  Other credits include Hamlet (Georgetown University), and Richard III (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). He received his BA from Georgetown University.

Creative Team

Steven Maler
Director

Steven Maler is the Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC). At CSC he has been directing Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common productions since 1996, including Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet.  In collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, he directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the Overture and Incidental Music of Felix Mendelssohn, as well as concert stagings of The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me, Kate at Boston’s iconic Hatch Shell.

Other CSC works include his current critically acclaimed production of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, the world premiere of Jake Broder’s Our American Hamlet, and the world premiere of Robert Brustein’s The Last Will.  He directed Peter Eötvös’s operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (U.S. Premiere) and Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face, The Turn of the Screw at New Repertory Theatre, Santaland Diaries and Chay Yew’s Porcelain at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Top Girls and Weldon Rising at Coyote Theatre,  and The L.A. Plays by Han Ong at A.R.T. His New York City credits include the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Without You, written by and starring Anthony Rapp. The production has been seen in Boston, Edinburgh, Toronto, London and Seoul.

He received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence as well as for Best Production, Twelfth Night; Outstanding Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Best Production, Suburbia; Best Solo Performance, John Kuntz’s Starf***ers (which also won Best Solo Performance Award at New York International Fringe Festival).

His feature film “The Autumn Heart”, starring Tyne Daly and Ally Sheedy, was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

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.

 

Beowulf Boritt
Scenic Design
Beowulf Boritt
Scenic Design

Beowulf Boritt designed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Two Gentleman of Verona for CSC.  Boston area credits include The Last Two People on Earth at American Repertory Theater, Captors at the Huntington Theatre, Heroes at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Abyssinia at North Shore Music Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Wilbur Theatre, and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Trinity Repertory Theatre.  Broadway: Act One (Tony Award), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Nomination), Hand to God, On the Town, Sondheim on Sondheim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, Grace, The Two and Only. Off-Broadway:  99 shows including The Toxic Avenger, The Last Five Years, and Miss Julie.  Other designs: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Ballet), and The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.  He received a 2007 Obie Award for sustained excellence.

Katherine O’Neill
Costume Design
Katherine O’Neill
Costume Design

Katherine O’Neill’s credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (California Shakespeare Theatre and PlayMakers Rep), The House That Will Not Stand (Berkeley Rep and Yale Rep), and The Unfortunates, a new musical that premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and re-staged at ACT. Boston credits: Ramses Contra los Monstruos (Brown University Writing is Live Festival), Derek Walcott’s Ti Jean and his Brothers (Central Square Theater), and The Island of Slaves (Orfeo Group) for which she was nominated for an Elliot Norton Award for Best Design.  Katherine received an MFA from Yale School of Design.

Peter West
Lighting Design
Peter West
Lighting Design

Peter West has had work seen at The Public Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre, Barbican, UK, Spoleto, CalShakes, Rattlestick, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, among others.  Selected credits: Tis a Pity She’s A Whore (Red Bull Theater), Don Juan (Pearl Theater), Melancholy Play (Trinity Rep), Shesh Yak (Rattlestick), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Red Bull Theater), Belleville (Studio Theater), Torch Song Trilogy (Studio Theater), The Importance of Being Earnest (Shakespeare Theatre), and Zero Cost House (Pig Iron Theater).

Colin Thurmond
Sound Design
Colin Thurmond
Sound Design

Colin Thurmond has established himself as one of the leading creative forces of his generation.  Equally sought after as music director, performer, composer and pedagogue, Dr. Thurmond has performed for the premier of a Nicholas Cage film and classical music with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.  From the world’s most renowned concert halls to the grittiest nightclubs, Thurmond’s musicianship breaks boundaries of what it means to be a 21st century artist, causing the Boulder Examiner  to write, “Mr Thurmond has got to be Superman!”. He received his doctorate from New England Conservatory.  www.colinthurmond.com

 

Yo-El Cassell
Movement and Choreography
Yo-El Cassell
Movement and Choreography

Yo-El Cassell’s CSC credits include Comedy of Errors, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, Coriolanus, Two Gentleman of Verona, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kiss Me Kate and Symphonic Shakespeare with Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Off Broadway: Moonlight Interior. Many productions with American Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, New England Conservatory, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Nantucket Dreamland Theatre.  He has taught at Boston Ballet, Skidmore College, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, The New England Conservatory, and Harvard University Dance Department.

Jeremy Browne
Fight Choreography
Jeremy Browne
Fight Choreography

Jeremy Browne is a Boston based actor and director with a specific focus on Shakespeare and Violence Design.  Previous works with CSC include Violence Supervision for Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Othello.  Featured stunt work in Film and television include “The Dark Knight Rises”(Warner Brothers Films), and “Vegas” (CBS).  He studies with local choreographers such as Robert Walsh and Ted Hewlitt, as well as Los Angeles based Bob Yerkes and Buster Reeves.

Gabriel Prokofiev
Music Compositions
Gabriel Prokofiev
Music Compositions

Gabriel Prokofiev creates music that both embraces and challenges western classical traditions.  A London-based composer, producer, DJ and founder of NONCLASSICAL record label and club night, he has emerged at the forefront of a new approach to classical music in the UK, recognized by Financial Times as being “in the vanguard of redefining classical music conventions.”  Projects include new music for a ballet production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Concerto for Bass Drum & Orchestra premiered by Princeton Symphony, and Concerto for Turntable No. 2.

Kevin Schlagle
Stage Manager
Kevin Schlagle
Stage Manager

Kevin Schlagle returns to CSC after previously working on The Two Gentlemen of Verona, King Lear, and Love’s Labour’s Lost.  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.

Seághan McKay
Production Manager
Seághan McKay
Production Manager

Seághan McKay returns to CSC having served as Production Manager for The Two Gentleman of Verona, Coriolanus, and Associate Production Manager for All’s Well That Ends Well. He is a Lecturer in Lighting Production at Boston University School of Theater and is an independent designer having created projections and video for The Boston Pops, Boston Ballet’s Swan Lake, Boston Lyric Opera’s The Flying Dutchman, Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s On the Town and Big River, Huntington Theatre’s Educating Rita, SpeakEasy Stage Company’s Big Fish, Carrie: The Musical, Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind, Next To Normal, Nine, Striking 12, {title of show}, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Emerson Stage’s Twilight :Los Angeles 1992, Light Up the Sky, Boston Conservatory’s Merrily We Roll Along, Rent, and many others. www.seaghanmckay.com

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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Reviews

King Lear” is kicking up a storm on Boston Common (through Aug. 9). And what a storm it is, replete with claps of thunder, wind cranked from giant fans, swamps of fog and arching streams of water that… Read More

- WBUR The ARTery, Carolyn Clay

It was a sweltering night when I saw Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s latest FREE Shakespeare on the Common, but so absorbing and mighty was Will Lyman’s performance as KING LEAR that I hardly noticed the elements, save for the storm onstage, an… Read More

- Joyce's Choices, Joyce Kulhawik

Steven Maler, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s founding artistic director, selected this dark and monumental drama to mark the 20th season of the company’s Free Shakespeare on the Common performances, and he chose Will Lyman for the title role. The… Read More

- The Boston Globe, Don Aucoin

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