• 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

See Calendar for matinee schedule


  • 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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  CSC2- April-August 2018

About CSC2

CSC2 is a company of young actors that works with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to further develop skills in classical acting through performance, artistic and professional development, and through different educational and coaching settings. The ensemble is built of twelve, non-equity, early-career actors with some professional experience.

CSC2 candidates must be non-Equity and have completed undergraduate level acting training or have comparable experience. Current undergraduate or graduate students and AEA actors are not eligible for CSC2.

Participation in CSC2 takes place in two phases:


In the spring, CSC2 actors will work as a cohort, learning from a diverse cast of their peers, to perform one of Shakespeare’s plays for a middle and high school audience (2018 title: Macbeth) at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. These performances may be supplemented with participation in classroom visits, workshops and post-show talkbacks for attending schools. In addition to rehearsal and performance, CSC2 will also convene as a group led by CSC’s Associate Artistic Director to review techniques in heightened language, then meet weekly to workshop classical monologues with these topics in mind.



During the summer, CSC2 will perform with our equity company in small and ensemble roles for CSC’s signature presentation of Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common (Summer 2018 title: Richard III). Each member of CSC2 will also be assigned an understudy role within this production. In addition, as part of a summer mentorship program, CSC2 actors will work with our Apprentice Company of undergraduate-level actors by leading workshops in heightened language, and facilitating weekly monologue coaching sessions.


      Performance Opportunities for CSC2

“Macbeth” at Babson College in Wellesley – Rehearsals begin April 9th with performances from May 24th through June 1st. This production will be performed by CSC2 and consist of six student matinees and one community performance. Rehearsals will run Mon-Thurs, 6-11:00 PM and Sundays 12-6:00 PM.

  •  “Richard III” on the Boston Common – Rehearsals begin June 19 with performances from July 17th through August 5th. Rehearsals will typically be scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. A daily call will be sent to all actors the night before. This show will rehearse at Babson College in Wellesley with technical rehearsals and performances outdoors on the Boston Common in the heart of the city. CSC2 actors have the option to earn 7 EMC points for their work on this production. 

  • Each member of CSC2 will also understudy at least one role in “Richard III.”


Other Details

  • Heightened language training for CSC2 will occur during the day between April 9th and 13th.

  • Monologue workshops will be held for two hours weekly during Macbeth rehearsal window, schedule TBD.

  • CSC2 will attend Apprentice Program orientation and early text classes between June 10th and 14th.

  • Free dormitory housing may be available from June 1st to August 6th.

  • CSC2 actors are paid a monthly stipend to help defray expenses.




Audition Information 

This fall we will be auditioning for CSC2 in Boston and NYC. Please click the links below to sign up

Sign up for Boston Auditions

Sign up for NYC Auditions





What Former CSC2 Cast Members are Saying about the Program

Kaci Hamilton

(2017 CSC2 Alumna; Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet, 2017)

"My summer with CSC2 was the experience of a lifetime! I affectionately refer to it as “Shakespeare Bootcamp”, because everyday we dove deeper and deeper into the techniques and skills required to lift the text off the page and drive it into our bodies. With every experience, from rehearsals, to mentoring the apprentices, to projecting my voice to the thousands who showed up every night on the Common, I learned so much about not only my process and the work, but also about being a working actor. I treasure my time and the friends I made with CSC2, and I know that I am forever spoiled by the inclusive, fun-loving, and professional environment they created."

 Sarah Mass

(2017 CSC2 Alumna; 2013 Apprentice Alumna; now appearing in CSC's 2017 reading of Fear and Misery in the Third Reich)

"Getting to work with like-minded artists as an ensemble for 6 months is a very special privilege. CSC2 gave me not only friendships that I cherish, but also an opportunity to create art built upon those friendships. As members of the CSC2 company, we supported each other in our growth as artists and connected as young actors facing the same challenges while building our careers. Plus, getting to perform with your company on the Boston Common for the whole city is an experience I can only describe as magical."

Arisael Rivera 

(2015 and 2016 CSC2 Alumnus; Snout in A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Hatch Shell with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, 2015; Dull in Love's Labour's Lost 2016)

"My experience with CSC2 was a fantastic one, especially when working on the CSC2 production of Romeo & Juliet. Adam gave us the freedom to play with these characters and make them our own, while also challenging us to remain true to the text. The attention to detail concerning language and intention was a true class in not only performing Shakespeare, but performing in general. Work was hard but the audience's response made it all worth it. I'll cherish those moments with my fellow CSC2 actors. Also, performing King Lear on the big stage on the Boston Common was an epic experience."

Sophia Blum

(2015 CSC2 Alumna; Fairy (Peaseblossom) in A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Hatch Shell with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, 2015)

"Being a member of CSC2 was an incredible experience. The length of the program allowed me to fully immerse myself in Shakespearean study and performance. In five months, I got to be a teacher, a mentor, an understudy, a performer, and most of all, a member of a wonderful community. The connections and friendships I made at CSC were not only invaluable for my career, but for my soul. I am a better performer and person for the time I spent there.

After the program, one of the actors I met from working on the common hooked me up with his New York manager, who sent me on an audition in the city a few weeks ago! I also ended up getting cast in a production at Ocean State Theatre, directed by another member of the King Lear cast that I worked with on the common."