• Shakespeare on the Common

  • Cancellations

    Weather information:
    781-239-5972

    Twitter

    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

Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Our American Hamlet

Beckett In Brief

See Calendar for matinee schedule

CSC2

  • July - August, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      July - August, 2017 (Exact performance schedule announced in Spring 2017)

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

      Read More
  • March 23-April 2

    Our American Hamlet

    • When:

      March 23 - April 2, 2017

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

      Runtime: 90 minutes

      Tickets: $25-$60
      March 23 (only) is pay-what-you-can

      Scenic Design:
      Julia Noulin-Merat

      Lighting Design:
      Brian Lilienthal

      Sound Designer:
      David Remedios

      Costume Design:
      Nancy Leary

      Fight Choreography:
      Nile Hawver



      Read More
  • May 8-16, 2017

    Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

    • When:

      May 8-16, 2017 90 minutes

    • Venue:

      Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts

    • Need to know:

      Recommended for grades 6 and up.

      Directions & Parking Information for the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

      Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

      Wheelchair Accessibility: Wheelchair seating is available at the Sorenson Center for the Arts. When purchasing tickets, please indicate your needs for wheelchair accessible seating and House Management staff will be happy to reserve appropriate seating for you and your guests.

      Read More
  • April 27–30 and May 3–7

    Beckett In Brief

    • When:

      April 27–30 and May 3–7

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

      Tickets:
      General Admission $40
      April 27 (only) is pay-what-you-can

      Scenic Design:
      James Fenton

      Sound Design:
      Elizabeth Callas

      Costume Design:
      Chelsea Kerl

      Read More
  • 04/05/2017

    Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

  CSC2

About CSC2

CSC2 is a young company of actors that works with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on an extended basis. The ensemble is built of twelve, non-equity, early-career actors with some professional experience. CSC2 actors will work both as a cohort, learning from a diverse cast of their peers, and also alongside CSC’s professional company in a variety of productions. CSC Academy faculty will also occasionally work with CSC2 to help brush up on fundamentals and extend the learning from the rehearsal room. Rehearsals for all CSC2 work takes place at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

CSC2 candidates must have completed undergraduate level acting training or have comparable experience.  Equity actors are not eligible for CSC2.

Performance Opportunities

  • Julius Caesar at Babson College in Wellesley – Rehearsals begin early-March with performances from May 8th through May 17th. This production will be performed by CSC2 and consist of seven student matinees and one community performance. There will be 4 to 5 rehearsals per week and a rehearsal schedule will be made available in the winter.

  • Romeo and Juliet on the Boston Common – Rehearsals begin mid-June with performances from July 19th through August 6th. CSC2 will be cast in the following roles: Tybalt, Paris, Escalus, Balthasar, Apothecary, Friar John, Abraham, Samson, Gregory, Peter and two ensemble roles. Rehearsals will typically be scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. A daily call will be sent to all actors the night before.

  • Each member of CSC2 will also understudy the professional company of Romeo and Juliet.

  • Members of CSC2 may also be offered roles in other CSC programming including “Shakespeare and Leadership,” the CSC annual gala and “Theater in the Rough,” our staged reading series, February through May.

Other Details

  • CSC2 actors will be engaged with the Company from March 1- August 7 2016 and are eligible for seven EMC points for work during Romeo and Juliet.

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

  • As part of a summer mentor-ship program, CSC2 actors will work with CSC Apprentices, members of our undergraduate level acting program, and provide monologue coaching several times over the course of the summer. They will receive guidance and feedback on their coaching from Apprentices and CSC staff.

  • CSC2 is a part-time, temporary position, compensation: stipend and/or expense reimbursements

Questions?:csc2@commshakes.org

Audition Information 

Auditions for the 2017 CSC2 Company have passed. Typically, we will audition for this program in the fall each year. Please visit our audition page for the most current audition opportunities. We also encourage you to learn about our Apprentice Program if you are interested in acting with CSC this year. 

 

 










What Former CSC2 Cast Members are Saying about the Program

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."

Avery Bargar

(2015 CSC2 Alumnus)

"I had a great time working as a member of CSC2. Not only did I meet actors with whom I have continued to work and will create theatre with throughout my career, I made lifelong friends. The closeness of the ensemble is unparalleled, and working with Adam deepened my appreciation for and understanding of Shakespeare's beautiful language. Understudying major roles in King Lear was an incredible opportunity, and performing on the Boston Common with the cast and CSC2 for three weeks is a memory I will always cherish. The entire creative staff runs a well-oiled machine."

Brennan Lowery

(2015 CSC2 Alumnus)

"My experience in the CSC2 program was incomparable. Besides the opportunities to explore, analyze, rehearse, and perform some of Shakespeare's best works, I was also given a chance to coach, mentor, and teach throughout the greater Boston community, spreading my love and passion for theater to kids that otherwise may never have any exposure to it. From founder Steve Maler down, everyone involved with CSC2 bring a similar excitement and earnestness to their work, creating a culture of excellence I think is too rarely seen. Performing in front of thousands on the Boston Common was just the icing on the cake for what was, without a doubt, one my favorite experiences of my young career."

Charlotte Kinder

(2014 and 2015 CSC2 Alumna)

"I joined CSC2 for two consecutive, very joyful seasons, and loved it! Getting to teach and perform Shakespeare for local high school students in the Boston area was the best thing I've done in my career thus far, and so much fun. I was in good hands with Victoria and Adam, who challenged me to give a more energized and sincere performance than I knew I had in me. Working alongside masterful, experienced actors to an audience of thousands on the Boston Common was no small thing either, and it was their fine-tuned skills which inspired me to audition for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where I am currently earning my masters in acting. But what I loved most of all was the kind of community we became in CSC2, a friendly, laughing bunch who constantly raised the bar for one another, and then gave each other the support they needed to reach it. My time in CSC2 was well-spent, and I would encourage any other early-career actor to audition."

Addison Williams

(2015 CSC2 Alumnus)

"For me, the CSC2 program offered the perfect transition from educational to professional theater. The ability to put on our own company’s performance in May, teach with the educational team at schools in and around Boston through the summer, coach and rehearse with the apprentice company, train with the professional CSC instructors, and perform alongside the Equity company in the August show on the Common was an invaluably immersive opportunity. The connections I made, the work I did, and the friends I found through the CSC2 program are life-long. I recommend the program to anyone forging a career in the classical performing arts."