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WBUR The ARTery: What To Know Before Seeing Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’ On The Boston Common


This year, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is producing the Bard’s late-career romance play, “Cymbeline,” for its annual (free) summer stage in the Boston Common, from July 18 through Aug. 4. If you are less familiar with Shakespeare’s work, “Cymbeline”… Read More

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Wicked Local: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company brings ‘Cymbeline’ to Boston Common


“When you stage Shakespeare, especially on the Boston Common, the most important thing is that you help the audience follow the story,” says Sullivan. With this production “it’s clear what’s happening in every scene.” Although you may never… Read More

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The Boston Globe: A fairy tale vision for Shakespeare on the Common


Fred Sullivan Jr. wears a Mickey Mouse T-shirt underneath his short-sleeve buttoned-down shirt and shorts. The reference underscores his vision for “Cymbeline,” which he is directing for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s free Shakespeare on the Common production July 17-Aug…. Read More

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Edge Media: A ‘Cymbeline’ for Our Times :: Fred Sullivan, Jr. Chats About CSC’s Shakespeare on the Common


Fred Sullivan, Jr. has long been a force on the New England theater scene; in addition to his 13 seasons with the Boston-based Commonwealth Shakespeare Company he was a resident actor with Trinity Rep in Providence, RI, for 35 seasons and, since… Read More

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The Boston Globe: In ‘Birdy’, the scars of war, the bonds of friendship


William Wharton’s novel “Birdy” explores that conflict through the eyes of two boyhood friends who are shattered by war — one physically, the other mentally. The book was adapted into a 1984 film starring Matthew Modine and Nicolas… Read More

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Wicked Local: ‘Birdy’ takes flight at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Wellesley


The distinct tone of the movie is probably one reason why Naomi Wallace avoided watching it. In 1997, she was commissioned by a British theater company to write a stage adaptation of the story, which was a novel… Read More

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Edge Media: War and Friendship: Playwright Naomi Wallace on Her Stage Adaptation of ‘Birdy’


Playwright Naomi Wallace — recipient of a raft of prizes and accolades, among them an Obie Award and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship — has nearly twenty plays to her credit, among them “One Flea Spare,” “The Inland… Read More

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Edge Media: Talking with Director Steven Maler on Making CSC’s ‘Birdy’ Take Flight


Steven Maler, the artistic director of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, just finished one major project — an innovative look at “Hamlet” as a virtual reality experience that was profiled in the New York Times — before taking on a new… Read More

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Babson Thought & Action: To Be or Not to Be—Now in Virtual Reality


Looking to the future, Maler sees VR occupying a “provocative intersection” between creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship. VR represents a new way to look at and make sense of the world, and its potential is vast. “There are massive… Read More

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American Theatre: What Dreams May Come: A VR ‘Hamlet’ Puts Us in the Room


I turned my head and looked around an immense but dilapidated great hall. Inches from my face was Hamlet himself, reciting his famous “To be, or not to be” monologue while sitting in a bathtub, reflecting on his life… Read More

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