Press Release: Free Shakespeare On the Common 2019: William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline


For Immediate release: May 1, 2019 Contact: Kati Mitchell kmitchell@babson.edu Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents “Free Shakespeare On the Common 2019:” William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline Directed by Fred Sullivan, Jr. July 17 – August 4 Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common Wellesley, MA… Read More

Learn More

The Boston Globe: Friendship takes flight in superb ‘Birdy’


Steven Maler’s intimate, poetic, and beautifully realized Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production of “Birdy’’ underscores what makes this drama so stirring: its illustration that, as with love, there can be a mysterious chemistry to friendship, a force of attraction… Read More

Learn More

WBUR/The ARTery: Naomi Wallace’s Adaptation Of ‘Birdy’ Takes Graceful Flight


The success of the play and the production rests largely in Wallace and Maler’s ability to artfully suggest the issues of the play. The audience has to accept the unlikely duo bonding in the first place. Jocks generally… Read More

Learn More

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

Learn More

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

Learn More

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

Learn More

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

Learn More

Press Release: CSC Adds Performanes to the Run of “Birdy” adapted to the stage by Naomi Wallace and directed by Steven Maler


For Immediate release: February 14, 2019 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-470-3378 kmitchell@commshakes.org Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Adds dates to the run of Birdy Adapted by Naomi Wallace from the novel by William Wharton Directed by Steven Maler Production now runs through March… Read More

Learn More

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

Learn More

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

Learn More

Free Shakespeare on the Common Sponsors

Sign Up for Our E-Newsletter