Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
A sure sign of summer is the arrival of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's annual Free Shakespeare on the Common production. This year's offering, the 8th annual, will be "Macbeth," overflowing with deception, dangerous deeds and swirling caldrons, from July 18 through August 10. The production is presented free of charge.
Brought to you by The Wang Center for the Performing
Arts and the Poduska Family Foundation, performances
will take place at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston
Common, the site of last year's triumphant "Henry V"
(starring Anthony Rapp) -- which drew more than 50,000
people. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has presented free professional
productions of Shakespeare to Boston
Noted actor Jay O. Sanders, a familiar face for his many theatre, TV and film appearances, will star. No stranger to Shakespeare, Sanders played Petruchio opposite "West Wing's" Alison Janey in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Central Park production of "The Taming of the Shrew."
The cast will include Jennie Israel (Lady Macbeth), Ben Evett (Banquo), Dan Domingues (Malcolm), Robert Walsh (Macduff), Baron Kelly (Duncan), Ted Hewlett (Lennox), Julie Jirousek (Lady Macduff) and Bill Mootos (Ross).
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will also mount it second annual Tour of the Parks program, this time presenting "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Bringing The Bard to The People via Boston's public parks, last year's Tour of the Parks production, "Much Ado About Nothing," was seen by more than 5,000 people via performances at City Hall Plaza, The Elma Lewis Theatre in Franklin Park, Dorchester Park, M Street Park in South Boston, Boston Common and Copps Hill Park in the North End. The Tour of the Parks is presented by CSC's Apprentice Company in collaboration with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
The award-winning Commonwealth Shakespeare Company allows Bostonians of all ages to share in the extraordinary genius of Shakespeare and the excitement of live theater.
The 2001 CSC production of "Twelth Night" won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Production. Artistic Director Steven Maler received the Norton Award as Outstanding Director for the 1996 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Performances of "Macbeth" are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. There will be an American Sign Language interpreted performance on Saturday, July 19, at 8 p.m.
For more information about CSC, visit www.commonwealthshakespeare.org.
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