Photo Flash: CASA 0101 Theater’s Julius Caesar

CASA 0101’s production of Julius Caesar directed by Robert Beltran continues its run through Nov. 16. There will be no performance on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31 however an additional performance has been added on Monday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 pm. Julius Caesar is presented on the theater’s Main Stage located at 2102 East First Street (at St. Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA  90033. For a complete schedule of dates and more information visit www.casa0101.org.


CASA 0101’s Julius Caesar is part of Encuentro 2014, A National Latina/o Theatre Festival. Concurrently with the run of the show, an Art Exhibit featuring the work of Arturo Urista will be on display in the Jean Deleage Art Gallery in the lobby of CASA 0101 Theater. The Exhibit features works dealing with themes presented in the play.

Julius Caesar - CASA 0101

L-R: Daniel Mora, Rachel Gonzalez, Lauren Ballesteros, Ulvaldo Baltazar, and Ray Rios. Photos by Ed Krieger

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Moving Toward Production – Ministers of Grace

Jordan Monsell has officially opened a Kickstarter campaign for Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorized Parody of Ghostbusters and you can get all the details HERE. Check out the latest from the creators of Pulp Shakespeare and get on the bus. Happy Monday!

The Old Globe Announces Cast of PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE

Pericles - Old GlobeThe Old Globe has announced the cast and creative team for the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program presentation of William Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre, directed by Ray Chambers, running Nov. 15 – 23. (Opening night is Saturday, Nov.15 at 8:00 pm.).

Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a startling epic of the trials, heartbreak, and redemption of a warrior who must navigate the dangerous currents of human corruption and angry fate. Join him as he travels across the treacherous oceans of North Africa, ancient Syria, Turkey, and Greece and is forever changed by the comically exotic and morally vague figures he meets. Love, betrayal, laughter, and adventure unfold in this engrossing, yet seldom produced, Shakespearean gem.  More

Review: The Porters of Hellsgate Weave a WINTER’S TALE

Porters - The Winter's Tale

Michael Mitchell Hoag and Thomas Bigley

The Winter’s Tale is not the easiest of Shakespeare’s plays to stage. It must believably present a story sharply divided into two parts set in two different countries with drastically contrasting tones, and pull off an ending that resolves them by way of magic or a well-concealed plot, based on whichever point of view the director takes. The violence of the first half of the play in Sicilia (winter) melts away in the pastoral beauty of Bohemia (spring) in the second, where the story continues sixteen years later before reuniting the past and present and absolving the sins of a repentant king.

In Sicilia, King Leontes (Thomas Bigley) has accused his pregnant wife Hermione (Kate O’Toole) of sleeping with his best friend, Polixenes (Evan Isaac Lipkin), King of Bohemia. The good queen is innocent but there is no reasoning with Leontes, who places her on trial and sets out to have his friend murdered and the child destroyed. His rashness results in the deaths of his firstborn son Mamillius (Sasha Pasternak), Hermione, and even his loyal servant, Antigonus (Sean Faye), who is mauled to death offstage following one of Shakespeare’s most famous stage directions, “Exit pursued by a bear.”  More

Chaminade Players Goes Steam Punk for TWELFTH NIGHT

Twelfth Night - Chaminade PlayersYvette Bishop will direct a steam punk flavored Twelfth Night with an all student band at Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, opening in November. Performances will take place in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 14, 15, 21 & 22. The Chaminade Players is a dedicated group of students committed to creating theatrical masterpieces with dynamic performances through a collaboration of the school’s various technical crews and actors. Chaminade College Preparatory High School is located at 7500 Chaminade Ave., West Hills, Ca 91304. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.chaminadeplayers.org.

The Illyrian Players Open a Provocative OTHELLO This Halloween

Illyrian Players Othello

From the company that brought you a cross-gender cast Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew as a BDSM love story, comes a provocative Othello – a theatrical exploration of outsiders and obsessions.

For director Carly D. Weckstein, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most uncomfortable tragedies. It not only includes deep racism and misogyny but is often accused of sexualizing and glorifying domestic violence–an apparently odd choice for a progressive and “sex-positive” theater company. But for Weckstein, the fact that Othello remains deeply disturbing is the reason to stage it. In talking about her motivation to direct the play, she argues “racism, misogyny, jealousy and domestic violence are tragedies that happen every day. If we actually want to heal what is damaging in our world, we must confront what most upsets us and that means coming face to face with our own demons.”  More

Audition Update: A Noise Within and The Old Globe

A Noise Within is seeking actors for its 2014-15 Season. Equity Principal auditions for Julius Caesar and Figaro will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10:00 – 6:00 pm. Please prepare a contemporary monologue no more than 2 minutes in length and have a Shakespearean monologue ready if asked. Auditions will be held at A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. Please park in the Metro Station parking structure behind the theatre. More information at www.actorsequity.org. For more about A Noise Within visit www.anoisewithin.org.

The Old Globe will hold Equity Principal auditions on Monday, Nov. 3 and Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 10:00 – 6:00 pm for the Globe’s 2015 Summer Season: Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Rich Girl, and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Please prepare 2 one-minute contrasting monologues. They will see Non-Equity actors if time allows. Actors who cannot attend either EPA are welcome to submit to casting@theoldglobe.org, or Attn: Casting 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101. Auditions will take place in the Old Globe Rehearsal Hall, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. For a complete breakdown of roles available and more information, go to www.actorsequity.org. For more about The Old Globe visit www.theoldglobe.org.

Speakeasy Theatre Company Presents Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night - Speakeasy

Speakeasy Theatre Company opens Twelfth Night on October 21st. For reservations and location address, email bradashten@yahoo.com. You can also get tickets online at thespeakeasytheatre.com.

Interview: 17-Year-Old Madeleine Russell Contemplates To Be or Not To Be

Westridge Hamlet

Madeleine Russell in Hamlet. Rehearsal photos by Cris Capp

Proving that Shakespeare is for all ages and all people, Westridge School in Pasadena is getting ready to open an all-female 1990’s grunge-inspired production of Hamlet, starring Madeleine Russell in the title role. Anyone who has ever worked on the play, and particularly on that role, will tell you that it is a huge undertaking and one that presents many opportunities for growth, both as an actor and as a person. Since I’m always interested in the process, I asked Russell, who is a 17-year old senior at Westridge, what it was like for her to step into the shoes of one of Shakespeare’s most tortured characters. I think you’ll be impressed at what she has to say about her experience.

How do you get inside a character like this as a young woman in the role, rather than a young man?

Because my school is single-sex, I have had the chance to play men before. I find that my approach is fairly similar for any character, male or female. I read for emotions, motivators, character shifts. I analyze their journey, always taking into consideration their present circumstances. With Hamlet, I have easier access to his feelings and thoughts. He never hides from the audience, which I find to be one of the reasons he is so compelling.  More

Inara George in Concert with Music Inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Inara George 2014Inara George presents A Concert Tribute to William Shakespeare, on Saturday, Oct. 18, 6:00 pm at Theatricum Botanicum. The acclaimed singer/songwriter, a homegrown Topangan, shares the stage with an exciting musical lineup of guest artists. In honor of Theatricum’s ongoing celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, original musical compositions inspired by his sonnets will be performed. Tickets are $35.00; no charge for children 5 and under. Call (310) 455-3723 or visit www.theatricum.com. Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 N Topanga Cyn Blvd. Topanga, CA 90290.

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