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.

Parson’s Nose Theater Opens 2014-15 Season with The Merchant of Venice

Parsons Nose school for scandal

Marisa Chandler and Barry Gordon in The School for Scandal

Parson’s Nose Theater begins their 15th Season with a Readers’ Theater Series performance of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, adapted by Lance Davis and featuring Barry Gordon as Shylock, at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena.

“In The Merchant of Venice, written in 1597, the young Shakespeare again performs his magic, taking elements from Italian tales and contemporary works (Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta) and giving his own spin,” explains PNT Artistic Director, Lance Davis. “His Christians are not merciful heroes, and his Shylock is not a greedy villain. His comedy does not end comfortably. Join us to listen to this brilliant 16th Century portrayal of justice vs. mercy. In today’s darkness of world tension, a shaft of light is most welcome, isn’t it?”

Parson’s Nose Readers Theater readings and productions are offered as “Pay What You Will” and may be reserved in advance or purchased at the door.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Saturday, October 18 at 7:00pm
Sunday, October 19 at 3:00pm
Lineage Performing Arts Center
89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91105
Tickets and Information: 626-403-7667 or
www.parsonsnose.com
Prices: Pay What You Will
Running time appx. 90 minutes plus intermission. Appropriate ages 12+.

Globe For All: File This One Under “Great For The Community”

Globe For All - All's Well

Pictured: Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy (back row, left) and Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (back row, right) with the cast and community partners of All’s Well That Ends Well. Photo by Mike Hausberg.

The Old Globe begins an exciting new production platform this month. Globe for All is a free professional touring production of Shakespeare that will allow the theatre to serve more communities throughout San Diego by collaborating with a diverse range of local organizations. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein directs the first production, Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well with a cast of local professional actors and recent graduates of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program. The tour begins Oct. 28 and will culminate in three low-cost performances Nov. 7 – 9 in the Globe’s Hattox Hall, part of the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  More

FREE Shakespeare in Plummer Park

Lovers and Madmen
“Lovers & madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends.”

— Theseus in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Join Lovers and Madman for an afternoon of madness in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas. Michael Matthys directs a cast that includes Ross Baker, MJ Beyer, Chris Chapman, Tyler Fromson, Lianna Smith, Kelly Love, Rolando Martinez, Tyler Mauro, Nicholas McDonald, Marina Moore, Cynthia San Luis, Charline Su, Ottavio Taddei, Joshua Thomas, and J.C. Wallace.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Oct. 11 & 18 at 3:30 pm
Oct. 19 & 20 at 2:00 pm
Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Playbox Theatre Joins Santa Monica Playhouse for Hands Across the Sea Festival

Playbox TheatreSanta Monica Playhouse will host its annual Hands Across the Sea FREE Festival of Theatre October 26-30, featuring Playbox Theatre, its sister theatre company from the U.K., which will include a number of shows for children and adults.

In honor of Shakespeare’s 450 birthday this year, the festival will feature four theatrical events inspired by the Bard: a clown’s staging of The Comedy of Errors; Shakespeare’s Wronged Women, a powerful rant based on the female personas throughout Shakespeare’s plays; MustardSeed’s Magical Mayhem, an interactive riff on A Midsummer Night’s Dream for children (and their grown-ups!); and Youth’s a Stuff Will Not Endure, a community-involved city-wide character parade, bringing audience members of many generations together in the life-affirming, community-building magic of a live multi-national theatre experience. Playbox Theatre, the Playhouse’s sister company, will perform October 26 – 30, 2014.  More

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