Cal State Northridge Students Present MACBETH

The students at Cal State Northridge will present a unique adaptation of Macbeth, directed and edited by Christine Menzies February 12 – 22, 2015 at Nordhoff Hall Little Theatre. In Shakespeare’s bloody classic, a rehearsal for the “Scottish Play” is possessed by four witches with dire results. There will be a post-show Q&A on Wednesday 2/18 and an ASL performance on Friday Feb 20. Following its public performances, the production will continue in March with school-day matinees for local secondary schools.

Macbeth logo CSUNMACBETH
February 13-15 and 20-22, 2015
CSUN, Nordhoff Hall Little Theatre
(Parking in Darby Ave’s Lot B-1, $6)
House opens at 7:00 pm (Sundays at 1:30pm) NO LATE SEATING
Tickets: (818) 677-2488
Click Here for more information
General admission $20; Seniors $17, Faculty & staff $16; Students $15. Early Bird and other discounts available.

Shakespeare Uncovered: King Lear with Christopher Plummer

Shakespeare Uncovered

In the second episode of Shakespeare Uncovered – Series II, airing at 10:00 pm on January 30th, Christopher Plummer explores Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear. It is a role he knows well, having played the doomed king in a critically acclaimed production that was directed by Sir Jonathan Miller.

Plummer’s guests include Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale who share their own unique observations about the play. He also talks with theatre historian Tanya Pollard about how Shakespeare’s Lear disappeared from the stage for nearly 150 years, replaced by a version with a happy ending in which Edgar rescues Cordelia and Lear and they all live happily ever after. That adaptation (written by Nahum Tate) still exists today. He takes us to the Globe Theatre where we see the alternate ending performed and then returns us to Shakespeare’s much more devastating tragedy.

You may be surprised to learn that Lear was a real English king who lived 800 years before Christ and much of the story is thought to be true. More

Casting Announced for The Porters of Hellsgate’s Production of OTHELLO

Calloway as Achilles

Thomas Bigley and Matt Calloway in The Porters’ 2012 production of Troilus & Cressida

The Porters of Hellsgate present Othello, directed by Thomas Bigley Feb. 28 – March 28 at the Whitmore Theatre in North Hollywood. Othello kicks off The Porters’ ninth season, returning artistic director Charles Pasternak to the stage for The Porters for the first time since his award-nominated performance playing King Henry V just one year ago. Pasternak will star as Iago, with resident artists Matt Calloway in the title role and Eliza Kiss as Desdemona. Associate artistic director Thomas Bigley returns to the director’s seat for the first time since his lauded King Lear in 2013.

The cast will also include Gus Krieger as Roderigo, Alex Parker as Cassio, Hilary Schwartz as Emelia, Jacques Freydont as the Duke of Venice, Sean Faye as Gratiano, Thomas Bigley as the Clown, Christine Sage as Bianca, Evan Lipkin as Montano, Brent D. Christensen as Brabantio, Kipp Moorman as Lodovico, and Michael Bigley and Kyle J. Nash in the ensemble.

Technical credits:
Stage Manager: Alicia Patterson
Costume Design by Jessica Pasternak
Lighting Design by Sterling Hall
Scenic Design by Alex Parker
Sound Design by Nicholas Neidorf

February 28 – March 28, 2015
The Porters of Hellsgate @ The Whitmore Theatre
11006 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, 7pm on Sunday, March 1st, and at 2pm on Sundays, March 8th, 15th, and 22nd. The production will run approximately two hours with one intermission. Click Here for tickets, $20 online; $25 at the door. All major credit cards accepted at the door. Reservation line: (818) 325-2055.

Shakespeare Uncovered – A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hugh Bonneville

Get ready Shakespeare lovers. Shakespeare Uncovered returns to PBS this Friday, January 30th. Like the first series, the second celebrity-hosted installment will cover a wealth of information, including a look at some iconic performances, historical and biographical data, and new analysis by noted scholars and guests, all of which will open up six of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

In the first episode at 9:00 pm, Hugh Bonneville offers a behind the scenes look at his favorite Shakespeare play, and the one that started his career, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then at 10:00 pm, Christopher Plummer explores the depths of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear, a role he played under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller.

Shakespeare Uncovered

Bonneville understudied the role of Lysander in Midsummer in 1986 at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. It was his first professional role, which he then played when the company took the show on tour. The actor he was understudying was none other than Ralph Fiennes, also in his first role as an actor. More

See A Noise Within’s Julius Caesar and The Threepenny Opera on the Same Day

A Noise Within continues its 2014-2015 REVOLUTIONary season with two new productions: The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s groundbreaking theatrical work in Michael Feingold’s translation February 15 – May 9 and William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar March 22 to May 8. While both plays spoke to the times in which they were first produced – Weimar Germany and Elizabethan England, respectively – they also speak to this season’s theme of REVOLUTION, most especially from a socio-political point of view.

ANW Geoff and Julia“We have always crafted overarching themes for our repertory seasons,” says Geoff Elliott, “but none has presented itself as organically and viscerally as this year’s.” Julia Rodriguez-Elliott reinforces this notion, adding, “In many ways, the idea of REVOLUTION had entered our collective consciousness in ways that all but dared us not to embrace it. As a director, I am especially energized by the concept of ‘disorderly conduct’ — both because it appears as a theme in every one of these plays, especially The Threepenny Opera and Julius Caesar, and because wherever we look, all around the world, it is rearing its head in the forms of civic, social, and political unrest. We take our cue from Brecht himself, who said, ‘Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.’”

Both Threepenny and Caesar were created by a single design team, and are headed by Rodriguez-Elliott and Elliott as directors. While the plays can be enjoyed singly, you can see both productions on the same day as a matinee and evening performance on April 12, 25 and May 2. When seen back-to-back, the two plays become a still larger theatrical experience as their themes resonate and intertwine. On each of these three dates, 50 patrons will be able participate in immersive directing or acting workshops, have a chance to meet the cast and crew, and enjoy dinner and lively social interaction with other theatregoers between the two performances.  More

Review: Tarantino Meets Elizabethan England in PULP SHAKESPEARE

Aaron Lyons (Vince) and Dan White (Julius)  in Pulp Shakespeare. Photo credit: Bren Coombs

The stylistic marriage of Shakespeare’s language and Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction reaps heady rewards for linguists and lovers of indie crime drama in Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction) at Theatre Asylum where the runaway hit of the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival is reinventing itself in a new production produced by Matthew Quinn and Aaron Lyons. Originally helmed by Jordan Monsell, this iteration is directed by Amanda McRaven and features three returning major cast members surrounded by a new ensemble of players.

Smart writing, coupled with deadly serious character interpretations and a clever transposition of Tarantino’s iconic scenes to 16th Century England, makes this the kind of shrewdly intelligent comedy you can’t get enough of.

Its two leading men are loaded with charisma. Lyons stars as Vincenzio de la Vega and Dan White as Julius Winfield, the Elizabethan counterparts of their namesakes played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. White has more obvious character traits to latch onto as Jackson playing Jules and his speech patterns and mannerisms offer up some of the biggest laughs in the show. Lyons is the more understated of the two, easily sliding into the slinkier style of Travolta’s Vincent. Together they make this buddy play a bloody delight. I’d see it again just to watch how they play the audience.  More

THE HAMLET PROJECT Returns To Los Angeles

The Hamlet Project

After a two-year absence, Loose Canon Collective’s The Hamlet Project is returning to Los Angeles for an extended run at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel. Since the debut of The Hamlet Project in 2011, the show has been mounted fourteen different times in three different cities and has received a great deal of attention. All shows begin promptly at 8:00 pm but you can come any time after 7:00 pm to enjoy some pre-show entertainment.

Also, between now and opening weekend The Hamlet Project is offering a special $10 pre-sale offer. Buy your tickets now for the discount. Remaining tickets will be $15 cash at the door. (Shows are anticipated to sell out.)

What is The Hamlet Project? Check out the trailer below!

February 19, 20, 26, 27 & March 5, 2015
Park Plaza Hotel
607 S Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
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Cornerstone Theatre Company Continues Tour of CALIFORNIA: THE TEMPEST

Cornerstone Theater Company continues its world premiere adaption of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, titled California: The Tempest, written by Cornerstone co-founder Alison Carey and directed by its artistic director Michael John Garcés. The year-long tour performs in ten diverse California cities on a journey that began in 2014. Join Cornerstone as they move from the downtown Los Angeles Arts District to Arvin, Lost Hills, Grayson & Westley, Pacoima, East Salinas, Fowler, Holtville, Eureka, San Francisco and then back to Downtown L.A. (where it all began) as each of these ten communities contributes to writing the play they inspire.

In California: The Tempest, “What’s past is prologue,” as playwright Alison Carey’s adaptation of The Tempest meets California’s challenges head-on in a traveling experience that conjures love, disaster, revenge, forgiveness & music (all that you would expect from Shakespeare); mixed with earthquakes, drought, overdevelopment, food equity, state politics, fracking and immigration policy (all that you would expect from California) as Prosper, her daughter Minerva, her servant Caliban and Californians from across the state yearn to find the commonality in our diversity and imagine a healthy and inclusive future for California.  More

Audition Update: SOC, The Porters of Hellsgate, Shakespeare in the Vines

Shakespeare O.C. has announced that general auditions for their 2015 season will take place on Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8 at the Garden Grove Amphitheater. The season will open with Romeo & Juliet, directed by John Walcutt, and will also include a second Shakespeare play and a world premiere drama, both TBA. All roles (except Romeo) are available, and SOC is open to non-traditional casting. The Summer Company will have both paid and intern performers; but all company members will have free access to their year-round acting workshop taught by members of the artistic committee, including producing artistic director John Walcutt. For more information and to request an audition appointment, contact For more details, visit

The Porters of Hellsgate are holding auditions for their upcoming production of Othello on January 17. Callbacks will take place on January 18. Charles Pasternak plays Iago after returning from New Jersey Shakespeare and his stint as Claudio. Thomas Bigley directs. Othello will open at The Whitmore Theatre on February 28 for a five week run. Submit electronically on Actors Access by 3:00 pm on January 15. All roles other than Iago are open and all ethnicities are encouraged to submit. For a complete breakdown of roles and to submit, visit For more about The Porters, go to

Auditions for the Shakespeare in the Vines 10th anniversary summer outdoor season will take place March 27 – 29. Productions include Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night as well as additional events. Visit to find out more information as it becomes available.

It’s the New Year – Time to Get to Class! Study Shakespeare: Part II

shimerman_arminThe Antaeus Company is offering Shakespeare, a fourteen week class moderated by Armin Shimerman. Shakespeare’s text is a gift to the actor who knows how to find the offered clues to performance. In this class, Shimerman will lead an exploration of the text’s structure and rhetorical devices. Students will learn to extract information on character and interpretation from the text, always within the context of Elizabethan daily life, beliefs and biases. The class will focus first on monologues, and then progress to scene work. The ultimate goal is to prepare an actor for ANY classical text. If you have a fear of Shakespeare, Armin will cure you of it.

Dates: 14 week session begins February 10, 2015. Tuesdays 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Class fee: $630 ($575 early bird discount if you register by 1/30/15)
Class size: 14-16. Open to actors of all ages.
Click Here for more information.

Theatricum Botanicum has had two spaces open up in their Winter Intensive Shakespeare Seminar for adults. Three weekends of Elizabethan Life and Dance, Fencing, Voice, Rhetoric, Text Analysis, Alexander Technique, Movement and Monologue work. Click Here for more information.

Registration is also open for Theatricum’s Youth Academy Classes. Click Here for information or call (310) 455-2322 to enroll.

Shakespeare Monologue Workout – TEENS ONLY
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Fencing & Stage Combat – GRADES 4-8
Saturday, February 7, 2015 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)

deborahstrang1501And over at A Noise Within, Deborah Strang will be teaching Acting Shakespeare: Scenes and Monologues. This special eight week course will begin with an in-depth exploration of Shakespeare’s scenes and monologues. Students will read and discuss The Bard and then choose specific monologues and scenes to perform. The class allows participants to incorporate physicalization of their character, and to spur a connection to key emotions that enliven their performance. Limited enrollment subject to instructor approval, ages 18 and up.

Dates: March 23 – May 11, 2015. Mondays 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Tuition: $360. Click Here for more information.

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