Cornerstone’s Theatrical Road Trip Announces Final Destinations of California: The Tempest

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After stops in six diverse California cities, Cornerstone Theater Company begins the last leg of its year-long tour of California; The Tempest, a world premiere adaption of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, written by Cornerstone Co-Founder Alison Carey and directed by its Artistic Director Michael John Garcés. The final stretch of the journey heads to Eureka (at the Blue Ox) from May 21- 23; San Francisco (at the Z Space) June 4 – 6; and then makes its triumphant return home (to where it all began!), with performances June 18 – 20, at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

Cornerstone also invites you to its Sunset Celebration of California: The Tempest, an evening of dinner and theater under the stars, on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Downtown Los Angeles’ beautiful Grand Park. This celebratory event will be the culmination of their California Bridge Tour, a yearlong statewide touring production of California: The Tempest. Mark the date on your calendar to enjoy appetizers, cocktails, a silent auction, gourmet picnic dinner and their final performance with a breathtaking view of downtown Los Angeles.   More

A Noise Within Announces “Breaking and Entering” 2015-2016 Season

A Noise WithinA Noise Within, led by Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, has announced its 2015-2016 season. Informed by the theme, Breaking and Entering, these plays follow protagonists as they break down walls, enter unknown realms, and search for the truth.

“In the context of our new season, breaking and entering can mean getting behind the walls of ignorance and even fear,” says Geoff Elliott, “and summoning the personal courage to step away from old notions in favor of a clear-eyed embrace of a new truth.As a recurring thematic element, breaking and entering symbolizes breaking down the walls of ignorance or fear and summoning the personal courage to embrace a greater sense of truth. These plays are inhabited by characters who do just that.”

The Company’s season unfolds this fall with Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear, Antigone by Jean Anouilh (world premiere of a translation and adaptation by Resident Artist Robertson Dean), and All My Sons by Arthur Miller. Spring 2016 includes Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, You Never Can Tell by George Bernard Shaw, and Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello (adapted by Robert Brustein). The season also includes A Noise Within’s annual holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott.

Julia Rodriguez-Elliott said, “What’s most exciting about these plays is how they portray transformations that occur in the face of huge adversity. The protagonists of Antigone andRomeo and Juliet oppose cynicism and corruption–and end up paying with their lives. But comedies can be equally transformative: at first glance, A Flea in Her is frothy, yet both its characters and the play itself break with tradition and enter new ways of being. That, in essence, is what this season is all about.”

Season Schedule:
A Flea in Her Ear (Sept 6-Nov 22, 2015)
Antigone (Sept 20 – Nov 20, 2015)
All My Sons (Oct 11 – Nov 21, 2015)
Romeo and Juliet (Feb 14 –May 8, 2016)
You Never Can Tell (March 6 – May 15, 2016)
Six Characters in Search of an Author (March 22 – May 8, 2016)
A Christmas Carol (December 5-23, 2015)

Subscription tickets: (626) 356-3100 x 1 or www.anoisewithin.org.

Shakespeare Youth Festival Begins April 25

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Los Angeles Drama Club announces its annual Shakespeare Youth Festival Los Angeles, just in time for Shakespeare’s 451st birthday. The Season kicks off with Much Ado About Nothing and Troilus and Cressida, and closes with the epic, Antony and Cleopatra. Each production features a creative take on Shakesepeare’s original play with a cast consisting of children and youth of Los Angeles.

Troilus and Cressida is Shakespeare’s most experimental and sophisticated play about the “heroes” of the Trojan War and will swing wildly between acidic, bawdy comedy and dystopian desperation. The company has set Much Ado About Nothing, a popular comedy with unsettling overtones, in 18th Century California, early Mission Era. Antony and Cleopatra stars the children from Shakespeare in the City — in Mid-City. Click Here for reservations.

Performance Schedule
Troilus and Cressida: April 25, 26, May 2, 3 at 3:30 pm
The Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea. Tickets are $10.

Much Ado About Nothing: April 25, 26, May 2, 3 at12:30pm
The Lyric Theatre, 529 N. La Brea. Tickets are $10.

Antony and Cleopatra: May 16, 17 at 2:00 pm
Club Fais Do Do, 5253 W. Adams 90016. Free for the public.

For more information, visit www.losangelesdramaclub.com.

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Noted as the “youngest Shakespeare Troupe in the United States,” Los Angeles Drama Club has been mounting full productions of the Bard’s plays since 2004, where it began in the garden of L.A’s “Brookledge” – the private theatre in Mid-Wilshire that later became The Magic Castle. Drama Club’s founder, Blaire Baron Larsen, is part of the Founding Family of the renowned Hollywood Landmark. The youth-centric arts & literacy program was recently honored as local Community Champions by PBS and is part of a documentary that aired on the same network.

Audition Update: Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and Art of Acting Studio

Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is holding auditions for its annual Shakespeare in the Park series on April 25 – 26. This year’s production is 12th Night – The Musical, which combines the words of Shakespeare with a rock and roll score. 12th Night is directed by Erin McBride Africa, with original music by Jay Africa. Actors and singers should prepare a 2-minute Shakespeare monologue and 16 bars of music to sing acapella. All roles are open, and SCSF practices blind casting. Headshots and resumes are highly encouraged. To request an audition time, send an email to auditions@scshakespearefest.org. For more information, go to www.scshakespearefest.org.

High school and college students will also be considered for Once more unto the Breach, an original cutting of Shakespeare’s musings on conflict, honor and death performed by SCSF’s Young Company. Once more unto the Breach is directed by Luck Hari, and will tour various locations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to www.LASummerFest.org.

Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre Company/Art of Acting Studio will hold auditions for Macbeth, directed by Michael Allen and Don K. Williams, on April 24, 2015. Callbacks will take place 4/29, 4/30, or 5/1. Please submit electronically by Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 pm on Actors Access www.actorsaccess.com. Prepare a 2-minute Shakespeare Monologue for the audition.

UK Band The Nearlys Release “Under the Greenwood Tree”

The Nearlys Under the Greenwood Tree

In honor of Shakespeare birthday, UK band The Nearlys will release a new single due out Thursday, April 23, 2015. “Under the Greenwood Tree” is the first release of 2015 for The Nearlys and features music by Helen Walker set to a lyric by William Shakespeare. Walker plays piano, electric piano, synths and bass, with Mike Walker on drums. The release also includes “And Again,” an instrumental track in the form of a Round, played on Appalachian dulcimer, bass and synths.

Says Walker, “We feel ‘And Again’ complements ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ as a release; both tracks aspire to capture the peace and beauty of nature, the heart of Shakespeare’s lyric.”

You can listen to excerpts at www.thenearlys.com. I think you’ll find them quite haunting and beautiful. Happy Birthday, Will.

Under the Greenwood Tree (Single) by The Nearlys
Genre: Alternative Folk/Jazz
Format: Digital Download
Worldwide Release
Catalogue No. HEGDDS17
© Everyday Records 2015

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Romeo & Juliet: Happy Endings at Segerstrom Concert Hall

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April 19 at 3:00 pm, relive the timeless tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful music. Carl St. Clair conducts Orange County’s Pacific Symphony in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 featuring dancers David Tai Kim (as Young Romeo) and Keira Schwartz (as Young Juliet), choreographed by Lorin Johnson, with actors Rich Wordes as Romeo (Actor) and Amy Hitchcock as Juliet. For this concert, the actors and dancers will reinstate the original happy ending, which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale.

There will also be a free pre-concert discussion: Romeo and Juliet: How Should The Story End? from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the Judy Morr Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, featuring Joseph Horowitz and UC Irvine Professor Julia Lupton, as well as the actors. Using film clips, they explore the different ways in which the lovers’ tale has been told, with special attention given to Prokofiev’s translation of an Elizabethan tragedy into a Soviet ballet. To attend the event, RVSP to skey@pacificsymphony.org.

The concert is part of Shakespeare Reimagined, a semester-long festival in partnership with Chapman University, celebrating Shakespeare through music, film, theatre and dance. Click Here for more information.

More Shakespeare at the Huntington Fun

Bard Meets Beatles

On Friday, April 17, join The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and SCLA’s Will Power to Schools program for a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by students from East LA Performing Arts Magnet High School. It’s the Bard Meets the Beatles in this magical journey through one hard day’s night staged on Mr. Huntington’s beautiful back porch. There will be a reception at 5:00 pm and the performance begins at 5:30 pm. The Huntington Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. [Reservations currently at capacity]

Then on Saturday, April 18, it’s Shakespeare Day at the Huntington. Stop by the SCLA booth between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and create something unique with Shakespeare’s words. Feeling sweet? Devise a compliment to stir your true love’s heart. Feeling salty? Create an insult to give your next incident of road rage a theatrical flair.

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Also from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Independent Shakespeare Co. will be performing scenes from some of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays in locations throughout the grounds. The family-friendly day includes interactive workshops and craft activities (like the one described above) for exploring Shakespeare and his world. Cost: Free with admission to The Huntington. For more information call (626) 405-2100 or go to www.huntington.org.

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Book Signing and Discussion with Andrea Chapin, Author of THE TUTOR

The Tutor Author Andrea Chapin will be appearing at Diesel, A Bookstore in Santa Monica on Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 pm for a book signing and discussion of her novel, The Tutor. I’m eighty pages into the book, which is a fascinating fictional account of what could have happened during one of Shakespeare’s “lost years” (1585-1592). Chapin’s writing is elegantly accessible and weaves historical details into a plot that brings together a young William Shakespeare and the beautiful widow, Katharine de L’Isle at a crucial period in the playwright’s career.

Katharine quietly fills her days with the books she loves and time with her extended family at Lufanwal Hall, the home of her uncle, Sir Edward. But when the family’s priest, who had been performing Catholic services in secret, is found murdered, Sir Edward faces death threats and is forced to flee the country. At the same time, an audacious new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford who is coarse, quick-witted, and brazenly flirtatious. Put off by his behavior but drawn to his gift with words, the two begin an unlikely relationship that becomes the inspiration for his erotic poem, Venus and Adonis.

It’s a match of wits befitting a Shakespearean tale; one that is full of romance, mystery, and Elizabethan intrigue. Here’s a passage from the book to pique your interest:

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Independent Shakespeare Co. Presents New Adaptation of Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Pericles - ISC

Independent Shakespeare Co., presenters of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival and recipients of the 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater, will produce a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre, April 24 – May 2. Directed by ISC Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma, the fantastic story includes shipwrecks, pirates, a king who uses the skulls of his victims as interior design, an abandoned baby, and a knight in rusted armor fighting for love. At every turn, Pericles confronts events both grotesque and miraculous as his long and brilliant history unfolds. It is one of Shakespeare’s strangest plays and includes adult themes and situations.

Comments Melissa Chalsma, “This curious collaboration between Shakespeare and George Wilkins (an aspiring writer and brothel keeper) was born of mutual opportunism: Shakespeare was grappling with the new popular demands for ‘city comedies’ full of topical issues and scenes depicting frank portrayals of sexual situations, and Wilkins wanted literary respect. More

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group Reimagines MACBETH

Macbeth - ZJU 2015

Director Denise Devin unleashes a dark, bold and emotional re-imagining of Shakespeare’s bloody masterpiece on the ZJU stage, April 24 – May 31. It is a fresh, new, fearless vision of this relentless classic as only Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group can present. The shows stars Amir Khalighi as Macbeth and Melissa Kite as Lady Macbeth, and features the Fearless Macbeth cast: Jason Britt (Macduff), Arielle Davidsohn (Witch), Brian Felsen (Banquo), Hillary Freedman (Lady Macduff, Seyton, Donalbain), Jenny Gustavsson (Witch), Mark Hein (Duncan, Porter, Murderer), Chandler Hudson (Malcolm), Jonica Patella (Ross), Angela Robitaille (Witch). The creative team includes Kevin Vancott (original music commissioned for the production) and Amy Volker (technical assistance). The show is produced by Zombie Joe.

Macbeth runs Fridays at 8:30 pm and Sunday at 7:00 pm at ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Tickets are only $15. For reservations call (818) 202-4120 or go to ZombieJoes.Tix.com. For more information visit www.ZombieJoes.com.

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