Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as the way to fulfill the ambition for power. In 1936, Orson Welles created a historic production of this play, casting a company of African-Americans and moving the setting from Scotland to one that evoked Haiti in the 19th Century, under the reign of the slave-turned-emporer Henri Christophe.
Ensemble Theatre, in partnership with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, is recreating and reimagining this landmark production using a multicultural cast, and working from the Federal Theater Project’s script.
We are seeking actors of all races, ages and gender. Actors will receive a stipend. AEA contracts will be considered for this production.
Auditions: Saturday, March 8 from 1:00 – 4:00pm, Monday, March 10 from 6:00-9:00pm.
Callbacks: Tuesday, March 11 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Avenue, Cleveland Heights, OH
No appointment necessary. Auditionees will be seen in the order of arrival.
Please bring a headshot and resume. Actors may choose to present a Shakespearean monologue not exceeding two minutes, or be provided a scene from the play to read.
Initial table readings will be held March 23-24, and full rehearsals begin Saturday, April 26th.
The production opens May 23 and runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm through June 8th.
The production is co-directed by Celeste Cosentino, Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre and Tyson Douglas Rand, Artistic Director of Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.
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Due to a scheduling conflict with our generous hosts at the fabulous and funky Negative Space Gallery, we need to shift to Tuesday, January 14 at 7pm for this month’s reading of Antony and Cleopatra.
As A&C is one of the longer works, we’ll be reading through Act 3 in this meeting.
Apologies for all the changes, and our continued thanks to Negative Space for their hospitality and good will.
On the first Monday of each month, we gather in an informal, social setting, for the pleasure of speaking and hearing the verse aloud.
January 14: Antony and Cleopatra
February 3: Antony and Cleopatra (conclusion)
March 3: Julius Caesar
April 7: Merry Wives of Windsor
May 5: Much Ado About Nothing
June 2: Timon of Athens
July 7: Othello
We meet at the Negative Space Gallery and Cafe, at E 38th and Superior, in the AsianTown Plaza shopping center. Come early to have a drink and socialize. Reading begins at 7pm.
Roles are distributed prior to reading, and we switch it up each act, so there are plenty of chances to read a variety of roles.
Limited copies of the script will be available, so please bring your own if you have one. Free apps are available for iPad and Android with the complete works.
We welcome all comers, regardless of acting experience. It’s even OK if you just want to come and listen, although often folks can’t resist the fun and join in before the evening’s over.
See our Facebook events page to RSVP
The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, in collaboration with Ensemble Theatre, is pleased to offer “Free Will Shakespeare,” a three-session workshop designed by Great Lakes Theatre actor Dougfred Miller, to free your delivery of Shakespearean verse from the bonds of ink & paper by furthering your ability to find and realize the tempestuous action from its various clues. We will cover such things as:
- Readiness & conditioning.
- Meter: why bother?
- Letting the imagery do the work for us.
- Where we all fit within the Great Chain of Being.
This workshop is ideally suited for anyone looking to expand their ability to (or assuage their fear of) speaking verse, or participate in Great Lakes Theater’s upcoming auditions in September.
Having a monologue in verse from Shakespeare (or a contemporary) is strongly recommended, though it does not have to be memorized for the first class. A hardcopy of the monologue is a good idea; wearing flip-flops is a bad one.
Dougfred Miller is an actor with more than 25 years professional experience in classical theatre, in a career that has spanned the continent and canon. As a company member of the Great Lakes Theater, he has played a variety of Shakespeare’s great roles, including Cassius, Jaques, Macbeth, and most recently Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. For many other theatres and Shakespeare Festivals, his work includes Richard III, Prince Hal, Benedick and Prospero. He can currently be seen as King Arthur in the Beck Center’s production of Spamalot. Doug is a graduate of the University of Delaware’s PTTP and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
When: 3 Monday evenings: August 19, August 26, and September 9 (no class on September 2nd Labor Day).
Where: Ensemble Theatre at the Coventry Commons (Old Coventry School) 2843 Washington Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.
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Inspired by the beauty and potential of Rockefeller Park and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, IngenuityFest creator and Cleveland Public Theatre founder James Levin is launching Cleveland One World Festival to bring people back to the Gardens. Cleveland One World Festival will expand upon the Cleveland Cultural Gardens’ “One World Day,” a celebration held in the gardens for the past 65 years. The Cleveland One World Festival event will launch on August 25th, 2013, and will offer a cultural smorgasbord in celebration of Cleveland’s incredible cultural diversity. This FREE event will feature authentic, ethnic food, drink, and musical, theatrical, and artistic entertainment will showcase the best of what Cleveland’s cultural communities have to offer.
The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival will be offering two free performances of an abridged A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the British Cultural Garden, 1100 East Blvd. This adaptation features five actors who play ALL the roles.
CAST: Carrie Williams, Charles Hargrave, Joe Dunn, Hillary Wheelock, Rachel Kolis
Directed by Brian Pedaci
Adapted by Larry Nehring
See the One World Festival website for more information and a full schedule.
For more information on the British Garden, click here.
Enjoy these shots from our two touring productions. See our tour schedule or each individual production’s page for more information on venues and dates.
Our 2013 Summer Season:
Two Gentlemen Of Verona – directed by Pandora Robertson and Measure for Measure – directed by Tyson Rand
All performances are at 7pm
|Friday, June 14||Measure for Measure||Notre Dame College, South Euclid|
|Saturday, June 15||Measure for Measure||Notre Dame College, South Euclid|
|Friday, June 21||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Notre Dame College, South Euclid|
|Saturday, June 22||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Notre Dame College, South Euclid|
|Saturday, June 29||Measure for Measure||Kulas Stage on Wade Oval, University Circle|
|Sunday, June 30||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Kulas Stage on Wade Oval, University Circle|
|Saturday, July 6||Measure for Measure||James A. Garfield Historical Site, Mentor|
|Sunday, July 7||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Penitentiary Glen Reservation, Kirtland|
|Saturday, July 13||Measure for Measure||Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights|
|Sunday, July 14||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights|
|Saturday, July 20||Measure for Measure||Stocker Center for the Arts, Elyria|
|Sunday, July 21||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Stocker Center for the Arts, Elyria|
|Saturday, July 27||Measure for Measure||Lakewood Park, Lakewood|
|Sunday, July 28||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Lakewood Park, Lakewood|
|Saturday, August 3||Measure for Measure||Lincoln Park, Tremont|
|Sunday, August 4||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Lincoln Park, Tremont|