ROMEO AND JULIET: July 18 – August 3

The classic tragedy of “star-crossed lovers”, this production pulls the action from Renaissance Verona to the streets of contemporary Cleveland. Presented free of charge in two outdoor venues: July 18-20: Coventry P.E.A.C.E. More »

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: June 6 – 29

Love and magic intermingle when two couples get lost in an enchanted fairy forest on the eve of a royal wedding.  At the same time, a group of rustic amateur actors rehearse More »

 

TONIGHT’S WEATHER STATUS – Saturday, July 26 (and Sunday, July 27)

We will proceed as planned with our Saturday evening performance outdoors in Lincoln Park tonight at 7pm.  The greatest chance of thundershowers is after the 9pm hour.
We recommend bringing rain gear (along with your chair or blanket) just in case.  In the event of rain, if the radar indicates the showers will pass, we will delay the performance until it clears.
We will make every effort to give a complete performance, but if there is a thunderstorm, the performance will be halted.

Sunday’s performance will be indoors at Ensemble Theater in Cleveland Heights at 2843 Washington Blvd (near the corner of Coventry Rd and Euclid Hts Blvd) at 7pm.

Questions can be directed to info@cleveshakes.org or 440-794-1CSF.

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2014 Touring Season

Our 17th season of free outdoor Shakespeare commences June 6.
All performances begin at 7pm.
Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs.

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Friday, June 6:   PEACE Park, Coventry Village
Saturday, June 7:  Shaker Heights Community Colonnade
Sunday, June 8: Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Friday,  June 13: Lincoln Park, Tremont
Saturday, June 14:  Lincoln Park, Tremont
Sunday, June 15:  Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College, Elyria
Friday, June 20: Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Saturday, June 21: Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Sunday, June 22: Cuyahoga Community College West Campus, Parma
Friday, June 27:  Grove Amphitheater, Mayfield Village
Saturday, June 28:  James A. Garfield Historical Site, Mentor
Sunday, June 29:   Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, Kirtland

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July 18-20: PEACE Park, Coventry Village

July 25-27; Aug 2-3:  Lincoln Park, Tremont

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE on Friday August 1 at 7pm at Market Square Park – W 25th and Lorain

Open Mic Shakespeare – Othello – July 7 at 7pm

Come and take a part in OPEN MIC SHAKESPEARE, an ongoing series of free, open readings of Shakespeare plays sponsored by the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.

On Monday, July 7 at 7pm, we’re meeting at Negative Space Gallery and Cafe, located in the AsianTown Plaza building at 3820 Superior Ave. Free parking and the entrance to the building is located off of 38th St (Lots B and C) between Payne and Superior. Take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.
Find out more about them at their website: http://www.thinknegativespace.com/

Beer, wine and beverages are available for a donation.

OTHELLO is the story of a powerful general in the Venetian army, who as a Moor is still an outsider. When the scheming Iago is passed over for a promotion in favor of the younger Michael Cassio, he hatches a plan to manipulate Othello into thinking his young Venetian wife is unfaithful to him with Cassio. A classic tale of the devastating effects of jealousy and suspicion, and one of the earliest works dealing directly with race. 

Roles will be assigned at the beginning of the event and rotated throughout the play without regard to traditional casting considerations, to give a chance to everyone who wants to read.

We will have a limited number of copies available, so if you have a copy of your own, please bring it.

You can also receive more information by visiting our website atwww.cleveshakes.org and subscribing to our RSS feed!

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CSF teams up with Ensemble Theatre to co-produce Voodoo-themed MACBETH

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.

The production opens May 23 and runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm through June 8th.

Co-directed by CSF Artistic Director Tyson Douglas Rand and Ensemble Artistic Director Celeste Cosentino, this production features a stellar cast, led by Jimmy Woody as Macbeth and Carly Germany as Lady Macbeth.

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Open Mic Shakespeare – Merry Wives of Windsor – April 7 @ 7pm

Come and take a part in OPEN MIC SHAKESPEARE, an ongoing series of free, open readings of Shakespeare plays sponsored by the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.

On Monday, April 7 at 7pm, we’re meeting at Negative Space Gallery and Cafe, located in the AsianTown Plaza building at 3820 Superior Ave. Free parking and the entrance to the building is located off of 38th St (Lots B and C) between Payne and Superior. Take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.
Find out more about them at their website: http://www.thinknegativespace.com/

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR is Shakespeare’s sitcom – and a spinoff at that!  Fat, lusty knight Jack Falstaff, made famous in the Henry IV and V plays, returns in this comedy set among the Elizabethan middle-class.  Falstaff has designs to seduce two wealthy wives in town, but the wives (and one particularly jealous husband) have plans of their own for him.

Beer, wine and beverages are available for a donation.

Roles will be assigned at the beginning of the event and rotated throughout the play without regard to traditional casting considerations, to give a chance to everyone who wants to read.

We will have a limited number of copies available, so if you have a copy of your own, please bring it.

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Third Annual ‘CAKES AND ALE’ Benefit Party

Old Will Shakespeare’s turning 450 this year!  Come help us celebrate with an evening of frivolity and merriment on Saturday, April 19th from 7:00 – 11:30pm

The party will be held at the Negative Space Gallery in AsianTown Center at 3820 Superior Ave.  Park in lots B or C and come to the second floor.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

  • Play crazy party games like “Shakespearean Death Bingo” or “Jeop-Bard-y” and win prizes!  Bid on items in the silent auction and raffle.
  • Take part in SHAKESPEARE-OKE – Deliver your favorite passage from Shakespeare or spin Giddy Fortune’s Furious Fickle Wheel and have a soliloquy or sonnet randomly assigned to you to perform!
  • To top off the evening, prepare to be dazzled by glamazon chanteuse extraordinaire Miss Alexandra Huntingdon!
  • Of course, what would a birthday party be without cake and ice cream (and adult beverages for those of age!)

Most importantly, you’ll be helping to support CSF’s mission of bringing FREE OUTDOOR THEATER to the residents of Northeast Ohio!

ALL TICKETS MUST NOW BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR

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2014 Summer Season Auditions

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Announces Auditions for their 17th Season of Free Outdoor Theater

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – directed by Dusten Welch
Performance Dates June 6-29
Rehearsals begin April 27
Touring to ten different outdoor venues across Northeast Ohio

Romeo and Juliet – directed by Tyson Douglas Rand
Performance Dates July 18 – August 3
Rehearsals begin June 9
Performed in Coventry’s PEACE Park and Tremont’s Lincoln Park

Afternoon Auditions on Sunday, April 13th – 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Evening Auditions on Monday, April 14st – 6:00 to 9:00 PM

No appointment necessary.  Artists will be seen in the order of sign in.
There are no AEA contracts available. No housing is provided.  All actors and production staff are paid a modest stipend.

Prepare two contrasting monologues. Total delivery time of both monologues combined should not exceed three minutes. At least one of your two monologues must be from the works of Shakespeare.

For consideration, bring TWO COPIES of each – head shot & resume, and please also bring any & all possible known conflicts between the dates of April 27st & July 17th AND Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through August 4th.

Call Backs will be Tuesday and Thursday, April 15th & 17th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Auditions will be held at CleveShakesFest Headquarters:
Coventry Commons (formerly known as Coventry Grammar School)
Ensemble Theater Center
2843 Washington Blvd.
Cleveland Hts. OH 44118

We offer a total of twenty-one performances on tour in repertory to ten different outdoor venues across Northeast Ohio to a combined audience of several thousand.

For more information about auditions and our full touring schedule, visit our website at www.cleveshakes.org.  If you’re interested in volunteering or joining us in any other capacity, please email info@cleveshakes.org.

We hope to see you there. Break a Leg!

CSF recognized by BBC America blog as one of “10 British Things about Cleveland”

http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2014/01/10-british-things-about-cleveland-oh/

The editor notes that the Open Mic Shakespeare reading series sounds ‘utterly intriguing’.  Consider yourself invited, BBC America!

Open Mic Shakespeare moved again – Tuesday, Jan 14

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.

2014 Open Mic Shakespeare Schedule

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

August-Dec: TBA

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