Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shakespeare on the Commons this summer

Yesterday, The Boston Globe featured an article about Steve Maler, the founding artistic director for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., which has provided free Shakespeare plays on the Boston Common since 1996. In light of last season's controversy with The Citi Performing Arts Center cutting ties to the company and current economic woes, it would not be surprising to expect this article to have a sad ending. However, the article is about how Steve and his company are persevering.

Maler's newly independent nonprofit company will present 16 performances of "The Comedy of Errors" July 31 to Aug. 16 at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Commons. He is focussing on conducting auditions and raising the $350,00 needed to stage such an elaborate production. In the article, Maler indicates that to date, the company has raised about half that amount.

So mark a date in your calendar between July 31 - August 16 and if you are unfamiliar with the The Comedy of Errors go to your library and take it out to read up on this comedy.

If you would like to make a donation to the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co, link here.

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