Shakespeare on the Common: Love's Labour's Lost
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Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company at Boston Common
July 20 - August 7 2016

Shakespeare’s high-spirited romantic comedy, presented free on the Boston Common.

In Love’s Labour’s Lost, friendship and loyalty amongst four young men and four young women are put to the test when romantic youthful notions of love encounter the challenges of adulthood. A high-spirited romantic comedy filled with dazzling wordplay, strong comic characters and a few unexpected twists, Love’s Labour’s Lost both charms and touches the heartstrings of young and old alike.

Free on the Boston Common. To reserve a chair up front, and to help keep theatre accessible to all, visit

Contact: 617 426 0863


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Dates for open captioned, ASL, and audio described performances will be announced in early July. Braille and large print programs are available at every performance at the Information Tent. For assistance, please contact Commonwealth Shakespeare Company at, (617) 426-0863, or any staff member at the Shakespeare on the Common site.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's FREE Shakespeare on the Common - Twelfth Night, July 23-Aug 10
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Join the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on the Boston Common for Bard’s classic comedy of love in disguise. Follow the journey of Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, as they encounter loss and love in their new homeland—the mythical and magical land of Illyria. Directed by Steven Maler. Pack your picnic, stake out your spot early and join us for pre-show music and Greenshow.  Performances start at 8pm Tuesday-Saturday, 7pm on Sundays.  Saturday, July 26 matinee at 3pm.  Visit for more information.

Beat the crowds and become a CSC Friend with a $50 donation to receive a reserved chair in our Friends' Section.

The Last Will
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CSC and Suffolk University present the World Premiere of The Last Will.
February 13-24, 2013
The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University

The Last Will is the final installment of Suffolk University's Distinguished Scholar in Residence Robert Brustein's trilogy about the life of William Shakespeare.

The Last Will finds William Shakespeare retired at his country home on Stratford after decades of struggle and success in the city of London. In the last stages of a fatal illness, his deteriorating mind obliterates the distinction between fiction and fact, and the playwright begins acting as a character in his own plays. Richard Burbage, leader of Shakespeare's acting company, attempts to persuade him to return to London and to playwriting, as Will wrestles with his suspicions, delusions, family resentments, his longing for forgiveness, and final testaments.

Allyn Burrows* as William Shakespeare
Brooke Adams* as Anne Hathaway
Stacy Fisher* as Judith Shakespeare
Merritt Janson* as Susanna Shakespeare
Billy Meleady as Francis Collins
Jeremiah Kissel* as Richard Burbage
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Performance dates are February 13-24, 2013. Wednesday and Thursdays at 7pm. Fridays at 8pm. Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm. Sundays at 3pm. Opening Night is Friday, February 15th (ticket holders for this evening's performance are invited to a post-show reception with the cast, staff and creative team).

Tickets, at $45 on opening and Saturday nights; $40 general; $30 seniors; and $10 students, are available by calling 1-800-440-7654. The Modern Theatre is located at 525 Washington St. in Boston's Theatre District.

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Shakespeare and the Law: Richard II
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When: Thursday, January 17th at 5:30pm
Where: The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington Street, Boston
Registration: Please RSVP to Dottie Moore at or 617.449.6617

Hosted & Moderated by:
C. Boyden Gray, Former White House Counsel to President George H. W. Bush

Directed by:
Steven Maler, Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Now in its 12th year, this performance and panel discussion features prominent judges, lawyers, and public officials in a staged reading of Shakespeare's Richard II. Following the reading, the performers will engage in a panel discussion on the legal aspects of the play, focusing on constitutional issues of federalism and separation of powers.

Participants include:

Former Federal Judge Nancy Gertner as King Richard II; Jennifer C. Braceras, Political Columnist; Federal Judge Nathanial M. Gorton; Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice Andrew R. Grainger; Michael B. Keating, Partner, Foley Hoag; Daniel J. Kelly, Partner, McCarter & English; Federal Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV; Jay B. Stephens, General Counsel, Raytheon; Federal Judge Douglas P. Woodlock; and Federal Judge Rya W. Zobel.

Special Guest Panelists:

Rachael Vanessa Cobb, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Government, Suffolk University
David G. Tuerck, Ph.D., Chair, Economics Department and Executive Director, Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University
M. Edward Whelan, III, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center; Contributor to the National Review Online's Bench Memos


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