Our Classic Repertory Company, New Rep’s flagship educational outreach program, brings professional productions of classic and modern works of relevant literature to schools, colleges, and community centers throughout New England. Classic Repertory Company’s 2013-2014 Season productions feature 90-minute adaptations of Charles Dickens’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS and William Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Classic Repertory Company aims to elevate these great works from the page to the stage, bringing clarity of thought, language, and storytelling to these rich texts and complex characters.
The touring productions include every aspect of the theatrical productions: the cast, crew, set, costumes, props, and sound. In addition, CRC provides study guides and post-performance talkback discussions with the cast. Further, CRC offers theatrical workshops allowing audiences to expand their understanding of literature, text, language, and collaboration.
In Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, Classic Repertory Company will be touring productions of William Shakespeare’s MACBETH and John Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN. We are already starting to book dates for next year, so contact us soon to ensure that you get your preferred date.
New Rep’s CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY is produced in cooperation with Boston University.
Funded in part by generous individual contributors, Procter and Gamble, Target Stores, Massachusetts
Cultural Council, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Fuller Foundation, Watertown Community Foundation,
Highland Street Foundation, and the Foundation for MetroWest.
Lorne Batman joins CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY after teaching acting, movement and Shakespeare for New Rep’s summerSTAGE2 in July. Recent credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Arts After Hours); Skin of Our Teeth and The Maids (Boston University); and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Boston Center for American Performance). She appeared in the student film This Subtle Machine. Ms. Batman earned her BFA in Acting from Boston University and earned a Certificate in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Originally from Indianapolis, IN, she resides in Jamaica Plain.
David Keohane joins CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY this season. Recent credits include Exit the King, Great Expectations, Anne Boleyn, and The Vanek Plays (Boston University). Mr. Keohane earned his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and studied abroad with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Originally from Andover, MA, he resides in Cambridge.
Celia Pain joins CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY after teaching ensemble playwriting and acting at New Rep’s summerSTAGE2 in July. Recent credits include The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon-Marigolds (Boston Center for American Performance); Christmas Present (Boston University); and the staging of her playwriting thesis Stella Maris. Ms. Pain earned her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and studied abroad at the Arezzo Physical Theatre Program in Italy. Originally from New York, she resides in Jamaica Plain.
Marc Pierre joins CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY this season. Recent area credits include 10 Reasons Why Hamlet is Totally Gay (Roxbury Repertory); What to Listen For (ArtsEmerson); Now The Jerk Is Somewhere Else Again (Goethe-Institut Boston); A Raisin in the Sun (ENC Theater); Complete Works (abridged), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and The Hallway Plays: Paraffin and Nursing (Emerson College). New York credits include Flirt, Sister Gladys Needs Help (Love Creek Productions) and The Imaginary Life of Millo St. Jean (Snapdragon Theatre Works). Film and television credits include Twelve (Radar Pictures). Mr. Pierre earned his BFA in Acting at Emerson College and is a member Love Creek Productions and Play Club of the Unknown Artists in New York. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he resides in Brighton.
Simon Pringle-Wallace joins CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY this season. Recent area credits include Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Lord of the Flies, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Boston University); A native of Lenox, MA, he resides in Watertown.
Rebecca Sands joins CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY this season. Recent area credits include Exit The King, The Penelopiad, and Brecht on Brecht (Boston University). Ms. Sands earned her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. Originally from Park City, UT, she resides in Boston.
Julia Schonberg joins CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY this season. Recent area credits include Camille (Fringe Festival – Boston University); Vinegar Tom (Boston University); King Lear (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts); and Stella Maris (Boston University). Ms. Schonberg earned her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and studied both at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts in London and with Double Edge Theatre Company in Ashfield, MA. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she resides in Somerville.
Sam Tilles is a theatre artist from Seattle, WA. He graduated from BU in 2013, earning his BFA in Acting. In addition to performance, Sam cultivates passions in Playwriting, Philosophy, Sound Design, and Muay Thai. He is humbled and thankful for the opportunity to join CRC for the Spring tour. Recent credits include Zygmunt in Our Class (Boston Center for American Performance), Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Anthem Theatre Company), and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (Arts After Hours).
Clay Hopper* returns to CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY after directing last season’s Romeo and Juliet and To Kill A Mockingbird. In Washington D.C., he served as the Associate Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center and Director of both the National Players and the Summer Shakespeare Festival. He now serves as lecturer in Directing and Theatre Arts at Boston University’s School of Theatre. Directing credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Amadeus, Farragut North, Triumph of Love, and Call of the Wild (Olney Theatre). Other recent credits include On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning (Contemporary America Theatre Festival Actor’s Lab). Off-off-Broadway credits include A Home Without and Different Zen (Third Eye Rep); Earthworms (The Working Group); and Triage and The Interrogation (The Miranda Theatre). He founded and produced a new play series called New Works/After Hours at Lincoln Center Institute’s Clarke Studio Theatre. Hopper has taught at Woolly Mammoth’s Theatre School and College of Wooster, where he directed King Lear and was visiting assistant professor in 2006, and served as Assistant Director at The Old Globe Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company. Mr. Hopper earned his BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts and his MFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.
Kelly Jade Rother joins CLASSIC REPERTORY COMPANY this season. Recent area costume design credits include Hair and Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (Boston Children’s Theatre); L’Egisto (New England Conservatory); and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Boston Center for American Performance). Ms. Rother earned her BFA in Costume Design from Boston University. Originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, she resides in Boston but will return home to work in theatre/film.
original score for GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Whether New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company comes to you, or your group visits New Rep’s Weekday Matinee Performances at our theatres in Watertown, MA, we offer a variety of educational workshops to enhance the theatre experience.
TRYING ON SHAKESPEARE
Participants will learn to embody the language of Shakespeare by understanding the importance the Bard gives to image, gut response, emotional content, and clarity of thought. Through scene study and practical exercise, participants will gain greater understanding of Shakespeare’s texts.
In a “marathon” approach, participants will create an original piece of live theatre. In collaboration, the group will brainstorm/pick a topic, discuss/choose a theme, and develop a story line with characters, culminating in a short play.
DESIGN YOUR OWN WORKSHOP
Our Classic Repertory Company can help design a specific workshop experience to support your curriculum or audience needs.