Mainstage Plays (8)

Cathleen Sheehan on Measure for Measure

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Measure for Measure By Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan When Measure for Measure was performed for King James I in 1604, Shakespeare was an established, successful playwright. Having gained the patronage and support of the new monarch King James I, he could feel secure in his position. Measure for Measure reflects the confidence of an acknowledged and…

Questions and Answers – Celebrating 30 Years of Marin Shakespeare Company

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As part of the celebration of our 30th season, we are offering free tickets to people who answer questions about Marin Shakespeare Company on Facebook. Question #1: Now performing BREAKING THROUGH this Friday and Saturday at 7:30, what year did our Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe present their first original work?  Answer: Our Returned Citizens Theatre…

Suraya Keating Interview – Shakespeare for Social Justice Director

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Dori Eisenhauer interviewed Suraya Keating, Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare for Social Justice Director, on April 18, 2019. Suraya shared some of her background and inspiration for her work teaching Shakespeare in Prison and with the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe. Dori:  You’ve just celebrated a milestone with Marin Shakespeare Company! How long have you been working…

“Hamlet is bottomless fries.” An interview with Talia Friedenberg

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Talia Friedenberg is an actor and university student, most recently seen on the Marin Shakespeare stage as Ophelia in the 2018 Summer production of Hamlet.  She is also a former student, having participated in many Marin Shakespeare summer camps and Teen Touring Companies. Talia graciously carved out a half-hour amidst her theatre studies at U.C.…

The Story of Pericles

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Gower, a mythical story-teller, has taken on a human form to tell us this holy tale. Prince Pericles has recently lost his father and is in search of a wife. He travels to the kingdom of powerful King Antiochus, who has a beautiful daughter.  But no one may wed her until he has solved a…

Pericles: Shakespeare’s First Romance

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By Cathleen Sheehan “They all have the same story–those last plays. A father throws away his daughter. And nothing will ever be right until he gets her back. They’re full of impossible coincidences. Miraculous statues. Pirates. Shipwrecks. Bears. Resurrections.” -Judith Shakespeare, “Equivocation” by Bill Cain In his play “Equivocation,” Bill Cain gives Shakespeare’s daughter a…

The Mystery of Anne Hathaway

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By Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan If we know little about William Shakespeare’s personal life, we know less about Anne Hathaway, the woman he married. There are only a handful of facts: she was born in Shottery in 1556; she married William Shakespeare who was eight years her junior in 1583; she was pregnant when she married…

Shakespearean ambition

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Shakespearean ambition: Marin Shakes renovates 2 theaters at once By Lily Janiak December 22, 2017 Updated: December 23, 2017 7:58pm   Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Lesley Currier (left) and her husband, Robert Currier, are surrounded by Marin Shakespeare Company costumes in a storage area at their new, year-round downtown theater space in San…

Love, Life, Laughter

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An Interview with Love’s Labour’s Lost Director Rob Clare By Laura Millar Q: Why this play, and why now? A: I’ve actually wanted to do this play for a long time. It’s not one you often seen done, but I’m really not sure why. It’s a play of joy, laughter, and life affirmation.   Q:…