Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘California Shakespeare Ensemble’


The Rose Queen

The Rose Queen
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Imagine if Shakespeare had written a feminist epic. When ancient family rivalries pit an ineffectual king against his bloodthirsty cousin in a violent civil war, his charismatic queen takes over. Shakespeare’s “War of the Roses” plays featured women in unprecedentedly powerful roles long unknown to American audiences. Now, the “Rose Queen” has been adapted by […]

Shakespeare’s Night of Terror

Shakespeare’s Night of Terror

This is not Freddy Kruger terror or Stephen King horror, but after a bit of knifing, roaring, and disemboweling, the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater‘s “Night of Terror” steps into the truly terrifying… Emcee Fred Cross addresses an audience member and asks, “What is more frightening than blood and gore?” The man considers, then answers: “The mind.” […]

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

We of a certain age are too old for trick or treating, and for that we are grateful. And though it’s enjoyable now to sit on the porch with a glass of wine and dole out candy, being witness to some marvelous costumes—from wee ones who can hardly walk to teenagers the size of refrigerators—Halloween […]

World Book Night with Shakespeare

World Book Night with Shakespeare

As mentioned in last week’s post about World Book Night, the California Shakespeare Ensemble—who has been partnering with Pasadena LEARNS—spent the evening of April 23rd with John Muir High School students who have joined the after school Drama club. HP:  What was the idea behind your involvement with World Book Night and the John Muir […]

Going to the Fringe

Going to the Fringe

“Is Shylock really a villain? Is Macbeth?” These are the questions poised by the devotees of Shakespeare who constitute the California Shakespeare Ensemble. Villains, which debuted in November 2013, questions what it means to be a villain and speculates that “The Bard’s more complex villains may actually show us how much evil is in all of […]

Wildflowers, Earth Day, Spring Break, & Stories Under the Oaks

Wildflowers, Earth Day, Spring Break, & Stories Under the Oaks

The California Native Garden is full of spring blooms and on display during Descanso Gardens’ Earth Day Celebration. Little ones can “make and take” Earth Day crafts from the Redwood Rest or head to Magnolia Lawn and “make and take” a science project. Under the oaks, the California Shakespeare Ensemble tell nature-inspired stories suited to […]

Villains

Villains

Imagine if Shakespeare’s best villains were taken out of their respective plays, reassembled Frankenstein-style, and finally got to be the focus of their own stories. Did you ever think you’d read “Shakespeare” and “Frankenstein” in the same sentence? But so it shall be as California Shakespeare Ensemble presents VILLAINS at the Lineage Performing Arts Center starting October 27th. […]

Best Loved Love Scenes from the Bard

Best Loved Love Scenes from the Bard

What better way to welcome summer than to buy some fresh ciabatta, soft cheeses, a few slices of sopressata, and a bottle of pinot grigio, then pack it all up with some napkin-covered wine glasses, some plates, and a good bread knife and head over to Farnsworth Park to watch…Lovers. The California Shakespeare Ensemble members […]

One Man’s “A Christmas Carol”

One Man’s “A Christmas Carol”

Actor, producer, director, and teacher Duffy Hudson will put on a one-man performance of Charles Dickens‘ “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday, December 6th at the South Pasadena Public Library. The blurb from the city says that “without the aid of props or costumes, Hudson will bring all 46 characters of this timeless classic to life.” […]

The California Shakespeare Ensemble at Descanso Gardens

The California Shakespeare Ensemble at Descanso Gardens

Our motto at Hometown-Pasadena: there’s no such thing as too much Shakespeare. Get your bardic fix this Saturday at Descanso Gardens, where the California Shakespeare Ensemble will be making their debut performance: a staged reading of Twelfth Night, which is, you know, a good funny play. The CSE strips everything down: no “fairy costumes,” as […]

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