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July 25 - 29, 2018

Twelfth Night

Directed by Jack Tamburri
Assistant Direction by Cat Ramirez

Set Design by Christopher Haig
Lighting Design by Alessandra Docherty
Costume Design by Natalia de la Torre
Sound Design by Damien Figueras
Music Direction by Jackie Soro
Stage Management by Sara Marinich

Featuring Angela Antoinette Bey, Carleigh Spence, Pax Ressler, Nicholas Parker, Jess Conda, Christina May, Shamus McCarty, Jenna Kuerzi, Jose Raul Mangual, and a community chorus rock and roll band of 8 Philadelphian student musicians.


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July 26 - 30, 2017

Coriolanus

Directed by Kittson O’Neill
Community Chorus Direction by Carly Bodnar
Assistant Directed by Esther Cohen

Set Design by D’Vaughn Agu
Lighting Design by Drew Billiau
Costume Design by Natalia de la Torre
Soundscape and Design by Robert Kaplowitz
Dramaturgy by Meghan Winch
Stage Management by Maya Neville

Featuring Christina May, Kimberly Fairbanks, Charlotte Northeast, Alexandra Palting, Iman Aaliyah, D’Arcy Dersham, Angelica Jackson, Ashley Spearman, Hannah Gold, Brandi Burgess, Eli Lynn, Ciera Gardner, Judith Lightfoot-Clarke, Chelsea-Ann Jones, and a community chorus of 50 West Philadelphians.


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July 27 - 31, 2016

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Directed by Kathryn MacMillan

Scenic Design by Lance Kniskern
Costume Design by Natalia de la Torre
Lighting Design by Shannon Zura
Sound Design by John Kolbinski

Featuring Jake Blouch, David Glover, Claire Inie-Richards, Maria Konstantinidis, Ezra Ali-Dow, KO DelMarcelle, Trevor Fayle, Lindsay Smiling, Brock Vickers, and Meghan Winch.

 


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July 29 - August 2, 2015

The Winter's Tale

Directed by Kittson O'Neill
Associate Direction & Dramaturgy by Erin Washburn
Chorus Direction by Christina May
Music Direction by Kate Herzlin
Assistant Direction by Carly Bodner

Set Design by Melpomene Katakalos
Lighting Design by Maria Shaplin
Costume Design by Jillian Keys
Sound Design & Original Music by Robert Kaplowitz
Puppetry Design by Aaron Cromie
Stage Management by Annie Halliday

Featuring Kevin Bergen, Corinna Burns, Nicole Godino, Niall Kaplowitz, Gracie Martin, J. Paul Nicholas, Bi Jean Ngo, Brandon Pierce, Sam Sherburne, Wendy Staton, Thomas Van Dean, Hannah Van Sciver & a chorus of 26 Philadelphia children.

Press about The Winter’s Tale

Winter's Tale in Clark Park: Good performances take the unruly text"This production treats this plot with the care usually accorded Shakespeare's best political thrillers, pitting Bergen's near-sympathetic portrayal of fury against the impassioned yet logical pleading of trusted adviser's Paulina (the excellent Nicole Godino) and Camillo (Wendy Staton)."-Jim Rutter, The Philadelphia Inquirer


July 30 - August 4, 2014

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine

Directed by Alex Torra
Co-produced with Team Sunshine Performance Corporation
Associate Direction by Tommy Butler
Set by John McDermott
Costumes by Laila Swanson
Lighting by Oona Curley
Sound by Dan Perelstein
Original Music by Alex Bechtel
Pub Experience by Makoto Hirano
General of the Army: Benjamin Camp
Recruitment by Liz Green

Featuring Adam Altman, Marla Burkholder, Rob Cutler, Charlie DelMarcelle, Darin Dunston, Lori Felipe-Barkin, Daniel Fredrick, Brandon Pierce, Brian Ratcliffe, and Justin Rose, Jerry Rudasill, and Brian Anthony Wilson

Press about Henry IV

Henry IV with a cast of, well, lots". . . The most ambitious production by Shakespeare in Clark Park that I've seen in its 10 years of performances, and the most successful. . . . A forceful and highly engaging telling of the young playboy prince's tale.  . . . It's an impressive production, with all the trimmings. The other players include Marla Burkholder, artistic director of Shakespeare in Clark Park, and they all contribute to the energy and pacing of the show – and to the fun of it, which comes through easily in their interpretation of Shakespeare's text."- Howard Shapiro, Newsworks.org


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July 24-28, 2013

The Tempest

Directed by Adrienne Mackey
Set & Lighting by Brad Wrenn
Costumes by Natalia de la Torre
Sound by Dan Perelstein
Music by Sean Hoots

Featuring Catharine Slusar, Catherine Palfenier, Hannah Gold, Akeem Davis, Dave Johnson, Robert DaPonte, Matthew Tallman, Jessica DalCanton, Felicia Leicht, and Justin Jain

Press about The Tempest

Shakespeare in Clark Park returns July 24 with The Tempest"Under [Adrienne] Mackey’s direction, SCP’s production of “The Tempest” will color itself outside the theater lines. While Prospero’s role is typically cast with a male actor, Mackey has brought in Barrymore Award-winning actress Catharine Slusar to take on the contentious lead . . . "- Annamarya Scaccia, West Philly Local


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July 25-29, 2012

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Directed by Rebecca Wright
Set and Lighting by Maria Shaplin
Costumes by Erica Hoelscher
Sound by Dan Perelstein
Original Music by Andrew Nelson
Fight Choreography by Brett Cassidy
Stage Management by Bayla Rubin

Featuring Jess Conda, Mary Tuomanen, Robert DaPonte, Akeem Davis, Marcel Foster, Benjamin Grinberg, Jenna Horton, Sara Yoko Howard, John Jarboe, Matthew Mastronardi, Reuben Mitchell, Isa St. Clair, and Wendy Staton



Press about The Merry Wives of Windsor

A Delightful Merry Wives of Windsor In Clark Park"The Merry Wives of Windsor might be the most trifling of Shakespeare's comedic trifles. But with its broad humor and a plot as slender as, well, its character Slender, Shakespeare in Clark Park proves the Merry Wives' mettle as a delightful outdoor accompaniment on a summer evening."- Wendy Rosenfeld, The Philadelphia Inquirer


July 20 - 24, 2011

Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Alex Torra
Set and Lighting by Stephen Hungerford
Costumes by Erica Hoelscher
Sound by Dan Perelstein
Original Music by Andrew Nelson
Fight Direction by Brett Cassidy
Stage Management by Annie Halliday

Featuring David Blatt, Marla Burkholder, Liam Castellan, Jess Conda, Langston Darby, Victoria Frings, Dan Higbee, Nathan Holt, Jenna Horton, John Jarboe, Allen Radway, and Johnny Smith

Press about Much Ado About Nothing

An Outdoor Much Ado Triumphs Over All". . . This company's take on Will's comic treatment of a pair of couples who attempt to resist Cupid's bull's-eyes provides a breezy respite from the weather. . . . This cast stays cool and offers West Philly a solid reason to venture away from its air-conditioned comfort and sit outside with the neighbors."- Wendy Rosenfeld, The Philadelphia Inquirer


July 28 - August 1, 2010

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Directed by Maria Möller 
Set and Lighting by Stephen Hungerford
Costumes by Erica Hoelscher
Props by Leah Walton 
Original Music by Andrew Nelson
Choreography by Meg Foley
Fight Direction by Brett Cassidy
Dramaturgy by Alex Torra
Stage Management by Katie Driscoll

Featuring Jess Conda, Robert DaPonte, Mike Dees, Victoria Frings, Emilie Krause, Justin Jain, Brian McCann, Gwendolyn Rooker, Kristen Schier, Cindy Spitko, Ryan Walter, Davon Williams and Bradley K. Wrenn

Press about A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare in Clark Park"Devising a concept for a Shakespeare play can be tricky, but for Shakespeare in Clark Park's fifth annual summer production, all director Maria Moller did was look around. Her ideas for A Midsummer Night's Dream "grew out of the bike-heavy culture of Clark Park ... and out of the way a bicycle transforms your movement and lets you fly." Since this romantic comedy is also Shakespeare's most fantastical play, designer Erica Hoelscher's costumes are, Moller explains, "a melange of Japanese cosplay, Burning Man and Vivienne Westwood — all extreme fashions ... that humans engage in to bring themselves closer to a 'magical' world." Stephen Hungerford's set uses aluminum trees "inspired by bicycle-based kinetic sculpture," while composer Andrew Nelson's live music employs everything from "regular old drums to bits of metal hanging off a bike frame." Most magical of all is the price: As always, SCP's performances are free."- Mark Cofta, City Paper


July 29 - August 2, 2009

The Comedy of Errors

Directed by Alex Torra
Set and Lighting by Stephen Hungerford
Costumes by Erica Hoelscher
Props by Leah Walton 
Original Music by Andrew Nelson
Assistant Directed by Rachel Moffat 
Fight Direction by Brett Cassidy
Dramaturgy by Rebecca Ennen
Stage Management by Lindsay Galbraith

Featuring Christopher Bohan, Marla Burkholder, Ben Camp, Jess Conda, Justin Jain, Luigi Sottile, Wendy Staton, David Sweeny, Mary Tuomanen, and Bradley K. Wrenn


Press about The Comedy of Errors

The Bard shines indoors as rain pours outside"The play is merry and the performances entertaining . . . . Luigi Sottile and Bradley K. Wrenn bring off one set of twins with nice madcap timing, and Justin Jain and Benjamin Camp imbue the other set with a proper confusion. Marla Burkholder and Mary Tuomanen are game as the women central to the befuddlement. "- Howard Shapiro, The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Comedy of Errors"Marla Burkholder stands out in the role Adriana, who doesn’t realize her husband’s long-lost twin is in town. Her sweet, staccato ire never misses a beat. Mary Tuomanen appears as pious sister Luciana. David Sweeney gives a whirlwind, multitalented performance in various ensemble roles including the Duke, but really breaks out the fun for the bumbling, hysterical exorcist Dr. Pinch. Jess Conda ratchets up comedy over seduction as both a demanding courtesan and the bamboozled goldsmith."- Alaina Mabaso, EDGE Philadelphia

Editor's Pick: The Comedy of Errors"It’s an impressive achievement for any theater company to last four years. It’s even more impressive when you consider the unique troupe Shakespeare in Clark Park has never charged so much as a penny for their performances. . . . A zippy, playful work about pursuing your dreams and desires, Errors would seem the perfect entertainment for a warm summer eve."- J. Cooper Rob, The Philadelphia Weekly


July 30 - August 3, 2008

As You Like It

Directed by Maria Möller 
Set by Dirk Durossette
Lighting by Stephen Hungerford
Costumes by Erica Hoelscher
Assistant Direction and Props by Gwendolyn Rooker
Original Music by Andrew Nelson
Fight Direction by Brett Cassidy
Dramaturgy by Alex Torra
Stage Management by Amanda Pipe

Featuring Robert Bauer, Christopher Bohan, Kristyn Chouiniere, Jess Conda, Robert DaPonte, Mike Dees, Dallas Drummond, Justin Jain, Felicia Leicht, Ethan Lipkin, Ted Powell,  Sara Wolff


Press about As You Like It

Editor's Picks For The Week: As You Like It"Shakespeare in Clark Park is one of the best ways to add a little gas to ol’ Billy’s witty pastoral comedy—this one most famously the source of the line 'All the world’s a stage.' Besides, who wants to be in some poorly ventilated theater surrounded by crushed velvet and sticky floors on a nice evening? . . . There’s no better way to jump between the rural and the urban than in Clark Park. Take a deep whiff of exhaust, smush your toes into the grass and enjoy the show."- John Steele, The Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia Spotlight"The terrific young company Shakespeare in Clark Park returns for a third summer. . ."- J. Cooper Robb, TheaterMania.com

WRTI Creatively Speaking: Shakespeare in Clark Park's As You Like ItAn interview with director Maria Möller, music director Andrew Nelson, and actor Justin Jain.


August 1 - August 5, 2007

Romeo and Juliet

Directed by Tom Reing
Set by Jacob Walton
Lighting by Dominic Chacon
Costumes by Kelly Cobb
Sound by Christopher Colucci
Stage Management by Meghan Walsh

Featuring Marla Burkholder, Gene D’Alessandro, Doug Durlacher, Michael Harrah, Matthew Hultgren, Justin Jain, Jered McLenigan, Maria Möller, Conrad Ricamora, Girard Rudasill, Wendy Staton, and Bradley K. Wrenn

Press about Romeo & Juliet

Editor's Pick: Romeo and Juliet"Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet is typically thought of as the tale of two "star cross'd lovers." But in the new production from fledgling company Shakespeare in Clark Park, the focus won't be as much on the doomed couple as on a community divided. Director Tom Reing explains that while the production isn't set in any particular era, the rampant violence besetting the lovers' hometown of Verona is not unlike the hostilities currently plaguing Philadelphia. The profound civil unrest is reflected in Jacob Walton's scenic design, which depicts Verona as cancerous concrete, dirt and corroded steel, an image echoed in Kelly Cobb's oxidized costumes. Juxtaposed with the decay is the pastoral beauty of the park where the teen lovers seek refuge from their feuding families. Trimmed down from its usual three hours to approximately 100 minutes, SCP's Romeo and Juliet follows up the company's successful debut production last summer of the Bard's Twelfth Night, which attracted more than 2,000 spectators to the West Philly park. The company has upgraded its sound system to accommodate a larger audience, so wherever you spread your blanket, you won't miss a word of Shakespeare's eloquent prose."- J. Coober Robb, The Philadelphia Weekly

Arts Picks: Romeo and Juliet". . . I can't think of a better way to savor R&J than live in Clark Park, where the intimacy, and the landscape, should suit it perfectly. And it's free! It seems that the doomed lovers will have their day in the sun - better yet, their evening in the moonlight - after all."- David Anthony Fox, City Paper


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August 3 - Augst 6, 2006

Twelfth Night

Directed by Tom Reing
Set by Matt Saunders
Costumes by Regina Rizzo
Sound by Charles Coes
Original Music by Charlie DeMarcel
Assistant Directed by Rebecca Ennen
Stage Management by Meghan Walsh

Featuring Marla Burkholder, Ben Cromie, Robert DaPonte, Tanesha Ford, Justin Jain, Michael Krek, Derick Loafmann, Maria Möller, Aaron Mumaw, Gwendolyn Rooker, Bradley K. Wrenn

Press about our first production, Twelfth Night

Shakespeare in Clark Park a summer treat"The Twelfth Night presented in Clark Park by a small troupe of theatrical pros is a remarkable combination of excellent classical acting and disconcertingly contemporary naturalness. Director Tom Reing has found some lovely and funny place where Shakespeare's world and ours meet under a half-moon on a hot summer's night. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner, bring the kids, the dogs, the bicycle, bug spray, a beach chair, whatever - but don't miss this one."- Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Midsummer Madness: The brand-new Shakespeare in Clark Park takes it outside"Last summer, while waiting out a downpour in the Franklin Mills Mall, actors Maria Möller and Marla Burkholder started talking about what they missed in Philly's summer theater scene. A year later, the result of that conversation is four nights of free theater from the first truly Philadelphian Shakespeare in the Park company, founded by Burkholder, Möller, director Tom Reing and managing director Whitney Estrin."- Rachel Frankford, City Paper

A-List: Twelfth Night"Reing has emerged as one of the city’s most creative directors, and with a strong cast performing a taut, edited version of the play, the show provides a rare opportunity to see the best of professional Philadelphia theater free of charge."- J. Cooper Robb, The Philadelphia Weekly