Emerson Stage is in process

A mid-November check in for Emerson Stage. Our third show, ESPERANZA RISING, is open. ILLYRIA is in rehearsal, ready to open mid-December. X-DANCE is in rehearsal. THREE SHORT PLAYS BY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS is being cast as we speak. NEWFEST scripts are in, and in the hands of the readers. And our first INTO THE WOODS meeting (concept) is in a couple of weeks.

And we’re planning the 10-11 Season.

Are you interested in learning more about process? Each production has a dramaturg, and each production has a blog. Check them out, they are a great source of information and inspiration!


Esperanza is Rising

ESPERANZA RISING opened last Friday. Pam Munoz Ryan, the author of the book, was on hand for talkbacks Friday and Saturday, and did a book signing on Saturday afternoon. There was another talkback on Sunday about immigration. The dramaturgs have also made a short film about immigration, which is playing in the lobby of the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

There are two more public performances–Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 2pm. The blog has a lot more in depth information about the show, and there is a study guide available for download. When you come to the theater, make sure you visit the lower lobby and see the dramaturgical display.

Don’t miss this show!

Mid Semester Check in

This is always the craziest time of the year for Emerson Stage. Two shows have gone up, INCORRUPTIBLE and SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR (entries to be posted on both later this week). ESPERANZA RISING just loaded into the Cutler Majestic, and opens on November 13. ILLYRIA is in rehearsal–the music has been learned, and the book work is in progress. X DANCE is in rehearsal. The three SHORT PLAYS BY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS have been chosen, and auditions are next week. NEWFEST submissions for the Rod Parker Playwrighting Award are due November 12, which means that Joe Antoun and his reading committee will start processing the submissions, of which we hope there are many. And the INTO THE WOODS director and design team have started to meet.

In addition, we are starting to look at ideas for next season, with the hopes of getting that chosen before winter break.

And then there are classes, mid terms and the attempts by all to stay healthy.

Daunting. Yet, as is the wont in theater, tremendously inspiring. The collaborative nature makes the work more enjoyable. The hard deadlines of an opening night provide focus. And the talent and dedication of our students, faculty and staff make the process a learning one.

Hopefully you came to see INCORRUPTIBLE and SIX CHARACTERS. Don’t miss ESPERANZA RISING. And get your tickets to ILLYRIA.  The NEWFEST winner will be announced in December.

And then we will rest. For a bit.

Hello from the Costume Shop!!

e’ve been working hard down here on the second floor to make sure all the shows look spectacular!    I took some pictures so you could all have a sneak peek.  



Rory is working on Jack’s costume.
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Rafael and Nick are patching it up. 

There’s something quite fun about taking a new garment and beating it up.

Recognize this?   You’ll never guess how we are reusing it in Incorruptible.   Guess you’ll just have to go see the show and figure it out!!

And a few from Six Characters.

Charlotte working on a shawl.  She’s always that happy!
Except when it comes to leotards!

Mock up of the Mother.  Wait until you see it in the real fabric.
Courtney (Who is the designer for Illyria)  working on a collar for Six Characters.

More to come, so stay tuned!


Just because I like it!

And another ship sets sail!

On Monday our production of ESPERANZA RISING started rehearsals. ESPERANZA RISING is our TYA production in the beautiful Cutler Majestic Theatre, and will run from November 13-21. The play by Lynne Alvarez is adapted from the children’s book by Pam Muñoz Ryan. It also has music by Victor Zupanc. We are very fortunate that Héctor Martínez Morales is working with us as the musical director, and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is directing.
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Welcome to the 09-10 Season!

Emerson Stage is the producing arm of the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College. This blog will have entries over the course of the season, giving you insight about how we work, and what it takes to get a production up and running, and who some of us are. Check back with us often–and let us know what you think!