Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler today announced that the company’s 15th annual free Shakespeare on the Common production will be Othello, to be performed from August 3 through the 18 on the Boston Common, in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Menino. The program, become a beloved civic institution, will draw an estimated 100,000 people over 20 performances. The detailed schedule, as well as casting, will be announced in the coming months.
Last year’s performances of The Comedy of Errors drew an estimated 85,000 people over 17 performances, including two family matinee performances. “The outpouring of support in these challenging times is testament to the importance of free Shakespeare on the Common,” said Maler, “We would not be here now if it wasn’t for our friends and patrons who believe in the importance of quality outdoor theater as a way of bringing the community together.”
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will once again be the sole producer of this program and responsible for raising the entire budget for this year’s production. “The success of Shakespeare on the Common relies on the continued support of the public.” Said General Manager, Gali Halpern, “We ask our fans to go to our website and make a donation to help give Othello the stage it deserves.”
The company hopes to add another week of performances of Othello in summer 2010 and will once again offer their Tour of The Parks outreach program, which takes a young company to neighborhood parks in the Boston area.
In addition to the annual Boston Common production, the company plans to continue offering Shakespeare-related programming, like the American Voices Series, First Night 2010 Shakespearean Cabaret, Shakespeare and the Law program in collaboration with the Federalist Society, and educational workshops.