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Fortinbras - Opens July 3, 2020

By Lee Blessing
Directed by Michael R. Cohen
Fri/Sat/Sun - July 3rd/4th/5th - 4 p.m.
Sat/Sun - July 11th/12th - 4 p.m.
Sat/Sun - July 18th/19th - 4 p.m.

FREE at John Hinkel Park

 

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Staged Reading: Priscilla Dreams the Answer

by Walt McGough 
Directed by Michael J. Hawkins

One night only, Monday, January 20th, 2020, 8 p.m. LaVal's Subterranean Theatre
Do to demand reserve your seat ahead of time. Tickets - Pay-What-You-Will

Dreaming by Jozef Isrels

Priscilla, a lonely woman who works at a hobby shop, is so empathetic that she cries nightly while watching game shows. But her evening routine gets weird when she starts receiving 3 AM phone calls -- from aliens. When she finally picks up, the aliens ask her a big favor: to save the world. In this fantastical play examining loss, love, and the search for answers, Priscilla looks to the only expert she knows, her favorite game show contestant Simon, to save both worlds before it's too late.

 

With:

PRISCILLA: Carolynn Newstrom

SIMON: Mark Velednitsky

HARRY: Bill Chessman

ZIP: Tannis Hanson

ZOP: Eiko Yamamoto

ONE: Maya Rath

TWO: Carrie Rudner

THREE: Samantha Harper

FOUR: Marcie Rich

 

Event photo is "Dreaming" by Jozef Israëls, obtained copyright-free from WikiMedia

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Michael James Hawkins wrote, produced, directed, and even voiced thousands of commercials along with spinning actual records and making funny noises in padded rooms. Michael escaped broadcasting and commercial production to go back to college, earning a fine arts degree in 2014. His knees, legs and backside can be seen on Westworld, as well as other minor background moments with no face-time. Michael executed his own Escape From L. A. to the Bay area in 2016. Michael continues to write, teach voice, act, direct, create commercials, and puppeteer (recently as "Fish" in Cat in the Hat for Palo Alto Children's Theater). He also formed a production company this year in an effort to make something more than commercials.

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor


by William Shakespeare, A Staged Reading

adapted by Victoria Siegel

Saturday, June 29th at 4 p.m.,
At John Hinkel Park.. 
$10 Suggested donations.

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