Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to perform ‘Free Shakespeare on the Common;' community invited to ‘Babson Night’ with President Healey on July 23

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​The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Babson’s Resident Theater Company, is gearing up for its 20thseason of one of Greater Boston's most beloved traditions, Free Shakespeare on the Common. The company will debut William Shakespeare's King Lear on the Boston Common from July 22–August 9, 2015, with celebrated Boston actor Will Lyman in the title role.

Directed by Founding Artistic Director Steven MalerKing Lear follows the journey of the aging king, faced with his own mortality and mental decline as he tries to secure the legacy of his kingdom by dividing it amongst his three daughters. Only through loss - of status, of love, of loyalty - does King Lear learn what is truly resonant at the end of a life.

On Thursday, July 23, President Kerry Healey and The Babson Alumni Club of Boston invite alumni and friends for a special ‘Babson Night’ performance of the production. Reserved 'Friends Section'  seats are full, but the Babson community is encouraged to bring blankets and enjoy free lawn seats. Chair rentals will be offered on-site, and complimentary snacks and beverages will be available at the Babson tent.

Performance Schedule

July 22-August 9, 2015
The Boston Common near the Parkman Bandstand
  • Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.
  • Sundays at 7 p.m., and    
  • One matinee on Saturday, August 8 at 3 p.m.    

Learn more about reserved seating ​​​»

“I am thrilled to be working with Will [Lyman], one of Boston’s most revered actors,” says Director Steven Maler. “The breadth and depth of his work has deeply impacted the Boston theater scene. His command of language is superb, and his empathy and humanity is manifold. He’s the perfect Lear for Boston!”

Will Lyman adds, “I hope this will be the best evening of Shakespeare anyone has ever seen; the one that makes people say, ‘I finally understand why everybody says Shakespeare was such a great playwright.’ In truth, I just hope that this will be a theatre experience that speaks honestly about who we are, and about the difficulties and joys of our human experience.”

Again this year, pre-show opportunities will include The Greenshow – featuring actors from Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice Program for emerging young theater artists, and Commonwealth Concerts, with the New England Conservatory. 

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, as well as the cast and production team, thank sponsors Babson College, The Boston Globe, Xfinity, Ovation, Liberty Mutual, The Boston Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Highland Street Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston Cultural Council, and Boston Parks & Recreation Department for helping to bring its free, revered Boston Common production to life.

For more information, please contact Joanne Barrett at (617)-834-6021.

About Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, best known for its annual free performances on the Boston Common, is a non-profit organization founded in 1996, and is dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the people of Boston, and to exploring Shakespeare's works with Greater Boston's youth in innovative and creative ways. In addition to the annual Boston Common productions, CSC presents several free play-reading events during the year: Theatre in the Rough, Shakespeare & Law as well as Shakespeare & Leadership. CSC fulfills its educational mission with actor-training programs for pre-professional actors with its Summer Academy. Throughout the year, CSC partners with area high schools and Boys & Girls Clubs to provide in and after-school theater activities to inner-city youth. Recent productions include Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of VeronaCoriolanusAll’s Well That Ends Well (2012 Elliot Norton Award-winner for Best Production, Large Theater), Othello, and The Comedy of Errors . CSC is the Theater Company in Residence at Babson College.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​​​​​​​®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action​​​​​​​​​® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

By Brianna DiPietro,, (781) 239-4548 | 07/15/2015 03:00