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Last three performances: CLICK CURRENT SEASON FOR DETAILS

Tuesday July 25th - Everhart Park, West Chester 7:00pm
Wednesday July 26th - East Goshen Community Park 6:30PM
THURSDAY JULY 27TH - PENN TREATY PARK, PHILADELPHIA 7:00PM

Hello, World!

ABOUT US/WHO WE ARE

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about us

Mission Statement

Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company is dedicated to the principle that theatre is a vital component in a civil society. It is the mission of Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company to produce classic and contemporary works that bear witness to the rich variety and commonality of human experience and enhance the appreciation of theatre as a humanizing art form through live performances, workshops, readings and educational programs for the community.

Artistic Statement

While the heart of CCTC will be classic plays, we will also look to produce contemporary and new works that have something important to say that is universal in theme.  Our work will emphasize the power of language, delivering characters and stories that lead our audience on a compelling journey into the now of the play. Our goal is to create theatre that encourages our audience to contemplate the complexity of the human experience, celebrating individuality while recognizing and enhancing what is common in the human condition. But, most importantly, we wish to entertain, to engage and to inspire our audience through the communal experience of theatre.

 
 

THE COMPANY - FOUNDING ARTISTS

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Joshua Browns
Founding Artist/Producing artistic director

Josh is a Philadelphia-based actor, director and educator, and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.  For CCTC, he directed the 2009 Free Theatre in the Parks production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2006’s Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labors Lost (4-wall MPiRP co-production with Drexel University), and the inaugural “Cool Classics” production of Macbeth in 2013 and most recently, The Lion in Winter in 2016. He holds an M.F.A in acting from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program.  As an actor, Josh has performed both locally (White Pines Productions, Curio, Lantern, Hedgerow, Walnut Street Theatre and as Sergius in CCTC’s inaugural production of Arms and the Man, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, LaFleche in The Miser, and the title role in Richard III), regionally (Maine Shake­speare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), and for audiences across the country on two national tours of Romeo and Juliet for Theatreworks/USA.

MARY ANN BALDWIN
FOUNDING PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Mary Ann spearheaded the company's development and oversaw the company’s direction while conducting the day-to-day business. Mary Ann is an active founding artist with CCTC. is a theatre administrator and a professional actor with membership in Actors’ Equity Association.  She has experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit theatre having worked in New York City for 15 years as an actor and as an administrator.  As an actor she has had the pleasure of performing on some of the smallest stages of New York City and the most beautiful theatres in Northern Europe (Germany, Norway, Sweden and Finland). As an Administrator she has worked on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, Off Broadway at The John Houseman Theatre Center and with the multi-Obie Award winning company, New Group Theatre.  She has also been a producer, manager and actor with many smaller organizations that make up the New York City theatre community.  Originally from Chester County, PA, she returned to the Philadelphia area with the intention of pursuing a more family-centric lifestyle while continuing her work in the theatre.  She spent her first few years back in the Philadelphia area as General Manager of The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival before beginning CCTC.  Her husband and teenage son and much of their extended family live in the communities of Delaware, Chester and Philadelphia counties.

PAUL PARENTE
FOUNDING ARTIST/LITERARY MANAGER

A member of Actors’ Equity Association and Dramatists Guild of America, Paul is an educator teaching high school English and Drama in Chester County. As a playwright, his most recent work, Rage of Achilles, received a full production as part of CCTC's Cool Classics program in 2015. Rage of Achilles also received a workshop presentation at Austin Shakespeare festival and Droit Du Seigneur was produced by CCTC at the 2010 Live Arts and Philadelphia Fringe Festival. His play, Two and Twenty, is published by Samuel French and has been produced nationally and internationally (well, Canada.)  His written work has received numerous productions and readings including those by The Acting Company, Salamander Repertory Company and Stillwater Theatre Company in New York City.  As an actor he has performed leading roles at the Zachary Scott Theatre (Nominee: B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama 2003), The National Shakespeare Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Classic Works Theatre, American Shakespeare Repertory, New Stagecraft Company etc.  With CCTC he has performed the role of Bluntschli in CCTC’s Arms and the Man, Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clarence in Richard III, the Stage Manager in Our Town, and most recently, Orgon in Tartuffe.

TRICE BALDWIN
FOUNDING ARTIST/CASTING COORDINATOR

Trice is a Philadelphia-based professional actor who has worked with many local companies including, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Curio Theatre Company, Luna Theater Company and Peoples Light & Theatre Company.  Trice is the company’s Administrative and Artistic Associate and Casting Coordinator.  For CCTC, she has performed the roles of Louka in Arms and the Man (2005), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (2006) Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (2008), Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town (2012) and Lady Macbeth in the inaugural “Cool Classics” production of Macbeth (2013).

JEAN HARRIS
FOUNDING ARTIST/ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Jean is a marketing professional with experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. In addition to her work for CCTC, she was the Marketing Director at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival and worked as a marketing consultant for other theaters in the area. Currently she works for Culture Quest Tours which provides educational and cultural travel experiences for High Schools, Colleges and Adults.  

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mary Ann Baldwin, President/Treasurer

Jean Harris, Vice President/Secretary

 Joshua Browns

 Mary Carlisle

 Eileen Harris

 Renae Dinerman

ADVISORY BOARD

Terry Byrne, General Manager, The Westside Theatres, NYC

Ann Ciccolella, Artistic Director, Austin Shakespeare Festival

Brandon Doemling, Teacher/Director, Bloomfield High School, NJ

Joel Leffert, Co-Artistic Director, Salamander Repertory Co., NYC

Anthony Naylor, Actor (most notably with the RSC)

CURRENT SEASON

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CURRENT SEASON

Our 2017 'Free Theatre in the Parks' production is 'Romeo and Juliet', directed by Kathryn MacMillan. 

2017 season schedule:

Thursday, July 6th: Hoffman Park, Lansdowne, PA - POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER - PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR FURTHER DETAILS

Friday, July 7th: Everhart Park, West Chester, PA - POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 25th

Saturday, July 8th: West Pikeland Municipal Lawn, Yellow Springs, PA (7pm curtain, RAIN OR SHINE)

Sunday, July 9th: Green Lane Park, Green Lane, PA (7pm curtain)*

Wednesday, July 12th: Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA (SPECIAL 6:30PM CURTAIN - RAIN OR SHINE)

Thursday, July 13th: East Goshen Township Park, East Goshen, PA - POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 26th

Saturday, July 15th: West Goshen Community Amphitheater, West Goshen, PA (7pm curtain, rain date 7/16

Tuesday, July 18th: Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts at William Penn CharterEast Falls, PA - 7pm curtain 

Wednesday, July 19th: Auburn Road Vineyard, Pilesgrove, NJ (7pm curtain)

Thursday, July 20th: Whites Road Park, Lansdale, PA (SPECIAL 7:30PM CURTAIN, rain date 7/23)

Friday, July 21st: Brookhaven Municipal Park, Brookhaven, PA (7pm curtain, RAIN OR SHINE)

Saturday, July 22nd: RAIN LOCATION: KIMBERTON ARTS BUILDING  (7pm curtain, RAIN OR SHINE)**

Tuesday, July 25th: Everhart Park, West Chester, PA (RAIN MAKE-UP - 7pm curtain)

Wednesday, July 26th: East Goshen Township Park, East Goshen, PA (RAIN MAKE-UP - 6:30pm curtain)

Thursday, July 27th: Penn Treaty Park, Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA (7pm curtain)*

* - Performances without an indoor alternative will be assigned rain dates TBD. Check back here or on our Facebook page as rain dates are confirmed.
** - Our partners at Kimberton charge a small fee to enter the park to support community programming

THE CAST OF ROMEO AND JULIET

CHRISTOPHER G. ANTHONY (TYBALT/PRINCE)

CHRISTOPHER G. ANTHONY
(TYBALT/PRINCE)

IZZY CASTALDI (ENSEMBLE)

IZZY CASTALDI
(ENSEMBLE)

TREVOR FAYLE (ROMEO)

TREVOR FAYLE
(ROMEO)

CAMPBELL O'HARE (JULIET)

CAMPBELL O'HARE
(JULIET)

ELIAS RIVERA (ENSEMBLE)

ELIAS RIVERA
(ENSEMBLE)

PAUL PARENTE* (LORD CAPULET)

PAUL PARENTE*
(LORD CAPULET)

GRIFFIN STANTON-AMEISEN* (MERCUTIO)

GRIFFIN STANTON-AMEISEN*
(MERCUTIO)

MATTHEW TALLMAN* (FRIAR LAURENCE)

MATTHEW TALLMAN*
(FRIAR LAURENCE)

JAHZEER TERRELL (PARIS)

JAHZEER TERRELL
(PARIS)

HANNAH VAN SCIVER (BENVOLIO/LADY CAPULET)

HANNAH VAN SCIVER

(BENVOLIO/LADY CAPULET)

J.J. VAN NAME (NURSE)

J.J. VAN NAME
(NURSE)

* - DENOTES A MEMBER OF ACTORS' EQUITY

PLAN YOUR TRIP

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plan your trip

getting to the venue

Check the directions link/address for the venue you're planning on visiting on the schedule.  All the information we have will be available on the website in the weeks before performances begin.  We expect that many of our audience members live or work near one of our Philadelphia venues.  We encourage you to walk, bike or take mass transit if you can.  Philadelphia City also has metered and garage parking for those of you who plan to drive into the city.  All of our suburban venues have either free lot parking or street parking around the venue!

 

seating

Seating is not provided at the parks and venues at which we perform.  Please bring blankets and beach chairs with low backs.  Those with Lawn chairs and high-backed chairs are asked to be considerate and set up in areas a little farther back.  We want you to get as close as you can to the performance area but please stay on the other side of the ‘footlights’ and watch small children around electrical equipment and hot lights.  

 

picnic

We encourage bringing a picnic to enjoy before or during the performance.  Please be sure you've checked out any posted rules and regulations for the park you're attending, as many do not allow alcoholic beverages or beverages in glass containers.  And always take out what you bring in. Help keep our public places clean!

 

Weather and Other Outdoor Considerations  

Rain, rain, go away…The safety of our company and our audience is paramount. If weather is wet or threatening, we may not be able to perform outside.  Many of our locations will either have an indoor location provided for such occasions or may have a rain date on the schedule.  Please check our website or voicemail on the day of the performance if weather conditions are iffy.   We attempt to make a final call by 5pm on show days. 

Unfortunately, if we are caught out in the rain or a thunderstorm, the performance will be halted.  A short soaking rain or lightning that continues will cancel the performance.  The final call will be made by CCTC’s Production Manager and the venue leader.   We encourage you to come to another parks performance later in the run if we are not able to continue.

I can’t hear you! While we do have some enhanced sound, we do not provide hearing aids or other personal hearing devices. Our actors are professionals and there are some microphones placed near the performance area and speakers place out and around the audience seating area.  While we can’t turn the sound up, we do invite you to tune in and ‘actively’ listen!  It is worth the effort!

 Stop bugging me! Mosquitoes, ants, and other insects may not like theater but they do like people…and food.  Please take precautions. 

I can’t find my purse – and where did the kids go!  We want you to enjoy the experience of outdoor theatre but please be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your personal property and younger children.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

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PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Paul Parente & Sara Pauley (Arms & the Man, 2005)

Damon Bonetti (Much Ado About Nothing, 2006)

Kristen Schier & David White (Game of Love and Chance, 2007)

Trice Baldwin & Joshua Browns (The Taming of the Shrew, 2008)

John Jezior and Cynthia Janzen (A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2009)

Charlie DelMarcelle & Eric Scotolati (The Miser, 2010)

Joshua Browns & David Mason (Richard III, 2011)

Kristen Egermeier, Eric Scotolati, & Paul Parente (Our Town, 2012)

Jamison Foreman (The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, 2013)

Nathan Foley (Twelfth Night, 2014)

David Howey & Mary Beth Schrader (The Tempest, 2015)

J Hernandez & Paul Parente (Tartuffe, 2016)

FREE THEATRE IN THE PARKS

2005 – Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Jessica Richards

2006 – Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Joshua Browns

2007 – The Game of Love and Chance by Marivaux, directed by Aaron Cromie

2008 – The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, directed by Damon Bonetti

2009 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Joshua Browns

2010 – The Miser by Moliere, directed by Kathryn MacMillan

2011 – Richard III by William Shakespeare, directed by Dan Hodge

2012 – Our Town by Thornton Wilder, directed by Allen Radway

2013 – Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare, Abridged, directed by M. Craig Getting

2014 - Twelfth Night, Or What You Will by William Shakespeare, directed by Paul Parente 

2015 - The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by Allen Radway

2016 -  Tartuffe by Moliere, directed by Allison Heishman


Trice Baldwin & Charlie DelMarcelle (Macbeth, 2013)

COOL CLASSICS

2013 – Macbeth by William Shakespeare, directed by Joshua Browns

2014 - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, directed by Joshua Browns

2015 - Rage of Achilles by Paul Parente, directed by Damon Bonetti

2016 - The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, directed by Joshua Browns

 

 

Rachel Tkaczyk, Olivia Johnson & Charlotte Northeast (Love's Labors Lost, 2007)

FOUR WALL THEATRE

2005 – Two and Twenty by Paul Parente

2006/2007/2008 – “A Reader’s Theatre presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Caroladapted and directed by Kathryn MacMillanfor use as entertainment at multiple fundraisers and free entertainment before the Love Park Philadelphia Tree Lighting.   

2007 – Love’s Labors Lost by William Shakespeare, produced as part of the Drexel University MPiRP (Mandell Professionals in Residency Program):  Resident Director and Artistic Associate Joshua Browns directed a cast of 5 professional actors working as principal performers and mentors to a cast of 13 Drexel University students.

2008/2009/2010 – Reading Series: Rage of AchillesDroit du Seigneur and No Entrance by Paul Parente; The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare.

2010 – Droit Du Seigneur  by Paul Parente, produced as CCTC’s first production in the Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe at Lantern Theater Company:  Philadelphia-based free lance director Aaron Oster directed a cast of 4

2012 – Reader’s Theater Series: Rocket to the Moon by Clifford Odets (directed by M. Craig Getting), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee (directed by Joshua Browns), and A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller (directed by Joshua Browns

2013 – Reader’s Theater Series: Goodnight, Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet) by Anne-Marie MacDonald, (directed by Charlotte Northeast), Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel, (directed by CCTC Artistic Director Mary   Ann Baldwin),  and Richard and Anneby Maxwell Anderson, (directed by Leonard Kelly).

 

GET INVOLVED

 
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SUPPORT FREE THEATRE IN YOUR BACKYARD

Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Because the overwhelming majority of our 'Free Theatre in the Parks' performances are provided at no cost to the audience, we rely on the support of individuals like you to bring professional classic theatre communities each summer. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support theatre in your backyard!

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"I WANT CCTC TO PERFORM IN MY COMMUNITY!"

Are you a leader in your community and want to find out if a performance in possible in your 'backyard'? 

Are you a business owner interested in becoming a sponsor?

Are you a community member interested in helping us out at one of our performances?

Call or email Producing Artistic Director Joshua Browns

610-639-3352

josh@commonwealthclassictheatre.org

The performance venue at Green Lane Municipal Park, Montgomery County, PA

The performance venue at Green Lane Municipal Park, Montgomery County, PA

Lena Mucchetti and Michael Tomasetti (A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2009)

Lena Mucchetti and Michael Tomasetti

(A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2009)

"I WANT TO WORK WITH CCTC!"

CCTC accepts submissions from interested actors, directors and designers year-round.  Auditions for each season of 'Free Theatre in the Parks' generally occur in February/March. 

ACTOR SUBMISSIONS

Electronic submissions: Please e-mail headshot & resume to:
CASTING@COMMONWEALTHCLASSICTHEATRE.ORG

Hard Copy submissions: Please send headshot & resume to:
COMMONWEALTH CLASSIC THEATRE COMPANY
ATTN: CASTING
PO BOX 971
MEDIA, PA 19063-0971
 

designer, director and technician submissions:

Please contact Producing Artistic Director Joshua Browns at:
JOSH@COMMONWEALTHCLASSICTHEATRE.ORG

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