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The Emperor of the Moon

The Emperor of the Moon

"This production is a hoot-and-a-half with its larger-than-life characters, tongue-in-cheek line delivery, vigorous staging and very talented actors who are obviously enjoying themselves." - Berkshire on Stage

"There is music, dancing, a parody of the Broadway hip-hop musical, "Hamilton," comedy in language and the rougher comedy of pratfalls and slapstick and for 75 minutes you just listen and watch -- when you can -- and laugh until your head aches with it." - J. Peter Bergman, Edge Media

When love strikes, chaos ensues and a coup of astronomic proportions results. Sisters, suitors, servants, and a father obsessed with the moon set the stage for a stellar farce performed under the open-air tent. Ware's fast-paced, family-friendly adaptation of Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy, based in Commedia dell'Arte, offers audiences of every age a hearty dose of mayhem, music and merriment.

Photos & Videos

Dara Silverman. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Marcus Kearns and Gregory Boover. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Caroline Calkins, Marcus Kearns, Caitlin Kraft. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Lori Evans and Kaileela Hobby. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Marcus Kearns. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Concetta Russo and Ashton Muniz. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Artists

Caroline Calkins

Caroline Calkins

(Elaria)

eighth season (Rosaline, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Director of Riotous Youth) S&Co: Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Elaria, The Emperor of the Moon; Katharine/Boy, Henry V; NE Regional Tours of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth; Celie, Les Faux Pas; Ensemble, King Lear; Columbina, The Venetian

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Lori Evans

Lori Evans

(Doctor)

fifth season (Holofernes, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Riotous Youth Faculty) S&Co: Egeus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Doctor (Emperor of the Moon); Frank (Private Eyes); Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World (2016-2018); Fall Festival of Shakespeare Director (2013- 2017). Regional: Dionyza, Pericles; Mistress Ford, Merry Wives of Windsor;

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Colin Gold

Colin Gold

(Don Charmonte)

S&Co: Malcolm/ Murderer/ Witch Macbeth; Claudius/Ghost Hamlet. Theatre credits include: Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Christmas Carol & You Can't Take It With You (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); also Winnipesaukee Playhouse and The Royal Theatre of Bath (UK). TV/Film: Mysteries of the Castle; Blood Feuds; Occupation: Hunter. Training:

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Kaileela Hobby

Kaileela Hobby

(Peter)

Second season with S&Co: Lady Macbeth/Ross/Witch, NE Tour of Macbeth. Co-director, Fall Festival of Shakespeare (Lee High School, 2015); Tybalt/Lady Capulet/Peter/Sister Joan, NE Tour of Romeo and Juliet). Favorite Regional and NYC credits include: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet; Bianca, Taming of the Shrew (Adirondack Shakespeare Company); Benvolio, Romeo

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Marcus Kearns

Marcus Kearns

(Harlequin)

Sixth season with S&Co: Macbeth/Murderer, Northeast Regional Tour Macbeth; Adrian, Private Eyes; Romeo/Peter, Northeast Regional Tour Romeo and Juliet; Kinesis, Lysistrata; Andres, Les Faux Pas; Marcus, SLaW; Philiste, The Liar. Broadway Carpentry: Allegiance, On the 20th Century, Something Rotten!, Finding Neverland. Regional Carpentry: Private Eyes, Mother Courage, Beauty Queen

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Caitlin Kraft

Caitlin Kraft

(Mopsophil)

seventh season (Boyet, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Riotous Youth Faculty) S&Co: Emilia/Roderigo/Duke of Venice, Othello, and Helena/Quince/Mustardseed, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as a part of the 2018 Northeast Regional Tour; Lovers’ Spat: Round Two; Hippolyta/Snug, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Mopsophil, Emperor of the Moon; Wilson, The Batting Cage (Joan

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Zoë Laiz

Zoë Laiz

(Bellemante)

seventh season. Past S&Co credits include: 4000 Miles (Amanda, BTCC Award Nomination), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Lydia Wickham), The Emperor of the Moon (Bellemante), Northeast Regional Tour of Twelfth Night (Olivia/Antonia). New York: The Daerie Queene (Julie) at Dixon Place and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, All’s Well That

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Conor Seamus Moroney

Conor Seamus Moroney

(Don Cintio)

Third season with S&Co: Banquo/Porter, Macbeth '16 Schools Tour; Benvolio/Paris/Prince, Romeo and Juliet; Cleante, Tartuffe; Fall Festival Director 2009-2013; Regional: Orsino, Twelfth Night; Andrew Ralley, I Hate Hamlet; Antony, Julius Caesar; (Advice to the Players); Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps (Firehouse Center for the Arts); Don Pedro, Much

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Ashton  Muñiz

Ashton Muñiz

(Ferdinand)

Premiere season with S&Co. Ashton is an actor, artist, and activist based in NYC. NY credits include On False Tears and Outsourcing (New Museum), Caenis (Pace Gallery), as a resident actor at The Flea-Take Care (dir. Nigel Smith), The Blind, and Madhouse. Other recent credits include Romeo and Juliet(Benvolio),

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Concetta Russo

Concetta Russo

(Florinda)

Third season with S&Co: Gertrude/Gravedigger Hamlet 2015 Northeast Tour (Mount); Pantalone, Servant of Two Masters (2014); Feste, Twelfth Night (UMass Amherst). Concetta holds a BA in acting from UMass Amherst and is a S&Co STI Alumna (2010). Concetta also works as an education artist and costumer. Many thanks to

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Dara Silverman

Dara Silverman

(Dara)

third season. S&Co: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Starveling, Philostrate), Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Emperor of the Moon (Dara, Cupid). Regional: The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Young Playwrights Festival. Dara has four times directed in Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare, and twice in

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Jenna Ware

(Director)

Twenty-third season with S&Co. Director: Henry V, The Servant of Two Masters, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Les Faux Pas or the Counter Plots; The Venetian Twins, Red Hot Patriot, Amorous Quarrel, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Shirley Valentine, The Henry VI Chronicles,

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"One of the delights each summer at Shakespeare and Co. is the over-the-top farces staged at the Rose Footprint. This tent-covered playing space is similar to 16th and 17th century theatres and the shows echo back to the famed Commedia del’Arte style of acting.

This summer’s show is the world premiere adaptation of The Emperor of the Moon by Aphra Behn. This production is a hoot-and-a-half with its larger-than-life characters, tongue-in-cheek line delivery, vigorous staging and very talented actors who are obviously enjoying themselves."

– Macey Levin, Berkshire on Stage

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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