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Julius Caesar!!!

Shakespeare Carolina is Proud to Announce it Will Present Julius Caesar from March 20 to March 30, 2014 at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
Shakespeare Carolina will present Julius Caesar at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square from opening March 20, 2014.  One of the most famous tragedies in the history of theater, Julius Caesar was first performed in 1599 and originally published in the First Folio of 1623.  It has become one of Shakespeare’s most revived works and contains several famous quotations.
The story begins late in the life of Caesar.  Rome has long been a Republic, the citizens proud that they rule themselves without a King.  But after many military triumphs, Caesar is about to be offered a crown by the Roman Senate.  A conspiracy is formed to assassinate Caesar, to keep Rome free from tyranny.  The struggle between “Rule by the People” versus Big Government is still with the world today. 
Director Tony Wright is himself a believer in personal choice and individual liberty.  But he sees the play less as a study in politics and more as a really exciting story.  The supernatural elements, often downplayed in contemporary productions, will be given full weight in his staging.
Shakespeare is an award winning ensemble of professional theatre artists and musicians devoted to reimagining the classical canon. They most recently performed Frankenstein at the Queen City Fringe Festival and the Duke Energy Theater and The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, while in residence at Winthrop University.  Last season at the Duke Energy Theater they premiered Queen Margaret, an original work adapted from the History plays of William Shakespeare.
Making his debut with Shakespeare Carolina will be Brian Holloway as Brutus.  Shakespeare Carolina veteran actors in the cast include Katie Bearden (Portia), Amy Arpan (Calpurnia), and Emmanuel Barbe (Casca) and David Hayes (Metellus, Messala) .  Other veterans and newcomers round out the company. Oyebola Ande (Antony), Russell Rowe (Caesar), Tony Wright (Cassius)
Performances of Julius Caesar are Thursday March 20 at 7:30pm, Friday March 21 at 8pm, Saturday March 22 at 8pm, Thursday March 27 at 7:30pm, Friday March 28 at 8pm, Saturday March 29 at 8pm and Sunday March 30 at 3pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.  Tickets can be reserved at
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Frankenstein Returns at the QC Fringe

That's right kids… we'll be performing Thursday Oct. 3rd at 7pm mand Sunday October 6th at 3PM

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Shakescar Needs You! Help us bring you the regions wildest, redefined classics

Shakespeare Carolina is committed to reversing the trend of importing culture to Rock Hill. We wish to build a community of artists and performers here in Rock Hill and to make The Rock Hill/York County area a viable arts destination. Our goal is to create first class theatre here in Rock Hill that we can share with the world. If you can't help us out by purchasing a shirt, please consider helping us out by spreading the word. Let your friends and family know about our campaign and help us reach our goal!

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Shakespeare Carolina Presents HAMLET

Shakespeare Carolina continues its 10th season and 3rd Shakespeare Carolina at Winthrop University Residency, with the great tragedy Hamlet. It plays Thursdays through Sundays on the Johnson Main Stage at Winthrop University from August 8 – 18, 2013. Show times are 8PM Thursday through Saturday and 3PM on Sundays. Artistic Director Chris O’Neill will be at the helm of this updated adaptation.
A ruler’s ghost cries out for revenge and a towering tragedy is set in motion. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is confronted by betrayal and murder. On the verge of giving up all hope, he’s still driven by an insatiable quest for truth. His struggle for answers ultimately spares no one, triggering a shocking chain of events. The production unfolds in a world of powerful, privileged leaders and so we see our own times through the lens of Hamlet's brilliant but anguished mind. The iconic story is also an ageless reminder of the terrible damage done to any culture by those who seek power at the expense of their humanity.
The cast features James Cartee as Hamlet, Karen Surprise as his mother Gertrude, Harold Skinner as his murdering uncle Claudius, and David Hayes as his old friend Horatio. Caryn Crye plays Hamlet’s sweetheart Ophelia with S. Wilson Lee as her interfering old father Polonius, and Charles Holmes as her brother Laertes. Zade Patterson is Hamlet’s father’s Ghost and The Player King, while Norman Burt and Ted Patterson play the Gravediggers and others, Katie Bearden handles the Player Queen and Barnardo, Manu Barbe and Amy Arpan play numerous characters including Marcellus and Fortinbras. Dennis DeJesus and David Hensley are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. With a live score from multiple MTA Award winning Composer/Performer Jill O’Neill.

James R Cartee as Hamlet and Caryn Crye as Ophelia

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Comedy of Errors, Weather and such… SO FAR SO GOOD!!!

Ok, so it looks like the weather may cooperate tonight!
Keep checking here and on our Facebook page…!/shakespeare.carolina for up to the minute info…


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Frankenstein Pics!!! (In Case You Missed It!)

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Comedy of Errors Tickets Are on Sale!

What would happen if the Woodstock festival and the Montreaux Folk festival got into a fight?!

Hilarity would ensue, that’s what!!

Shakespeare Carolina will present The Comedy of Errors July 11-21 at the Winthrop University Amphitheater. The atmosphere will be that of an outdoor festival, including buskers, street performers/vendors, and possibly some juggling and magic. The presentation will be non-traditional with the entire vicinity of the amphitheatre being valid ‘playing space’—even the audience areas!!

The cast includes heralded Shakespeare Carolina vets: Katie Bearden, Nathan Rouse, Norman Burt, Ted Patterson, Amanda Liles, Megan York, and Manu Barbe. Newcomers to the fold will be: Heather Bucsh, Harold Skinner, Melissa Frierson, Loren Mixon, and Sara Sopko. David Hensley, our resident video imagery god, moves on stage to take on the role of Antipholous of Ephesus.

Imagine, a world in which outdoor art festivals, along with their communities of “interesting” folk, are the WORLD. Some of these communities are of the “plugged-in” variety, while some are still digging upon being “acoustic and natural”. Many times, these differences in taste keep the folks of this world from playing well with each other.

Our production takes place in the festival community of Ephesus (“acoustic and natural”). Egeon, a merchant from Syracuse community (“plugged-in”) has been arrested by Duke Solinus, Ephesus’ festival Ranger, for illegally vending Syracusan wares within Ephesus. The penalty for this crime is DEATH!! Fortunately, Duke grants Egeon or short stay of execution, being moved by a plea so beautiful in its description of lost love and two sets of separated twins.

Yes … you guessed it .. the Comedy of Errors ensue upon the arrival of Antipholous and Dromio of Syracuse into Ephesus. They are instantly mistaken for the Antipholous and Dromio of Ephesus. These errors do not bode well for Antipholous of Ephesus’ wife and sister-in-law, but they are hilarious for the audience. And, of course, all issues are resolved in the end … and lost love is restored!!!

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It's all things to all people. A prototype of the sci-fi genre? An object of parody? A scary story of science run rampant? A myth of mankind's betrayal by its Creator? For Mary Shelley, monsters are made, not born, and Victor's obsessive denial of death and flight from his handiwork spring from very deep roots in our present moment. Shakespeare Carolina offers a new vision of Shelley's classic novel, with a trio of actors, poetry, and a startling world of sound and image. Featuring Shakespeare Carolina Vets, Katie Bearden, S. Wilson Lee and Chris O’Neill, with Art Direction by Jon Pritchard and original score by the Clamor Sound Collective. Special Father’s Day Pay What You Can Matinee, June 16th at 3PM.

Opens June 12th at The Duke Energy Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, NC, 28202

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Queen Margaret Tickets are on Sale NOW!!!

Queen Margaret, a New Play by William Shakespeare Tickets are on Sale Now

Shakespeare Carolina is proud to announce that Tickets for the World Premiere of Queen Margaret, a new play by William Shakespeare, on April 18, 2013 at the Duke Energy Theater in Spirit Square are available at

Shakespeare Carolina will premiere Queen Margaret, a new adaptation from the History Plays of William Shakespeare on Thursday April 18.  Adapted by director Tony Wright, Queen Margaret tells the story of a young princess who must evolve into a warrior queen to protect her dynasty during a time of civil conflict in England known as the Wars of the Roses.

Queen Margaret begins when our title character is a teenaged French princess.  She is married by proxy and brought to Medieval England to meet her new husband, the King, sight unseen.  Alas, King Henry is a meek and gentle soul, unable to stand up to the ruthless and powerful Dukes and Earls who wield the true power of the kingdom.  And Henry’s claim to the throne is weak.  His grandfather had taken the crown by force, and a living relative (the Duke of York, leader of the White Rose faction) has a stronger claim to the throne.  This conflict eventually becomes the English civil war known to history as the Wars of the Roses.  With Henry unable to lead the Red Rose side to victory, and protect the crown for her son, Margaret must become a warrior queen and lead the armies herself.

Queen Margaret, a new play by William Shakespeare, is adapted and directed by Tony Wright.  In Charlotte, Tony was the Producer of Classic’s Theater and The Actor’s Gym and in Atlanta he was the Associate Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Tavern.  He has directed 20 Shakespeare productions in the last twenty years and has had the honor of performing at The Globe in London.  The title character will be played by Katie Bearden, who has played Antigone and Ines de Castro for Shakespeare Carolina, as well as leading roles in Measure for Measure and The Tempest.  Katie leads a cast of 16 playing over 40 characters.

Queen Margaret opens Thursday April 18 at 7:30pm and continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm until April 27.  Spirit Square is located at 345 N. College Street in Charlotte.  Advance tickets on sale now at

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