The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is the darkly comic and poignant work by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, colorful cast of characters mostly familiar to us, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in history: What happened to Judas Iscariot? Was he the deceitful master of his own fate or just a man who made a mistake? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, this masterful tale puts Judas’ case to a piercing trial, with often hilarious and riotous results. In the end one can't help but reconsider what one thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.
Henrietta: Leandra Romano
Satan: Alexander Stravinsky
Gloria, Mother Teresa: Hannah Wagner
Judge Littlefield: Adam Gutierrez
Caiaphas, St. Matthew, Solider 2: Ted Silva
Loretta, Mary Magdaline, Sister Glenna: Cai Raleigh
Pontius Pilate, Matthias of Galilee: Owen Burke
Bailiff: Malik Bazile
Simon the Zealot, Sigmund Freud, Soldier 1: Colin Colford
St. Thomas, St. Peter, Uncle Pino: Marco Aguirre
Jesus of Nazareth: Jay Connolly
Judas Iscariot: Kyle Gregory
St. Monica, Solder 3: Brit Christopher
Butch Honeywell: Ian Helmick
Fabiana Aziza Cunningham: Caroline Watson-Felt
Yusef El-Fayoumy: Aidan Marchetti
Stage Manager: Joe Fanning
Asst. Stage Manager: Ryan Boettcher
Dramaturg: Hannah Burke
Lighting Design: Bryan Lussier
Set Designer: Will Petrillo
Technical Director: Tom Willwerth
Costume Design: Taylor Lance
Props Mistress: Kate Devorak
Sound Design: Erica Risti
Scenic Artist: India Lee
STC is honored to have the opportunity to bring this powerful and timely piece to the stage this summer for three nights only. Vector Art Ensemble and Salem Theatre Company present Mercury's Ashes: A Rock Monologue by Lián Amaris with performances Thursday, July 14, Friday, July 15, Saturday, July 16. All performances begin at 7:30pm at Salem Theatre Company located at Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Salem MA. Click here for information about STC's new location. Tickets are $20 online and $22 at the door. $15 student tickets at door only.
Before Queen's frontman, Freddie Mercury, passed away of AIDS in 1991, he asked that the location of his ashes be kept a secret from the world. Guided by the gravity of fandom, one man believes he has found the remains of the fallen Star that have eluded fans for over twenty years. Inspired by real events, Mercury’s Ashes shares how the weight of his discovery alters the orbit of a man's life and irreversibly binds him to the greatest performer of the 20th Century.
Under the direction of Lián Amaris, actor Renzo Ampuero combines monologue, music, Brechtian storytelling, and visual language to create a fragmented portrait of an ordinary guy’s extraordinary encounter with a music idol. Mercury’s Ashes explores the presentation memory, confessions, and non-linear storytelling, in the spirit of Amaris’ previous works.
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ANGELS IN AMERICA, Tony Kushner's award-winning epic play, examines life, death, and politics in 1980s America. Kushner created his “gay fantasia on national themes" to explore hope and humor in the face of the AIDS crisis, fifteen years after the epidemic swept the globe. The terrifying death toll could well be seen as an indictment of the federal government's inaction and willful ignorance, which was rooted in stigma, lies, and fear. Kushner’s play resonates as clearly and relevantly today as when it was written twenty-five years ago. The achingly beautiful language weaves an ethereally complex yet starkly clear tapestry of a tragic, devastating time in American history.
From the Salem Gazette: "In the hands of a talented troupe like the Salem Theatre Company under director Catherine Bertrand, it still makes for powerful theater." Read the whole review here.
Roy Cohn: Dave Rich
Joe Pitt: Cameron Scott
Harper Pitt: Brittany Christopher
Louis Ironson: Isaiah Plovnik
Prior Walter: Alex Deroo
Belize: Adrian Peguero
Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz: Jimmy Flaherty
Henry/Ethel Rosenberg/Hannah Pitt: Hannah Wagner
Mr. Lies/Man in the Park/Prior II: Ted Silva
Sister Ella Chapter/Prior I/Eskimo: Chelsea Borden
The Angel/A Voice/Emily: Maxie Mettler
Homeless Woman/Martin Heller: Catherine Benjamin
Director: Catherine M. Bertrand
Stage Manager: Ravenne Rose
Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Kaufman
Set Design: Nathan Bertone & Chen-Wei Lao
Lighting Design: Bryan Lussier
Costume Design: Caroline Watson-Felt
Sound Designer: Elizabeth Mantone
STC is proud to present our second offering in our FREE Monday Dark Night Staged Reading Series: KINGS by Brit Christopher.
Join us for the new, original play by local playwright, actress and teacher, Brit Christopher. KINGS is an honest and often hilarious story of a night between close friends that escalates unexpectedly. As the booze flows, party-goers experience a night rapidly spinning out of control.
Directed by Alicia Greenwood. Featuring Catherine Benjamin, Hannah Wagner, Katie Donovan, Adam Gutierrez, Chris Kandra, STC Board Member Caroline Watson-Felt and STC Artistic Executive Director Catherine Bertrand.
Doors and bar opens at 7pm. Reading begins at 7:30pm. A post show discussion will follow. Arrive for the reading and stay for refreshments and ruminating!
STC is excited to offer a FREE monthly Staged Reading Series. The series will take place on "dark" Monday nights at theatre with complimentary refreshments provided by our Staged Reading Series sponsor Ken Rothwell Catering and cash bar provided by North Shore Bartending.
The series is a chance to offer audience members a more intimate setting where there will be an opportunity to hear a play and discuss the piece with the director, actors and each other following the reading. The series also offers a low-pressure creative process for actors and directors. With refreshments and a casual setting STC is thrilled to present this series of "living room" style readings.
APRIL 21 THROUGH MAY 7
Salem Theatre Company is delighted to open the Steven Dietz comedy PRIVATE EYES later this month. It will run April 21 through May 7 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Previews are Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22 with Press Night also taking place on Friday, April 22. All shows are held at the theatre’s new space at Shetland Park at 35 Congress Street on the 3rd floor with readily available parking in the lot.
Labeled as a “comedy of suspicion” by playwright Steven Dietz this tale is woven together through multiple layers that, while keeping the audience laughing, also keeps people intrigued and questioning the truth of the matter. Inspired by Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, PRIVATE EYES takes us to a place where “Truth is air. And air is precious,” . . . the theatre. In the story of PRIVATE EYES actress Lisa is having an affair with director Adrian; Adrian’s running away from something; and with the help of his therapist Frank, Matthew’s trying to find the truth, isn’t he? And who is Cory?!? This complex and hilarious tale is not only a laughter-inducing, but occasionally a squirm-inducing comedic examination of love, fidelity, and truth wrapped up in a meta-meta-meta-theatrical world.
Directed by Rob Cope, who has recently worked on the STC stage in Medea, The Normal Heart and Crime and Punishment. He also served as the fight choreographer for Hamlet and The Rocky Horror Show. Cope says of his directorial debut PRIVATE EYES: “Humans are messy complicated creatures and when love, fidelity, and truth is in play things are even messier. Steven Dietz finds a middle-ground in Private Eyes where we squirm-laughingly as he invites us to examine ‘the truth’."
With direction by Rob Cope the cast includes Kate Devorak, Ian Helmick, Chris Kandra, Sam Lewis, Cailin McCormack, William Simmons and Ashley Skeffington with Set Design by Nic Lashever and Lighting Design by Bryan Lussier and Stage Management by Anna Stenberg.
Tickets are on sale now and are $12-$25 online and $15-$30 at the door and are available online through salemtheatre.com.
Salem Theatre Company is proud to open their new space with an epic version of Medea. In a scorching new text by Ben Power from the National Theatre in London comes the enduring story of Medea. After ending up in exile after sacrificing everything she knows and loves for Jason, he abandons her and their children. Cornered she exacts a revenge like none other and destroys everything she loves. Medea is the story of a woman who will stop at nothing to take her life back.
Performances: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Saturday, March 26 will offer two performances at 2pm and 7:30pm.
Previews: Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11, 7:30pm, Tickets $20.
Opening Night: Saturday, March 12, 7:30pm; Opening Night Reception, 9:30pm*
*Join us for the opening night of Medea and the theatre with a champagne toast and cash bar. Tickets $20.
Student Performance: **Friday, March 18. All student tickets $10.
**Pre-show conversation: “A Director’s Perspective of Medea” with STC Medea Director Catherine Bertrand and SSU Medea Director, Professor David Allen George.
LGBT Night: Thursday, March 24 at 7:30pm.
Directed by Catherine Bertrand
Medea: Caroline Watson-Felt
Jason: Jay Connolly
Nurse: Kris Burke
Kreon: Rob Cope
Aegeus: Nick Osborne
Attendant: Catherine Benjamin
Chorus Leader: Katie Donovan
The Children: Jayden and Delaney Cannon
Stage Manager/Co-Set Design - Ravenne Rose
Assistant Director - Andy LeBlanc
Co-Set Design: Colin Colford
Costume Design - Mallory Curtin & Kate Devorak
Lighting Design - Corey Whittenmore
Make-Up/Blood Design - Charlie Kellogg
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues written by Jeff Goode gives Santa’s stewards a platform to dish! Scandals and accusations abound, rumors are flying but the reindeer won’t, and someone has leaked secrets to the press. This is not your typical Christmas story.
Directed by Catherine Bertrand. Original Salem Theatre production of The Eight was produced in 2009 and again in Marblehead in 2011. The company is thrilled to offer The Eight a chance to fly again! Featuring Adam Gutierrez, Linda Goetz, Natalie Cunha, Katie Donovan, J. Wilcox, Justin McKenna, Tom Rash and Caroline Watson-Felt.
Join us for a night of utterly irreverant humor and a take on Christmas that is simply naughty!
Two nights only! At The Ugly Mug Diner, 122 Washington Street, Salem.
Friday, December 4: The First Festive Friday of December. Salem Main Streets will be promoting Festive Friday Nights, a late-night retail promotion encouraging people to shop downtown for their holiday gifts. Shop and then head over to The Mug for a beverage and a show! Ticket revenue for December 4 will go directly to supporting Salem Theatre's Capital Campaign. Any amount welcome, but we are asking for a minimum of $20 online! Other amounts also welcome!
Saturday, December 5: Join us for The Eight as we finish up a fabulous fall season before we take a hiatus for our big move in the new year. $20 tickets available online.
Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful, thoughtful, and sad tragedies. It is the story of a young man who discovers and loses himself all at the same time. We are our own worst enemies when we cannot reconcile loss, love, anger, and the dark corners of our own mind. ne of William Shakespeare’s most beautiful, thoughtful, and sad tragedies, Hamlet tells the story of a young man who discovers and loses himself all at the same time as he seeks revenge for the murder of his father. Staged in the intimate black box space the production ask audience members to truly take part in Hamlet’s tragic journey of self-discovery while unable to reconcile loss, love, anger and the dark corners of one’s mind.
This production of Hamlet marks the final performance at 90 Lafayette Street, a space Salem Theatre has called home for the last five years. The company packs up at the end of the run and will set down new roots just one block away in a prime, raw space at Shetland Park on Congress Street.
Michael J. Blunt - Voltimand
Meghan Brown - Cornelius
Colin Colford - Guildenstern
Amy Courage - Player
Jenney Dale - Fortinbras
Alex Deroo - Reynaldo/Priest
Katelynn Devorak - Player
Diana Dunlap - Player
Elena Faverio - Ophelia
Linda Goetz - Gertrude
Kyle Gregory - Horatio
Anita Harkess - Player King
Billy Jenkins - The Gravedigger
Andy LeBlanc - Bernardo
Francis X. Norton - Rosencrantz
Sam Nudler - Marcellus
Tom Rash - Laertes
Dave Rich - Claudius / The Ghost
Karin Trachtenberg - Polonius/Polonia
Sophie Leiton Toomey - Osric
Ariel Zuckerman - Hamlet
Stage Manager - Ravenne Rose
Run Crew - Jackie Benoit & Chelsea Jeronimo
Lighting Design - Tyson Miller
Percussionist - Alex Deroo
Board Operator - Leslee Netto
Salem Theatre is excited to continue its super naturally themed end of 2015 with the the cult classic musical The Rocky Horror Show Performances October 15 - 25, Thursday through Sundays at 8pm at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square in downtown Salem. The run is limited to only eight performances and tickets are available at salemtheatre.com.
A hilarious tribute to the B science fiction films of the middle of the twentieth century, The Rocky Horror show tells the story of newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and arriving at the dwelling of a mad gender-bent scientist on the night of the new creation a handsome muscle man named Rocky Horror. The stage version includes all of the famous numbers from the film such as The Time Warp, Sweet Transvestite and Damn It, Janet.
This fall marks the 40th anniversaries of both the release of the film, retitled The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and of the arrival of the musically staged version on Broadway. Managing Artistic Director and production director Catherine Bertrand states, “Bringing The Rocky Horror Show to the Salem Theatre stage has been a long time dream of mine. I can’t think of any town that would be more welcoming to The Rocky Horror Show than my own. October in Salem and Haunted Happenings is the absolute perfect time for this to happen.”
The production of “Rocky Horror” will take place at Old Town Hall. States Bertrand, “Our theatre at 90 Lafayette Street can be limiting, especially when it comes to live music. Rocky is performed a with four piece band. Additionally we needed more stage space to choreography 14 actors doing everything from The Time Warp to Sweet Transvestite. The city and History Alive have been very accommodating and we’re excited about this space partnership during October.”
Directed by Catherine Bertrand, Musically Directed by Joe Stroup, Choreographed by Katie Donovan and Stage Managed by Kat Moulison The Rocky Horror Show features performances by Lia Parisi, Alex Grover, Heather Stapleton, Mark O’Donald, Nick Osborne, Sarah-Frankie Carter, Brittany Christopher, Jimmy McCormack, Andy LeBlanc, Angelina Benitez, Samantha Maier, Thomas Vallor, and Jackie Weatherbee with costumes by Alicia Greenwood.
September 17 - October 4
Thursdays*, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 3pm
*No Performance Thursday, September 24
Daniel Upton has shot his best friend six times through the head, yet claims that he is not a murderer. In this tale of dread adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft, the eldritch tendrils of cosmic horror creep closer to our civilized world than ever imagined. Is Edward Derby’s wife more than she appears? What secrets is he keeping from his best friend?
Celebrate the Salem Theatre, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the 70's for good measure!
Celebrate the Salem Theatre, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the 70's for good measure!
It's time for a grande soiree, why not take this opportunity to fully embrace all that we love about the 70's and prepare for our staging of the iconic rock musical that shook decades and still sustains a “wild and untamed” cult following! Show your support of living, breathing, art by wearing leather and platforms and maybe bellbottoms, and celebrating all we plan to do together from here, into 2016, and beyond!
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You're invited to join us as we celebrate the fantastic season of theatre we've just wrapped up and hear about what is coming up nextat Opus Underground on Wednesday, July 29 from 6pm to 9pm. Opus is located at 87 Washington Street in Salem.
Free Apps provided by Opus • Cash Bar • Live Music • Raffles • Entertainment
Donations of all amounts are welcomed at the door. Already have plans? Donations are welcome online! Click here to donate!
We will provide the entertainment including live music and scenes from some of Salem Theatre favorites this season as well as a sneak peek of what is coming.
Salem Theatre is proud to present the return of Red by John Logan produced by Special Characters. July 9 -12. Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. Red illuminates the relationship between an artist and his work. "Artist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing." Red is directed by CJ DiOrio (recently seen as Tommy in The Normal Heart) featuring Ted Silva and Josh Raposa. Designed and produced by Tommy Steriti and Joseph Canning. Special Characters is an independently operated and student run theater company, developed out of St. John's Prep Theater Arts, that aims to create a meaningful experience for both ourselves and our audiences. Tickets are $17 in advance online and $20 at the door.
One man's lonely fight to awaken the world to a crisis.
One man's lonely fight to awaken the world to a crisis.
The Normal Heart follows the story of gay writer Ned Weeks and his struggle to awaken the world to the reality of the emerging AIDS epidemic during the early 1980s in New York City. Facing the deafening silence of the city administration, the press and the doctors Ned begins an organization that ultimately alters the course of history and defines part of the gay rights movement.
This production also sees the return of the Sold Out Initiative which will support nAGLY (North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth). For every sold out performance the Salem Theatre will help support a weekly nAGLY meeting by providing the meal and support for the meeting. nAGLY was founded in December 1992 to provide a safe place on the North Shore for GLBTQ teens and is part of a statewide effort to assist the community’s young people in being healthy and safe and to grow to their fullest potential. nAGLY is a 501c3 Non Profit organization offering young people information, skills and community as well as providing a new reality and images of a hopeful future.
Special Event and Ticket Dates:
SOLD OUT: Thursday, June 18: Performance sponsored by North Shore Pride; NS Pride will be in attendance for a talk back with the cast.
Saturday, June 20: LGBT Night. Performance is at 5pm. “Show Us Your Pride” discount.
Sunday, June 21: Student Night. All student tickets are $5 for this performance.
Directed by Catherine M. Bertrand, Managing Director of Salem Theatre. Featuring Colin Colford, Robert Cope, CJ DiOrio, Kyle Gregory, Andy LeBlanc, Sam Lewis, Francis Norton, Alex Portenko and Caroline Watson-Felt. Design team includes Nate Bertone, Will Demmick, Matthew Gray, Rebecca Greene, Tyson Miller, Paul Noonan and Linda Ross Girard. Stage Management by Kat Moulison.
SALEM THEATRE will present the World Premiere production of Letters from War written, directed and designed by Nate Bertone. Performances will take place at Salem Theatre’s black box theatre at 90 Lafayette Street from May 14th-23rd, 2015. Letters from War is a musical tale of love, loss and the strength of family.
Nate Bertone, a Salem native, returns from NYC to Salem Theatre to produce this premiere production of his new musical play. Nate, a storyteller by nature, works as a professional Scenic Designer in the industry, and writes beginning in a visually oriented nature. Letters from War was written in response to the affects of Alzheimer’s Disease on his grandmother and his family, utilizing images, memories, and stories from the past and present.
Letters from War tells the story of Mae, a Mississippian grandmother in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, who must move into a nursing home when her adult daughter, Lily, can no longer care for her. Mae’s granddaughter, Madison, uncovers a mysterious box of letters while cleaning out the home. As Mae reads these letters, she recalls her lost love in fragmented, clouded memories. With the help of Lily, Madison, and a young stranger, Mae must fight the effects of age and Alzheimer’s to uncover the truth of her past before time runs out, in a musical tale of love, loss, and the strength of family.
Letters from War was originally workshopped at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014.
Letters from War will have a preview performance May 14th, 2015 @ 7:30pm with opening night the following night, Thursday, May 15th, 2015 @ 7:30pm. It runs through Saturday, May 23 on Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Specific performance will include a talkback with the playwright and actors.
Twelfth Night is William Shakespeare at his humanistic height as a playwright. Although a ‘comedy’, the play begins with death, disappointment and disaster. Olivia has lost her brother, Viola is separated from her twin in a strange company, Orsino is trapped in an unrequited love, Maria is left watching her mistress fall apart and close off, Sir Toby is almost broke, and Sir Andrew is almost out of friends. At the center of this world is the shipwreck – salt water has beaten down these characters, both from the sea and from their own sadness. The salt water then splits everyone. Olivia falls in love, Orsino forges a respect for someone beneath his station, Viola becomes a man, Maria hatches revenge, and Malvolio believes he is beloved by his mistress.
So the comedy is born from sadness, and therefore retains a bittersweet-ness throughout the production. All the comedy is a mask for sadness, and sadness is only a mask for desire.
The play asks “who is the master, and who is the mistress… and are they any different from one another?” The play is Shakespeare’s only real “musical”, featuring songs shared by the mysterious clown Feste. Music as a force of the heart, and as the healing force for sadness and loss
The production is a 90 minute cut of the show, featuring love singing and music. 10 actors tell the story with only a few benches, a piano, and a few props. The set will be sparse and evocative of the hull of a 17th century ship – wooden planks, amber lighting, squeezeboxes and hammocks.
As a city almost entirely surrounded by the sea, Salem is a perfectly situated city for this production. An intense mixture of the affluent and the less than fortunate. A city removed from the central hub of the state. Like Shakespeare’s Illyria, Salem is a community defined by the sea that both sustains and threatens it.
Special performance nights are Sunday, March 29: Press Opening, Thursday, April 2: Student Night - $5 tickets available for ALL students and Thursday, April 9: LGTB Night - Discount Tickets offered. Salem Theatre is also thrilled to introduce a new community initiative. For every SOLD OUT performance of Twelfth Night, Salem Theatre will give a performance of the play to a local school for free. We will update our seating capacity for each show daily, so be sure to check in and help us offer the brilliant and delightful play to kids throughout the community.
This new, award-winning adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "conversation on the nature of evil" is told by three actors. This intimate psychological and spiritual journey unveils hidden dimensions of the human condition as adapted into a 90 minute play by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus.
Directed by Salem Theatre Managing Director Catherine Bertrand.
Cast includes Alexander Castillo-Nuñez, Robert Cope, Alexis Jade Mears.
Salem Theatre is thrilled to welcome back Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl for the release of their newest album, 40.
Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl are thrilled to announce the release of their new album, entitled, 40. The album celebrates 40 years of musical collaboration and is their third album together. Songs range from folk and jazz to a little country, original tunes and some classics.
Mason is a noted film and TV composer and record producer and Jeanie a premier vocalist. In the 70's they were the darlings of the Cambridge folk scene, recorded two albums together and garnered national attention withMason's song, Marblehead Morning, which also got them a spot on the Today Show. Mason went on to become an award winning composer for film and TV (The Secret of Roan Inish, Eight Men Out, Music of the Heart, themes for Frontline and Nova and more). Jeanie continued performing as a featured vocalist on videos for Masterpiece Theatre and for films, and in addition recorded solo albums on the Daring Records label. In collaboration with her husband, John Jacobsen, she Executive Produced the Oscar nominated IMAX film, The Living Sea.
Doors open at 7pm; Concert begins at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $25 in advance online and $30 at the door.
In the mythical Welsh Village of Llareggub, people are dreaming, singing, laughing, working, sleeping drinking and loving through their last hours on earth.
In this production of Under Milk Wood, Director Matt Gray has recreated the layered magic that Dylan Thomas envisioned. The coupled charm of long gone radio days juxtaposed with Welsh village life is a humanistic feast luscious in its complexity. The audience is swept undertow by the myriad voices of the characters who’ve called Milk Wood home.
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