In the ASC's Staged Reading series, actors come together, scripts in hand, to perform lesser known works from the early modern era.
These staged readings begin at 7:30pm, Pay What You Will, suggested donation $5.
Coming in the 2015-2016 Artistic Year: The Roman Series
October 4th, 2015: The False One, by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger
Rome comes to Egypt in the wake of civil war in both lands. Pompey the Great falls victim to the treachery of unrepentant villain Septimius, and passionate young queen Cleopatra woos Julius Caesar and gains his help in triumphing over her enemies.
See it with: Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare's take on the struggle between mighty Rome and eternal Egypt.
October 18th, 2015: Sejanus His Fall, by Ben Jonson
It’s good to be the emperor – and nearly as good to be the emperor’s right hand and enforcer. Corrupt Sejanus uses his position to seduce, poison, embezzle, and assassinate to his foul little heart’s content. But what will happen when he decides to bite the hand that feeds him?
See it with: 1 Henry VI, another tale of the power that stands behind the throne.
March 20th, 2016: The Tragedy of Messalina, Empress of Rome, by Nathaniel Richards
Virtue can’t put up much of a fight against the vices of Rome’s most notoriously lustful empress. With her husband Claudius convinced of her goodness, Messalina deceives him, plumbing the depths of depravity – but her licentious ways might bring all of Rome down with her.
See it with: Women Beware Women, a Middleton play chock-full of illicit romance.
May 1st, 2016: Caesar and Pompey, by George Chapman
Pompey and his “good men”, the self-proclaimed protectors of Rome’s ancient ways, pit themselves against Caesar’s indomitable popularity in this play, exploring the battles that precede the events of Julius Caesar. As his opponents falter and fail, Caesar becomes the Colossus bestriding the world.
See it with: Julius Caesar, and get the full story of the man whose strength shattered the Roman Republic.