Crimson Company Takes on Shakespeare in “As You Like It”

Crimson Co. Fall Play - PosterUPDATE: Due to the Dunmore Buck’s recent win on the football field, the performance schedule for As You Like It has been adjusted.

Shows will now only take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (November 14th, 15th and 16th) at 7PM.

There will be no matinee or evening performance on Saturday, November 17th.


Shakespeare’s comedy of love and laughter comes to the Dunmore High School auditorium stage later this month.

The Crimson Company will present As You Like It on November 14, 15, 16 and 17. Curtain rises at 7 p.m. sharp each evening. On Saturday, November 17th, the cast and crew will also take the stage for a 1 p.m. matinee.

Tickets cost $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for students and seniors, and $5.00 for children under the age of five.


Forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love and mistaken identity that turns traditional rules of romance upside down. Disguises and secrets get in the way of true love and result in hilarious love triangles that only a ‘magical transformation’ can fix.

A firm favorite among Shakespeare’s comedies, As You Like It has some of the bard’s best loved characters, pastoral romance, love notes, music, satire, slapstick, passion and even the famous “All the World’s a Stage” soliloquy.

This will be the final fall Crimson Company production under the direction of Brian McGurl.

Crimson Co. Fall Play - Brian & Dawn McGurlBrian, an 7th grade geography teacher, will retire as both an educator and Crimson Company director at the end of this school year.

He and his wife Dawn have spearheaded the high school drama club since 2005.

Brian and Dawn will take their final bow following the run of the Crimson Company’s spring production, “Beehive: The 60’s Musical.”

Members of the cast for As You Like It are as follows: Kaitlin Ahern, Ben Amaya, Matthew Behler, Patrick Burke, Lily Conboy, Ariana Costanzi, Colby DeSando, Madison Eagen, Raj Gandhi, Ian Gratkowski, Sam Hanna, Louis Hanni, Julia Ingargiola, Brigid King, Ally McNeff, Jake McNeff, Julia Pasko, Bell Pendon, Marquette Pendon and Isabella Stanco.

Stage managers for this production are Spencer Asman and Max Burke.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Gears up for Seventh Season

shakespeareThe Scranton Shakespeare Festival (SSF) announces its seventh season — an ambitious program featuring two Shakespeare comedies, two musicals, a new devised work, and its annual Youth Theatre Lab piece. Audiences will have the opportunity to catch all the shows in repertory during the festival’s signature last weekend, July 27 – 29.

For its seventh year, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival will present “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” June 28 through July 1, and one last time July 27. Directed by Bobby Temple, the musical will be performed at The Marketplace at Steamtown Mall, continuing the festival’s exploration of location-specific theatre, a nod to last year’s “Damn Yankees” at PNC Field.

shakesRandolph Curtis Rand returns to the festival to direct an abridged, four-person version of Shakespeare’s “Tempest,” double-billed with Brenna Geffers’ devised work “Sycorax,” specially commissioned by the festival and inspired by a character briefly mentioned in “Tempest.” “Tempest/Sycorax” will go on July 6 through July 8, and July 28 at Scranton Prep.

“As You Like It,” directed by festival newcomer Emma Rosa Went, will go up the following weekend, July 13 through July 15, as well as July 29, at Scranton Prep.

The festival’s second musical, “Footloose,” directed by Artistic Director Michael Bradshaw Flynn, will perform July 19 through July 22, and July 29, at Scranton Prep.

The Youth Theatre Lab is set to perform its original adaptation of “Hansel & Gretel” July 7, 14 and 21, at Scranton Prep.

As in previous years, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival continues to push boundaries and expand its reach, exploring a variety of relevant themes and echoing national conversations on challenging the status quo and the youth movement sweeping the country. The Scranton Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit, government recognized 501 (c)3 organization. Founded by a board of local community members and theatre professionals who hail from Northeastern Pennsylvania region, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival is now in its seventh season of professional theatre that is free to the public.

SSF is made possible by the generosity of local businesses and institutions, the support of grants of both state and national standing, the dedication of our talented company of actors and technicians reigning from

Northeast Pennsylvania, New York City, Philadelphia, and beyond, but most importantly through the patronage and donations of our community.


Shakespeare Festival Kicks of 4th Season

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The fourth annual Scranton Shakespeare Festival will open its 2015 season on June 26, 27 and 28 with “Romeo and Juliet.” Performances will be at 6:00 p.m. at Nay Aug Park in Scranton.

Artistic director Michael Bradshaw Flynn said it has come time for the SSF troupe to branch out from the comedies—”A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “Twelfth Night”—presented during the first three seasons.

In addition to Shakespeare, the world premiere of “Robin Hood the Musical” by Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane will be presented the weekend of July 10-12 at the Royal Theatre of the University of Scranton. Last summer, SSF presented the world premiere of Beane’s production of “Fairy Cakes.”

Rounding out the schedule are: “Commedia Rapnzel” and “Loose Cannon,” both of which have been selected for the New York Fringe Festival, and “The Tavern” by George M. Cohan. These plays will be presented in repertory throughout the season.


The full 2015 SSF schedule runs as follows:

June 26, 27 28: “Romeo and Juliet,” 6:00 p.m. nightly at Nay Aug Park

July 10, 11 at 8:00 p.m., July 11 at 2:00p.m., July 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.: World premiere of “Robin Hood the Musical” at the Royal Theatre

July 17: “Commedia Rapunzel,” 6:00 p.m.; “Loose Cannon,” 8:00 p.m at the Royal Theatre

July 18, 19: “Commedia Rapunzel,” 2:00 p.m.; “Loose Cannon,” 8:00 p.m at the Royal Theatre

July 24: “The Tavern,” 8:00 p.m. at the Royal Theatre

July 25:  “Commedia Rapunzel,” noon; “The Tavern,” 2:00 p.m.; “Loose Cannon,” 6:00 p.m.; “The Tavern,” 8:00 p.m. at the Royal Theatre

July 26: “Robin Hood the Musical,” 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Theatre; “Romeo and Juliet,” 6:00 p.m. at Nay Aug Park


All performances are presented free to the public. Theatergoers at Nay Aug Park are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Credit for all photographs goes to the Scranton Shakespeare Festival’s Facebook page.