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Brown Box Theatre Project Returns for Summer 2021!
August 27, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 28, 2021
Announcing Extended Outdoor Summer Shakespeare Tour – Much Ado About Nothing
Enjoy the Bard Under the Stars FREE with Safe Social Distancing – Now in 3 Regions Across the U.S.!
Touring INDIANA (July 21-July 31); MASSACHUSETTS (Aug. 6-28) and DELMARVA (Sept. 2-26)
Brown Box Theatre Project, Boston’s premiere outdoor Shakespeare touring company, announces its 10th year of free Shakespeare with the troupe’s largest tour to date! After a 2020 postponement, Brown Box returns in 2021 with an extended U.S. tour featuring the comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Under the direction of Executive Artistic Director and Co-Founder Kyler Taustin, Brown Box will tour Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of trickery, jealousy, deceit and masquerade for 10 weeks to 3 regions across the country including: Indiana (July 21-31- 8 ALL NEW OUTDOOR DESTINATIONS!); Massachusetts (Aug. 6-29 – 10 OUTDOOR LOCATIONS!), and Delmarva (Sept. 2-26 – 18 OUTDOOR LOCATIONS!). All Much Ado About Nothing performances are free, outdoors and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Social distancing through lawn seating, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Please visit www.brownboxtheatre.org for full performance schedule and rain locations.
Since 2010 Brown Box Theatre Project has been committed to reinventing the way theatre is created and consumed, by transforming public spaces into vibrant cultural and tourist destinations. Brown Box has perfected the art of the tour, delivering outdoor programming that offers audiences a free theater experience in an outdoor setting while maintaining safe social distancing. Brown Box Theatre Project’s touring Shakespeare events include professionally designed sets, lighting, costumes and props, performed by skilled regional actors. Each program is built, performed and packed away at each individual location!
About Much Ado About Nothing:
“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”
Upon their return from war, a group of soldiers are reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jealousy, deceit and masquerade each play a role in challenging Benedict and Beatrice’s scorn for love (and each other) as well as the seemingly unassailable love of Claudio and Hero. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust.
Much Ado About Nothing will be fully staged in each location and will feature professional artists, designers and actors including: Debbie Aboaba as “HERO,” Margaret Clark as “BEATRICE,” Drew Cleveland as “DON JOHN,” Abuzar Farrukh as “BORACHIO,” Christopher Ho as “CLAUDIO,” Lorraine Kanyike as “LEONATA,” Emma Meyerson as “MARGARET,” Francis Xavier Norton as “DOGBERRY,” Spencer Parli Tew as “DON PEDRO” and Cam Torres as ‘BENEDICK.”
Touring Dates & Locations:
MASSACHUSETTS: all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 6-8 | Christian Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Allston, MA
Aug. 12 | NEW 2021 LOCATION! Wilmington Memorial Library – Swain Green, Wilmington, MA
Aug. 13 | NEW 2020 LOCATION! Chelmsford Town Common, 4 North Road, Chelmsford, MA
Aug. 14 | NEW 2021 LOCATION! Blackstone Heritage State Park, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA
Aug. 18 | Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands, MA
Aug. 20 | French River Park, Davis Street, Webster, MA
Aug. 21 | Heritage State Park, Davol Street, Fall River, MA
Aug. 22 | Pilgrim Memorial State Park, 79 Water Street Plymouth, MA
Aug. 26 | Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoaq Ave, North Easton, MA
Aug. 27 | Christian Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Allston, MA
Aug. 28 | NEW 2021 LOCATION! Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Mass Ave., Boxborough, MA
About Founder and Artistic Director Kyler Taustin: The Brown Box Story
Kyler Taustin is the co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of Brown Box Theatre Project. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from Emerson College in 2008, he soon thereafter founded Brown Box Theatre Project – a travelling theater company with a mission to bring the very best in performance, design and collaboration to unconventional venues and underserved destinations at little or no cost to audiences.
A Delmarva native, he was troubled by a lack of cultural opportunities while growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He has since committed his career to building up the artistic landscape of his hometown and other underserved communities in both Massachusetts and Delmarva who share a belief in accessible public art. Like the traveling medieval troupes that brought shows to the villages on the back of a wagon, Kyler envisioned a modern company that would load up a truck and bring theater to the people.
Brown Box’s innovative, full-scale traveling productions are supported by an equally innovative business model: From the beginning Kyler formed collaborations with arts centers and other public and private properties in both Massachusetts and Delmarva. Brown Box currently has 38 active private and public partnerships in 5 states; these mutually-beneficial collaborations activate unused spaces for locals and tourists alike and encourage community through open access to the arts. In Massachusetts, Brown Box has partnered with Boston Properties and the Fort Point Watersheet Activation Board to become an integral part of the activation efforts along the Fort Point Channel, allowing Brown Box to produce completely free productions for the public in unconventional and exciting spaces and directly contribute to the city’s ambitious revitalization efforts in this area. In Maryland, a pivotal collaboration with the Ocean City Center for the Arts provides Brown Box with a unique and accessible indoor space, allowing the company to bring art to the Ocean City community year-round.
Over the past 11 years Kyler has turned Brown Box into a rapidly growing, year-round company that tours three full-scale classical and contemporary productions to 35 different communities in Massachusetts, Delmarva and Indiana, reaching over 7,000 audience members annually (including 1,600 under the age of 18 through youth workshops, school performances and skill-building classes.) No ticketed event is over $25 per person, and all Shakespeare productions are free – no tickets required.
Tickets and Partnership Opportunities:
All 2021 Much Ado About Nothing performances are free, outdoors, and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Social distancing through lawn seating, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Please visit www.brownboxtheatre.org for full performance schedule and rain locations.
Funding for Brown Box Theater Project’s 10th Shakespeare tour is provided in part by organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive including:
MASSACHUSETTS: Wilmington Cultural Council, Plymouth Visitor’s Services Board, Fall River Cultural Council, Easton Cultural Council, Webster Cultural Council, Somerset Cultural Council, Chelmsford Cultural Council, Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, Uxbridge Cultural Council, the Fort Point Watersheet Activation Board, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
July 23 - July 25