International Shakespeare Center Unveils 2021 Season

ISC News:

The ISC Company presents two of Shakespeare’s most potent political thrillers this summer: Coriolanus and Julius Caesar.

The plays will be performed in rep with a tight ensemble of 11 actors, playing Aug. 26 through Sept. 12 (7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m., Sundays) at Santa Fe Prep’s Upper School Quad, with outdoor amphitheater seating.

Tickets are $10 to $25 and available here.

Upstart Crows, Santa Fe’s Shakespeare youth ensemble, is producing four plays, with two already completed.

Antony and Cleopatra is Aug. 5, 7, 13 and 15 and Bernard Shaw’s Androcles and the Lion Aug. 6, 8, 12 and 14, running in rep outdoors at 7 p.m. at UU Santa Fe. Tickets are $12 and available here.

The ISC Company’s Coriolanus will be directed by Edward Daranyi, who was with the Stratford Festival of Ontario (the largest Classical Theatre Festival in North America,) for 21 years as a Director, Teaching Artist, and Director of Education. ISC Artistic Director Ariana Karp is directing Julius Caesar.

The acting ensemble includes: Rhoda Bodzin, Mairi Chanel, Edward Daranyi, Deborah Davis, Lynn Goodwin, Meg Hachmann, Breshaun Joyner, Ariana Karp, Alexander Lane, Geoffrey Pomeroy, William Potter, and Clara West. Our production team includes: Jayden Chavez, Raul Daood, Caryl Farkas, Vince Faust, Amy Meilander and Itai Rosen.

Can a man of righteous and inflexible ideals play the political game to gain the votes and trust of the Citizens? Coriolanus is the story of Caius Marcius, a war hero who singlehandedly took the town of Corioles, but it is his mother Volumnia, one of Shakespeare’s most remarkable women, who wields the most potent power of all, persuasion.

How far would you go to secure democracy? Julius Caesar, one of Shakespeare’s most potent political thrillers, tells a story of the conflict between personal motivation and political ideology, rhetoric and action, stability and violence. These tensions play out through complicated and often competitive relationships between unforgettable characters. What does it mean to fight for freedom?

As part of the Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare Festival, which ISC sponsors and organizes, will present staged readings with the Long Dead but Well Read series, Zoom webinars with international Shakespeare luminaries and panel discussions about pivotal relationships in the Shakespearean canon. Visit for information.

More than 400 years ago, the England of Shakespeare’s time was not uncommonly ravaged by the plague, which shuttered social and cultural life. But after every bout of plague, the recovery of the nation was heralded by theaters throwing their doors open. The people flocked to have their imaginations and intellects activated once more.

ISC is humbled and proud to be a part of that tradition, and eager to facilitate that unique energy exchange between the performers and the audience after over a year of lockdown.

The International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe is a non-profit local organization committed to making Santa Fe a destination for world-class Shakespeare. ISC bases all of its work on three core principles: Education, Performance and Community. Partnerships include the ISC Company, Upstart Crows of Santa Fe, Shakespeare Gym, iReadShakespeare, Radio Shakespeare Lab and Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare Festival.

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