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Emerson College Arts is Full Steam Ahead This Spring/Summer

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The fourth season of acclaimed international stage and screen programming by Arts Emerson, The World On Stage, continues from this month through September, with an expanded offering of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon film series. ArtsEmerson presents screenings of RSC's productions of Richard II, Henry IV Part I, Henry IF Part II and Two Gentlemen of Verona. This provides the unique opportunity to see professional theater from one of the world's greatest Shakespeare companies from William Shakespeare's hometown.

Screenings take place at the Emerson/Paramount Center's Bright Family Screening Room at 559 Washington Street inBoston's theater district. Tikets are $18 and $16 for ArtsEmerson members and are available in advance at atrsemerson.org of by calling the box office at 617-824-8400.

Screening of Richard II took place last week.Coming June 27 through 29 is Henry IV Part I; on July 18 through 21 will be Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Productions for the fifth anniversary season of ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, will include "Traces," from Montreal; King Lear, from London; The Magic Flute, from Capetown, South Africa; The Old Man and the Old Moon from New York; Breath and Imagination from Boston, Green Porno, Live On Stage from New York; Trisrtan & Yseult from Cornwall, UK; Keep Culture and Clash On: 30 Yearsof Revolutionary Comedy Remastered from Los Angeles; Needles and Opium from Montreal and The Grand Parade of the Twentieth Century from Ashfield, Massachusetts.

Five years ago ArtsEmerson set out to stage great theatrical works from around the world in Boston. During that time, ArtsEmerson staged dozens of award-winning productions from Belgium, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Russia, South Africa, The United Kingdom, Scotland, Canada, The Netherlands, Iceland, Chile, Kuwait, Australia and France.

According to David Dower, Director of Artistic Programs at ArtsEmerson, "After Daniel Beaty's explosive Boston debut in 2013 with "Emergency," we're proud to follow it with a three-year residency of is works. I am excited to start next season with Daniel's look at Boston hero Roland Hayes in "Breath and Imagination."

ArtsEmerson was established by Emerson College to program the restored 590-seat Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage, the intimate Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre which can seat 150 people, the 170-seat Bright Family Screening Room and the historic 1,186-seat Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre in the heart of Boston's theater district.

On May 20 The World On Stage announced the critically acclaimed Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Horton Foote's American masterpiece "The Trip to Bountiful" featuring Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams as part of the fifth anniversary season.

"The Trip to Bountiful" will make only two U.S. post-Broadway engagements this fall, including Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and ArtsEmerson in Boston. The play was lauded as one of the most distinguished productions on Broadway in 2013. The Wall Street Journal's Terry Teachout said "I've never been more deeply moved by a theatrical production of any kind. 'The Trip to Bountiful' is without flaw!"

Meanwhile, Boston cannot seem to get enough Shakespeare. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) will celebrate its 20th year serving the Boston community with a once-in-a-lifetime gift to the city: "Shakespeare at Fenway."

This is a first-ever event of this kind to be presented at a major league ballpark. Nearly one year after the Red Sox's inspiring World Series win at Fenway Park, CSC will bring a starting line-up of local and national celebrities to the ballpark for an evening of famous scenes from William Shakespeare's plays. It will be directed by CSC's Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler.

"All the ballpark's a stage, and all the men and women merelly players," said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. "We look forward to welcoming the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to Fenway Park. We hope our 'lyric little bandbox of a ballpark' will be the perfect backdrop to the plays of the bard and the performances of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's talented artists."

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Free Shakespeare On The Common will present "Twelfth Night" this summer from July 23 to August 10. In addition, the Boston Area Renaissance Drama School (BARDS) and CSC apprentice programs, both focusing on training actors, will be held at Babson College this summer.

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