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  • The Caucasian Chalk Circle

    By Bertolt Brecht
    Adapted by Stern, Stern & Auden
    Directed by Anna Smith
    Weekends in John Hinkel Park
    July 1st-16th 2017
    (including a special performance Tuesday, July 4th)

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  • The Knight of the Burning Pestle

    By Francis Beaumont
    Adapted by Vicki Siegel
    Directed by Lelan Fernando
    Assisted by Michael R. Cohen.
    Weekends in John Hinkel Park

    August 20th-September 4th, 2017, including Labor Day

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Auditions for our Summer 2017 John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre Season

We will be holding the auditions for all three plays simultaneously.  You are welcome to audition for either or both plays and/or the staged reading. The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Knight of the Burning Pestle are full productions.  An Enemy of the People will be a staged reading.

Auditions will be held on Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th, 2017, 10a.m. -  1 p.m. at John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre,  41 Somerset Pl. (at Southampton, off Arlington), Berkeley, CA 94707. (Audition by appointment only.)

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Staged Reading: An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Arthur Miller
directed by Michael R. Cohen.
One morning only: Sunday, May 21st, at Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond.

Actors Ensemble is producing a staged reading of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, adapted by Arthur Miller, for the "Sunday Bagel Brunch" on Sunday May 21st at Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond (near Hilltop Mall).

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

By Bertolt Brecht
Adapted by Stern, Stern & Auden
Directed by Anna Smith
Weekends in John Hinkel Park, July 1st-16th 2017
(including a special performance Tuesday, July 4th)

Bertolt Brecht's most heartfelt  (and funny) play The Caucasian Chalk Circle, written by Brecht in California while in exile from Germany during World War II, it takes story elements from the Chinese Play "Circle of Chalk", the Tibetan Buddhist story "Mahaushadha" with echoes from the Hebrew Bible story "The Judgement of Solomon".

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Thank You - Urban Mattress

Actors Ensemble would like to thank Urban Mattress and their proprietor, Todd Leslie, for providing rehearsal space for "The Importance of Being Earnest".  This is the second consecutive year AEB has partnered with Urban Mattress, after last year's "What Do Women Want? - The Marriage of Sir Gawain".

Urban Mattress is a locally-owned provider of fine bedding products for all budgets, with quality products and and a simple, honest, and fair buying process.

www.urbanmattress.com
1325 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

By Francis Beaumont
Adapted by Vicki Siegel
Directed by Lelan Fernando, assisted by Michael R. Cohen.
Weekends in John Hinkel Park, August 20th-September 4th, 2017, including Labor Day.

Our second production of our Summer 2017 season is Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle, perhaps the first modern play, and the first whole parody in the English language.

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Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $5,200.00 awarded in 2016. This will enable us to continue to provide free or low cost opportunities for community members to participate in the life changing activities of theater arts.

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