JSC most recently presented Paul Hagen’s The Rape of the Lock in September of 2008, and Coriolanus in “Shakespeare Unplugged” Concert Performance in December of 2007. The company is planning a full production of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Two Gents, to be directed by Artistic Director Joanne Zipay, will feature JSC’s unique brand of gender-reverse casting for the first time for JSC in a romantic comedy.
The Rape of the Lock marked the first full production of RESURGENCE, JSC’s unique play development program which seeks to find, develop, and produce new plays written in heightened language and verse, and which feature significant roles for women. In 2005 and 2006, JSC received over 300 submissions, selecting and giving public readings to six of those plays. The Rape of the Lock is the first of these six plays to be given a full production by the company.
JSC’s 2003-04 Season featured the long-awaited full production of Richard 3, which crowned the company’s three-season presentation of Shakespeare’s History Cycle. In this series of eight plays, which follow the struggles for the English crown for over 100 years, all monarchs and contenders to the throne were played by women.
2001’s production of The Tempest featured Jane Titus in the role of Prospero. The full production followed The Tempest Project: an experiment in non-traditional casting, which gave five directors the opportunity to explore the play through the dynamics of non-traditional casting, and gave audiences the opportunity to respond.
In 2000 JSC sponsored two panels, Expanding the Presence of Women in Shakespeare Performance and Expanding the Presence of Women Directors, both featuring prominent women theatre artists in conversation about women’s current status and possibilities in the business and the artform.
The company celebrated its Fifth Anniversary Season with the Judith Shakespeare Festival 2000, featuring full productions of Julius Caesar and Comedy of Errors performed in repertory, along with other special events. Julius Caesar, directed by Ms. Zipay, was featured on national television’s LifeTime Live.
The company has also presented full productions of Macbeth (OOBR Award), All’s Well That Ends Well, and the world premiere of Tabula Rasa by Texas playwright Molly Louise Shepard. In addition, JSC continues its unique “Shakespeare Unplugged” Concert Reading Series, which has included Troilus and Cressida, King John, Pericles, Henry VIII, Titus Andronicus, Richard 2, Henry 4 Part 1, Henry 4 Part 2, Henry 5, Henry 6 Parts 1-2-3 (in rotating repertory), and Love’s Labors Lost..
The company trains young actors through its unique Apprentice Training Program, and has received multi-year funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and a prestigious Annenberg/NYCPAE grant to implement Shakespeare residencies in the New York City Public Schools.
+ Winner, Off-Off-Broadway Review (OOBR) Award, 1996
+ Featured on National Television's "Lifetime Live," 2000
* Half-way through the canon! Entire History Cycle completed!
All JSC productions feature live, original music. (We have used everything from a medieval ensemble on period instruments to electric guitar.)
We train young actors in our Apprenticeship Program, and regularly perform for/teach young audiences/students in the NYC schools.
"Shakespeare Unplugged" Concert Performance is a unique format developed by JSC Artistic Director Joanne Zipay, featuring actors on book in a rich environment of clear storytelling, dynamic visual elements, and live music. "Come hear a play!"