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Development & Communications Director
Independent Shakespeare Co.
marisa@iscla.org
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@This Stage Magazine

Theater Evangelizing: A Conversation with Melissa Chalsma and David Melville
by Robbie McDonald

 David Melville & Melissa Chalsma (Photo by Grettel Cortes)

David Melville & Melissa Chalsma (Photo by Grettel Cortes)

Melissa Chalsma and David Melville met on Broadway some twenty years ago and married shortly thereafter. Very shortly. Melissa jokes that, upon telling her father that she was planning on getting married, he said, “That’s lovely Melissa. Did you have anyone in mind?”

And, yet, here we are.

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Stage Raw: The Summer of our (Dis)Content?

WHO'S THE MOST POPULAR PLAYWRIGHT IN LA?
by Maureen Lenker

 LORENZO GONZALEZ AND DAVID MELVILLE IN THE TEMPEST (PHOTO BY GRETTEL CORTES)

LORENZO GONZALEZ AND DAVID MELVILLE IN THE TEMPEST (PHOTO BY GRETTEL CORTES)

On the 400th anniversary of his death, what makes Shakespeare endure as a seminal artistic figure in a city thousands of miles from the land of his birth? What brings Angelinos back to Shakespeare summer after summer? ...Whether we’re producing traditional or innovative productions, how can companies draw in new audiences to ensure this summer pastime continues into the future?

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Stage Raw Review: Richard III

Reviewed by Gray Palmer

The bottled spider is back! And for the Independent Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III...a sleek vintage bottle has been redesigned to display this specimen of vice...

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 DAVID MELVILLE IN  RICHARD III  (PHOTO BY REYNALDO MACIAS)

DAVID MELVILLE IN RICHARD III (PHOTO BY REYNALDO MACIAS)

 

ISC to receive LA Drama Critics Circle award 

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"The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater goes to Independent Shakespeare Company. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, sponsor to be announced..."

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Zocalo Public Square: Shakespeare would have loved LA

by Melissa Chalsma

 The 2013 Festival. Photo, Colin Burgess.

The 2013 Festival. Photo, Colin Burgess.

I spent the entire July Fourth holiday last year making a roast. Not one you’d ever want to eat—it was made of old tights wrapped around a bag of tiny Styrofoam balls. My kids helped me paint the roast and wrap it in twine so it would look authentically trussed...

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@This Stage Magazine: Melville writes a musical about the Red Barn Murder

by David Melville

 A Tribute to maria martin. Suffolk, england.

A Tribute to maria martin. Suffolk, england.

My father played second trumpet in the London Symphony Orchestra, and our house was always full of classical music. At the time I was more into Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, but we found common ground with The Who...

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Stage Raw: The Point of Independent Shakespeare Company

The Bard, The park, and hard times
by Steven Leigh Morris

 Twelfth night. Photo, GreTtel cortes.

Twelfth night. Photo, GreTtel cortes.

...At first glance, there’s nothing “revolutionary” about free Shakespeare in the park. It’s just the kind of romp that’s been going on for years. On second glance, there is something decidedly revolutionary about it. Chalsma has cast actors of varying ethnicities in her production – nothing revolutionary about that either. More significant is the audience – one of the rare times in LA theater that the viewers reflect the population range of the city: from children to the aged, black, Latino, Pacific Rim, white...

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