History

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company:

 

The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre was founded by a small group of dedicated volunteers with the express purpose of bringing quality live theatre to the Staten Island community while providing a creative outlet for local area performing, directing and designing talent. For 35 years, the company has been run by a volunteer Board of Directors and an unpaid staff. During that time, the company has produced or presented almost 200 theatrical events, including classic drama (24 productions of the namesake’s work), contemporary drama and comedy, musical theatre, staged readings and the premier of 15 new works.

 

For over 25 years, the company was in residence in its exclusive performance space in the Nurse’s Residence on the grounds of the Seaview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in the center of Staten Island. Each year, the company presented 5-7 complete productions, which were well received by both audiences and critics alike. The company has been the springboard for talent that has gone on to Broadway, national tours and regional theatre success. It has also attracted the talent of recognized television, film and stage performers like Patty McCormack who appeared in a revival of The Bad Seed, the stage production that became a classic film for which she was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

 

In 2006, The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre was forced to leave its long time home to make way for much needed senior citizen assisted living facilities on the hospital campus. The Board of Directors is actively working to find a new, mid island facility to house the organization and has garnered support from many public officials to help reach that goal.

 

In the interim, the company, which is now being guided by actor, designer and director Wayne Miller, has embarked on a “site specific” series of performances which have been well received. Recently, the company produced a series of performances in the Third County Courthouse at Historic Richmondtown. One of these productions, Inherit The Wind, was hailed by the Staten Island Advance as one of the top 10 theatrical events of 2008. In that style, the Company mounted To Kill a Mockingbird, a stage version of Harper Lee's classic novel in the same venue.

 

The company has produced in venues including the St George Theatre, Veterans Memorial Hall and The Music Hall at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, The Hall at St Andrew's Church and The Conference House.

 

The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre has received funding from: The Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Borough President of Staten Island, The JP Morgan Chase Foundation, The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, and numerous private donors.






 In it's 35 year history, SIST has produced 190 shows, ranging from the classic works of the company's namesake to modern dramas and comedies, musical theatre and  other "site-specific" productions, chosen to provide an environmental theatrical experience. Here is a complete list of the company's productions:

SI Shakespearean Theatre Production History                  

 

June                 1975    A Midsummer Nights Dream

February          1976    Twelfth Night

May                 1976    The Tempest

October           1976    Romeo and Juliet

December        1976    A Christmas Carol

 

March              1977    Arsenic and Old Lace

June                 1977    The Taming of The Shrew

October           1977    Hamlet

November        1977    The Fantastics

 

April                 1978    Carnival

June                  1978    The Matchmaker

November        1978    Picnic

March              1979    Guys and Dolls

November        1979    Funny Girl

 

February           1980    Saint Joan

April                 1980    The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

June                  1980    Play It Again Sam

 

January             1982    The Fantastics

June                 1982    The Sunshine Boys

December        1982    Here's Cinderella

August              1983    Man of LaMancha

November        1983    Abie's Babies Burlesque

 

January             1984    Kiss Me Kate

March              1984    Richard III

July                  1984    I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road

October            1984    Harvey

November        1984    Bus Stop

 

February           1985    Some Enchanted Evening

April                 1985    Twelve Angry Men

June                  1985    A Midsummer Night Dream

August              1985    Arsenic and Old Lace

September        1985    Edgar

November        1985    The Dresser

 

January             1986    Side By Side By Sondheim

March              1986    Peter Pan

April                 1986    Arrests

April                 1986    Romeo and Juliet

May                 1986    Shadows of the Leaves

June                 1986    Amadeus

July                  1986    Tap Dancing Across The Univers

August              1986    True West

October           1986    Torch Song Trilogy

November        1986    Room Service

December        1986    The Masque of Beauty and The Beast

 

January             1987    Pop Goes The Weasel

February          1987    Equus

March              1987    Agnes OF God

April                 1987    The Tempest

April                 1987    Elvis, The Last 5 Minutes

May                 1987    Branches Among The Stars

May                 1987    Will

June                 1987    Company

July                  1987    In The Good Old Summertime

October           1987    South Pacific

December        1987    A Christmas Carol

 

January             1988    Deadly Relations

February          1988    Sisters

March              1988    Arms and The Man

May                 1988    The Normal Heart

July                  1988    As You Like It

August              1988    Sisters (RE-STAGING)

October           1988    The Miracle Worker

December        1988    A Christmas Carol

 

February          1989    All My Sons

April                 1989    Othello

June                 1989    Pack of Lies

July                  1989    Beyond Therapy

September        1989    The Wizard of Oz

October           1989    The Diary of Anne Frank

December        1989    Cinderella

 

February          1990    Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

March              1990    Godspell

May                 1990    Painting Churches

July                  1990    Educating Rita

September        1990    Les Liaisons Dangereuses

November        1990    Shirley Valentine

December        1990    Henry IV Part 1

 

January             1991    The Children's Hour

March              1991    Its Only a Play

April                 1991    Macbeth

June                 1991    The Boys Next Door

July                  1991    Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune

September        1991    Steel Magnolias

November        1991    Dancing Attendance

November        1991    A Walk In The Woods

December        1991    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

 

January             1992    Talking Heads

February          1992    The Man Who Came To Dinner

March              1992    Hamlet

May                 1992    The Foreigner

June                 1992    Vanities

July                  1992    84 Charing Cross Road

September        1992    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

November        1992    Extremities

December        1992    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

 

January             1993    The Heidi Chronicles

March              1993    The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

April                 1993    Much Ado About Shakespeare

June                 1993    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

September        1993    Prelude To A Kiss

November        1993    Nuts

December        1993    And The World Goes Round

 

February          1994    Lend Me A Tenor

May                 1994    Six Degrees of Separation

July                  1994    Much Ado About Nothing

September        1994    Stepping Out

November        1994    Breaking The Code

January             1995    Same Time, Next Year

March              1995    Shadowlands

May                 1995    Eastern Standard

June                 1995    Judgement Day

June                 1995    Twelfth Night

July                  1995    The Supporting cast

November        1995    The Sisters Rosensweig

 

January             1996    Love Letters

March              1996    Dancing at Lughnasa

April                 1996    Jeffrey

June                 1996    Lips Together, Teeth Apart

September        1996    Pack Of Lies

November        1996    Breaking Legs

 

January             1997    The Winter's Tale

March               1997    The Woman In Black

April                 1997    Love! Valour! Compassion!

June                  1997    Laughter on the 23rd Floor

September        1997    I Ought To Be In Pictures

November        1997    Marvin's Room

 

January             1998    An Inspector Calls

February          1998    Rodgers & Hart: A Musical     Celebration

March               1998    Broken Glass

June                  1998    Nunsense

September        1998    An American Daughter

November        1998    Master Class

December        1998    Little Women

 

March               1999    The Nerd

April                 1999    King Lear

June                  1999    The Bad Seed

July                   1999    Dames At Sea

September        1999    Wait Until Dark

November        1999    As You Like It

 

January             2000    The Gingerbread Lady

March               2000    The Beauty Queen of Leenane

April                 2000    The Last Night of Ballyhoo

June                  2000    What The Butler Saw

July                   2000    Into The Woods

September        2000    The Prisoner of Second Ave

November        2000    The Weir

 

January             2001    Little Shop Of Horrors

March              2001    Gross Indecencies: The 3 Trials of Oscar Wilde

April                 2001    The Comedy of Errors

June                  2001    Side Man

July                   2001    An Evening With Tony

September        2001    Wit

November        2001    God's Favorite

 

January             2002    Crimes of the Heart

March              2002    Real Love

May                 2002    M Butterfly

June                 2002    Epic Proportions

October           2002    The Lion in Winter

 

January             2003    Plaza Suite

March              2003    The Sum of Us

June                 2003    Dinner With Friends

July                  2003    Sweeney Todd in Concert

September        2003    Butterflies Are Free

November        2003    The Fifth of July

 

March              2004    The Night of the Iguana

June                 2004    A Midsummer's Night Dream

July                  2004    Music of the Night: A Review of Andrew Lloyd Webber

October           2004    And Then There Were None

November        2004    Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

 

January             2005    California Suite

March              2005    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

June                 2005    Cabaret

October           2005    Romeo and Juliet

November        2005    Lend Me A Tenor

 

May                 2007    Champage

May                 2007    Sessions

May                 2007    The Three Wives of Henry Simpson

September        2007    Over The River and Through The Woods

November        2007    Do You Always Meet Women This Way?

November        2007    Child's Play

November        2007    What Happened to The Bears?

November        2007    Going In Another Direction

November        2007    How Late Are You?

November        2007    Cheese Doodle Fingers

 

March              2008    Inherit The Wnd

May                 2008    Break Point

May                 2008    Getting Into The Habit

May                 2008    Moving Day

 

June                 2009    The Laramie Project

July                  2009    A Funny Thing Happened on  The Way to The Forum

December        2009    Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

 

April                 2010    To Kill a Mockingbird

June                 2010    The Diary of Anne Frank
Sept                 2010   Yankee Tavern
Dec                  2010  Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Feb                   2011  Doubt
April                 2011 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
Oct                     2011  Ladies at the Alamo
Dec                    2011 Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol


March                 2012 The Andersonville Trial
April                    2012  TEA PARTY
June                    2012 Julius Caesar


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