The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company Presents ‘To Play’s The Thing’ Fundraiser at the W Boston

Boston, MA – August 23, 2017 – On September 7, from 6:30-9:30 the BCSC will host an evening of games, music and prizes at the W Boston hotel. Join the BCSC staff, selected educators and like-minded supporters of the BCSC’s PIE (Performance In Education) Program, which brings 75-minute versions of Shakespeare’s works to Massachusetts middle and high schools.

The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company (BCSC) –  the region’s only nonprofit that focuses exclusively on bringing Shakespeare into schools – is hosting its annual fundraising party ‘To Play’s the Thing’ at the W Hotel in Boston on September 7 from 6:30-9:30. Guests will enjoy an evening of fun and games, music by DJ Bill Coleman, raffle and silent auction prizes that range from tickets to local theatre companies and sports memorabilia, to weekend stays at the W New York hotels with tickets to Saturday Night Live or The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon!

All proceeds raised by the event will go to the BCSC PIE program, which was introduced to over 7,000 students last season. The PIE program brings 75-minute versions of Shakespeare’s plays into schools, complete with sets, costumes, props and special effects. This year’s plays are Romeo & Juliet (starring David Makransky and Raisa Hoffman; directed by Ross MacDonald) and Macbeth (starring Liz Adams and Stewart Evan Smith; directed by Thomas Grenon).

Every performance or workshop includes an original study guide for both teachers and students, as well as a talkback session post-show. Several of the Commonwealth’s most financially-challenged schools are selected each year for free performances, which the PIE program presents at no cost to the school system. Money raised at ‘To Play’s The Thing’ will go toward presenting the Bard to over 1,000 students in Week One of the 2017-18 Season.

“We look forward to bringing Shakespeare to life for more students who, otherwise, would be highly unlikely to be exposed to anything but the printed page,” says Eric Joseph, Executive Director of the BCSC. “Shakespeare is meant to be watched. Not a single student has left the performance without acknowledging that they understand the plays better than when they entered. We ask, teachers smile.”

The W Hotel is centrally located in the Theatre District at 100 Stuart Street in Boston and is accessible by public transportation. Tickets are $100 and interested parties can purchase tickets or make a donation online here. Call 781.536.8475 to receive more information.

The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company Launches Campaign to Bring Shakespeare Performances to Every Student Across the Commonwealth

Boston, MA – October 19, 2016 – Four hundred years after the death of Shakespeare, the question often raised today is about the relevance of his works in today’s world. The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company (BCSC), the fastest-growing professional theater company in Massachusetts, believes that Shakespeare and other classical works continue to be both relevant and important to a student’s education.  With this in mind, BCSC is launching a fundraising campaign to ensure every student across the Commonwealth has the opportunity to experience a live performance.

Grab a piece of our PIE!  will raise funds to support the BCSC Performance in Education (PIE) program, which brings professional acting troupe to Massachusetts schools in financially-challenged school systems.  The troupe will perform one of three Shakespeare plays, Macbeth, Twelfth Night or Hamlet. BCSC provides study materials and directorial notes about each production to the teachers in advance.  Following the performance, the cast of the show participates in a discussion with the students about the work presented.

“We believe that Shakespeare remains a critical piece of education today and by bringing it to schools in the form of a performance, students have the opportunity to engage with the works in a unique way,” said Eric Joseph, Executive Director of BCSC.  “This is something all students should have the chance to experience.  We are hoping to raise funds to bring these performances to schools across the state.”

BCSC is hoping to raise $10,000, which would allow the program to be shared with 10 schools during the 2016-2017 school year.  To donate, individuals can text BCSCPIE to 71777 or make a donation online here.