Celebrate Love, Naked Shakespeare-style

Cupid's Flight - GRAPHIC

In celebration of the season for lovers, Naked Shakespeare presents a special fundraising event entitled Cupid’s Flight: Never Doubt I Love on Friday, February 16th at 8pm in the Ballroom at Mechanics Hall. The evening features table-side performances of some of the bard’s most passionate language, followed by a performance featuring well-known speeches from his plays cued by modern cue lines provided by audience members.

Shakespeare’s words have wooed countless romantics since he first put quill to paper in the late 16th century, and Cupids’ Flight offers audience members the rare chance to hear his seldom-performed sonnets up close and personal as Naked Shakespeare company members present “menus” of three selections to each table throughout the first part of the evening. Each ticket includes complimentary desserts from Foley’s Gourmet Bakery and Two Fat Cats Bakery and one wine ticket, and all proceeds benefit the monthly free First Friday performance series offered by Acorn Productions.

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple at the door, but to save $5 per ticket, reserve in advance Here

Winter acting classes and workshops at the Acorn Acting Academy

CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF JANUARY 15 (unless otherwise specified)

Students of any experience ages 16 and up are welcome in our programs, which meet at Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland

Free Intro to Acting Workshop

Monday, January 8 from 6:30 to 9pm
click here for more information or to register

Winter Classes

Acting for Ordinary People
(Mondays from 5:30 to 7:15 or Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:15)

$190 new students/$160 returning/$95 full-time college students

Acting I
(Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:15)

$190 new students/$160 returning/$95 full-time college students

Acting Methods
(Mondays from 7:30 to 9:15)

$190 new students/$160 returning/$95 full-time college students

click here for more information or to register

Winter Speciality Classes and Workshops

Creative Ownership Inside Shakespeare
(Fri. Dec. 15 from 6 to 9pm; Sat. and Sun. Dec. 16 and 17 from 10am to 4pm) – 

Crafting Your One Act Play
(Thursdays from 6 to 9 – 4 weeks beginning Jan. 18)

$125 new students/$100 returning

Yoga for Actors
(Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10am to 1pm) – 

Building a Confident Voice
(Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10am to 1pm) – 

Directing Workshop
(Saturdays from 1 to 4 – 4 weeks beginning February 3)

$125 new students/$100 returning

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Rethink Gender in December

December’s Naked Shakespeare show explores gender fluidity in Shakespeare through the comedic adventures of three remarkable characters: Rosalind from As You Like It, Viola from Twelfth Night, and Julia from Two Gentlemen of Verona, with a little taste of Christopher Sly from the Taming of the Shrew Induction thrown in for good measure!

Thursday Nov. 30th & Friday Dec. 1st at 7:30pm in Mechanics Hall Ballroom

Monday Dec. 4th at 7:30pm at Bull Feeney’s



Coming up next Thursday and Friday in Mechanics Hall and Tuesday Nov. 7th at Port City Blue is Naked Shakespeare’s second show of the 2017-18 season.  This beautiful adaption is comprised of an all-female cast, and tells the stories of six well-known heroines through dance, mask, and music.  Mark your calendars as this is not to be missed!  All shows at 7pm.

(Rehearsing Scene 5 with Ophelia and the Gaoler’s Daughter)

More info and tickets: Sirens

24-Hour Theatre Festival is live!

It is that time once again! The 24-Hour Theatre Festival (presented by Acorn Productions) applications are live! They are open until November 30th at 11:59PM, so get your app in before it’s too late! If you want to participate in some raw and brand-spanking-new theatre this is for you!

We will be performing at Mechanics Hall on January 6th and another outside venue on the 7th or 8th to be announced soon! It’s an exciting new chance for the participants to perform this brand new material more than once.

**Please note: Participants are all chosen by lottery and will be announced the first week in December.

Applications here:  24 Hour Application

Just Announced: Stage Combat workshop

Check out all of these fall workshops still to come at Acorn:

Auditioning Techinques for Commercials and Cold Reads
taught by Jared Culverhouse
Saturday, October 14 from 1 to 4pm – $35

click here for more info or to register

Stage Combat for Everyone
taught by Max Waszak
Saturday, November 18 from 10am to 2pm – $40

click here for more info or to register

Creative Ownership Inside Shakespeare: Devising Your Path as an Artist
taught by Christopher Beaulieu
Friday, December 15 from 6 to 9pm
Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 from 10am to 4pm – $250

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Naked Shakespeare opens new season with “ShapeShifters”


adapted and directed by Michael Levine

 featuring scenes from King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, and Twelfth Night

Preview performance – Thursday, October 5 at 7pm

First Friday October 6 at 7pm
(free – $10 suggested donation)

Both shows in The Ballroom at Mechanics Hall

Special additional performance!

Monday, October 9 at 7pm at the Portland House of Music
($10 all ages)

click here for more information or to purchase tickets