The Scarlet Letter presented by Core

This weekend only Core Theatre Ensemble presents an original adaptation of Hawthorne’s classic novel The Scarlet Letter at the Little Theatre of Norfolk.

In both the light and darkness there is “nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt.”
Secrets, sin, and scripture keep the new world puritan settlement of Boston alight with gossip and suspicion as Hester Prynne is accused of adultery. With her newborn child in hand she is sentenced to wear indefinitely the scarlet colored letter ‘A’ as a symbol of her sin while she continues to keep the father’s identity a secret even as her estranged husband re-emerges. This classic tale of forbidden love and irrevocable guilt is presented with Core’s inventive blend of literature, theatre, music, and dance.

Performance Dates at Little Theatre of Norfolk
Thursday, November 29 at 8:00p;
Friday, November 30 at 8:00p;
Saturday, December 1 at 8:00p

Purchase Tickets : ON SALE NOW

Adapted by Emel Ertugrul and
Directed by Edwin Castillo,

Hester Prynne  — Nancy Dickerson
Rev. Dimmesdale — Gregory Dragas
Pearl — Hayley Daniels
Roger Chillingworth — Patrick C. Taylor
Governor Bellingham — Scot Rose
Rev. Wilson — Matt Cole
Asmodeus — Beatty Barnes
Mistress Hibbins — Emel Ertugrul
Goody Proctor — Steffani Dambruch
Goody Nurse — Pam Good

Stage Manager: Kelly Gilliam
Light Design: Alicia Wolters
Costume Design: Emel Ertugrul

Core as Lead Theater Artists at the Proteus Festival!


October 5-7 is the first ever Proteus Festival in Virginia Beach. This festival marks the Grand Opening of Zeiders American Dream Theater in Town Center. The long awaited new venue houses a 310 seat theater and a 100 seat studio that will play host to music, film, improv, and theater acts during the festival.


The Festival is full of amazing events and badges are on sale now!
Choose your level and get to the festival but make sure you join CORE for DIY Theater Panel from 12:30-1:30 at the Westin Hotel VB  and  for our performance of
THE POE PROJECT @ 6:00P in the Studio Theater/Zeiders.


DIY Theater 
Location: The Westin Stage in The Westin Hotel
Time: Saturday, October 6 at 12:30pm
Every creator of theater has faced the challenge of producing their work; this panel features speakers with a combined century of experience in bringing not only their own works to the stage, but also forming new companies focused on producing pieces ancient and modern. West End star Chris Van Cleave (Les Miserábles, Chess) moderates.

The Poe Project
Location: Studio Theater Stage- Inside Zeiders
Time: Saturday, October 6 at 6:00pm

An ever-evolving production blending literature, theatre, music, and dance, The Poe Project weaves together some of Poe‘s most famous stories and poems exploring the comedy and darkness in his works.  Featuring such classics as The Imp of the Perverse, The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Bells, Annabel Lee, and The Raven, this productions blends them seamlessly into one incredible evening.  First conceived and performed in 2006, it has since been presented at  Les Fêtes Théâtrales du Suroît, Quebec, Canada;  Rencontres Internationales de Théâtre, Liege, Belgium; Tarptautinį Teatrų Forumąs, Vilnius, Lithuania;   Midtown International Theater Festival, NYC and Aula de Teatro da USC Festival Internacional de Teatro, Santiago de Compostela, Spain to critical acclaim and recognition. 

Core presents ‘Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus’ at The Roper!


What makes a man monstrous and a monster human? A tale of playing god and identity lost, Core Theatre Ensemble’s original adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece is resurrected for 3 performances only at the historic Roper Theater in Downtown Norfolk.

One of the first literary works of sci-fi/horror genre, the story presents a frightening premise even in modern times. After discovering the secrets of animating human remains, Victor Frankenstein assembles body parts to create a living monster. As they search for morality and purpose in the world, we follow creation vs. creator down a path of destruction fueled by hate and revenge. The eventual confrontation between them leaves a wake of death and ultimately reduces both to ruins.

CORE Theatre Ensemble is an internationally touring theatre company based in Norfolk, Virginia Since 2007, CORE has performed locally as well as in NYC, Quebec, Belgium, Spain, and Lithuania.

Adults $20.00
Students $10.00
Current TCC Students $5.00 (1 per ID; discount is unlocked by registering on this website with your email address).

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Core presents ‘Antigone’ at The Roper!

Government, God, and Civil Disobedience…
Core is bringing a modern take to an ancient classic for 3 Performances Only!13925492_10208678624716005_3963203639555426116_oDon’t miss this timeless Greek tale presented in an alternate America reality.

As modern Americans, how easy it is for us to take for granted our collective power! How second nature it is that, through the political process, we have both the right and the responsibility to judge if our leaders are protecting the rights that we ourselves have declared “inalienable. ”

These rights were hard won of a bitter war against tyranny, injustice and oppression. Such rebellions against authority, both governmental and familial, have largely defined world history and propelled literature. Antigone, the archetypal story of a young woman’s anguished quest to bury her fallen brother, resonates no less powerfully now than it did 2,500 years ago. It demands of us, as it did of audiences in antiquity, this fundamental question: what costs are acceptable in the pursuit of justice?

This production takes place in the Roper’s special Studio/Stage configuration, in which you are never more than inches from the action. Extremely limited seating is available and performances will sell out.

The production will begin promptly at the time on your ticket. Latecomers will not be seated.

Friday, September 30 @ 8p
Saturday, October 1 @ 8p
Sunday, October 2 @ 8p

General $20
Students $10

Box office opens 1 hour before event time. Advance tickets are available The Roper Theater website.

Core presents ‘The Tragedy of Othello’ at The Roper!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 5 – 7 at 8 PM
Sunday November 8 at 3 PM

Shakespeare’s iconic work about jealousy and the steep price of intolerance is presented with a twist that changes everything.

The CORE Theatre Ensemble tells the classic story in a way that is fresh and accessible to modern audiences.

This production takes place in the Roper’s special Studio/Stage configuration, in which you are never more than inches from the action. Extremely limited seating is available and performances will sell out.

The production will begin promptly at the time on your ticket. Latecomers will not be seated.

General Admission  $20

$10.00 TCC Students, 1 per ID. Logon with your email to unlock this discount.

Box office opens 1 hour before event time. Advance tickets are available online.


Friday Night Frights is back in Portsmouth!

This year’s Friday Night Frights in Portsmouth will feature two productions from Core!

October 10th @ 7:00pm: THE POE PROJECT, AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE is back by popular demand from last year’s sold out performance.

The Poe Project is a montage of original adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s works exploring rhythm, imagery, and sounds prevalent in his short stories and poems. Works include The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, Cask of Amontillado, The Bells, and Anabelle Lee among others. Rather than a standard re-telling or recitation of his words, we celebrate his work by transforming them into choral voice, alternative sound, and movement. Run time: 45 minutes.

Laura Agudelo
Edwin Castillo
Nancy Dickerson
Emel Ertugrul
Stage Manager: Christopher Bernhardt


Love lives in dreams; guilt thrives in nightmares. 

The infamous murder case of Lizzie Borden has intrigued America for over one hundred years and is still considered “one of the most diabolical crimes that was ever committed.” Andrew and Abby Borden’s were found axed to death; their daughter Lizzie was arrested and charged mere days later. The case was surrounded with a passionately divided public. Feminists rallied for her, misogynists scoffed at the notion, and the prosecution while showboating their case to prove her guilt, lacked true evidence. Ultimately, Lizzie was acquitted, but whether guilty or innocent, there is always a price to pay. Secrets may be taken to the grave, but they haunt the living and always seem to reside in that place between awake and sleep. Run time: 50 minutes.

Lizzie: Emel Ertugrul
Emma: Nancy Dickerson
Bridget: Steffani Dambruch
Abby: Anna Sosa
Andrew: Paul Costen
George: Christopher Bernhardt
Stage Manager: Edwin Castillo

These shows are geared towards adult audiences — ages 13+ recommended . Parents are asked to use discretion when bringing younger audience members.

FOR TICKETS CALL: 757.393.8543
$5 General admission
These events will SELL OUT. Buy your tickets early.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Annex
420 High St., Portsmouth, VA

Free after 6:00 p.m. on Fridays

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.

Shakespeare’s tragedy, our time.

It’s official: We are beyond excited to formally announce that our original adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth will be making its US debut this fall at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center.

Having first staged this production at Les FIT 2014 in Quebec,  Canada, we will now be bringing it to Downtown Norfolk on November 6, 7, and 8 at 8pm. We’re thrilled to have the chance to show US audiences this production in a beautiful venue like the Roper. Stay tuned for ticket information.

core theatre ensemble macbeth TCC 2014


Opportunity is knocking!

Actors, vocalists, orators, voice-over artists and ALL INTERESTED IN IMPROVING THEIR VOICE AND SPEECH: Here it is!
We’re extremely excited to announce this amazing vocal workshop! We were lucky enough to attend a Lessac class earlier this summer and we couldn’t wait get Robin here to share. 

Co-sponsored with the ODU Theatre Department, there are
2 different sessions offered so check it out and email us if you have questions!
Event info:
Photo: Lessac Kinesensics Workshop in Norfolk, VA on Sept 20th-Hope you can join us!


Midsummer Fantasy Festival

Choreography rehearsals for Bottom’s Dream start tomorrow with Emel and Edwin, and The Mechanicals start their rehearsals this week with Laura too!
Just part of the all the amazing magic that will be the Mid-summer Fantasy Festival: Moon Take Thy Flight…

Commence getting excited, Hampton Roads!

VSC and Norfolk Festevents will present an immersive and participatory community performance arts festival that will re-imagine Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream within in a series of at least 5 temporary public art installations.

Grow. Go. Do.

CORE manifesto: Grow. Go. Do. Grow. Return. Share.

We are a company that works together on our productions throughout the year but each of us also have outside projects on which we work.

Projects that present different challenges and exercise other elements of our individual talents. It is then upon our return to Core productions that we share what we’ve been both willingly and reluctantly taught

All failures and successes in life inform your being and your work. All interactions and perspectives keep you fresh, trained, sharp, and knowledgeable.

Experiencing life should transform you.

On a common trajectory, our objective as a company in these individual endeavors is to grow simultaneously and we check in with each other along the way to support personally and artistically.

“You’re different,” he said. You’ve changed.”
“Good,” was the only suitable response.

This week we celebrate growth.
Christopher has directed The Royal Family at LTVB which opens Tomorrow night! Congrats to you sir! Go see it everyone!

Laura is directing The Tempest for TCC’s Shakespeare in the Grove this year! Rehearsals started this week and it’s set to open June 25 and it’s sure to be awesome!

Eddie, Emel, Nancy, & Chris are heading up to Baltmore next weekend for a Lessac Workshop at Center Stage taught by the amazing Robin Aronson Carr! So very excited for this little reunion and being introduced to this technique!

Dive in people. The water’s fine.

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

Love and art to all.