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CORE is going to Spain!

CORE is extremely proud to announce our acceptance to XX INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN this February!! This is great news for us and was highly anticipated! We will be performing with other amazing groups from Belgium, Portugal, Lithuania, Puerto Rico, Romania and of course the impressive groups from Santiago! Here we go 2014!

Friday Night Frights

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Come join us for a wonderful evening of storytelling featuring Core’s performances of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest pieces in Downtown Portsmouth’s Historic District!

In the depths of the Old Courthouse Annex, built in 1843 just years before Poe’s death, The Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center is giving Core’s cast of four full reign to take you seamlessly through Poe’s wonderfully macabre worlds of The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell Tale Heart, The Raven, The Bells and Annabel Lee in The Poe Project.

With Laura Agudelo, Edwin Castillo, Emel Ertugrul, and Alba Woolard, The Poe Project has been described as story theatre at its best. The Poe Project has been performed locally to rave reviews, as well as internationally at the 13th annual Les Fêtes Théâtrales du Suroît in Quebec, the 27th annual Rencontres Internationales de Théâtre Universitaire in Liege, Belgium, and the 13th annual International Theatre Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania where it won recognition for Best Actress (Emel Ertugrul) and Best of Show (The Bells).

Witty, focused, charming, and intense! Set the date and don’t miss this amazing night as we proudly present The Poe Project as part of the Portsmouth Art amp; Cultural Center’s October programming!

OCTOBER 18th @ 7pm; doors open at 6:15pm

TICKETS can be purchased over the phone 757-393-8543 or in person at the Portsmouth Art amp; Cultural Center 420 High St.

$3.00 (Advance Purchase)
$5.00 at door
$2.00 for Members
Advance tickets must be purchased by October 15th @5pm to receive the advance ticket pricing.

This show is recommended 13+

June 21st and 22nd: Two by Gamba

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The Little Theatre of Norfolk and CORE Theatre Ensemble welcome guest artist Giacomo Gamba from Brescia, Italy for the American premiere performances of his surreal masterpieces Oxus-Gennan amp; Sgòrbypark for two evenings only June 21 and 22 at 8:00pm.

Oxus-Gennan follows two characters, X and Y, working their life at the Machine. Pale and blue veined, they work away as usual, collecting and processing oxygen in a world filled with pollution until… today. Something is different inside Y. What is life bound to a machine?

Sgòrbypark follows two ex-members of secret organizations that underwent all kinds of experiments before, during, and after their missions. They were used for the worst purposes in the name of progress, and now they are just two human beings without definite identities. Rubbish in a collapsing world, they are lost and left alone in Sgòrbypark. In a hallucinated trip, the two live again in the old missions and explore the dark side of their souls to discover what little humanity is still there in order to live.

Moving and human, both these pieces are surreal in laughter and sadness. Oxus-Gennan and Sgòrbypark are two worlds in which the characters question what it is to live. Oxus-Gennan will be presented by CORE Theatre Ensemble starring Lindsey Wyda-Cole and Matt Cole. Sgòrbypark will be presented by Centro di Creazione Teatrale starring Giacomo Gamba and Laura Mantovi.

Performances are Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 8:00pm at the Little Theatre of Norfolk, 801 Claremont Ave. A reception to meet the artists will follow each evening! Tickets are $15 General Admission, $10 LTN Season Subscribers and are available at

About the Guest Artist: Giacomo Gamba is an accomplished actor, director, published author and playwright, currently residing in Brescia, Italy where, since 2010, he works and teaches at the Centro di Creazione Teatrale (Center of Theatrical Creation). His plays have been performed in many international festivals including Argentina, Ecuador, Egypt, Armenia, Canada, Austria, and Germany where he also has taught workshops on his method of physical theatrical work. His published works include short stories, fiction and modern fairy tales most of which English translations can be found on He has studied at the Scuola di Teatro e Arte Del Movimento with Brigitte Morel and Fabio Maccarinelli and was an actor with the French-Italian theatre company Scarabeblù. He has worked closely with several theater groups in Brescia including the Masnada Theater Group, Centro Teatrale Bresciano,and Fabbrica del Vento where he originally penned and presented his multi-award winning Sgòrbypark and Oxus-Gennan among other pieces. For more informaton on Giacomo please visit his website:


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ONE NIGHT ONLY! On Sunday, May 5 @ 8pm at The Brick Theater in Brooklyn, CORE Theatre Ensemble presents the NYC premiere of 40 Whacks: a nightmare, an original performance piece based on Lizzie Borden.

Love lives in dreams; guilt lives in nightmares. CORE Theatre Ensemble presents their original theatrical piece based on the infamous tale of Lizzie Borden and the brutal ax murders of her parents for ONE NIGHT ONLY in the intimate space of The Brick Theater.

The Lizzie Borden case has intrigued America for over one hundred years and is still considered “one of the most dastardly and diabolical crimes that was ever committed.”  Andrew and Abby Borden’s bodies were found axed to death in their home in August 1892; their daughter Lizzie was arrested and charged mere days later. The case was surrounded with a passionately divided public, and the opinion of women and their capabilities fueled debate concerning her guilt or innocence. Due to circumstantial evidence and incompetent prosecution, Lizzie was ultimately acquitted of all charges. Whether guilty or innocent, there is always a price to pay. Secrets may be taken to the grave, but they haunt the living until the death bell rings.

Debuted in Norfolk, VA in 2011 and toured to Quebec in 2012, 40 Whacks: a nightmare will travel to Lithuania immediately following the NYC premiere at The Brick Theater! Don’t miss it! Seating is limited. This show contains adult content.

Tickets:  $17 in advance online at or $20 at door — CASH only!

Date/Time:   Sunday, May 5, 2013   8:00pm

Location:  The Brick Theater 579 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Directions: Between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street — Take the L to Lorimer or the G to Metropolitan

For further questions about the show, tickets, or CORE Theatre Ensemble, please contact Emel Ertugrul at 757-301-1039 or email us at


Another one bites the dust

It’s March, and we’ve bid a fond farewell (for now) to No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre. We’d like to thank Topher Jones for his magnificent guest appearance as the Valet, Patti Wray and The Venue on 35th for graciously hosting our production, and the wonderfully responsive audiences who packed the house during our three-night run.

Next we’ll begin rehearsing 40 Whacks: A Nightmare for its Lithuanian debut at the 14th  Annual Universitetu Teatru Forumas in Vilnius in May. We’re excited to revisit the piece and bring some new friends along for the ride! We’re also really excited about beer towers and fried bread, but we digress.

For now, we’re going to catch our breath, celebrate some birthdays, and be thankful for the fact that we’re actually much nicer people than the three characters we just portrayed.

Happy 2013

After a brief respite over the holidays, we are once again forging ahead with our characteristic intensity. We have big plans for this year: new projects, new adventures, and lots of things that we can’t reveal just yet! You’ll just have to trust us…this is going to be an exciting year.

August News!

October 5 & 6

Edgar Allen Poe

Get into the Halloween spirit with Core Theatre Ensemble at the Venue on 35th for two spooky performances. Come listen and watch them weave thru such Edgar Allan Poe classics as The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Bells, Anabelle Lee, and The Raven. It's sure to be a evening of spine tingling fear and blood curdling screams, all in the intimate setting of The Venue on 35th.

TICKETS $15 (no credit)
RESERVE 757.469.0337

November 30 – December 9

CORE is bringing the notable short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman to The Little Theater of Norfolk.

The story follows a woman, confined to a room on doctor's orders to help ease her state of mind, as she tries to break free both mentally and physically. Appealing to so many schools of thought, the story has been hailed by feminists as a condemnation of sexism residing in the medical profession and also by psychotherapists who claim it to be a resounding account of the descent into madness. This story, however, is so much more than that; Gilman herself stated “the story was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked.”

Originally produced locally in 2007 and toured internationally in 2008 to rave reviews, CORE's cast of 9 is bringing back this compelling story of a woman walking the line of sanity.

This November come climb into the wallpaper with us… It's nice on the other side.

Performance Dates:
November 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9

All performances start at 8:00 PM

Tickets $15
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Welcome to CORE Theatre Ensemble

CORE Theatre Ensemble has been based out of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia since 2006 and could not be more proud to have found so many amazing people to work with because of it.  We are striving to make CORE a more integral part of the arts emergence in Hampton Roads while keeping true to ourselves and what drives us as artists.  We build locally and travel our productions stateside and internationally to connect, to show, and to return with new found inspirations. Find where all your loves lie and visit them as often as possible.

the past, The Present, and THE FUTURE

Hello Everyone!

First, we’d like to thank the following most amazing people who have donated to our kickstarter for travelling The Poe Project to Lithuania! Thank you all so much!
Courtney Grilli
Martin Cardenas
Deborah Wallace
Guzin and Jim Karides
Patrick Mullins
Heather Nixon
Chrissy Babashanian
Nicholas Mizelle
Phyllis Kaye
John Davidson
Armando & Cecelia Castillo
Jacki Paolella
Ashley Berkman
Taylor Winstead
Brant Powell
Melissa Agudelo
Arcel Castillo
Kathy Lamotte
Michael Fisher
Kathleen Mozingo
Katherine Hammond
Turkan Ertugrul
Erlene Hendrix
Steffani Dambruch
Becca Ostman
Rebecca Soorani,
Clara Sughrue,
Michael Kerry Williams
You are all our travel angels!!

Some news for you:

the Past

2011 was a great year for us.  We performed The ThreePenny Opera for a three week run at Generic Theatre in March; travelled to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec in April for the 15th annual Fetes Internationales du Theatre where we performed A Season in Hell, based on the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud; created You Vs. a new show for the Norfolk Playwriting Festival in August; and wrote and performed our latest piece, 40 Whacks: A Nightmare, at Little Theatre of Norfolk in October.  Along the way, we started a new partnership with Young Audiences of Virginia where we have adapted our versions of Edgar Allen Poe’s works for middle schoolers in the Tidewater area.

the Present

We are gearing up to return to Quebec for the 16th annual Fetes Internationales du Theatre where we will perform 40 Whacks: A Nightmare for an international audience.  Two weeks later, we travel to Vilnius, Lithuania to perform The Poe Project.  This is our first foray into that part of the world and we are very excited to make new friends and find new inspiration!  We have been invited to perform again as part of the Norfolk Playwriting Festival in the summer and also have a few more opportunities for the end of this year, so keep an eye on our site!

The Future

Stay tuned…  we’ve got a lot lined up for this year!   Like us on FB for the most immediate info and happenings!