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.
We'll be working with some old and new friends in the coming months, and we have some very exciting developments lined up: first of all, No Exit at The Venue on 35th February 28th-March 2nd! Then in May, we're taking 40 Whacks: A Nightmare to Lithuania! That's right, we're heading back to Eastern Europe! Get the fried bread ready.
We are also honored to be presenting the American premiere of Oxus Gennan by Giacomo Gamba this summer. We'll share more information about this in the coming months, but for now we are very excited to say that this wonderful playwright and generally delightful human being is coming from Italy this summer for a week of workshops and performances with CORE!
We told you 2013 was going to be big. But you know what? We still have even more tricks up our sleeve.
It’s official: We would like to welcome Chris Bernhardt as our Associate Managing Director! We have big plans for this year, and we are so excited to have him join our team!
Our next big announcement is that the lovely Laura Agudelo has been named VHSL Southeastern District Theater Director of the Year! Congratulations, Laura! We’re so proud of you!
And in case you hadn’t heard, CORE is Young Audiences of Virginia’s Ensemble of the the Year!
The cherry on top? You can now follow us on Twitter.
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2013 is already amazing, and it’s only February. Just wait until you find out what else we’re cookin’ up.
CORE has been named 2012 Ensemble of the Year by Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc! You can come celebrate with us and donate to help keep the arts in Virginia schools on February 11th at Bite in Downtown Norfolk from 5:30-7pm. More information is available here. We hope to see you there!
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.
October 5 & 6
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)
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.
November 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9
All performances start at 8:00 PM
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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
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!
Guzin and Jim Karides
Armando & Cecelia Castillo
Michael Kerry Williams
You are all our travel angels!!
Some news for you:
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.
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!
Stay tuned… we’ve got a lot lined up for this year! Like us on FB for the most immediate info and happenings!