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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)
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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!