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Play Reading - The Four Mrs. Hemingways

The Four Mrs. Hemingways by Robert G Pushkar is currently in pre-production. In partnership with the Columbia University Club, we are hosting a reading of the play for our members.

Ernest Hemingway—one renowned author, four wives who loved him.  A nagging question: why?

The Four Mrs Hemingways pits each wife against him and each other in their journey to find an answer. The play examines the relationships between the true wife, the Catholic, the rival and the caretaker, while simultaneously exploring the price of loyalty, integrity, and creative genius.

The reading will be done by professional actors and feedback will be encouraged throughout. 

Sunday, April 28
2:00 - 5:00
at the Arsenal Arts Center/NewRep
Rehearsal hall
Watertown MA
$20 for ESU Members.
To RSVP Click Here or mail a check to:

Linda King
CAMI (The Center for Association Management Inc)
411 Waverley Oaks Road
Suite 331B
Waltham, MA 02452

(Please note that a small additional fee will be
part of the online reservation)


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Boston ESU Shakespeare Competition Finals

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2013 Competition Winner Anna Bortnick

On Sunday February 3, 2013, Boston was treated to ten excellent performances by Massachusetts finalists in the English Speaking Union's 30th annual High School Shakespeare Competition, held at Emerson College's Semple Theatre at the Tufte Performance Center.
The contest, co-sponsored for the first time by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, consisted of a prepared performance of a 20-line monologue from one of Shakespeare's plays , a sonnet recitation and then a cold reading of a monologue (with only 15 minutes to prepare) by each contestant.

We are pleased to announce that this year the judges selected Anna Bortnick of Wellesley High School as the winner to represent the Boston Branch in the national finals in New York City this April.


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Congratulations to all Semi-Finalists and Finalists of the Shakespeare Competition

We would like to thank and commend all semi-finalist competitors who competed in Old South Church in Boston for their performances last Saturday and are looking forward to our finalist competition this weekend.

The following individuals have been selected as finalists to compete next weekend:

  • Anna Bortnick
  • Sophie Hall
  • Casey McCormick
  • Aurelia Paquette
  • Colin McIsaac
  • Allsun O'Malley
  • David Tracy
  • Nora Moussa
  • Jonathan Drapinski
  • Meghan Hornblower

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