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CITIZENS OF THE EMPIRE opens Friday!

Michael John Ciszewski

These are my new friends Melissa and James and they are actually even more bad-ass than this makes them look. 

These are my new friends Melissa and James and they are actually even more bad-ass than this makes them look. 

I'm thrilled to share that this Friday I open Kevin Mullins' epic space opera CITIZENS OF THE EMPIRE with Boston Public Works at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts! That's a lot of prepositional phrases! 

I'll be playing Rafi, a "top shelf" and "very beautiful" prostitute who beguiles the despairing prince of a conflicted planet and proves his mettle far beyond his station during times of intergalactic turmoil!

This is 100% real, and yes, you have to see it to believe it.

We've been hard at work at putting the show together over the past two months, and I am super excited to dazzle and delight audiences with all the action and adventure we could manage with theatre-making magic!

For more information, check out Boston Public Works. For tickets, there is currently an offer on discount site Goldstar! Otherwise, check out Boston Theatre Scene

SEE YOU IN SPACE! 

CRC'S MIDSUMMER in the Park featured on Arlington News

Michael John Ciszewski

Last weekend, Classic Repertory Company closed its summer tour of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM with an unbelievable 400+ person audience in Robbins Farm Park in Arlington, MA! 

Arlington Public News was there to capture some of our production and interview us afterwards. Check out their coverage of the show below! I was very sweaty and very taken by the view.

Joining Boston Theater Company as Artistic Assistant

Michael John Ciszewski

After a tremendous year working as a company member of and Marketing Director with STAMP in residence at Boston University's School of Theatre, I am elated to announce that I'll be joining Boston Theater Company as an artistic assistant through December! 

Boston Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to preserving the messages and historical language of classical scripts while making them accessible for modern audiences. The three prongs of our mission are gender-blind casting, an innovative approach to our texts, and a robust education program. Casting regardless of gender allows us to always cast the most talented actors, and makes classical texts equally accessible for actors of all genders. Our approach to our texts involves rearranging dialogue and combining roles in order to tell classical stories dynamically while preserving the remaining original text. Finally, we offer educational programs for children of various ages, all based on the belief that theater and creative drama can unlock a child’s creativity and confidence. BTC consists of a team of young Boston-based artists who are passionate about collaboration, classical texts, and creating art in fresh ways.

My first project with BTC is assisting workshops of their upcoming Finish Line, a documentary theatre piece on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings created by Artistic Director Joey Frangieh and playwright Lisa Rafferty from countless interviews of Marathon experience. Following workshops in late July and November, Finish Line will premiere in April 2016. 

BTC is an exciting young company at home in Boston and I am excited to be a part of its growth. 


Commencement & MIDSUMMER @ BU Theatre

Michael John Ciszewski

Big weekend! Tomorrow, Classic Repertory Company's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM opens with a special limited engagement at the Boston University Theatre's Lane-Comley Studio 210! We'll play an early student matinee before our weekend of evening performances open to the public. 

Meanwhile, In the midst of all the MIDSUMMER madness, I graduate from Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts, performance concentration! I am so grateful for all the people who have made this journey so incredible and I cannot wait to see where the future takes me.

For more information on MIDSUMMER, visit New Rep online or check out our Facebook event. 

Cast in Summer Shakespeare Tour

Michael John Ciszewski

Just announced: this May, I'll be playing Lysander and Flute in Classic Repertory Company's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM presented by New Repertory Theatre on tour around Massachusetts all summer! 

I am proud to call this production, directed by Clay Hopper and in its third annual mounting, my first performance post-grad. MIDSUMMER premieres in a special limited engagement at the Boston University Theatre's Lane-Comley Studio 210 May 15 & 16, 2015. For ticket information, visit the College of Fine Arts' Facebook event

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM will also feature Jenna Bilgore (Hermia/Snug), Maria DeCotis (Puck/Philostrate), Matthew Dray (Oberon/Theseus), Lily Linke (Titania/Hippolyta), Tyler Prendergast (Demetrius/Peter Quince), and Spencer Parli Tew (Bottom/Egeus). 

Classic Repertory Company, New Repertory Theatre’s flagship educational outreach program, tours professional productions of classic and modern works of relevant literature to schools, colleges, and community centers throughout New England. CRC is produced in collaboration with Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. 

BU School of Theatre presents THREE DAYS OF RAIN

Michael John Ciszewski

After months of planning and rehearsal, this week my undergraduate thesis performance as Walker and Ned in Richard Greenberg's THREE DAYS OF RAIN opens! 

Poster by Michael John Ciszewski

THREE DAYS OF RAIN is being presented as one of eight productions in STAMP 2015's spring season. STAMP 2015 is a theatre company in residence at Boston University's School of Theatre of which I am a proud member. 

The production is directed by Eliza Ryan and runs April 29 - May 2 at the College of Fine Arts' Studio 270A@808.

THREE DAYS OF RAIN also features fellow STAMP company members Jake Murphy as Pip/Theo and Jenna Bilgore as Nan/Lina. The production is directed by Eliza Ryan and stage managed by Chandler Dalton, with scenic design by Ariane McDonald,  lighting design by Kelly Martin, and costume design by Emma Connelly. 

“Do things really stay secret that long?” Richard Greenberg’s intricate drama THREE DAYS OF RAIN demonstrates the mysteries of the heart that parents bequeath to their children. Greenberg constructs a split-level view of a family history with six roles written for three actors to play two generations: the first act is the family in 1995 dreaming the past; the second act is the family in 1960 dreaming the future. When the play is finished, the audience will know more than any of the characters ever could. Help STAMP 2015 put the puzzle together at Boston University School of Theatre April 19 - May 2!

I am so proud to bring my undergraduate training to culmination sharing the stage with two close and gifted peers in such a heartfelt, challenging, and vital contemporary play. It has been a wild ride and it is a privilege to share my work at the School of Theatre one last time.

Photo by Julia Buerkle with graphic design by Michael John Ciszewski

For more information and performance times, visit STAMP on Facebook!

BU School of Theatre presents CHANGES OF HEART

Michael John Ciszewski

Next week I am playing The Lord in Pierre de Marivaux's CHANGES OF HEART, translated by Stephen Wadsworth, presented by the Boston University School of Theatre!

The production is directed by Kelly Galvin and runs in repertory with GROSS INDECENCY from February 26 - March 6 at the College of Fine Arts' Theatrelab@855.

CHANGES OF HEART is an exhilarating exploration of the complex nature of love, juxtaposed against the conventions of 17th Century French court politics. As translated with a contemporary sensitivity by Wadsworth, Marivaux's zany and surprising text challenges its outrageous characters with heart-rending twists and turns that reveal a humanity beneath the hilarity.

It has been a joy working on this production with a gifted company of peers. Admission is free. For more information, visit Events at BU's College of Fine Arts!

STAMP announces spring season including THREE DAYS OF RAIN

Michael John Ciszewski

Just announced: this May, I'll be playing Walker and Ned in Richard Greenberg's THREE DAYS OF RAIN as the final performance of my undergraduate training at Boston University! 

THREE DAYS OF RAIN will be mounted as one of eight productions in STAMP 2015's spring season. STAMP 2015 is a theatre company in residence at Boston University's School of Theatre of which I am a proud member.

This week, we've announced our eight production season with the attached video that I helped produced alongside my dear friend and collaborator Jake Murphy. 

THREE DAYS OF RAIN will also feature fellow STAMP company members Jake Murphy as Pip/Theo and Jenna Bilgore as Nan/Lina. The production will be directed by Eliza Ryan. 

Stay tuned for dates and more information! Follow STAMP on Facebook for the latest!

BU School of Theatre presents THE HUMAN COMEDY

Michael John Ciszewski

Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

I am thrilled to share that I'm playing WWII soldier Toby George in a rare production of Galt MacDermot & William Dumaresq's epic folk opera THE HUMAN COMEDY, based upon the classic William Saroyan novel of the same name. 

The mainstage production, running December 12-18 in Boston's South End, is part of the School of Theatre's 60th anniversary celebration and is sponsored by the brand new Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Compley Musical Theatre Fund. Furthermore, the run is dedicated to the memory of Jasmine Chobanian, a beloved College of Fine Arts friend and sponsor and Boston University's "former first lady."

THE HUMAN COMEDY is directed by School of Theatre program head Jim Petosa, with musical direction by Matthew Stern and choreography by Eliza Ryan. 

It has been a privilege to work on such a rarely produced but incredibly potent musical theatre text with an incredible team of peers and mentors, and I am so excited to share our work in a space as vital to Boston's theatre community as the Huntington Theatre Company-operated Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. 

For more information, check out our feature in BU Today, and for tickets, visit Boston Theatre Scene!

Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Photo by Kalman Zabarsky