1) Elm Shakespeare Company
Elm Shakespeare Company challenges the definition of "small." Their most recent production, Measure for Measure, involved dozens of people in the cast and behind the scenes, and the set was as tall as a three-story house and twice as wide. Yet Elm Shakespeare remains a scrappy, seat-of-its-pants company, passing the hat after each performance of its celebrated annual productions in Edgerton Park. "Almost all of our budget, you see on the stage," says ESC founder James Andreassi. "Our audiences come to expect a bit of spectacle. It seems the gods are with us when we build those big sets." Bill Curran, the retired investment advisor and longtime local arts supporter and Elm Shakespeare board member, says, "I've been in on this since the beginning, and I'm just so proud. Seventeen years, and this incredible gift to New Haven." In recent years, Elm Shakespeare has been producing smaller shows outside their usual Shakespeare in the Park platform. May 10-20, company regular Mark Zeisler is directing David Mamet's American Buffalo at the Kehler Liddell gallery in Westville. This summer's show? Macbeth, with Jim Andreassi in the title role, a grand return for the actor-turned-producer/director after a couple of summers off from acting.
2) A Broken Umbrella Theatreabrokenumbrella.com
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3) New Haven Theater Co.
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