Casting Announcement for Romeo & Juliet!

Meet the Cast of

July 19-August 6
Parkman Bandstand at Boston Common
Free Admission!

*Scroll Down for Friends Section Reserved Chair Seating Info
The cast of Romeo & Juliet includes John Zdrojeski* as Romeo,Gracyn Mix* as Juliet, Kario Marcel as Mercutio, Kai Tshikosi as Tybalt, Fred Sullivan Jr*. as Lord Capulet, Celeste Oliva* as Lady Capulet, Brandon Green* as Benvolio, Ramona Lisa Alexander* as Nurse, Equiano Mosieri* as Friar Laurence, Mark Soucy as Lord Montague, and Chris Everett as Lady Montague.
*Member of Actor’s Equity Association
Members of the ensemble of Romeo & Juliet are Alex Deroo, Adam Ewer, Cassie Foote, Tim Hackney, Keith Hale, Kaci Hamilton, Jamil Joseph, Stephanie King, Sarah Mass, Andrew Prensky, Alex Deroo, Adam Ewer, Cassie Foote, Tim Hackney, Keith Hale, Kaci Hamilton, Jamil Joseph, Stephanie King, Sarah Mass, Andrew Prensky, Kai Tshikosi, and Joey Tyler.
The design team includes set designer Julia Noulin-Mérat, costume designer Neil Fortin, lighting designer Jamie Roderick, sound designerDavid Remedios, choreographer Peter DiMuro, and fight directorAngie Jepson.

Ramona Lisa Alexander* (Nurse)

Brandon G. Green* (Benvolio)

Kario Marcel (Mercutio)

Gracyn Mix* (Juliet)

Equiano Mosieri* (Friar)

Celeste Oliva*(Lady Capulet)

Fred Sullivan Jr* (Lord Capulet)

Kai Tshikosi (Tybalt)

John Zdrojeski* (Romeo)

                                                   John Zdrojeski* (Romeo)

Free Shakespeare on the Common is made possible each year through a combination of grants, sponsorships, and donations collected through the Friends Section program. Individuals can reserve a chair at a performance of Romeo & Juliet with a donation of $60-75 per chair, with all proceeds going directly towards the costs of the production. Chairs may be reserved through July 18–before the season begins–with a donation of $60. Once performances begin on July 19, the minimum donation requirement increases to $75. To book, visit or call 617-426-0863.

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Advanced Writing Workshop–New Class Schedule

TOM JENKS is the cofounder and editor of Narrative Magazine. He is a former editor of Esquire, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, The Paris Review, and a senior editor at Scribners, where he edited Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden. With Raymond Carver, he edited American Short Story Masterpieces.
The Art of the Story

4-Day Intensive Workshops for
Short Story Writers, Novelists,
and Authors of Creative Nonfiction

The class will meet every day for four days, with a morning workshop and an afternoon seminar focused on craft. For the seminar, there will be reading assignments and study of works by well-known writers. Each participant will have one manuscript workshopped in class and a second manuscript reviewed for an individual conference with Tom. We will study storytelling and the formal elements of fiction, including voice, point of view, characterization, imagery, plot, and theme. Attention will also be given to scene building, sentence making, and the dramatic movement of descriptive writing.

Enrollment limited to 12 participants. (Acceptance into the class will be based on evaluation of a submitted manuscript.)

September 28–October 1, 2017

Application deadline:
June 30, 2017

To apply or receive more information:

Rick Bass
Richard Bausch
Ann Beattie
T. Coraghessan Boyle
Janet Burroway
Robert Olen Butler
Italo Calvino
Ron Carlson
Michael Chabon
Frank Conroy
Don DeLillo
E. L. Doctorow
Jennifer DuBois
Andre Dubus
Stuart Dybek
Jennifer Egan
Richard Ford
William Gass
Gail Godwin
Donald Hall
Ron Hansen
Jim Harrison
Charles Johnson
Ken Kesey
Min Jin Lee
Bernard Malamud
Peter Matthiessen
Jill McCorkle
Jay McInerney
James Alan McPherson
Arthur Miller
Susan Minot
Lorrie Moore
Alice Munro
Maud Newton
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Joyce Carol Oates
Tim O’Brien
Jayne Anne Phillips
George Plimpton
Padgett Powell
Annie Proulx
Kirstin Valdez Quade
Mark Richard
Tom Robbins
Philip Roth
James Salter
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Sandra Scofield
Bob Shacochis
Charlie Smith
Lee Smith
Debra Spark
Scott Spencer
Robert Stone
Elizabeth Tallent
John Updike
Katherine Vaz
Kurt Vonnegut
John Edgar Wideman
Joy Williams
Tom Wolfe
Tobias Wolff
Richard Yates

Cole Porter’s Les Ambassadeurs Hits the Big Screen

In 1928, Cole Porter, enjoying the pleasures of Paris and always preferring to be writing a new project, worked on what was advertised as a “chic night club” revue, Les Revue des Ambassadeurs, Ambassadeurs being the name of the nightclub hosting the musical revue – located by the Place de Concorde and the Champs-Elysees.

It was a huge success with the sell-out crowd.

After the show closed in Paris, it faded into memory with a score largely forgotten. A life-time would pass before it would be rediscovered and remounted on the Paris stage. With an overwhelming reception to the 2012 Paris production, Ken Bloom made plans to produce the show’s North American debut in New York City.

Noah Griffin was in the audience of the New York debut. With a cast of stellar performers, he brought Les Ambassadeurs to the west coast for the second time in America, allowing the audience to hear his seminal work.

From this performance, we created a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this sold out event. Keeping with the Lark Theater’s tradition of Met Performances with back stage access, this film falls right in line. If you were in attendance at the performance, we think you would enjoy seeing it again with behind the scenes rehearsal footage.

Here is the opportunity to witness history in the making. The film documents the sole on-screen representation of this vintage Cole Porter on the big screen. Come see your favorite local Cole Porter ensemble members … Noah Griffin, Founder of The Cole Porter Society, Grammy nominated Desiree Goyette, Phantom of the Opera and Mountain Play star, Patrick Leveque, the acclaimed Deborah Winters and young star, Sofia Perozzi.

Other Bay Area standouts include classical performer Martin Bell, opera artist Michael Dailey and cabaret queen, Amanda King.

New York talent includes author and Grammy winner Ken Bloom, Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood, society pianist Peter Minton, and from Chicago, theater historian Charles Troy.

Dancing With The Stars Jason Rodgers lights up the stage.

All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Cole Porter Society. Our mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the legacy of Cole Porter.

Please click on BUY NOW and get your tickets today. Your name will on the VIP list at the door!

Don McCartney’s show ‘Women on Money’

Be sure to check out Don McCartney’s show at the The Depot Cafe & Bookstore in Mill Valley, for the MOS weekends. The ‘Women on Money’ series is part of the Marin Open Studios event, and will be up for the month of May. Don uses his own watercolor work and scanned imagery from stock certificates and currency, combines them in Photoshop and make his own limited edition prints. Smaller sizes are also available.

This featured image is ’Nevertheless’, a digital collage, archival permanent pigment print, 48″x32″

See more of Don’s work on his website:

ELM Performs Live in May at Venues Across the County

ELM Spring Concert

May 20, 2017 at 7 pm
Mt. Tam United Methodist Church
410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley

Highlights include:
  • Special guest conductor/artistic director from the LA Philharmonic Juan Felipe Molano
  • Works by Bach and Brahms and Latin favorites including Tico Tico and Limoncito
  • First performance of our new parent ukulele ensemble  Join us for a reception following the concert to meet Juan Felipe and the musicians.
    Free concert. Donations gratefully accepted.
Other Upcoming ELM Events and Student Performances

May 7th • 7 pm
Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra
College of Marin, James Dunn Theater Kentfield Campus

ELM’s very talented violin intern, Stephanie Oh, will perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with the Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

May 13th • 12-3 pm
St. Luke’s Spring Fling
10 Bayview Dr San Rafael
St. Luke Presbyterian Church in San Rafael will host their Spring Fling. There will be food, raffle prizes, games, and activities for kids.
Our 5th grade San Pedro violin class will perform at 1:30pm.
All proceeds benefit ELM.

May 14th • 3 pm
College of Marin Symphony Orchestra
Youth Concerto Competition
College of Marin, James Dunn Theater Kentfield Campus
It’s the final round of COMSO’s first-ever youth concerto competition, and you’re invited!  Join us to hear three rising stars including our very own Benji Wu, ELM Cello intern, square off as they perform as soloists with the full symphony orchestra.

May 18th • 7:00 pm
Lobby Lounge Live
Civic Center, San Rafael
Come support our middle school string ensemble and high school flute quartet performing at the Marin IJ Lobby Lounge Series. The second annual concert showcases Marin’s most talented student musicians, including our very own ELM ensembles. Purchase tickets in advance here.

May 20th • 7:00 pm
ELM Spring Concert
Mt. Tam United Methodist Church
Join us for our final concert of the season with works by Bach, Brahms, and Latin Favorites Tico Tico and Limoncito. This concert is free and open to the public.

Veterans Benefit: COMEDY Show starring Michael Pritchard

Raising funds for Marin Veterans in need, promote public awareness & build community

Veterans Benefit  — COMEDY Show starring Michael Pritchard  
Saturday, May 13th, 2 – 5pm Location
San Rafael Elks Lodge #1108
1312 Mission Ave (at “C” Street)

Limited seating – purchase tickets on

Event Organizer
Tracey Milne, IMPAKT Adaptive Sports
(415) 971-4841,

Event organizers are seeking food vendors & raffle prizes for this event. This would be a super way to showcase a local business supporting our community & our troops!
Elliot Karlan, renowned local photojournalist will be on site to cover the day’s event.

Introducing DocLands Documentary Film Festival — May 10-14, 2017

Just as Marin Arts & Culture Magazine is filling a void when it comes to news and stories on Marin arts and culture, DocLands aims to fill a void in Marin when it comes to opportunities to see the best in documentary film from around the world.

DocLands is a new, non-competitive, inclusive festival dedicated to building connections and partnerships and works to invigorate the business and art of nonfiction filmmaking. Through public screenings, engaged conversations and grassroots networking events, DocLands aims to build an active, involved and fully supportive community around documentary film.
DocLands will showcase documentary film in a variety of genres and with a diversity of content, while exploring three main programming sections (The Art of Impact, The Great Outdoors and WonderLands) while highlighting films that transcend the traditional definition of the documentary —films that break form in terms of creativity and entertainment.