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Actor’s Kyle Branzel and Ian Lowe are here to discuss their performance of “Murder For Two”. The One Act Performance is taking place at the Capital Repertory Theater. 

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From Discover Albany

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you might just become the next victim in the brilliantly hilarious, Murder for Two!” Will Gallagher, Discover Albany.



From The Times Union

“Wildly energetic,” Steve Barnes, Times Union


From The Daily Gazette.

“Knock-your-socks-off performances,” Paul Lamar,  Daily Gazette.



By The Saratogian

“The show is pure entertainment as the two actors exhaust themselves to create comedy magic on the stage,” Bob Goepfert, The Record.

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Are you ready for the exciting summer we’re going to have here at theREP!?! Starting in July, the theatre will be pumping with student creativity, activity, and talent, all of which I am thrilled to be a part of. As a human and a theatre professional, engaging young creative minds is a strong passion of mine. Teaching students to thrive on the stage and grow as artists, so that their voices are heard and what is “uniquely them” can be seen is what I live for, and is a truly exhilarating part of my job. 
Truth be told, the activities have already started! This past spring, theREP held its first ever Young Playwright Contest! After receiving a plethora of submissions from teens all around the Capital Region, staff members at theREP read and selected the top 5 plays. These five 10-minute plays are going to receive a full production on theREP’s stage, and will be designed by staff members of the theatre, directed by myself, and performed by a company of young actors. 
On June 9th and 11th the winning playwrights will receive workshops by professional playwrights Aaron Jafferis and Suzanne Bradbeer. You might recall Ms. Bradbeer’s name as her play The God Game was theREP’s 2012 NEXT ACT! New Play Summit winner, and was later produced on theREP’s stage in the spring of 2014; and her new piece Naked Influence is a part of theREP’s upcoming 2015-2016 Season. You might also recognize Aaron Jafferis’ name as being the playwright for theREP’s On-The-Go! in-school touring production of Shakespeare: the Remix, which has been seen by thousands of area teens and met with critical acclaim. 
But let’s get back to the summer and theREP’s new Summer Stage Young Acting Company. This exciting new 4-week program was created for budding young actors looking to gain skills and confidence on the stage. It is this company that will bring these 5-new plays to life. Joining the staff of Summer Stage is Kristyn Youngblood (last seen on theREP’s stage in A Christmas Carol, as well as our On-The-Go! in-school tours of The Remarkable and Perplexing Case of Henry Hudson and They Built America: The Workers of the Erie Canal). Ms. Youngblood is a local member of Actor’s Equity and teaching artist whose talents will be a real asset to the students and the program. 
Make sure to mark the performance dates on your calendars now (August 12 – 16, 2015), so you won’t miss the opportunity to support this amazing company of young actors their performance of: Shot by Aden Suchak and Jamie Curico; Y.A.P.’S Homeless Youth Hostel by Jaimie Gaskell; The Hazel Wood by Isabelle Doyle; Daydream by Kevin O’Brien; and Shadow of Odysseus by Robert Willard.
Rounding out the summer here at theREP is our one-week Acting Intensive, taking place in August. This program was developed by theREP to provide an intense stepping stone for those seeking (or thinking of seeking) a career in the theatre. With acclaimed actress, Leenya Rideout (last seen on theREP’s stage as Martha in The Secret Garden), at the helm, students will develop their skills in speech for the stage, character development, and partner work. In addition, each student will develop an age appropriate monologue that they can take into future auditions. At the end of the week, students will show off their hard work by performing their monologues to friends, family, and members of theREP’s staff, on the Capital Repertory Theatre Stage.
Empowering young voices through the arts is what I love about my work! It really is going to be a wonderful summer here at theREP, and I hope you will be a part of it.
By Margaret E. Hall, Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director
Cap Rep responsible for high quality productions
Posted on May 30, 2015 | By Letters to the editor
"Our move to the Bay area with its thriving arts scene has given me a new appreciation of Capital Repertory Theatre."
"Albany should be extremely proud that Capital Rep is producing regional theater of such high quality. It is a gem that should not be taken for granted."
Working on The Clock has been an honor and a joy. Each rehearsal has provided new questions, challenges, solutions, solutions that didn’t play out the way we had anticipated, and more questions still. Our student playwright, Saaleha Brown, wrote a play encapsulating shame, family, God, life, death, and love: themes that are difficult to candidly discuss in everyday life, and are sometimes even more difficult to explore in the crucible of a rehearsal room. This is what the arts can do in our schools: allow students to explore the human condition in a way that may oftentimes feel awkward and scary, in a space that is safe and revealing.
Capital Repertory Theater has extended the conversation further, allowing these particular students the space to continue their exploration in front of an even larger community, here in the Capital Region. I, along with the entire company of The Clock, would like to thank Capital Repertory Theater for their dedication to arts education, and specifically for their involvement in Albany High School’s Promising Playwrights’ Festival. 
I’ve been honored to create this play that asks such rich questions by this young playwright, and to experience the company searching for answers has been an even greater gift. As you watch this play, I hope you join us in our journey of questioning, and in our search for understanding. 
-Dara Silverman
The Clock will be performed at theREP on Friday, May 22 at 6pm. 
For immediate release:
Hamlet extended by popular demand
at Capital Repertory Theatre
Shakespeare rocks theREP!
ALBANY, NY—MAY 4, 2015—By popular demand, Capital Repertory Theatre’s stirring, critically-acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark has been extended through Saturday, May 16 (with a number of school performances also added to the crowd-pleasing run of the show).
Directed by Kevin McGuire, with Downton Abbey elegance meeting the Bard’s brilliant text, Hamlet stars David Kenner as the ill-fated prince—“a superb Hamlet,”’s Steve Coffey says of his portrayal, “moving stealthily between avenged and avenger.”
McGuire, a Broadway star and Capital Repertory Theatre mainstay, calls Hamlet, “The greatest play ever written. With it, Shakespeare invented the human imagination. People didn’t think about the world in the same way before Hamlet.”
The Times Union calls McGuire’s fast-paced show, “Vivid, brisk, emotionally resonant and achingly tragic,” with critic Steve Barnes noting, “This story, about murder, revenge, betrayal and bonds torn asunder, breathes deeply with life.”
The New York Theatre Guide crows, “Hamlet is nothing short of rewarding, and simply needs to be watched at all costs.”
And the Daily Gazette’s Matthew Moross concurs, writing, “No doubt about it, it’s a stunning achievement for theREP—another feather in the cap of a fine season.”
Tickets for Hamlet at Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl Street, Albany—$20-$60—are available exclusively through Tickets By Proctors at (518) 445-SHOW (7469) or by visiting The Box Office at theREP opens two hours before showtime.
Regular performance times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday—with matinees 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, through May 10.
Extended dates: 8 p.m. Friday, May 15; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16.
A discussion night for Hamlet, featuring cast members fielding questions from the audience, will take place following the Wednesday evening performance on May 6.
The Sunday, May 10 matinee will be preceded by a Behind-the-Scenes event, which features a complimentary light continental breakfast for ticketholders and discussion led by theREP’s Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. Food service begins at 12:30 p.m., with the presentation following from 1-1:30 p.m.
Hamlet at Capital Repertory Theatre is sub-sponsored by
Keeler Motor Car Company and Omni Development.