Spring is our season for play development! This year that means family-friendly fairy-tales, and beer-swilling staged readings. 



Shakespeare's lovers at descanso

V-DAY 2015

As part of the CSE's ongoing adventures in experimenting with classical writing, the ensemble will be performing a series of love scenes from Shakespeare's works in different locations around Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.

Directed by Artistic Director Brian Elerding, and growing out of workshops within the Ensemble, this event is part of the Ensemble's ongoing relationships with one of the greatest cultural and horticultural institutions in Southern California. 


February 14th, starting at 1:30pm and occurring sporadically throughout the day.
No tickets needed! Free with admission to the gardens.



Continuing a fond tradition, the CSE returns to Descanso Gardens in April for Fairy Tales in the Garden!


After the standing room-only performances of last year's family performance, the CSE returns with BIG BAD WOLF, written by author and poet Jeremy Radin. The stories will be played out amidst Descanso incredible grounds. 


Good for all ages!  Check Descanso Gardens' site for more information. 


Coming in May, 2015. No tickets necessary - FREE With admission to the gardens.


Shakespeare's VILLAINS

Maybe Shakespeare's villains aren't such bad guys after all.


After an incredible run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, Shakespeare's VILLAINS returns to its home in Southern California. 


VILLAINS follows the stories of three of Shakespeare's most intriguing antagonists through a heartbreaking tale of how a good man can go bad.


Showing at the Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. Dates TBD.


CLICK HERE for more information about VILLAINS' success in Scotland