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Archive for Melissa Chalsma

OTHELLO at the Independent Shakespeare Company/Atwater Crossing Arts and Innovation Complex


Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

I think there will always be people who ask “Why on earth do another production of Othello? What more can you say than hasn’t already been said?“ Fortunately, director Melissa Chalsma’s crackling production of Shakespeare’s spite-fest boasts plenty of reasons to captivate and intrigue — though perhaps not the ones that are mentioned in the program notes. Read more…

Now running through May 7

DR. FAUSTUS at Atwater Village Studio Theatre

Photo by Mike Ditz

Photo by Mike Ditz

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus is a mighty play in many ways but it also meanders a bit and staying fully focused can be a challenge.  Read more…

Now running through November 23.

Red Barn, Independent Shakespeare Company in the ISC Studio


Red Barn by David Melville and Melissa Chalsma.


Dany Margolies –

Captivating storytelling hallmarks this world premiere musical in Los Angeles that centers on an 1827 crime in the English countryside. David Melville and Melissa Chalsma, better-known to summer-Shakespeare audiences as the makers of Independent Shakespeare Company’s outdoor seasons, wrote the book for Red Barn, in part because the story, told to Melville by his mother when he was a boy, continued to stay with him—an excellent recommendation for a tale. In it, the mole-catcher’s daughter, Maria, had an affair with the landowner’s son and heir, Matthew, and bore his daughter. Matthew would set wedding dates and then postpone, until his debauched lust pushed him into an even more irrevocable act. Read more…