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Modern and dynamic, Core Theatre Ensemble delivers their teleplay, Shakespeare's Macbeth, for the No Holds Bard Festival 2021. Originally adapted for and performed at the 2014 FIT (18th Edition) Fêtes Internationales du Théâtre held in Quebec,Canada, Core's version of Shakespeare's famous play dazzled international audiences with imagery, movement, and music. This production premiered in the US at The Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk, 2014 and was performed at ODU's 2016 Shakespeare Festival. It has now been re-imagined for 2021 audiences to enjoy on screen.

Core Theatre Ensemble is an international touring independent theater company based out of Norfolk, Virginia. Headed by Emel Ertugrul and Edwin Castillo, they have been creating since 2006.

As Core, they work with a philosophy and focus on the performer within the ensemble, their works gravitate towards the group event and highlights the ensemble as an entity working towards a common goal of performance and presentation. Core’s mission is to create innovative, compelling ensemble works that are both challenging to the actors involved and engaging to the audiences who watch. All we want is to make is great theater and have great people see it... everywhere.


The crowning piece of No Holds Bard is always the bootleg-style production. This year’s production adds another twist: it’s a bootleg movie! As always, the players have been randomly cast; we’ve given them a few weeks to learn their lines, craft their own costumes, and fashion their own props; then we’ve brought them into The Z to shoot their scene in front of a green screen and thrown the whole thing together!


Shake’s Songs returns to this year’s festival. This unique concert pairs local singer-songwriters with Shakespeare lyrics of their choosing.