SSC was founded in 2012 as SHRUNKEN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY by members of Off-Broadway’s The Barrow Group Theater Company and the Berkshire’s Shakespeare & Company.
The original resident company was determined to produce classical theater for NYC audiences in a unique and undefined way — relying on a combination of DEVISING and ORIGINAL PRACTICES. This group of actors and directors selected a performance space which in turn would inspire the group as to which play to produce. This led to the company’s first sold-out production of Midsummer at Brooklyn circus arts space The Muse, which co-produced the play. Well-received by audiences for its immersive nature and use of acrobats, SSC continued to BREAK THE FOURTH WALL in its underground cabaret production of Two Gentlemen of Verona in which the actors doubled as waitstaff and served food and drinks throughout.
In the spring of 2014, veteran film and television actor Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) collaborated with SSC in bringing Sorvino’s adaptation of King Lear to life as a staged reading & workshop at The Barrow Group Theater. Shortly after, the company presented the world premiere of What We Know, a completely devised modern retelling of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
A co-production with film producer Adam Shulman ignited the 2015 season, with Danya Taymor directing Olivier Award winner, Chukwudi Iwuji, and his screenplay, Ira, as a theatrical staged reading. The piece provides an in-depth look at the life of African-American classical actor IRA ALDRIDGE. The star-studded cast played for one evening as a precursor to the development of the film version. Later that year, the company’s Midsummer was reimagined for the Long Island City’s Secret Summer festival, where it was performed for over 600 guests.
SSC continues to flourish, and has transitioned into developing NEW WORKS with actors, writers, and directors whose interests lie in COLLABORATION, INNOVATION and RISK TAKING.