book a show
Theatre Espresso books programs from October through June, and occasionally performs at fundraisers or special events on evenings or weekends. Our actors are available to teach in after-school programs. We present our programs in a wide variety of venues, including school auditoriums, gymnasiums, libraries, courtrooms, conference rooms, and proscenium theatres! We also offer a free program for Boston Public Schools (see below). We can perform in most settings as long as there is sufficient room for our equipment, a large enough 'stage' area and, of course, room for the desired audience.
Before you contact us about booking, please try to gather the following information:
Grade and Number of Students
Optimum dates (day, week, month)
Number of performances desired
We need at least 30 days lead time to schedule a program. Look over the Theatre Espresso performance fees and lengths, audience size limits, and discount possibilities listed below. Because Theatre Espresso charges $5.00 per student over the stated audience limits, we request that sponsors notify us when student numbers will exceed our audience limits so that the contract reflects the extra students. Check out our performance calendar on the home page to view our availability.
To request to book a show, please contact us.
programs and fees
Justice at War: The Japanese Internment Camps
Length: 1 hour
1 Performance: $1500
2 Performances: $2000
Audience Limit: 150
Cast Size: 5-6 actors
Uprising on King Street
The Nine Who Dared
Trial of Anthony Burns
Length: 1.25 hours
1 Performance: $1800
2 Performances: $2300
Audience Limit: 150
Cast Size: 8-9 actors
** Theatre Espresso adds a gas/mileage surcharge to contracts with schools beyond 100 miles from Boston. In recent years we have performed for schools in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maine.
opportunity for bps
Through its Road to Tolerance program, Theatre Espresso is making it possible for Boston Public School students to attend performances of any one of five dramas--American Tapestry, The Nine Who Dared, The Trial of Anthony Burns, Justice at War, and Secret Soldiers--at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, in partnership with the Supreme Judicial Court and the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society. The Road to Tolerance performances are grant-funded and free for Boston Public Schools. Schools can arrange for transportation to the John Adams Courthouse through Mass Cultural Council's "Big Yellow School Bus" program. Please contact Kortney Adams, Managing Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-942-0899 to learn more about this program or to book one of the plays at the John Adams Courthouse during the school year.
Theatre Espresso performs in auditoriums, school libraries, gymnasiums, classrooms, and even cafeterias. Theatre Espresso's actors will begin arriving at least 90 minutes prior to the 1st performance on the program date; the sponsor should meet the actors upon arrival and show them to the performance space. We transport all the necessary costumes, props, and set pieces for our interactive dramas.
In most spaces, the ambient lighting is sufficient. However, auditorium stages often require theatrical lighting and so it's helpful to have a school staff member or student available--during the time our actors are setting up--who can access the lighting system and make necessary adjustments. We do not require microphones or amplification.
For the convenience of our actors, we ask that schools provide the following:
2 tables (for props, costumes)
Drinking water (pitcher and cups or bottled water)
Access to nearby bathroom/changing room
We expect the sponsor, teacher, or principal to be on hand to introduce the performance(s) to the student audience. The introduction should mention Theatre Espresso and, if applicable, the organization sponsoring our program at the school. During the introduction the students should be reminded of their decision-making role at the end of the drama. The actors will conduct a post-performance talkback to answer any further questions students may have about the relevant history, the drama, or Theatre Espresso.