"Music, lighting, dance, and inventive staging combine with a wise script, a unique aesthetic, and powerful acting to create the ultimate ‘total work of art.’"

-Erin Khan about The Life & Death of Queen Margaret at Theater for the New City, NYC, in StageBuddy (2017)

Staged readings of our brand new script

far reaches

at the culmination of ape’s “what We See” month of theatrical residencies

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RLT presents the first public staged readings of a new script by RLT member Ellen Morbyrne called Far Reaches in the genre of Cli-Fi (a science fiction genre dealing with the impacts of climate change).

One Raft Person. One Witness. One world covered in endless ocean.


What do we remember? And how? What does it mean to survive, and what is survival worth to us? Two people from completely different backgrounds make their way towards understanding, following memories and stories as they seek some kind of truth.

July 28-August 4th, RLT will be in residency at the Flex Space inside 33 Hawley (the Northampton Arts Trust Building), as the final week in APE’s month-long block of theater residencies. We’ll be working to bring this story to life for the first time: exploring what works about it so far, what can be refined, redefined, or more excellently imagined, and culminating in two staged readings with talk-backs on Sunday, August 4th.


The RLT artists involved in this initial phase are Ellen Morbyrne serving as playwright and director, Trenda Loftin serving as a performer, Julissa Rodríguez serving as a performer, and Julia Vincenza Whalen serving as designer.

sunday, august 4th

2pm & 5pm

staged readings & audience/artist talk-backs

sliding scale tickets starting at $10

33 Hawley Street, Northampton

Tickets at the door or at: https://FarReachesReadings.brownpapertickets.com

WHAT WE SEE is a project of APE@Hawley, and is funded in part by grants from the Northampton Arts Council, The Mass Cultural Council, and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

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One weekend only: october 24-27, APE@33 Hawley Street (Northampton Arts Trust Building)


by Gracie Gardner

directed by Ellen Morbyrne, starring Rachel Hall & Syl Simmons

“… [A] fierce and lovely comedy … two high school fencers forge a tenuous friendship, advancing and retreating as they train together. They're practicing for Nationals. They're practicing for life.” -- The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2018

more details coming soon!



a tapestry of Shakespeare's text as funneled and augmented by Toby Vera Bercovici and Dan Morbyrne
directed by Toby Vera Bercovici

During the 100 Years’ War between England and France, just after the time of Joan of Arc, a young French princess is torn from her home and sent to a foreign land to become its queen. Surrounded by powerful men who resent her for her gender and origins, and coupled with a king both weak-willed and prone to madness, she forms an alliance with her new lover to take down critics and seize control of the kingdom. When battle lines are drawn, can she lead the country in war and protect the crown for herself, her king, and her heirs?

The Life and Death of Queen Margaret follows the story of Margaret of Anjou, a fierce, strong-willed, and independent woman who was both a historical figure and also one of Shakespeare's greatest characters. Her rise to leadership and subsequent downfall, portrayed through bitingly relevant and alarmingly prescient 400-year-old texts, hold a necessary mirror up to our modern society.

In a time when women's rights have been under attack by those in positions of supreme power, Real Live Theatre brings you this 'new' Shakespeare play which examines what really goes on when women rise to power inside patriarchal systems.

Real Live Theatre's The Life and Death of Queen Margaret features an all-female cast of eight. The show is available for touring performances to colleges, universities, and producing venues. We are also available for residencies and concurrent workshops/class visits focused on speech, movement, devised ensemble, and Shakespeare's language.


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