|Kings County Shakespeare Company (KCSC) is now moving into its 24th season and this will be its 50th mainstage production. The company occupies a special place among NYC's classical companies, by virtue of its clear artistic direction and the high quality of its acting. The New York Times (D.J.R. Bruckner), reviewing the company's last production of "The Taming of the Shrew" (in 2001, directed by Liz Shipman), wrote: "This company has become a fine ensemble. The easy command of Shakespeare's language by the actors is impressive."|
KCSC was founded in 1983 by Deborah Wright Houston and Liz Shipman at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in celebration of the Garden's Shakespeare Day. Of its 49 productions since 1983, only eight have been by authors other than Shakespeare. With Houston and Shipman as co-artistic directors, the company achieved prominence while presenting Shakespeare under-the-stars in Prospect Park for thirteen seasons. KCSC went indoors at St. Francis College's Founders Hall in 1999 and, in 2001, became the College's resident classical theater company. In 2001, Liz Shipman left to accept a teaching post at Washington University in St. Louis and Renee Bucciarelli replaced her as Associate Artistic Director, serving until 2004. This was KCSC's most prolific period. Since 2004, while its "home" performance space was unavailable due to renovations, KCSC mounted mainstage productions at the Chapel of the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, Abingdon Theater in Manhattan and BRIC Studio in Brooklyn. This season, the company has returned to St. Francis College for rehearsals and support services, but the current production of "Taming of the Shrew" is being staged in the ART-NY building where KCSC has its management office.