The Cradle Theater

Our name is representative of the two core values of our company. We began as a student company, and now as we leave this time of being students, and our company gets older, we want to hold on to what is great about student theatre: theatre that is unbridled in its imagination and energy. Additionally, we are interested in examining where we come from to know where we are going, which is why we have devoted ourselves to studying the works that come from the cradle of civilization--The Greeks, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and later, new work inspired by folklore and mythology.
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Last night, we began rehearsals for our five man production of Pericles, opening this fall.  Our fifth actor, Kyle Walton (Leontes in The Winter’s Tale) was unable to be there, but joined us in Coke form.  Stay tuned for updates on this exciting production!

We are so excited to announce that, this week, we reached our fundraising goal.  We open this Friday and would love to see you there!  Tickets are on sale and can be purchased on our website.

Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are now available!

Our cast is working really hard, and doing some great work. Come see the show starting July 11! Get your tickets now on our website. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Above photo: Daniel Sakamoto-Wengel as Lysander and Caroline Preziosi as Hermia.

Thanks to the very generous support of our friends and families, we are only $75 away from our fundraising goal!!! Please help us reach the finish line by donating anything you can to our GoFundMe page.
We love you all so much, and we’re so excited to perform for you :D

Lord, what fools these mortals be…

An exclusive sneak preview of our Puck masks — yes, plural!!  Midsummer’s most mischievous fairy will be played by the dynamic duo of Chris Huey and Chad Short.  Don’t miss out, be sure to reserve your tickets today at, and like us on Facebook for more Cradle Theatre news!

Masks designed by Madeleine Moore.

     My name is Daniel Sakamoto-Wengel. I will be directing The Cradle Theatre Company’s summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and I can hardly contain my excitement! Working together with former Carver Center students and current Baltimore School for the Arts students, we will navigate the mysterious world of a fantastical spirit world of magic and play that exists in tandem with a logical, strict Athenian society.
     A little about my involvement in the company: I played Berowne in The Cradle Theatre Company’s (formerly Not Another Shakespeare Company) performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost in the summer of 2010, an incredible experience in my first and the company’s first full-length production of Shakespeare that I will never forget. I continued my involvement with the Cradle Theatre Company when I played Mercutio and Lord Montague in the following summer’s production of Romeo & Juliet, a marvelously successful progression for our young company.
     Now, our company has extended into New York, where we hope for the thriving continuance of our great company with its roots in an educational Baltimore program for youth seeking a career in the theatre, all thanks to our patrons, parents, and pathways. While our mission continues in New York, I will be running things over here at Midsummer thanks to the help of one of the company’s cofounders, Maddi Moore, our Stage Manager/Producer, and longtime company members along with a slew of fresh Baltimore talent.
     I am honored with the opportunity to direct my first Shakespeare play with The Cradle Theatre Company, and I look forward to rehearsing with my lovely cast members.

Take pains. Be perfect. Adieu.

But there are still two more chances to see it at 2pm and 7pm.  Tickets are available online and at the door at Shetler Studios, Penthouse 1.  

Hope to see you there!

The Winter’s Tale opens tonight! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the magic. 

For more information, visit our website.

The Winter’s Tale opens tonight! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the magic. 

For more information, visit our website.

 Here’s a sneak peak at our production of “The Winter’s Tale,” opening this Thursday, August 29th and running until September 1st at Shetler Studios in New York, NY. Tickets are available on our website ( and at our Eventbrite page (http://awakenyourfaith-efbevent.event…)

Dylan Ungaretta (Florizel/Mariner/Servant) is an actor and a Junior at Fordham University - Lincoln Center. His past credits include roles in Measure for Measure (Angelo), Lydia (Misha), The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Young Scientist, British Envoy, Strauss), and an upcoming webseries, Timesplitters (Theo). He would like to thank his director, Rebecca Etzine, for always giving him new reasons to be passionate about The Bard; his cast and crew for an incredibly fun, enlightening, and inspiring few months; and his family for giving him loads of Florizels and Perditas to draw from and honor in this production. 

Scott Epstein is a Scenic Designer currently entering his senior year in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. Thank you to Rebecca and the team for this wonderful opportunity! 

Scott Epstein is a Scenic Designer currently entering his senior year in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. Thank you to Rebecca and the team for this wonderful opportunity! 

Here’s a word from our costume designer, Janice Ferger, about our process and concept.  Soon, we’ll be sharing page to stage photos from rehearsal.


When Rebecca and I first discussed producing “The Winter’s Tale” we talked about how the story is a fairy tale. There is a lost princess, there is magic, there is a happy ending. We wanted the play to feel like a fairy tale for our audience. I want the audience to feel transported to another world when they see the play. I want them to believe in magic. I want them to believe happy endings really can happen no matter how dark things may appear.

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Shane Moan (Lighting Design) is a graduate of Fordham University’s theatre program. Recent credits include Savage/LoveVerse Play, and Childhood. For more information please visit

Victoria Sun (Stage Manager) is a Philly native and rising sophomore at the Barnard College of Columbia University. A prospective double major in American Studies and French, Victoria has also worked with the Midtown International Theatre (Yesterday Iran/Today Iraq), the Columbia Musical Theatre Society (Party Worth Crashing), The Puppetbox Theatre (A Blues for ScroogeMomotaro), and Upper Darby Summer Stage (High School Musical 2, Peter Pan), among others. She’d like to thank her family/friends for their continued support — and special thanks to Rebecca Etzine and our wonderfully beautiful cast/crew for making this process such a fun and rewarding experience.