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The Porters of Hellsgate

Los Angeles, CA

We are a young classical theatre company based in Los Angeles, CA. It is our intent to bring the work of Shakespeare and other classical authors to life here in the City of Angels.

We do this because we love it. There is great joy in studying and staging the masters. It is also our belief that in our electronic and virtual age the communal experience of theatre and classical theatre's communion with the past is vitally important. Ours is an art that media can at times push out but never replace; we are proud of that, and are working to help keep the classics alive and well in Los Angeles.

It is our hope to one day be a major force in the theatrical community of our city. No matter how difficult that path is, nothing can stop us from having an incredible time trying the get there.

The Porters of Hellsgate were formed in late 2006 by Edward Castuera, Jack Leahy and Charles Pasternak. Their inaugural production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar opened at the end of that year. Since then the Porters have produced ten more Shakespearean productions: Twelfth Night ('07), Richard III ('07), Titus Andronicus ('07), Two Gentlemen of Verona ('07/'08), Much Ado About Nothing ('08), Macbeth ('08), Love's Labour's Lost ('08), Richard II ('09), Hamlet ('10), and The Comedy of Errors (%u201810). They have also produced Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead ('10, in rep with Hamlet), an original work, Deity Clutch (originally produced in '10, then remounted for the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival), penned by Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger, and earlier this year, the world premiere of a new translation of Oedipus the Tyrant ('11), translated by resident artist Jamey Hecht, Ph.D. In 2010, Artistic Director Charles Pasternak was awarded %u201CShakespeare Performance of the Year%u201D by StageSceneLA for his performance in the title role of Hamlet in The Porters%u2019 production of The Bard%u2019s timeless tragedy (which also received a %u201CGO!%u201D from the LA Weekly). Also awarded, Executive Director Edward Castuera, in the role of Horatio, earning %u201CBest Performance by a Featured Actor/Drama,%u201D and Associate Artistic Director Thomas Bigley, earning %u201COutstanding Direction of a Drama.%u201D It is the Porters' continuing intent to bring powerful productions of classical work to the Los Angeles community.

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King John

November 03, 2017 8:00 PM - December 10, 2017 2:00 PM

Concluding their 11th Season, The Porters turn to Shakespeares earliest king; John will be the 25th production on the companys march to complete the Bards canon. Against a landscape of war and vicious political selfishness, the play examines the fallout when a weak and feckless bully runs his country to the brink of destruction.
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The Porters of Hellsgate

Los Angeles, CA




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April 28, 2017 8:00 PM - June 04, 2017 2:00 PM
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Breaking Bard

January 20, 2017 8:00 PM
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Richard III: The Year of the Kin...

August 13, 2016 7:00 PM
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Henry V: The Year of the King St...

August 06, 2016 7:00 PM
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Richard II: The Year of the King...

July 30, 2016 7:00 PM
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The Henry VI Trilogy

April 29, 2016 8:00 PM - June 05, 2016 8:00 PM
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Porters of Hellsgate Spring 2016...

March 12, 2016 8:00 PM
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Breaking Bard

September 24, 2015 8:00 PM - November 01, 2015 7:00 PM
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February 27, 2015 8:00 PM - March 28, 2015 8:00 PM
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The Winter's Tale

October 18, 2014 8:00 PM - November 15, 2014 8:00 PM
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February 14, 2014 8:00 PM - March 29, 2014 8:00 PM
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Sherlock Through the Looking Glass

August 16, 2013 8:00 PM - September 22, 2013 2:00 PM
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Timon of Athens

May 03, 2013 8:00 PM - June 02, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Porters of Hellsgate Present:...

January 04, 2013 8:00 PM - February 09, 2013 8:00 PM
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September 21, 2012 8:00 PM - October 28, 2012 2:00 PM
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The Merry Wives of Windsor PRESEN...

June 15, 2012 8:00 PM - July 22, 2012 2:00 PM
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The Porters of Hellsgate Present:...

January 13, 2012 8:00 PM - February 19, 2012 2:00 PM
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August 12, 2011 8:00 PM - September 18, 2011 2:00 PM
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The Porters of Hellsgate present...

February 20, 2011 7:00 PM - March 20, 2011 2:00 PM
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November 05, 2010 8:00 PM - November 28, 2010 1:00 PM
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