This fall, Elyse joins the casts of The Lusty Adventures of Tom Jones and Coriolanus at Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel, CA.
Based on the 1963 Academy Award for Best Picture-winning film, directed by Ken Kelleher, and performed in the historic outdoor Forest Theater, Jon Jory’s The Lusty Adventures of Tom Jones is a rollicking and naughty adaptation of Henry Fielding’s ribald classic Tom Jones. Abandoned as a child to the care of Squire Allworthy, Tom Jones is now all grown up and launched into the bewildering romantic world. He falls madly in love with the virtuous Sophia Western -- but Sophia's father is determined to keep the two apart.
In his pursuit of true love, the well-intentioned Tom finds himself the object of female attention and romantic complication. But will these misadventures permanently jeopardize his chances with Sophia? Tom Jones is a bawdy and rollicking comedy for the stage that will have the audience in stitches.
Also directed by Kelleher and performed in the intimate Circle Theatre, Shakespeare’s Coriolanus continues PacRep’s exploration of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a reimagined timely political piece surrounding class politics and the nature of patriotism.
Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to power yet he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. Now he must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie in a new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor widens every day.
Tom Jones opens September 28, 2018 and runs through October 14, 2018. Coriolanus opens October 19, 2018 and runs through November 4, 2018. For more information, visit PacRep’s website, here.
Elyse will appear in Capital Stage’s annual new works festival, Playwrights’ Revolution, in GREAT WHITE by Deborah Yarchun.
by Deborah Yarchun
Directed by Imani Mitchell
Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 pm
E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts – Studio 1
Fourteen-year-old Brooke is in trouble. Her sixteen-year-old sister, Ivy, is manic and increasingly violent, and their mother, Gail, refuses to acknowledge the danger. As Brooke struggles to hold her family together, she copes by tracking a great white shark. This leads her to Luis, a troubled fifteen-year-old boy intent on swimming out to meet the shark in the ocean. As their friendship deepens, Brooke becomes increasingly aware of the shark drawing closer in her own life: that her sister, in a manic fit, might kill her. Set in present-day southern Florida, between coastal floods, Great White is a coming-of-age drama that explores unremitting love for family, and the consequences of inaction.
As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION to identify and develop new plays and playwrights. Each year, a handful of plays are carefully selected from hundreds of submissions. Directors and actors are selected, and audiences are invited to participate in post-reading discussions to contribute to the development of the world’s newest plays.
B Street Theatre presents staged readings of four new plays: MORE BETTER BEAUTIFUL by Robert Caisley, SMALL STEPS by Briandaniel Ogelsby, THE FOREVER QUESTION by Jim Christy and BABY CAKES by Leila Teitelman. The plays will feature B Street acting company members and the winner of the Festival will have a spot in B Street Theatre's 2019 Mainstage Season!
Elyse will appear in BABY CAKES. Click the link below for more info
Elyse sat down with other members of the B Street Fantasy Festival School Tour and B Street Artistic Associate, Sean Patrick Nill, to talk about life on tour. Read the interview here:
This spring, Elyse Sharp will join the B Street School Tour for the 32nd Fantasy Festival.
For the past 32 years, B Street School Tour’s goal has been to foster an appreciation for live professional theatre in as many school children as possible. To that end, B Street School Tour performs 12 times per week, 36 weeks per year in schools, hospitals, and public places reaching approximately 200,000 children annually. B Street develops shows that relate directly to the curriculum, exploring themes in math, science, technology, history and literature. Free study guides are provided to help teachers connect theatre to Common Core State Standards. With many of the shows written by students, these performances are a great way to introduce children to the art of playwriting and the excitement of live theatre!
"Sharp and Kitchin are so endearing as the nerds in love that...you can’t help but cheer them on"
"Miss Bennet: Christmas as Pemberley is a perfect Christmas play"
This holiday season, Elyse will be starring as Mary Bennet in Capital Stage Company's special holiday production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, directed by Capital Stage co-founder, Peter Mohrmann.
In this charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love. This romantic comedy picks up two years after Jane Austen’s beloved tale ended, with a clever and captivating style that will delight Austen aficionados and newcomers alike!
Tickets are available now at:
Elyse Sharp "skillfully disintegrates from love-struck to grief-stricken and finally goes insane in a breathtakingly chilling scene [...] Overall, the production at Brice Station is an engagingly provocative stop on any lifelong “Hamlet” journey, an unmissable production for anyone who cares about theater, and a truly fine introduction for the Shakespearean newbie."