Genesis Repertory Ensemble carries the torch for the ideologies that were an integral part of the Federal Theater movement of the 1930s and the off and off-off Broadway movements that reached its zenith in the 1980s.

Genesis honors the original text of the classics,  but merges these words with new locations and casting choices thereby making these works accessible to a new audience. Genesis opened its doors in 1999 with Hamlet. The production created what would become a trademark of Genesis – Shakespeare set in a unique time and place, while still remaining true to the original text. Hamlet was set in Washington 1963 and became known as The Kennedy Hamlet.

Genesis exemplified this trademark with other classical works including:

Romeo and Juliet in a trailer park; Othello in a colorless world; The Merchant of Venice on the eve of Kristallnacht; Macbeth in 1940s Argentina; A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Central Park turn-of-the-millennium; Faustus as a tribute to Orson Welles; The Merry Wives of Windsor in a disco in 1976; a Fellini-esque Richard III utilizing puppetry with live action; the first Folio edition of Hamlet; Arias & Sonnets (an on-going series of Shakespeare scenes and soliloquies combined with their musical and operatic adaptations); The Tempest set on a Forbidden Planet; A Yorkshire Tragedy (from the fourth folio of Shakespeare) at LaMama; The Spanish Tragedy tributing Hammer Films and Lâ Theatre Du Grand Guignol; and many others.


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