Shakespeare Santa Monica Celebrates 10th Anniversary Season with TWELFTH NIGHT and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Shakespeare Santa Monica
Celebrates 10th Anniversary Season with
Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew
August 9 - August 31
Performed in Repertory, Outdoors at Reed Park, Santa Monica
Shakespeare Santa Monica has been delighting audiences of all ages with outdoor performances of Shakespeare's comedies set in the Tournament Tennis Courts at Reed Memorial Park in Santa Monica since 2004. This summer, Shakespeare Santa Monica returns for its 10th year anniversary season with eight performances of Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew with six performances. Admission is always a suggested donation of $20 or pay what you can. Kids and teens 16 years old or younger are always free.
Known for offering top-notch Shakespeare productions, Shakespeare Santa Monica celebrates its 10th year of fun, festive settings, actors with the agility for Shakespearean Verse - true to the language and accessible to audiences - and the great physical comedy that enhances all of their audience friendly adaptations.
The company is comprised of aspiring student artists and professional actors unified by their commitment to lifelong training in the classics. Every year the handpicked company of students and professionals train together for weeks before they pick up their scripts for the new season. They train with Louis Scheeder of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Classical Studio, Jean Louis Rodrique of UCLA and John Farmanesh-Bocca former Directing Fellow at The Juilliard School and Guest Faculty at NYU.
"We believe Shakespeare is most successful when it becomes a part of the fabric of our community. Accessibility will ensure that future generations have the opportunity to experience the poetry, power and timelessness of Shakespeare's theatrical work," explained John Farmanesh-Bocca
Having given over 1500 youth complimentary tickets to area organizations, Shakespeare Santa Monica continues to educate and enrich through the medium and magic of Shakespeare every summer.
One of the Primary functions of Shakespeare Santa Monica is as a summer professional training intensive in classical theatre acting, with teachers and directors from some of the finest arts institutions in the nation. The Curriculum consists of Text Analysis, Voice & Speech, Physical Approach, Scene Study, as well as Audition Technique. The focus is on elevating the actors' all around 'game', so that they approach classical text, as well as all other work, with greater specificity, clarity, inspiration and daring. Because of the limited sizes we get a chance to really take advantage of the fabulous training.
Performances of Twelfth Night take place on Friday, August 9; Saturday, August 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sundays, August 11, 18, 25. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Performances of The Taming of the Shrew take place on Thursday, August 15, 22, 29; and Fridays, August 16, 23, 30. All performances begin at 8 p.M. Reed Park, tournament tennis court #1 is located at the corner of 7th Street and Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 90407. For tickets and more information, please visit www.ShakespeareSantaMonica.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
TWELFTH NIGHT- by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's shipwreck play is a comedy of mischief, madness, moustaches and the love of love. When shipwrecked and bereaved Viola disguises herself as a boy, mistaken identities, unrequited love and other mishaps ensue. It's a hilarious and riotous tale of looking for love in all the wrong places and reminds us that happiness may come about in completely unexpected ways.
Performed on a tournament style tennis court, this exhilarating interpretation of a classic Shakespeare comedy will give audiences exactly what they want from outdoor summer Shakespeare: physical comedy, inclusion, and full-cast dance romps!
WHEN: August 9 - 31; Only 8 Performances;
Friday @ 8 p.m.: August 9
Saturdays @ 8 p.m.: August 10, 17, 24, 31
Sundays @ 8 p.m.: August 11, 18, 25
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW- by William Shakespeare