Independent Shakespeare Co's Free Festival Opens Tonight

Independent Shakespeare Co's Free Festival Opens Tonight

It's finally that time of year: grab your blanket, your friends, and your family and and head to the park for some summer Shakespeare! This Weekend: Beat the crowds and come this week for The Winter's Tale opening tonight, Thursday June 28.

In Sicilia, all is well. But when King Leontes becomes consumed with jealousy, a misunderstanding spirals into tragedy. Indifferent to the word of the Gods, reason, or natural sentiment, he resigns his wife, son, and unborn child to a dreadful fate. As the years roll on, however, a very different destiny is evolving in the kingdom of Bohemia. Rustic and wild, it is a place where love prevails and music and humor are rampant. When the two worlds intersect, miracles come to pass.

Shakespeare’s great romance challenges our expectations. It folds time and genre into a unique work of art that reveals the essential, humane nature of the author.

And this Saturday, we have our first Salon of the summer: Shakespeare Now with Sanford Robbins
Saturday, June 30 at 6:00 pm

In this far-ranging discussion of Shakespeare’s continuing role in our society, expect to explore recurring themes in the plays, discuss his historical and current eminence in world theater, and get to the bottom of why Ben Johnson said Shakespeare was “not for an age, but for all time.”

Sanford Robbins is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Resident Ensemble Players (REP), the professional theatre at the University of Delaware, as well as founder and Director of Training for the University’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). He has directed throughout the world, including at the Alley Theatre, the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, the Moscow Art Theatre Studio and The National Theatre of Cyprus.

Salon Series events meet under a tree in the performance area at 6:00 pm.
Reservations recommended for Salon Series: or call (818) 710-6306.

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2012 Season
The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Comedy of Errors

Productions run in repertory through September 2.
Outdoors at the Old Zoo, Griffith Park
Thursday - Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Performances FREE, reservations are NOT required. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Please arrive early to stake out your seating & dress warmly!
Full calendar, directions, and more information at

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