Shakespeare by the Sea's 2016 Season to Feature OTHELLO & CYMBELINE
Each summer, Southern California audiences eagerly anticipate Shakespeare by the Sea's skillfully created productions, delivered right to their neighborhood and presented completely free of admission. This year, the company will deliver 42 performances in 24 locations, beginning and ending with its hometown crowd at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. The tour has become a favorite "must-do" event, drawing a collective audience of more than 20,000 to enjoy Shakespeare under the summer sky.
The fun begins with action-filled CYMBELINE on June 16, followed by the powerful and electrifying OTHELLO, which opens June 23. The two plays are presented in repertory at Point Fermin Park through July 9, after which the tour begins. Over the next six weeks, the company of actors will delight crowds in Aliso Viejo, Beverly Hills, Encino, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Nigel, Lakewood, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rossmoor, Rowland Heights, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, South Pasadena, Torrance, Whittier, Woodland Hills, and at Green Hills Memorial Park, the Marine Mammal Care Center, and Terranea Resort before returning to San Pedro for the final performances. Tour location details and dates are available at www.shakespearebythesea.org/locations.
The performances will be directed by one of the company's most popular directors and one of the company's favorite actors. Stephanie Coltrin, who directed THE TEMPEST and HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK in recent seasons, takes the helm for OTHELLO. Cylan Brown, seen recently in the title roles in both HAMLET and ROMEO AND JULIET directs CYMBELINE. "Summer is always something I look forward to. What better way to spend it than working with fabulous directors, designers and artists to bring these Shakespearean tales to life in beautiful locales?" says Lisa Coffi, Founder and Producing Artistic Director. She adds, "It's an exciting mix of old and new for us this season. We're presenting a work that's very well-known in OTHELLO, as well as a work that's rarely done with CYMBELINE. We're also performing in parks we've been performing in for years as well as touring to some new locations like Saddleback College. It'll be interesting to see how audiences respond to both."
Founded in 1998, and funded entirely by donations and grants, Shakespeare by the Sea brings the legendary playwright's classic works to underserved, culturally diverse audiences in order to ignite imagination, promote literacy and encourage artistic expression. This season's performances are made possible through the support of our Festival Sponsors: The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Jerico Development. The San Pedro performances are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and Union Pacific. More sponsors will be needed to complete the funding to produce this season's offerings.