Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Santa Cruz Shakespeare (SCS) will carry on the tradition of professional, thought-provoking and passionate theater in Santa Cruz forged by its predecessor, Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC). This 2014 summer season, SCS will produce As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor from July 1 - August 10.

SSC was founded in 1981 by Audrey Stanley and was in residence at UC Santa Cruz for 32 years. In August of 2013 the university announced that it would close the doors of the festival at the end of the season. In December, Shakespeare Play On (SPO) was founded, comprised of festival supporters, board members, artists and community leaders. SPO launched a campaign to resurrect the festival with the goal to give the community a chance to speak for themselves concerning the fate of the organization. Their voice was loud and clear: Santa Cruz wants a professional Shakespeare Festival. SCS will produce two Shakespeare comedies and an intern "fringe" show this summer in the Stanley-Sinsheimer Festival Glen.

As You Like It, July 1 to August 10

The Merry Wives of Windsor, July 1 to August 10

 

And... we're proud to announce we will have a fabulous Summer Session program called Shakespeare this Summer!

It's 5 weeks (Session 1: June 22 - July 24) for 7 units of Shakespearean Literature and Theatre/Dramaturgy, 2 general educations met, plus speakers, movies, trips to Bay Area Shakespeare in the Park, and so much more.