Raising the Bard in San Diego!


TUESDAY MAY 26th. JOIN US FOR A FREE OPEN READING OF RICHARD II

Join us for this rare chance to experience one of Shakespeare’s most profound plays.

Just listen or come along and read a part!

“Richard II”.  La Jolla Library in the beautiful Auditorium, directed by Kim Keeline. 6-8pm. All welcome! 7555 Draper Street, La Jolla. Easy parking. Bus 30.

 


JOIN US FOR “UPSTART CROW IDOL”. TUESDAY JUNE 2nd. 6.45pm

Join us and our three expert judges in the informal café area at the Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffee House in Seaport Village for this great evening of performance and entertainment. Plus it stars YOU if you would like to perform!

You can read anything from Shakespeare, or any other writer. Or feel free to sing or play an instrument. Perform solo or with friends or with anyone else in the audience (we have lots of enthusiastic performers). It’s creative, fun, and great public performance practice. And we have a prize for whichever person or group is this year’s “Upstart Crow Idol”.

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Very few rules! Performances must be less than 5 minutes (unless you are really good). No need to memorize, you can read from a script or sing from a score. Singers can bring tape, CD, or live non-electric accompaniment. There’s no amplification but you wouldn’t need it and Shakespeare didn’t have it. Content must be family appropriate (the venue is a bookstore and we are in their café area, not in a separate room). There’s no stage and pretty much no space to set anything up.

All welcome to either perform or just watch! It’s informal so come and go as you want, check out the books, or buy some coffee and a cake.

If you go into Seaport Village via Kettner Boulevard you will find the Upstart Crow to your right.

Our three super judges are from the local arts community and all have extensive performance, directing, and producing experience:
Christophver R
Tom Haine
– Vanessa Dinning

 


 

OUR 10TH ANNUAL STUDENT SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IN BALBOA PARK WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!!

Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered for, and performed at the Festival. Thanks to our judges! Thanks to Maria who coordinated the whole event! Great job! Thanks to all the parents, family members, and others who made the costumes. And most of all thanks to the wonderful teachers who put so much time and effort into coaching their students to excel. You know who you are!!!

Let us know by email if you have any great photos from the Festival that we can include here on our website.

Hope to see you all again next year!!

Monica Hall, drama teacher at Carlsbad High School, Alex Sandie of the San Diego Shakespeare Society, and some of her students at the 2015 Student Shakespeare Festival. Photo courtesy of Monica Hall.

Monica Hall, drama teacher at Carlsbad High School, Alex Sandie of the San Diego Shakespeare Society, and some of her students at the 2015 Student Shakespeare Festival. Photo courtesy of Monica Hall.

Photo by Beth Accomando

A famous scene from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ performed at the 2015 Student Shakespeare Festival. Photo courtesy of Beth Accomando.

>> See some photos on Facebook taken by Beth Accomando

>> See KPBS’s coverage of the Festival by Beth Accomando

 


SHAKESPEARE FIRST FOLIO TOURING EXHIBITION TO VISIT SAN DIEGO IN 2016!!

San Diego’s Old Globe Theater and San Diego Public Library have successfully led an effort to have the Folger Shakespeare Library‘s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare touring exhibition come to San Diego in 2016. We can’t wait!

>> Read the article in the San Diego UT

>> Read the press release from the Old Globe

The cover page of a Shakespeare First Folio. (Photo: Old Globe)

The cover page of a Shakespeare First Folio. (Photo: Old Globe)

 


 

COME TO ONE OF OUR MONTHLY OPEN SHAKESPEARE READINGS

Join us for one of these regular informal evenings in San Diego with the Bard, starring you! All welcome. Free. Anyone can join in the reading or just come along to listen. Parts are re-assigned before each scene so everyone who wants to can read.

shakespeare at the beach

(Image: Courtesy La Jolla Riford Library)

These popular readings are fun, interactive, creative, and great public speaking and acting practice. They are also a good way to meet other people who are interested in Shakespeare and his work.

We hold open readings every month at several locations including:

  • Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffee Shop, Seaport Village
  • Encinitas Library
  • La Jolla Library
  • Central Library in downtown

>> See more info and the schedule of upcoming readings

 


WATCH THE SAN DIEGO SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY 2014 OLD GLOBE CELEBRITY SONNETS PERFORMANCE!!!

Recorded at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, San Diego. October 13th 2014

 The video was recorded and edited for us by Shamus Brown. THANKS SHAMUS!