Raising the Bard in San Diego!


MONDAY JULY 6th: STAGED READING OF MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM IN ESCONDIDO

Luminary Arts  presents a staged reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, adapted and Directed by Patrick McBride, at the Center for the Arts, Escondido, in Studio One, on Monday July 6, at 7 PM.

Midsummer


SAN DIEGO’S OLD GLOBE PRESENTS A SUMMER SEASON OF SHAKESPEARE FILMS

>> Read all about the films and plan ahead in this KPBS article

and here’s a trailer for one of the movies they’ll be showing (Monday, August 7th):

 


COME SEE “ALAS, POOR YORICK” – TWO PERFORMANCES OF A STAGED READING OF A PREQUEL TO HAMLET

A co-production of the La Jolla Theater Ensemble and the San Diego Shakespeare Society in the La Jolla Community Center’s beautiful outdoor courtyard.

“Alas, Poor Yorick” is written by Gary Seger, a life-time member of the San Diego Shakespeare Society and Del Mar resident. This clever, suspenseful, and highly entertaining play was first presented by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2003 and then by the San Diego Shakespeare Society in 2004.

  • Tuesday June 30th. 7pm
    and
    Friday July 3rd. 7pm 
  • La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037. The Center is on La Jolla Boulevard two blocks south of Nautilus Street. Free parking on the street. Bus route 30.
  • Admission: Suggested donation of $10.

Produced and Directed by John Tessmer

Cast:
GERTRUDE: Kendra Leori Truett​
Young HAMLET: Mo Hetzer
POLONIUS: Jesse MacKinnon​
CLAUDIUS: John Tessmer
Young OPHELIA: Abby DeSpain
King HAMLET: Jef Olson​
LUCRETIA/DOLL: Kristin Woodburn-Wright​
DIGGER: Kevin Olson-Six​
With narration by Kristin Woodburn-Wright and Kevin Olson-Six

This production is the first show in La Jolla Theater Ensemble’s summer season of staged readings, and the first in a series featuring local playwright’s work.

The La Jolla Theater Ensemble

The La Jolla Theater Ensemble

 


JOIN US FOR AN UPCOMING OPEN READING! ALL WELCOME! READ OR JUST WATCH!

(Image: Courtesy La Jolla Riford Library)

(Image: Courtesy La Jolla Riford Library)

 

  • Tuesday July 7th. 6.45pm-8.30pm
    Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffee Shop, Seaport Village

    “Acting Workshop Night” directed by Christophver R

 

  • Tuesday July 14th. 6pm-8pm
    Encinitas Public Library
    “A Winter’s Tale” directed by Aimee Greenberg

 

>> See more info and the schedule of upcoming readings

 


ANNOUNCING OUR 11th ANNUAL SAN DIEGO STUDENT SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2016

  • The 2016 San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival
    Saturday April 16th
    Noon to 4pm

    The Prado promenade
    Balboa Park

Our 2015 Festival was lots of fun! 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!!!

From the 2015 Festival. Young people perform scenes from ‘A Comedy of Errors’.

Hope to see you all again next year!! The 2016 Festival will be on Saturday April 16th.

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 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 at several locations:

  • Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffee Shop, Seaport Village
  • Encinitas 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!