Raising the Bard in San Diego!




Henry IV Part 1
Tuesday, August 1st 2017. 6.00 pm-8:00 pm.
- Barnes and Noble Bookstar Store/Loma Theater, 3150 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA
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    You’re invited!

    Join us for an informal time with the Bard, starring you! All are welcome. Anyone can read or just listen.

    The Director:

    Shakespeare authority Kim Keeline will guide the reading. Kim has been an instructor in composition and literature, University of Southern California, Washington State University, PACE program, Mira Costa College, and Southwestern College. 1992-2006. She also  organized and produced the celebrity sonnets for North County and the Old Globe in 2012 and 2013. Kim received the STAR Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League in 2012 for her work at the SDSS. She is currently an associate general editor for The Shakespeare Standard.

    The Play:

    Between a rock and a wild place!

    Prince Hal is biding his time. His father, Henry IV, wants to tutor him in the cruel art of ruling the realm, but Hal would rather study the bottom of a beer stein in a seedy tavern, surrounded by his carousing friends, Mistress Quickly and assorted whores, boozers and petty rogues. They all look up to the gang’s charismatic leader, Sir John Falstaff—larger than life, debauched and allergic to all authority— who has been more of a teacher to Hal than his father ever was. Then, when a young rival threatens the kingdom, it’s time for Hal to step up and take on the family troubles. But how does a reckless son become a true prince? The story parallels our own times when Prince Henry says “Wisdom cries out in the streets, and no one regards it.”

    The Plan:

    Parts are re-assigned before each scene so everyone who wants to can read. Please bring your own copy of the play if possible. We MAY have an extra copy or two. This is the official reading of the San Diego Shakespeare Society. It is a free open reading of the plays of William Shakespeare from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on the first Tuesday of each month in the Barnes and Noble Bookstar at the historic Loma Theater in Pt. Loma. These popular readings are fun, interactive, creative and great public speaking and acting practice. They are also a great way to meet other people who are interested in literature and Shakespeare and his work.

    The Organization:

    We are a non-profit organization The San Diego Shakespeare Society’s mission is to introduce, educate and encourage the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare. Please explore our website at www.sandiegoshakespearesociety.org.

bookstar reading

One of our free, join-in open Shakespeare readings in progress at Barnes and Noble Bookstar in Point Loma.


The Second Annual Mock Trial: The Kingdom of Naples Vs. Prospero

Sunday, September 10, 2017   3:00 PM

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Campus
1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA


The Plot:

After the events depicted in The Tempest and after the return to Naples from that uncharted island in the Mediterranean, King Alonso dies suddenly. His son Ferdinand succeeds to the throne but soon falls under the malicious influence of Prospero’s brother, the unrepentant Antonio. He convinces Ferdinand that they were all
stranded on the island by the deliberate actions of Prospero and that by sinister means Prospero bewitched King Alonso into reinstating him as Duke of Milan. As this title was gained by trickery, it is null and void. Prospero is thus again deposed, with Antonio again becoming Duke. Criminal charges are brought against Prospero for piracy,
witchcraft, and false imprisonment. Under the circumstances, the wedding of Miranda and Ferdinand is off.

The Cast:

Prospero ~ Jonathan McMurtry
Caliban ~ Mark C. Petrich
Antonio ~ Raymond Lynch
Sidney St. John ~ Susan Benninghoff
Miranda ~ Alexis Park
Ferdinand ~ Thomas Block
Presiding Judge ~ Bryan H. Wildenthal, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Prosecution Counsel ~ Anne Perry, Esq.
Defense Counsel ~ Sam Bettwy, Adjunct Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Script by Gordon Gidlund, Esq.

Directed by Thomas Haine, Esq.

Admission :

This is a fundraiser for the SDSS. We need your support to help with all our year around activities.

$20 non-members; $10 society members, seniors, students, military.

Doors open at 2:30 PM. The trial will be held in the Moot Courtroom on the 2nd floor.

An optional wine and cheese reception will follow the program, cost $15, which should be added to the ticket price when you book, with the number in your party.

Advance Tickets Sales and Reception ~ send your check made payable to San Diego Shakespeare Society to: Susan Benninghoff / SDSS, 5924 Arboles Street, San Diego, CA 92120.

Please also include your email for confirmation and acknowledgement. Tickets will be held at Will Call. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. www.sandiegoshakespearesociety.org. 

We Do Shakespeare All Year ‘Round!




Thanks to all who attended, volunteered at, or performed in the Festival on Saturday April 29th in Balboa Park!!

>> Read Beth Accomando’s article on KPBS about this year’s festival.

And here’s Beth’s video she filmed at the Festival:


Hope to see you all again next year!!

>> Visit our Student Festival page