Open Readings

                                   OPEN READING SCHEDULE


Bookstore Phone –  619.232.4855

READING TIME 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM. This is a charming bookstore and coffeehouse with comfortable chairs and tables serving coffee and snacks, books and gifts.  


Seaport Village Parking Lot - Upstart Crow will validate your ticket with purchase. $5 for the first 3 hours.

Embarcadero Marina Park – Bring quarters to feed the meters about $2 worth (meters also take cards). Parking is free after 6:00 PM. Questions or comments please contact  President Darryl Woodson at

                                                2018 Schedule!

  • First Tuesday of every month at the Upstart Crow Bookstore in Seaport Village. Sponsored by the San Diego Shakespeare Society.6:45 PM to 8:45 PM. All Ages Welcome. Read or just listen. Bring your own text or buy at the shop. Limited number of Texts Provided:
  • Tuesday Jan 2:  Julius Caesar – Thomas Haine directing
  • Tuesday Feb 6:  Julius Caesar  (2nd Half) – Thomas Haine directing
  • Tuesday Mar 6:  Romeo and Juliet – Charles Riendeau directing
  • Tuesday Apr 3:  Romeo and Juliet (2nd Half)– Charles Riendeau directing
  • Tuesday May 1:  As you like it – Patricia Elmore Costa directing
  • Tuesday Jun 5:  As you like it  (2nd Half) – Patricia Elmore Costa directing
  • Tuesday July 3:  Much Ado about Nothing – Kim Keeline directing
  • Tuesday Aug 7:  Much Ado about Nothing (2nd Half) – Kim Keeline directing
  • Tuesday Sept 4: The Tempest – Gordon Gidlund directing
  • Tuesday Oct   2:  The Tempest  (2nd Half) – Gordon Gidlund directing
  • Tuesday Nov  6:  Macbeth– Darryl Woodson directing
  • Tuesday Dec. 4:  Macbeth (2nd Half) – Darryl Woodson directing                             

There’s also a Meetup page for our readings. Please click below.

 San Diego Shakespeare Society Meetup

FAQs about the Open Readings

Q:  Do I have to read?
A:  No, absolutely not.  You are welcome to show up and just watch.  We suspect, however, that it will look like too much fun for you to resist for long. A lot of newcomers don’t want to read initially but when they see how fun it is, they join in! But there is no pressure at all if you just want to watch and we have regular attendees who have never read.

Q: Do I have to bring a book?
A:  You don’t need to have a text if you just want to listen, but it can be fun to follow along in a text even if you are not reading. At readings held at libraries, copies are kindly provided by the library. At other readings, if you do want to read it is recommended that you bring your own copy of the text to be read that night, a Complete Works, or at least a smartphone or tablet so you can find the text online.

Q: Can I act as a specific character or be in a particular scene?
A:  That may be possible.  Each evening has an assigned director who has planned what scenes to cover.  If you are really anxious to act in a specific scene, talk to the director at the start and see what can be arranged.  No guarantees, but if the scene is being done that night, it might be possible.  All scenes are cast that night right before they are read, so usually everyone who wants to act has the chance to do at least a small role.

Q: Who can participate?
A:  Everyone!  They are free and open to the public.