Open Readings




Join us for an informal time 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.

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 literature and Shakespeare and his work.

bookstar reading

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



Bookstar at the historic Loma Theater in Point Loma
(First Tuesday of every month, 6.45pm-8.30pm)
- Rosecranz Street (address for directions: 3150 Rosecrans Place)
– San Diego, CA 92110 

  • Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 –  Richard III - Tom Haine directing
  • Tuesday February 7th, 2017 –  Richard III - Tom Haine directing
  • Tuesday March 7th, 2017 – Merchant of Venice – Charlie Riendeau directing
  • Tuesday April 4th, 2017 – Merchant of Venice – Charlie Riendeau directing
  • Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 – Love’s Labour’s Lost – Patricia Elmore Costa directing
  • Tuesday June 6th, 2017 - Love’s Labour’s Lost - Patricia Elmore Costa directing
  • Wednesday July 5th, 2017 – Henry IV Part 1 – Kim Keeline directing
  • Tuesday August 1st, 2017 –  Henry IV Part 1 – Kim Keeline directing
  • Tuesday September 5th, 2017 – Twelfth Night - Michael Reynolds directing
  • Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 –  Twelfth Night – Michael Reynolds directing
  • Tuesday November 7th, 2017 –  Merry Wives of Windsor – Kim Keeline directing
  • Tuesday December 5th, 2017 – Merry Wives of Windsor – Kim Keeline directing

There’s also a Meetup page for our readings:
>> San Diego Shakespeare Society Meetup

For questions or comments please contact our Director of Readings: Darryl Woodson  ( )



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.

Q: I went and it was fun. Are more readings planned in different locations?
A:  Great. We would like to expand to new venues where there may be an audience for this fun event.