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Bay Area Dance Week
Apr. 22-May 1, 2016
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Twelfth Night at California Shakespeare Theater. Photo: Kevin Berne
California Shakespeare Theater
May 25-Oct. 9, 2016
California Shakespeare Theater celebrates its 25th season at the Bruns Amphitheater with a newly-minted adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (May 25-Jun. 19), August Wilson’s powerful drama, Fences (Jul. 6-31), Shaw’s off-beat comedy You Never Can Tell (Aug. 10-Sep. 4) and Shakespeare’s timely tragedy, Othello, helmed by Cal Shakes’ new artistic director Eric Ting (Sep. 14-Oct. 9). The grounds open two hours before curtain for picnicking; patrons may bring their own meals or take advantage of the on-site café. Cal Shakes offers free shuttle service from the Orinda BART station and plentiful free parking on site.
Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Jul. 7-Aug. 7, 2016
This year, Livermore Shakespeare Festival presents The Tempest, featuring Larry Hecht as Prospero, and Jane Austen’s Persuasion, adapted for the stage by Bay Area actor and playwright Jennifer Le Blanc. The festival is held on the grounds of the Wente Vineyards Estate Winery and Tasting Room.
Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park
Jul. 30-31, Vallejo: Hanns Park
Aug. 6-7, Martinez: Martinez Waterfront Amphitheater
Aug. 13-14, Oakland: Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
Aug. 19-20, Location TBD
Established in 2010, Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park is an annual theatre festival where audiences of all ages and economic backgrounds can enjoy free professional outdoor theatre in Vallejo, Martinez and Oakland. This year, VSP will produce Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. VSP also provides professional performance opportunities to Bay Area actors through nontraditional casting; casts are made up of multiethnic actors of various backgrounds and experience levels from around the Bay Area.
Marin Shakespeare Company
Jun. 24-Sep. 25, 2016
Marin Shakespeare Company’s 27th outdoor season features Lauren Gunderson’s comedy, The Taming; Shakespeare’s gender-bending Twelfth Night and the darkly disturbing tragedy, Othello. Enjoy performances under the summer stars (plus picnicking and free parking) at Dominican University’s Forest Meadows Amphitheater in San Rafael. Marin Shakespeare offers low-cost previews; Family Days (youth 18 and under admitted free); Senior Matinees (seniors admitted at half price) and Saturday night preshow dinners. Marin Shakespeare welcomes patrons ages 25 and under to all performance with $10 admission.
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|Stephanie Crowley and Ray Renati in the Pear Theatre’s Pear Slices 2016 festival. Photo: Ray Renati|
*Pear Theatre’s Pear Slices 2016 Festival
May 12-29, 2016
Pear Slices is a celebration of short plays by local playwrights, presented each spring by the Pear Theatre. This year, to celebrate the Pear’s new and larger space, Pear Slices will be almost twice its usual size: two independent, alternating evenings of seven plays each, including works by Barbara Anderson, Paul Braverman, Diane Gribschaw, Max Gutmann, Leah Halper, Elyce Melmon, Ross Peter Nelson, Bridgette Portman, Douglas Rees, Earl T. Roske, David Schreiber and Evan Schumacher. And this year the Pear will offer a Saturday matinee for patrons who wish to see all 14 plays within 24 hours.
Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s Free Shakespeare in the Park
Jun. 10-26: San Jose, Willow Street Park (Love’s Labour’s Lost)
Jul. 29-Sep. 12: Sanborn Park, Saratoga (Julius Caesar)
Aug. 5-Sep. 4: Sanborn Park, Saratoga (Three Musketeers)
Sep. 8-17: San Mateo, Central Park (Love’s Labour’s Lost)
This year, Silicon Valley Shakespeare offers free performances of its “90’s pop” production of Shakespearean comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost at public parks in San Jose and San Mateo, as well as ticketed performances of Julius Caesar and The Three Musketeers. By providing high-quality and affordable theatrical experiences and educational programs, SVS aims to reach a diverse audience and build a new generation of theatregoers.
Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Jul. 12-Aug. 28, 2016
2016 marks the beginning of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s third year as an independent nonprofit festival, and the 35th year of Shakespeare performed in the evocative outdoor environment of Santa Cruz. The company has embraced gender equity in the acting company, finding a better way of telling stories that are inclusive and designed for a 21st century audience. Students 18 and under qualify for a free ticket when attending with a paying adult. Shows this summer include A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Hamlet and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, adapted by Sarah Ruhl.
*TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival
Aug. 8-21, 2016
TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival provides an opportunity for audiences to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development. The festival has launched many new works onto TheatreWorks’ main stage, as well as to productions across the nation, including acclaimed plays Fly By Night and Emma, Broadway’s Memphis, off-Broadway’s Striking 12 and Equivocation (winner of the 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award), as well as The North Pool, winner of the Will Glickman Award for the best new play to premiere in the Bay Area in 2011. Show titles for the 2016 New Works Festival will be announced in May.
Long-time Lemonade Fund supporter, ATLAS alum, and playwright/educator Terry Boero talks about the dramaturg's joy in nurturing creative impulses in others Read all about her here.