2014 Season

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Mark Rucker

In the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen

July 1 – August 10
Previews July 1st , 2nd and 3rd
(All Preview Tickets are $20.00)

Love at first sight, a wrestling match, cross-dressing and a fool! Shakespeare’s delightful, romantic comedy As You Like It boasts all four, cleverly intertwined with the trials and triumphs of love. Exiled from court, Rosalind ventures into the idyllic Forest of Arden with the fool, Touchstone, only to discover her true love Orlando awaits her. What follows is an elaborate scheme to capture his heart through her witty and playful ploy: instruct Orlando how to woo a woman while disguised as a boy. As You Like It explores the vast and varied incarnations of love culminating in a woodland wedding extravaganza!

Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes including a 15 minute intermission


The Merry Wives of Windsor

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kirsten Brandt

In the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen

July 13 – August 10
Previews July 13th, 14th and 15th
(All Preview Tickets are $20.00)

The Merry Wives of Windsor marks the return of audience favorite Sir John Falstaff once again down on both luck and cash. Hatching a ruse to fatten his wallet he schemes to seduce Mistresses Ford and Page in an attempt to swindle their husbands' money. Falstaff, as always, overestimates his ingenuity and the two women concoct a plan of their own to make a buffoon of the knight. Richard Ziman returns to Santa Cruz to helm this cheeky, mischievous romp.

“Here will be an old abusing of God's patience,
and the King's English.”
~Act I, scene iv


The Fringe Show: The Beard of Avon

By Amy Freed
Directed by Steve Boyle

In the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen

July 29th and August 5th ONLY
(All Fringe Show Tickets are $16.00)

In this mad-cap comedy a swain known as "Will Shakspere" who longs to be an artist flees his rural life for the stages of Elizabethan London. Did this novice actor become the ghost writer for the Earl of Oxford, Sir Francis Bacon, and even Queen Elizabeth? Authors too proud to admit they scribbled plays for the unwashed masses? This intelligent and fun-filled farce deliberates the longstanding debate over who really penned Shakespeare's canon. With a gleeful wink at intervening centuries, Amy Freed's deliciously witty The Beard of Avon portrays Will's comic struggles to become an artist in his own right in this bawdy, hilarious, conspiracy-laden origin story of how a poor hayseed with wild dreams found himself in over his head and became the man we know as Shakespeare.

"I have great... thought-like 'things' within my head--"

 ~Act I, scene i