Monthly Archives: August 2015

IN THE NEWS: Shakespeare Takes Leave of its Iconic Setting

POSTED: 08/26/15, 2:51 PM PDT By Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel William Shakespeare never laid eyes on a redwood tree. But for generations of theater lovers in Santa Cruz, Shakespeare and the redwoods are as natural a pairing as wine and cheese, chips and salsa, coffee and, well, anything. The orientation of stage and audience [...]

Thank you to the Community Partners

We want to send a big thank you to our 2015 Community Partners. Community Partners are local businesses that support Santa Cruz Shakespeare through donations of goods and services. This year’s Community Partners have kept our cast and crew fueled (Lulu Carpenter’s), fed (Bagelry, Hoffman’s Downtown) and limber (Luma Yoga). They’ve provided rehearsal space (Georgiana […]

Our Quest for Our New Home: Origins

New Home 2016 Update from Mike Ryan, Artistic Director, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Posted August 20, 2015 If you had told me a year and a half ago that becoming an Artistic Director would involve learning about storm drainage plans, electrical conduits, biotic reports, soil grading, and all of the other details that are currently swirling in [...]

REVIEW: THE LIAR is for you, Lisa Jensen Online

Lisa Jensen Online, Posted on August 17, 2015 Words Point By Lisa Jensen If you’re one of those slightly benighted folks who think Santa Cruz Shakespeare would be so much fun, except for, you know, all that Shakespeare, then the current SCS production of The Liar is for you. On the other hand, if you can’t […]

ARTIST PROFILE: Madison Kisst, The Rover’s Don Antonio, Much Ado’s George Seacoal

Meet Madison Kisst, Margaret/George Seacoal in Much Ado About Nothing, Caithness/Apparition in Macbeth, and Hellena/Don Antonio in The Rover for the 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer Festival. Where are you from originally? Where do you call home now? I am originally from a small town in the California’s Central Valley called Escalon, but I currently call Sin […]

ARTIST PROFILE: Suzanne Sturn, Much Ado’s Antonia, Macbeth’s Witch and Doctor

Meet Suzanne Sturn Antonia and Verges in Much Ado About Nothing, and a Witch, the Doctor, a Lord, in Macbeth  the 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer Festival. Where are you from originally? Where do you call home now? I grew up in Neenah, WI and have lived and worked as an actor and theatre professor in many places, especially […]

ARTIST PROFILE: Kurt Landisman, Lighting Designer

Meet Kurt Landisman, Lighting Designer for the 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer Festival. Where are you from originally? Where do you call home now? Berkeley, CA San Francisco, CA How did you come to be a part of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2015 festival? Do you have a history with us, or is this your first time? […]

REVIEW: Chilling MACBETH, San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury News, Posted on August 13, 2015 Chilling Macbeth reigns at Santa Cruz Shakespeare by Karen D’Souza The cursed Macbeth is forever trapped by fate in the Scottish play that bears his name, but for Santa Cruz Shakespeare, change is the only constant. Just two years ago, UC Santa Cruz shut down its original incarnation […]

REVIEW: Everyone’s a Badass in MACBETH, ShakespearesTribe.com

Shakespeare’s Tribe, Posted on August 12, 2015 Everyone’s a Badass: A review of MACBETH at Santa Cruz Shakespeare by Kurt Daw In Kristen Brandt’s production of Macbeth, Scotland’s aristocratic class of Thanes is composed equally of hulking men straight out of Braveheart and badass, broadsword-wielding warrior women. This is far from the only way that actresses are especially prominent in […]

REVIEW: MACBETH Wicked Game, Good Times

Good Times, Posted on August 12, 2015 Wicked Game By Christina Waters Odd choices mar Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s atmospheric ‘Macbeth’ Handsome costumes, electrifying sound and light effects, and Shakespeare’s finest language all meet in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a true theatrical witch’s brew. When the hurly burly’s done, casting innovations result in many interesting and challenging moments […]

REVIEW: Muscular Take on MACBETH, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Posted on August 12, 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare bids adieu to the Glen with a muscular take on Macbeth By Joanne Engelhardt A word to the wise: Don’t accept an invitation from Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to be their houseguest for a night. Why? Because they’re downright killer hosts! That, of course, sets […]

ARTIST PROFILE: Natalie Silva, Props Intern Extraordinaire

WATCH: Natalie Silva, Santa Cruz High School Student, talks about her experience as the 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Props Intern Check back in the fall of 2015 for information on internship opportunities at Santa Cruz Shakespeare in 2016.   Tickets on sale now for the 2015 season, which features three outdoor productions, starting with the wickedly [...]

Macbeth Story T-Shirt Contest

Share your Macbeth story for a chance to win a free Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2015 Summer Festival t-shirt! The audience of the August 6, 2015 Preview of Macbeth was treated to real thunder, lightning, and rain just before Macbeth’s entrance. The performance had to be cancelled due to the “fair and foul” elements, but the […]

ARTIST PROFILE: Allen Darby, The Liar’s Philiste

Meet Allen Darby, Philiste in The Liar, Fleance and Young Siward in Macbeth, and Belvile in The Rover in the 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer Festival. Where are you from originally? Where do you call home now? I’m a unicorn, a born and raised San Franciscan. We’re so rare, we’re magical. How did you come to be a […]

ARTIST PROFILE: Ray Oppenheimer, Lighting Designer for Much Ado

Meet Ray Oppenheimer, the primary lighting designer for Much Ado About Nothing in the 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer Festival. Where are you from originally? Where do you call home now? I was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area. I went to school at UCSC and bounced around a bit before landing […]

ARTIST PROFILE: Kirsten Brandt, Director of Macbeth

Meet Kirsten Brandt, the director of Macbeth for the 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer Festival. Where are you from originally? Where do you call home now? I was born in San Diego, but grew up in San Francisco. I went back to San Diego to go to UCSD and stayed there for decades and ran a small […]

ARTIST PROFILE: Mary Cavett, The Liar’s Clarice and Macbeth’s Lady Macduff

Meet Mary Cavett, Clarice in The Liar and Lady Macduff in Macbeth in the 2015 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer Festival. Where are you from originally? Where do you call home now? I grew up in Tucson, Arizona but Brooklyn, New York is home. How did you come to be a part of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2015 festival? Do […]

REVIEW: THE LIAR Smart, Sexy Funny; Good Times

Good Times, Posted on August 5, 2015 Pants on Fire By Christina Waters Smart, sexy and hilarious, Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s The Liar is a triumph Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s nimble new production of The Liar is the sort of searing live comedy that blows all things digital right off the map. Every single actor in this splendid production […]

Santa Cruz Shakespeare and City Meet with DeLaveaga Community Residents

On August 11, 2015, members of Santa Cruz Shakespeare and the City of Santa Cruz held an open forum for community residents at the proposed site of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare's new venue in Upper DeLaveaga park. Thank you to all who came out and participated in the discussion. See photos from the community meeting [...]

UCSC letter notifies SCS that Glen lease will not be renewed

In the interest of transparency, and because we have received many inquiries about why we are leaving the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen, Santa Cruz Shakespeare has requested permission from University administration to publish the letter detailing UCSC's refusal to renew our lease. That permission has been obtained, and the body of the letter may be found below. [...]