Monthly Archives: July 2017

SC SENTINEL REVIEW: Santa Cruz Shakespeare goes for entertainment value

By Joanne Engelhardt, published July 27, 2017 While William Shakespeare’s 1604 play “Measure for Measure” is seldom produced and is considered both a comedy and a “problem play” because of its serious themes about justice, mercy and mortality, Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s take on it appears to lean heavily on the comedic side. That’s a good […]

GOOD TIMES REVIEW: Political hope springs eternal in SCS’s stunning new production of ‘Measure for Measure’

BY STEVE PALOPOLI, CHIEF EDITOR, GOOD TIMES. Published July 26. 2017 Director Tyne Rafaeli has talked about how she wanted Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s new production of Measure for Measure to be an allegory for contemporary politics. I’m not ashamed to admit I was ready to roll my eyes, as many a great playwright—Shakespeare, let’s face it, first and […]

VIDEO: Interview with Tyne Rafaeli, Director of Measure for Measure

Tyne Rafaeli shares her views on her contemporary production of Measure for Measure with Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Tyne is a British-American Director who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Columbia University. She has directed classics, new plays and musicals in London and the US and her work has been seen at The […]

KSCO: SCS on Good Morning Monterey Bay

On Air: Friday, July 14, 2017 SCS Artistic Director Mike Ryan was a guest last Friday on KSCO’s Good Morning Monterey Bay show hosted by the delightful Rosemary Chalmers. It was a great opportunity to chat and get the word out on SCS’s season festival, discuss creative insight on the productions plus more! Listen to […]

SC SENTINEL: Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘Measure’ wrestles with the dimensions of political power

By Wallace Baine, Sentinel Entertainment Editor, published July 20, 2017 William Shakespeare, now 400 years in his grave, has already made his presence felt in the continuously unfolding circus act of contemporary American politics. Last month, a New York production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” was hurled into the feeding trough of political punditry when it cast […]

GOOD TIMES REVIEW: Stepping Up – SCS kicks off season with uproarious ’39 Steps’

By Lisa Jensen, published July 12, 2017   It’s not exactly the Bard, but the 2017 season of Santa Cruz Shakespeare gets off to a ripping start with The 39 Steps. Based on an adventure novel by John Buchan, famously made into Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 chase thriller movie, the story gets another makeover in […]

SC SENTINEL REVIEW: Santa Cruz Shakespeare opens season with astonishing comic madness

By Joanne Engelhardt, published July 12, 2017 Starting with the over-the-top, entertaining comedy “The 39 Steps” is such a charmingly satisfying way to welcome theatergoers back to Santa Cruz Shakespeare for its second season at The Grove in DeLaveaga Park. Though the cast lists only four astoundingly talented actors (playing 150 roles plus-or-minus a few), […]

GOOD TIMES: Art Seen SCS Hitchcock Week

Published July 12, 2017, Good Times

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SC Sentinel: It’s Hitchcock Week in Santa Cruz

By Wallace Baine, Sentinel Entertainment Editor, July 5, 2017 The opening of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s production of Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of “The 39 Steps” will kick off “Hitchcock Week” at SCS. Other than the official opening of the new production on Saturday, July 8 at the Grove at DeLaveaga Park, here are some other activities planned […]

Mercury News: 5 of the best summer theaters in the Bay Area

By Karen D’Souza, July 5, 2017, Bay Area News Group Gone is the long, rainy winter of our discontent. Summer is finally here and with it, the glorious tradition of outdoor theater. Shakespeare has long been the official bard of summer but here in the Bay Area there are other hallowed theat-uh traditions in the […]

SC Sentinel: Hitch with a twist

By Wallace Baine, Sentinel Entertainment Editor, July 6, 2017   Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘39 Steps’ brings madcap comedy to Hitchcock You wouldn’t think that a Northern California beach town would have any kind of claim on a British cinema icon. But Santa Cruz can – and often does – think of the world-famous film director Alfred […]

Good Times: Santa Cruz Shakespeare Kicks Off Hitchcock Week

By Steve Palopoli, Good Times July 5, 2017   Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘The 39 Steps,’ Hitchcock Week, and the director’s connection to Scotts Valley In Alfred Hitchcock’s films, Northern California was a downright terrifying landscape, full of rooftop chases, murderous relatives and berserk birds. But in real life, nothing could have been further from the […]