NEWS & VIDEO: Announcing the 2018 Season

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce its 2018 summer season, with repertory performances beginning July 10 and running through September 2, 2018.

Celebrating its fifth season as an independent nonprofit, SCS will kick off summer performances with Shakespeare’s hilarious feast of language Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Paul Mullins (The 39 Steps, 2017, Hamlet, 2016), beginning performances July 10. Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of star-crossed lovers, starts July 24 and is directed by Laura Gordon (Much Ado About Nothing, 2015) . The final mainstage production of the season begins August 7 with David Ives’s psycho-sexual comedic thriller Venus in Fur, directed by SCS newcomer Raelle Myrick-Hodges, the former Artistic Director of Bay Area’s Brava Theater Center. All productions run in repertory after opening. Plus, Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues the tradition of showcasing the season’s intern acting company with its celebratory Fringe production. Tickets go on sale May 15, 2018 with a Santa Cruz Shakespeare Member pre-sale starting May 1, and can be purchased online at

Artistic Director Mike Ryan frames the season by saying, “To quote Venus in Fur: ‘Hail, Aphrodite!’ Our 2018 lineup is about the consequences of trying to control love. The results of this control play out tragically, hilariously, and even sexually, but always with unexpected results. It is a season in which women refuse to be defined by the men around them or to play by their rules….Read the full press release.

Watch Mike Ryan Announce the 2018 Season and more!