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Season: 2019

Past Season: 2019 Written by Kate Hamill adapted from the novel by Jane Austen Directed by Paul Mullins Reviews "it’s wonderful... so explosive, that you can ride its wave through all manner of news-bearing letters, extraordinary coincidences, unexpected visits and conveniently timed revelations.” – San Francisco Chronicle "It’s a delightfully witty story to begin with, and [...]

•The Comedy of Errors •

"It’s also a 1980s-themed production with a distinct “Miami Vice” aesthetic in Dipu Gupta’s pink-walled set and in B. Modern’s gaudy costumes and Jessica Carter’s wigs. Elton Bradman’s sound design is replete with ’80s hits and movie themes." - San Jose Mercury News "It’s a funny production of a funny play" - San Jose Mercury [...]

Fringe: The Two Noble Kinsmen

Fringe: The Two Noble Kinsmen - A SCS world premiere adaptation By William Shakespeare and John Fletcher Directed by Dash Waterbury Friendship, rivalry, and reconciliation take center stage in this adaptation of Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale. Two best friends fall in love with the same woman, exposing the adventures and absurdity of love at first [...]

2019 Summer Season

JULY 9 - AUGUST 31, 2019 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE By Kate Hamill adapted from the novel by Jane Austen Directed by Paul Mullins Jane Austen’s most famous story is retold by eight actors playing multiple roles.  Fast-paced, off-beat, and irreverent, Kate Hamill’s adaptation will wriggle its way into your heart. More Play Info. Buy Tickets Calendar JULY 23 [...]

Fringe Readings: The Formula & The Last White Man

Expanded Fringe Staged Readings: THE FORMULA & THE LAST WHITE MAN Free and open to the public THE FORMULA by Kathryn Chetkovich Directed by Ellen Maguire The Formula is a 21st-century re-imagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: a young neuro-chemist has the bright idea of bringing an experimental formula to his brother’s wedding to win […]

The Winter’s Tale

From left: Karen Peakes, Madeline Wall, Patty Gallagher, Ian Merrill Peakes, Lindsay Smiling, Allie Pratt, and Uche Elueze. Photos by Jana Marcus and Shmuel Thaler "...brims with eloquence, high tragedy and easy comedy—which is a lot for any night’s entertainment under moonlight. You owe it to yourself to take in this rare chance to see [...]

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors By William Shakespeare Directed by Kirsten Brandt One of Shakespeare’s earliest works, this youthful and exuberant play pairs two sets of identical twins, matching physical comedy with mistaken identity for maximum hilarity.   Calendar Running time: TBD Calendar Preview Dates: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Thursday, July 25, [...]

Season Performances

JULY 9 - AUGUST 31, 2019 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE By Kate Hamill adapted from the novel by Jane Austen Directed by Paul Mullins Jane Austen’s most famous story is retold by eight actors playing multiple roles.  Fast-paced, off-beat, and irreverent, Kate Hamill’s adaptation will wriggle its way into your heart. More Play Info. Tickets on Sale May 1 [...]

Season Calendar

Performance Calendar

Pride and Prejudice

"Directed by Paul Mullins, however, this new universe isn’t just acceptable; it’s wonderful. Even when plot mechanics consume much of the second act, the energy of the first is so giddy, so explosive, that you can ride its wave through all manner of news-bearing letters, extraordinary coincidences, unexpected visits and conveniently timed revelations." - SF [...]

Concessions & Wine Bar

Concessions & Wine Bar WINE BAR Santa Cruz Shakespeare has a brand new wine & beer bar, and all proceeds from sales go directly to SCS. We feature wine from our community partners local favorites Santa Cruz Mountain Winery and Sones Cellars, plus some international offers brought to us by Deer Park Wine & Spirits. [...]

Season: 2018

Past Season: 2018 Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Paul Mullins Reviews "SCS DAZZLES...a showcase for some of the finest actors working in this country today.” – Good Times "THERE'S MUCH TO ENJOY IN “LOVE'S" - Santa Cruz Sentinel Press Release 06/27/18 –Opening 2018 Season Festival Play Love’s Labour’s Lost July 10  Click on image to enlarge. Written by William [...]

Fringe Reading: A Doll’s House & The Taming

Expanded Fringe: Staged Reading Free and open to the public A DOLL'S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen Adapted and translated by Astrid Sather, Sany Greenberg, and MaryBeth Cavanaugh Toyed with like a doll by the men in her life, Nora Helmer finds the courage to throw off the shackles of 19th century expectations in Henrik Ibsen’s classic, [...]

Fringe: Men I’m Not Married To

The Fringe: Men I'm Not Married To   Directed by Kayla Minton Kaufman Stories of misadventures in love that did not last a lifetime, inspired by the multifaceted spirit of Dorothy Parker. Misadventures in love cannot be repressed, yet affect and reflect us nonetheless. With nods to Dorothy Parker’s sly wit hiding a constantly broken heart, [...]

Venus in Fur by David Ives

Venus in Fur by David Ives Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges Seduction and dominance, trickery and lust power play in this wickedly smart comedy between a desperate director and a mysterious actress. Running time: 90 minutes without intermission "Venus in Fur not to be missed — this intense production — with two lollapalooza actors who wring every ounce of [...]

Romeo & Juliet

William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Directed by Laura Gordon Shakespeare’s most iconic love story. Young Romeo and Juliet fall in love in the midst of a polarized society determined to tear them apart. Running time: 2 hours and 50 minutes, including intermission.   "Santa Cruz gives 'Romeo & Juliet' life" - San Francisco Chronicle "Accomplished [...]

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love's Labour's Lost   Directed by Paul Mullins   "An orgy of English! A barrage of wordplay! An excess of wit! Shakespeare is back. And if this season’s opener is any gauge, Santa Cruz Shakespeare has entered the big leagues. Love’s Labour’s Lost—a daring choice—is nothing less than a showcase for some of the finest actors [...]

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Season: 2017

Past Season: 2017 Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps Adapted by Patrick Barlow From the novel by John Buchan Directed by Paul Mullins Reviews "UPROARIOUS...ABSOLUTELY IRRESISTBLE" - Good Times "OVER-THE-TOP, ENTERTAINING COMEDY" - Santa Cruz Sentinel Press Release 06/19/17 – Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2017 Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps Opening Click on image to enlarge. Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Tyne [...]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona Directed by Art Manke Join Proteus and Valentine as they strive to succeed in the perilous court of Milan and learn what it means to be gentlemen.  Joined by a pair of colorful clowns, a dog, and Shakespeare’s first cross-dressing woman, the two young men embark on a [...]