Category Archives: SCS News

Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses

Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in lieu of its traditional summer offerings, Santa Cruz Shakespeare is very proud to announce a new virtual reading series to keep audiences engaged with the high-quality, professional Shakespeare they have come to expect! Starting one week from today, on July […]

Good Times Interview with Artistic Director Mike Ryan “Why Santa Cruz Shakespeare Cancelled its Summer Season”

BY STEVE PALOPOLI POSTED ON APRIL 21, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has devastated our local arts community, a reality that hit home particularly hard when Santa Cruz Shakespeare announced on April 10 that it was cancelling its summer season, which had been set to begin July 7 with productions of The Tempest and Twelfth Night, along with Melissa Rain Anderson’s A […]

Will the 2020 SCS Season Go On?

“Hope is a lover’s staff; walk hence with that and manage it against despairing thoughts.” – William Shakespeare,  The Two Gentlemen of Verona Dear SCS Family, What an extraordinary time. Like most of you, SCS’s employees are currently Sheltering In Place, and while this state of affairs makes our work more difficult, we are grateful […]

Lisa Jensen Express: SEA CHANGE

Lisa Jensen Online Express Adventures in writing with Lisa Jensen, Author, Columnist and Film Critic published February 14, 2020 by Lisa Jensen Heads up, Shakespeare fans! Our own Santa Cruz Shakespeare has announced its lineup for this year’s summer festival season — and since it revolves around two of my favorite Shakespeare plays, I could […]

APTOS TIMES: Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2020 Season Announced

    January 26, 2020 published by Aptos Times     Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce its 2020 Season, with repertory performances beginning July 7 and running through August 30 at the Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park. Kicking us off, the first show of the season will once again be our non-Shakespeare […]

Video: Mike Ryan announces the 2020 SCS Season Productions

January 9, 2019  

SCS welcomes a new Managing Director

  January 6, 2020   2019 was a wonderful year for SCS with our record setting, critically acclaimed summer season and an expanding educational program. With the improvements and updates in-store 2020 promises to be even better. To kick off the new year, SCS welcomes a new Managing Director, Larry Mabrey. Larry brings over 30 […]

MERCURY NEWS: 2019 was a bold year for Bay Area theater — here’s the best of what we saw

By Sam Hurwitt published December 18, 2019 by the San Jose Mercury News   The Bay Area is always bursting with more exciting theater than any one person could possibly see. I caught 138 plays and musicals in 2019 and still kicked myself for missing others that sounded fantastic. There are so many shows that […]

SF CHRONICLE: Moments that defined Bay Area theater in 2019

by Lily Janiak, published December 10, 2019 by Datebook San Francisco Chronicle                     One of the many joys of my job is that the instant I convince myself I have some grasp on the Bay Area theater scene, it transforms. One new company is born; another […]

SC SENTINEL: Kids meet the Bard

By Shmuel Thaler, published September 4, 2019 by The Santa Cruz Sentinel Actress Madeline Wall makes a flashy entrance through an audience of local students as Luciana in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s staging of “The Comedy of Errors” on Wednesday morning. Wednesday’s performance, at the Audrey Stanley Glen in Delaveaga Park, was one of five shows […]

GOOD TIMES: The Woman Who Brought Shakespeare to Santa Cruz

by Christina Waters published by the Good Times on August 21, 2019. A conversation with actor, director and Shakespeare Santa Cruz founder Audrey Stanley. In the audience for rehearsals of this season’s The Winter’s Tale sat a familiar figure, a petite woman whose experience with this, one of Shakespeare’s last plays, is intimate and familiar. […]


by Lisa Jensen published on August 15, 2019 Santa Cruz Shakespeare takes a chance with its third repertoire production of the summer, The Winter’s Tale. It may be one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, but the SCS production values are typically impeccable, the players act up a storm, and costumes by Ulises Alcala segue from the […]

GOOD TIMES REVIEW: SCS’s The Winter’s Tale

by Christina Waters published August, 14, 2019 by the Good Times Continuing its voyage of playful experimentation, Santa Cruz Shakespeare has launched its final repertory offering for 2019, The Winter’s Tale. One of the playwright’s final works, The Winter’s Tale fascinates in its multi-dimensionality. Opening as a penetrating study of tragic jealousy, the play turns […]

SC SENTINEL REVIEW: ‘Winter’s Tale’ plot secondary to excellent acting, staging

By Joanne Engelhardt published on August 15, 2019 by The Santa Cruz Sentinel   There are joys in abundance in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s third 2019 offering “The Winter’s Tale,” a quasi-comedy – maybe what today’s world would call a “rom-com” — which isn’t produced as frequently as others in William Shakespeare’s arsenal of plays.   […]

GOOD TIMES REVIEW: ‘Comedy of Errors’ Goes ’80s Camp

by Steve Palopoli published on August 7, 2019, Good Times Santa Cruz Shakespeare leans into physical comedy As a producer or director, do you need a good reason to choose a particular era for your play? I’d say no. Purists may get annoyed if the setting seems too random or wacky, but having seen a […]

SF CHRONICLE: Why am I so obsessed with ‘Pride and Prejudice’? A personal quest

  by Lily Janiak, published on August 7, 2019 I know, I know. Another normie straight white girl who loves Jane Austen — I might as well breathlessly confess a love of pumpkin-spice lattes. But seriously, my Janeite-ism has been interfering with my sleep and my home life (sorry, husband). Recently, watching the six-hour BBC […]

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL: Volunteer opportunities | This Week in the Garden

by Sharon Hull, published on August 2, 2019 by Santa Cruz Sentinel Volunteer for Shakespeare Are you a theatre fan, especially of Shakespeare? If so, you are well aware that our renowned local company Santa Cruz Shakespeare (SCS) is alive and well, performing each summer season to rave reviews in their new outdoor theater, The […]

MERCURY NEWS: Shakespeare’s twins, Jane Austen romance delight in Santa Cruz

by Sam Hurwitt, published by The Mercury News on July 31, 2019   Comical confusion abounds at Santa Cruz Shakespeare this summer, as “The Comedy of Errors,” the Bard’s wild farce of twins and mistaken identity, rotates in repertory with “Pride and Prejudice,” Jane Austen’s romantic comedy about a strong-willed woman falling in love with […]

GOOD TIMES: SCS Now Foodie-Friendly

by Christina Waters published on July 31, 2019 by The Good Times Grab a glass of chilled Birichino Malvasia Bianca and an avocado and jack cheese sandwich from The Buttery, and enjoy the spectacular view from the picnic tables overlooking the Monterey Bay. You’re at in Delaveaga Park at The Grove, where Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s […]

SF CHRONICLE DATEBOOK REVIEW: Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ trades dignity for giddiness

by Lily Janiak, published by San Francisco Chronicle Datebook on July 29, 2019       Mr. Darcy busts out robot dance moves when he thinks no one is watching. Lizzy Bennet is a conversational wrecking ball, careening her way in, leveling all in her path, and unable to dig her way out of the […]