Category Archives: SCS News


Published with the Times Publishing – Aptos, Capitola, Soquel & Scotts Valley on May 22, 2019 Summer Festival Tickets On Sale Now for the 2019 Season   Santa Cruz Shakespeare festival tickets went on sale to the general public on May 15th. Repertory performances begin on July 9, through September 1 at the Audrey Stanley […]

MONTEREY WEEKLY: A behind the scenes look at Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2019 season

by Walter Ryce published April 18, 2019 by Monterey County Weekly   Mike Ryan, artistic director of Santa Cruz Shakespeare, is coming to Pacific Grove Public Library to drum up excitement for their 2019 season. He’ll do so partly by revealing how the company puts together a season. They do two Shakespeare plays each season […]

Kuumbwa Jazz & Santa Cruz Shakespeare Present: A WINTER’S TALE REMIX

Friday, June 28 @ 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 29 @ 7:30 PM at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. A Winter’s Tale Remix is a melding of theatre and jazz, in this production, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale receives a reimagining by Santa Cruz Shakespeare actor Tommy Gomez and the Le Boeuf Brothers, an acclaimed jazz ensemble with local roots. This co-presentation supports the […]

SCS’s New Lease on Life: The Grove gets a 20-year contract

  Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s New Lease on Life: The Grove gets a 20-year contract Santa Cruz City agrees to a 20 Year Lease for SCS’s venue in DeLaveaga Park.   Santa Cruz, CA –Santa Cruz Shakespeare is overjoyed with their new lease terms for their theater venue The Grove in DeLaveaga Park. The City of […]

SCS continues Student Matinee Week in 2019

Our second annual Student Matinee Week presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors! The 2018 Student Matinee Week was a such a success, that we hope your school will join us for our 2019 Season.  The Comedy of Errors will remain open for five student-only matinee performances running from August 28-29, and September 3-5. These 10am matinees are […]

SCS announces the 2019 Season Productions

Santa Cruz Shakespeare announces 2019 Summer Festival Productions Celebrate the upcoming season of this beloved independent summer theatre.   Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce its 2019 summer season, with repertory performances beginning July 9 and running through September 1 at the Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park. SCS will captivate audiences for its […]

VIDEO: Thank you from SCS 2018!

THANK YOU for coming to The Grove in 2018! It was a wonderful 5-year anniversary season! We would love to hear from you! SCS benefits greatly from local and regional granting foundations when we are able to provide information about our audiences.  Take this short survey and help to continue to fund Santa Cruz Shakespeare.


Published by Santa Cruz Sentinel on Thursday, September  6, 2018.     Students from Santa Cruz, the Pajaro Valley and Campbell fill the eucalyptus grove at Delaveaga Park on Wednesday to view Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s presentation of “Romeo and Juliet”. The Santa Cruz Shakespeare festival is staging their inaugural Student Matinee week Monday through Friday […]

BROADWAY WORLD NEWS: SC Shakespeare Reaches Student Matinee Education Program Goal

By Broadway World News published Aug. 23, 2018 Santa Cruz Shakespeare is preparing to receive schools from Santa Cruz, Aromas and Pajaro Valley to Campbell Unified and Monterey County for their new education program Student Matinee Week premiering after the 2018 Summer Season. Our professional production of Romeo & Juliet will remain open for four […]

VIDEO: Keeping with our SCS Values

Keeping with our SCS Values… Inquisitive SCS continues to learn not only from our artists, but our community; and we encourage our artists and audiences to seek and gain knowledge through the work. “Thank you Essence!” – SCS Produced by Lane Jouvet. Photos by Jana Marcus & rr jones.

SC SENTINEL REVIEW: ‘Venus in Fur’ not to be missed

By Joanne Engelhardt published August 16, 2018 by the Santa Cruz Sentinel Like a stone tossed into a lake, Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s version of David Ives’ play “Venus in Fur” has concentric ripples that expand into ethereal nothingness. Or do they? Not to worry whether you “see,” let alone understand, all of them because this […]

GOOD TIMES REVIEW: SCS’s ‘Venus in Fur’ Desire, power, sex converge in frisky, seductive production

    BY LISA JENSEN, GOOD TIMES SC PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 15, 2018 The final mainstage offering from Santa Cruz Shakespeare concludes the season with a bang—and a crash and a boom. Outstanding thunder and lightning effects punctuate the action in Venus in Fur, an often scorchingly funny contemporary drama written by David Ives. It’s a rousing closer […]

VIDEO: SCS 2018 Season Video No.2

Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2018 Season Promotional Video No. 2 by Lane Jouvet. Photos by Jana Marcus, rr jones and Shmuel Thaler. Music by Bensound.    

SC SENTINEL: Quick Bites- Beverage events for SCS, plus benefit

By Tara Fatemi Walker, Santa Cruz Sentinel published August 8, 2018 SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz Shakespeare is having a few drink-and-food-related events in the near future. See for more information. For opening night of Venus In Fur on Friday, Aug. 10, Venus Spirits will be pouring signature Venus-inspired cocktails at the SCS bar at The Grove […]

Monterey Performing Arts Review: Romeo & Juliet

By Philip Pearce published on July 29, 2018 with Monterey Performing Arts SHAKESPEARE CREATED some wonderful women, especially in the great comedies, but there’s no getting around the fact that the big majority of his characters are men. Many a modern day production company is at work trying to redress that imbalance by casting traditionally male roles […]

GOOD TIMES: Theater Review – SCS’s Romeo & Juliet

BY CHRISTINA WATERS | GOOD TIMES POSTED ON AUGUST 1, 2018 Accomplished actors bring a playful energy to Shakespeare’s classic story of doomed love.  “Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs,” says Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. And, indeed, love is the headstrong passion propelling the fortunes of the main characters in the […]

SF CHRONICLE: Tale of woe newly suspenseful in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo’

By Lily Janiak published Tuesday, July 31, 2018, San Francisco Chronicle                                 The lines that stick out in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” aren’t about yonder windows, fair suns or envious and inconstant moons. The conspicuous words are weirder this time, ones […]

Video: SCS 2018 Season promotional spot

SF CHRONICLE: Shakespeare’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ awash with linguistic oddities in Santa Cruz

By Lily Janiak published on July 26, 2018 with the San Francisco Chronicle                                     LILY JANIAK’S THEATER PICK “Love’s Labour’s Lost” might not be the most frequently performed Shakespeare comedy, but it affords plenty of treats, especially for […]

Good Times: Fruits of Their Labour’s’

By Christina Waters Published with Good Times on July 18, 2018   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 […]