Category Archives: SCS News

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 Laura Gordon (Much Ado About Nothing, 2015), […]

Huffington Post: The Updating Game

By George Heymont, Contributor, San Francisco-based arts critic, published Sept. 23, 2017 How many times can someone move to another apartment or rearrange the furniture? Change their wardrobe or get another nip and tuck? To what lengths will a person go to put a little more spring in their step, get more bounce to the ounce, or […]

SF Chronicle: Shakespeare theaters’ partnership begins second leg

By Lily Janiak, published on September 13, 2017 in the San Francisco Chronicle.   “Measure for Measure” is already a major accomplishment in that it marks the first time Cal Shakes and Santa Cruz Shakespeare have co-produced a play. Sharing resources and coordinating schedules, especially for the first time, was always going to be a challenge, but […]

MBOSC Completes Shakespeare Connector Trail!

Shakespeare Connector Trail posted May 1, 2017 by Ben Cook, Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz Over this past winter MBOSC partnered with the City of Santa Cruz to design and build a pedestrian-only trail in Delaveaga Park to connect the Prospect Heights neighborhood with the Santa Cruz Shakespeare outdoor theater venue. The trail replaced a […]

SC SENTINEL: SCS presents fringe ‘Candide’

By Wallace Baine, Sentinel Entertainment Editor. Published August 24, 2017   Santa Cruz Shakespeare presents its all-intern “fringe” production with two performances of Voltaire’s “Candide,” directed by Kate Jopson. “Candide” will be presented Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 29 and 30, both shows at 7:30 p.m. at the Grove at DeLaveaga Park as part of Santa Cruz […]

GOOD TIMES: How Santa Cruz Shakespeare Saved Measures for ‘Measure’

By Steve Palopoli, Editor-at-Large at Good Times, published August 23, 2017. Five steps director Tyne Rafaeli took to turn one of Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ plays into a triumph! Measure for Measure is known as one of Shakespeare’s four “problem plays” for a reason—it has a lot of them. It’s a comedy that doesn’t know if it […]

SC SENTINEL: Santa Cruz Shakespeare offers ‘Weekend with Shakespeare’

By Wallace Baine, Sentinel Entertainment Editor. Published August 17, 2017. Santa Cruz Shakespeare will be augmenting their 2017 summer season this weekend with a series of lectures on this year’s plays known as “Weekend With Shakespeare.” On Friday, Aug. 18, the topic will be Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” and will feature discussions of the play’s themes […]

SC SENTINEL: Praiseworthy: Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s new location is grand

Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 13, 2017. Letters to the Editor.   Last night we attended Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Not in a redwood grove but a eucalyptus — Audrey Stanley Grove. Our dear friends from Davis were attending the Dickens Institute at UCSC and as has been our tradition for a few years, […]


By Lily Janiak San Francisco Gate, published August 8, 2017. To stage one of Shakespeare’s so-called problem plays is to give yourself a mighty hurdle to leap over. The fate of your production will hang not just on the usual suspects like acting and design but also on to what extent you mitigate a central […]

SF CHRONICLE: Theater capsule review – Measure for Measure

By Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, published August 9, 2017.

SC SENTINEL REVIEW: SCS brings an Italian fizz to ‘Two Gents

By Joanne Engelhardt, Santa Cruz Sentinel, published August 10, 2017 With its focus on mid-century European chic, Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ is stylistically a triumph.  In a somewhat unusual attempt to enliven Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s third 2017 production, “Two Gentlemen of Verona” director Art Manke apparently decided to create a takeoff of […]

GOOD TIMES REVIEW: Love, Italian Style – Visual wit shines in SCS’ delightful Two Gents

By Lisa Jensen, Good Times. Published July, 9, 2017 A priest and his beaming altar boy, a winged mime on roller skates, a flock of nuns, and a bunch of guys in towels walk onto a stage. No, it’s not an old joke. It’s the beginning of a sprightly, visually splendid new production of Shakespeare’s […]


By Philip Pearce, published July 24, 2017 MEASURE FOR MEASURE, now on view at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, is one of the Bard’s undervalued masterpieces. For lack of a better category, most editors file it among the comedies. But it has more in common with the rancid satire of Brecht’s Threepenny Opera than the music and fairy dust of Twelfth Night or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In a […]

SC SENTINEL: Shakespeare Santa Cruz season continues with ‘Two Gents’

By Wallace Baine,Sentinel Entertainment Editor, published August 3, 2017. Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues its summer season this weekend with the opening of the last of its three productions running in repertory, the romantic comedy “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” widely considered to be Shakespeare’s first written play. “Two Gents” is playing alongside the Hitchcockian comedy “The […]

SF GATE: A jaunt south for a comic thriller

By Lily Janiak, published August 2, 2017 Professional theater in Northern California doesn’t stop at the border of Santa Clara County. Prime example: Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Nestled in a new home in a eucalyptus grove in Santa Cruz’s DeLaveaga Park, it’s one of the few remaining true repertory companies in the U.S., performing a rotation […]

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 […]