Category Archives: SCS News

GOOD TIMES REVIEW: Stepping Up – SCS kicks off season with uproarious ’39 Steps’

By Lisa Jensen, published July 12, 2017   It’s not exactly the Bard, but the 2017 season of Santa Cruz Shakespeare gets off to a ripping start with The 39 Steps. Based on an adventure novel by John Buchan, famously made into Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 chase thriller movie, the story gets another makeover in […]

SC SENTINEL REVIEW: Santa Cruz Shakespeare opens season with astonishing comic madness

By Joanne Engelhardt, published July 12, 2017 Starting with the over-the-top, entertaining comedy “The 39 Steps” is such a charmingly satisfying way to welcome theatergoers back to Santa Cruz Shakespeare for its second season at The Grove in DeLaveaga Park. Though the cast lists only four astoundingly talented actors (playing 150 roles plus-or-minus a few), […]

GOOD TIMES: Art Seen SCS Hitchcock Week

Published July 12, 2017, Good Times

ElleDecor: SCS in one of the 10 Most Walkable Beach Towns In The U.S.


SC Sentinel: It’s Hitchcock Week in Santa Cruz

By Wallace Baine, Sentinel Entertainment Editor, July 5, 2017 The opening of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s production of Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of “The 39 Steps” will kick off “Hitchcock Week” at SCS. Other than the official opening of the new production on Saturday, July 8 at the Grove at DeLaveaga Park, here are some other activities planned […]

Mercury News: 5 of the best summer theaters in the Bay Area

By Karen D’Souza, July 5, 2017, Bay Area News Group Gone is the long, rainy winter of our discontent. Summer is finally here and with it, the glorious tradition of outdoor theater. Shakespeare has long been the official bard of summer but here in the Bay Area there are other hallowed theat-uh traditions in the […]

SC Sentinel: Hitch with a twist

By Wallace Baine, Sentinel Entertainment Editor, July 6, 2017   Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘39 Steps’ brings madcap comedy to Hitchcock You wouldn’t think that a Northern California beach town would have any kind of claim on a British cinema icon. But Santa Cruz can – and often does – think of the world-famous film director Alfred […]

Good Times: Santa Cruz Shakespeare Kicks Off Hitchcock Week

By Steve Palopoli, Good Times July 5, 2017   Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘The 39 Steps,’ Hitchcock Week, and the director’s connection to Scotts Valley In Alfred Hitchcock’s films, Northern California was a downright terrifying landscape, full of rooftop chases, murderous relatives and berserk birds. But in real life, nothing could have been further from the […]

Good Times: Sip Wine with Shakespeare

Article from The Good Times Visitor Guide/ By Andrea Patton and Jeanne Howard • June 12, 2017   Sip Wine with Shakespeare Shakespearean theaters are not unusual, and picnics are hardly groundbreaking. But when you put the two together in Santa Cruz, magic happens. The Santa Cruz Shakespeare theater company is first-rate by any standards, and […]

SF CHRONICLE: A new era of resource sharing in Bay Area theaters

By Lily Janiak  San Francisco Chronicle, May 26, 2017 Theater has never been among the Bay Area’s most cutthroat industries, but for years, the scene was marked by a polite but determined “every theater for itself” mentality. Not so any more. Changes in the economy, in the habits of theatergoers and even in the population makeup […]

Annual Ashland Trip is Always an Adventure

By Alexis Rossini, Development Director “The best Ashland trip yet!,” enthused one of this year’s participants in our third annual trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), which came to a close this past weekend. That was great to hear. Not only do we strive to design a trip inspired by our common love of Shakespeare [...]

Sentinel: SCS looks ahead to new season

By Wallace Baine, Sentinel Entertainment Editor  POSTED: 03/29/17, 12:01 PM PDT The future begins in 2017 for Santa Cruz Shakespeare. After a historic 2016 season in which SCS unveiled its new venue, the Grove at Delaveaga Park, the upcoming summer season marks a new normal — three new productions in a fully constructed (and paid [...]

NEWS: We reached our funding goal for The Grove!

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce that it has completed its fundraising goal of $1.37 million for its new outdoor home in DeLaveaga Park: the Audrey Stanley Grove. The Grove’s construction was funded with pledges and one-time donations from over 950 households in the Santa Cruz community and beyond. Artistic Director Mike Ryan says, [...]

NEWS: 2017 Summer Season Announcement!

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce its 2017 summer season, with repertory performances beginning July 7 and running through August at its new home in DeLaveaga Park. For its second season in the company’s new outdoor venue, The Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park, SCS will kick off summer performances with the hilarious comedy, [...]

VIDEO: Chamber of Commerce Organization of the Year

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is proud and honored to have been named 2016 Organization of the Year by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce! Watch the video, produced for the Gala Awards Reception held on Nov. 5, 2016, that tells the story of our momentous journey of building The Grove and mounting the 2016 Season! This award goes [...]

VIDEO: Thank You For a Great 2016 Season

Renew your support for the 2017 Season!

PHOTO CALL: Fringe Show ORLANDO in The Grove at DeLaveaga Park

Enjoy these beautiful photos taken by Jana Marcus of our 2016 Intern Fringe Show. Click on any photo to enlarge and view as a slide show.

2016 Season Apparel

Get your Grove Groove On! Celebrate the Grove and the 2016 Season in style with these limited edition t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts! Order online today. Orders must be place by Tuesday, Aug 23. Starting at only $22! Order Apparel

REVIEW SC Sentinel: Santa Cruz Shakespeare triumphs with a new spin on HAMLET

By Joanne Engelhardt,, POSTED: 08/04/16 Kate Eastwood Norris (Hamlet) in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2016 production of Hamlet in The Grove at DeLaveaga Park. Photo by Jana Marcus. Are there any words left to describe the brooding Dane “Hamlet,” brought to life hundreds of years ago by William Shakespeare? There’s at least one, thanks to [...]

REVIEW Good Times: Stellar acting and sharp wit in this new take on the epic tragedy

BY CHRISTINA WATERS, POSTED ON AUGUST 2, 2016 Kate Eastwood Norris (Hamlet), and Carol Halstead (Gertrude) in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2016 production of Hamlet in The Grove at DeLaveaga Park. Photo by Jana Marcus. One night I was transfixed by the sight of a woman being nominated for President of the United States, the next [...]