2017 Season Events

Santa Cruz Shakespeare has a schedule of events prior and during the summer festival curated especially for our guests at The Grove and within the community with co-partner SCS supporters.

Enjoy and celebrate the 2017 SCS Summer season!

Happening Events:


Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to have the Santa Cruz premier of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS adapted by Patrick Barlow to kick off Hitchcock Week!

Hitchcock Week is presented by SCS and we have lined up some happening events starting Friday, July 7th to celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s rich history with Santa Cruz.

  • Friday, July 7 – Noon at The Nick presents a Q&A with the actors and creative team of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS adapted by Patrick Barlow hosted by SCS ‘s Artistic Director Mike Ryan at 12pm, free to the public. The Nick, 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Saturday, July 8SCS Opening Night of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS adapted by Patrick Barlow at The Grove with intro by Tere Carrubba, Alfred Hitchcock’s granddaughter. Enjoy our pre-show wine tasting at 6pm by Armitage presenting wine from Alfred Hitchcock’s previously owned vineyard in Scotts Valley, come and taste the rare and elegant Armitage Heart o’ the Mountain Estate wine and catch the show!  heartothemountain.com  armitagewines.com                                  The Grove 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz, Ca 95065
  • Sunday, July 9 – 515 Kitchen & Cocktails hosts an evening of Hitchcocktails plus a low-key screening of SPELLBOUND. Bar opens at 5pm.  515 Kitchen & Cocktails, 515 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  515 Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Monday, July 10 – An outdoor screening of THE BIRDS at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery at 8:00pm. Free and open to the public, grab a brewsky and watch the film that was inspired by true incidents in Capitola, (Santa Cruz County), California. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, 402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
  • Tuesday, July 11 – Hitchcock: A Look Back exhibition and THE 39 STEPS play/film discussion at the downtown Santa Cruz Public Library with Lisa JensenGood Times Film Critic and Maria FrangosSCS Dramaturg and Theatre/English Professor with DeAnza College/UCSC at Santa Cruz Downtown Library at 6:30-7:30pm, free to the public. Santa Cruz Public Library (Downtown).
  • Wednesday, July 12 – The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the classic thriller PSYCHO at 7pm with intro by Tere Carrubba, the granddaughter of director of Alfred Hitchcock. Tickets available at The Nick, 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 and at www.landmarktheatres.com on 6/21/2017.
  • Thursday, July 13 – 8:30pm free film screening of VERTIGO at The Crepe Place featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite libation The White Lady. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 The Crepe Place




Don Rothman Talkbacks

Our third preview performance features a pre-show discussion with the director and designers of a production to learn about the genesis and evolution of the/their artistic concept.

  • The 39 Steps – Friday, July 7
  • Measure for Measure – Thursday, July 20
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Thursday, August 3

Every Saturday matinee in August, post-show discussions bring audience members face to face with their favorite actors to ask questions about the performance and the details of the production they have just enjoyed.

  • Saturday, August 5 – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Saturday, August 12 – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Saturday, August 19 – The 39 Steps
  • Saturday, August 26 – Measure for Measure

Weekend with Shakespeare & Educator's Day

One weekend in August, SCS teams up with Shakespeare Workshop, a collaboration of faculty and students at UCSC, to host a symposium about the Shakespeare plays in our season. Performances of the plays are enhanced by panel discussions, lectures by esteemed drama and literature scholars, hands-on workshops with artists, and open-forum discussions. In addition, “Educator’s Day” offers a one-day training workshop to provide educators the tools, strategies, and lesson plans through visceral experiences in the instruction of Shakespeare.

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Free Talks at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Join our season’s dramaturgs for discussions about the season’s productions! Gain insight in to the play prior to seeing them in The Grove.

  • Tuesday, July 11 – The 39 Steps featuring dramaturg Maria Frangos and local film critic and author Lisa Jensen in conversation about the Hitchcock thriller and our stage adaptation
    • Location: Downtown Library Branch, Santa Cruz, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, July 13 – Measure for Measure
    featuring textual consultant Michael Warren
  • Location: Scotts Valley Branch, 7pm
  • Tuesday, July 25 – The Two Gentlemen of Verona featuring dramaturg Ariane Helou
    • Location: Aptos Branch, 7pm

Noon at the Nick

Held on Fridays at noon at the Nickelodeon Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz, Noon at the Nick is a series of brown bag lunch discussions that bring community members together with artists from each of the season’s productions for discussions about the artistic process and a sneak peak at what each production has in store.

  • The 39 Steps – Friday, July 7
  • Measure for Measure – Friday, July 21
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Friday, August 4
  • Candide – Friday, August 18

Wine Tastings at The Grove

Deer Park Wine & Spirits Wine Tastings at The Grove

SCS has lined up evening pre-show wine tastings at 6pm by Deer Park & Spirits, this local shop in Aptos on Rio Del Mar has been serving the best in wine selections locally and internally for over 35 years.  Owner Cheyne Howell will be pouring wines of terroir from all around the globe.


Saturday, July 22 – Deer Park will be presenting four Italian wines

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    From left: Prosecco, Carpene Malvolti, DOCG area Italy
    “The prosecco is a straw yellow with greenish nuances. The nose is very delicate and fruity with an aroma of apple. In the mouth, the prosecco is fruity, smooth and dry at the same time, thanks to its typical acidity.” Grape: Glera
    Pinot Grigio, Terlato, Colli Orientali del Friuli Italy, 2015
    “Light gold in color, this wine has a complex and layered aroma with white peach, pear, and spring flowers. The taste is ripe peach, apricot, and pear with a mouthfilling texture and a crisp mineral finish.” Grape: Pinot Grigio
    Aglianico, La Quercia, Abruzzo Italy
    “La Quercia is an uncertified organic estate, and this wine, harvested from a single cru owned by the family in Puglia, really delivers. With the classic ripe plum and white pepper notes that this Noble varietal is known for, it is a rare opportunity to taste Aglianico in a fresh, immediate style, that deftly manages the soft tannins.  Grape: Aglianico
    Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, Valpolicella Classica Italy, 2012
    “This is a full bodied wine that has the aging potential of at least ten years. A small percentage of the harvested grapes are left to dry out until December and then added to the previously vinified fresh grapes. The result is a velvety, well balanced wine that proffers mature, pulpy fruit.” Grapes: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Sangiovese



Saturday, August 12 – Deer Park will be presenting three French wines

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    Left: Bordeaux Blanc, Chateau Ducasse, from Bordeaux France, 2016 “Pale in color and streaked with vibrant minerals, Ducasse’s Bordeaux blanc also has a juicy roundness. The combination makes for a wine that is easy pair with many dishes–from lunch fare to shellfish or enjoy it on its own before dinner” Grapes: Semillon, Sauvingnon Blanc, Muscadelle

    Chablis, Domaine Long-Depaquit, from Burgundy France, 2015 “The grapes used to craft this Chablis at the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate come from a mosaic of terroirs, which lends remarkable complexity to the wine. The wine has a very pure nose that is typical of Chablis (white flowers, flint) opening up to a palate that boasts an elegant combination of almond notes and lovely vivacity.” Grape: Chardonnay

    Bordeaux, Chateau Lassegue Winery, St. Emmillon Bordeaux France, 2012 Beautifully rich in color, with an enticing bouquet of spice and black fruit. On the palate, the wine is refined and elegant with a long lasting finish of soft-silky tannins.” Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc



Saturday, August 26 – Deer Park will be presenting three Spanish wines


Left: Young white wine, Bodegas SHAYA, Rueda Spain, 2015 “It displays a nose of toasty baking spices, nutmeg, spring flowers, marzipan, and pit fruits. A bit richer and more complex on the palate than the “regular” cuvee. Grape: Verdejo
Burgan’s Albarino, Bodega Martin Codax, Rias Baixas Spain, 2015
“A bright greenish yellow color with golden highlights. A uniquely fruity aroma where the variety is clearly appreciated, highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas. In the mouth, it is rich, mellow and well-balanced. The aftertaste is fully rounded and off dry on the palate with juicy fruit flavors, clean acidity, and a long, mineral-dominated finish.” Grape: Albarino
Grenache, Borsao Winery, Borja Spain, 2015
“Very intense cherry red color with tones of purple. Presents in the nose a great concentration of aromas of ripe red fruit with floral nuances. In the mouth it is a well structured rich wine that evokes tastes of blackberry, plum, and tones of leather and vanilla, with a soft and silky tannin.” Grapes: Garnacha (Grenache)