The Two Noble Kinsmen – A SCS world premiere adaptation

By William Shakespeare and John Fletcher
Directed by Dash Waterbury

Friendship, rivalry, and reconciliation take center stage in this adaptation of Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale. Two best friends fall in love with the same woman, exposing the adventures and absurdity of love at first sight. A world premiere adaptation of Shakespeare’s last play and possible collaboration with Jacobean tragedian John Fletcher. Performed and designed by Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s intern company.


Before the Play Begins…

While Theseus, King of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, have been preparing for their wedding, Creon, the corrupt King of Thebes, has gained a major military victory, and has irreligiously ordered his enemies’ bodies to be left unburied . . .

Running time one hour, 45 minutes.


Three performances only:
Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 27 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 28 at 7:30pm


The Audrey Stanley Grove
Upper DeLaveaga Park
501 Upper Park Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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DASH WATERBURY (The Two Noble KinsmenDash received a graduate degree in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a second graduate degree in opera directing from Florida State University.

Directing credits include Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Shrek: the Musical for the Cascade Theater in California, and sketches for a sight-specific production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (co-directed). Professional directing credits in opera include Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco and Handel’s Apollo e Dafne for Florida State University, Mark Adamo’s Little Women and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Opera in the Heights, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for Chicago Summer Opera, Handel’s Oreste in its Southwest and Texas premiere at Baylor University, and the world premiere of Lolly Willowes, a chamber opera by Michael Alec Rose, at the MATCH in Houston.

Dash holds a fellowship with Wolf Trap Opera and has assisted at Opera North. In 2018, he served as the interim Director of Opera for Baylor University. Dash has also written multiple shows of his own. Most recently, he wrote and directed Over There: The Great War, a musical review show retelling and commemorating America’s involvement in World War 1.