Mike Ryan and B Modern Preview Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2015 Season at Bookshop

Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Artistic Director, Mike Ryan, and costume designer of this season’s Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth, B Modern, gave a sneak peak of the 2015 Summer Festival to an enthusiastic crowd at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Monday, June 1.

Ryan showed the model of the set (designed by Nina Ball) that will be used for all of the outdoor productions (at the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen), discussed his decision to make the acting company gender equitable, and talked about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s mission to be an integrated and valued part of the Santa Cruz Community with events like Weekend with Shakespeare, among other things about the 2015 Festival.

Santa Cruz artist and designer B. Modern shared sketches of her costume designs for ‘Beatrice’ and ‘Lady Macbeth’ and other characters from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth.

VIDEO: Mike Ryan at Bookshop Santa Cruz event talks about Weekend with Shakespeare

Tickets are currently on sale for the 2015 season, which features three outdoor productions, starting with the wickedly romantic Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing, opening July 3; followed by David Ives’s modern adaptation of the wickedly hilarious 17th century farce, The Liar, opening July 24; and Shakespeare’s wicked tragedy, Macbeth, opening August 7. Plus, SCS continues the tradition of its intern-showcasing Fringe production with four performances of the wickedly festive comedy The Rover, starting August 18.