Santa Cruz Shakespeare News Blog

APTOS TIMES: Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2020 Season Announced

    January 26, 2020 published by Aptos Times     Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce its 2020 Season, with repertory performances beginning July 7 and running through August 30 at the Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park. Kicking us off, the first show of the season will once again be our non-Shakespeare […]

Video: Mike Ryan announces the 2020 SCS Season Productions

January 9, 2019  

SCS welcomes a new Managing Director

  January 6, 2020   2019 was a wonderful year for SCS with our record setting, critically acclaimed summer season and an expanding educational program. With the improvements and updates in-store 2020 promises to be even better. To kick off the new year, SCS welcomes a new Managing Director, Larry Mabrey. Larry brings over 30 […]

MERCURY NEWS: 2019 was a bold year for Bay Area theater — here’s the best of what we saw

By Sam Hurwitt published December 18, 2019 by the San Jose Mercury News   The Bay Area is always bursting with more exciting theater than any one person could possibly see. I caught 138 plays and musicals in 2019 and still kicked myself for missing others that sounded fantastic. There are so many shows that […]

SF CHRONICLE: Moments that defined Bay Area theater in 2019

by Lily Janiak, published December 10, 2019 by Datebook San Francisco Chronicle                     One of the many joys of my job is that the instant I convince myself I have some grasp on the Bay Area theater scene, it transforms. One new company is born; another […]

SC SENTINEL: Kids meet the Bard

By Shmuel Thaler, published September 4, 2019 by The Santa Cruz Sentinel Actress Madeline Wall makes a flashy entrance through an audience of local students as Luciana in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s staging of “The Comedy of Errors” on Wednesday morning. Wednesday’s performance, at the Audrey Stanley Glen in Delaveaga Park, was one of five shows […]

GOOD TIMES: The Woman Who Brought Shakespeare to Santa Cruz

by Christina Waters published by the Good Times on August 21, 2019. A conversation with actor, director and Shakespeare Santa Cruz founder Audrey Stanley. In the audience for rehearsals of this season’s The Winter’s Tale sat a familiar figure, a petite woman whose experience with this, one of Shakespeare’s last plays, is intimate and familiar. […]


by Lisa Jensen published on August 15, 2019 Santa Cruz Shakespeare takes a chance with its third repertoire production of the summer, The Winter’s Tale. It may be one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, but the SCS production values are typically impeccable, the players act up a storm, and costumes by Ulises Alcala segue from the […]

GOOD TIMES REVIEW: SCS’s The Winter’s Tale

by Christina Waters published August, 14, 2019 by the Good Times Continuing its voyage of playful experimentation, Santa Cruz Shakespeare has launched its final repertory offering for 2019, The Winter’s Tale. One of the playwright’s final works, The Winter’s Tale fascinates in its multi-dimensionality. Opening as a penetrating study of tragic jealousy, the play turns […]

SC SENTINEL REVIEW: ‘Winter’s Tale’ plot secondary to excellent acting, staging

By Joanne Engelhardt published on August 15, 2019 by The Santa Cruz Sentinel   There are joys in abundance in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s third 2019 offering “The Winter’s Tale,” a quasi-comedy – maybe what today’s world would call a “rom-com” — which isn’t produced as frequently as others in William Shakespeare’s arsenal of plays.   […]

GOOD TIMES REVIEW: ‘Comedy of Errors’ Goes ’80s Camp

by Steve Palopoli published on August 7, 2019, Good Times Santa Cruz Shakespeare leans into physical comedy As a producer or director, do you need a good reason to choose a particular era for your play? I’d say no. Purists may get annoyed if the setting seems too random or wacky, but having seen a […]

SF CHRONICLE: Why am I so obsessed with ‘Pride and Prejudice’? A personal quest

  by Lily Janiak, published on August 7, 2019 I know, I know. Another normie straight white girl who loves Jane Austen — I might as well breathlessly confess a love of pumpkin-spice lattes. But seriously, my Janeite-ism has been interfering with my sleep and my home life (sorry, husband). Recently, watching the six-hour BBC […]