Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE 2016 3 Artistic director’s welcome Mike Ryan Artistic Director Welcome to our 2016 season and our new home: The Audrey Stanley Grove at Upper DeLaveaga Park! This is a big year. 2016 marks our inaugural season in our new space, our third year as an independent non-profit theatre company, and our 35th year of bringing live outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s plays to Santa Cruz. 2016 also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Over the past four centuries, and from beyond the grave, William Shakespeare has brought us together to celebrate the human experience, and profoundly changed our world and each of us within it. It seems fitting, then, that this should be a season that celebrates both imagination and transformation. For such a critical season, we have chosen to produce Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as his most popular tragedy, Hamlet. Transformation plays a huge role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The greatest of these are effected by fairies, those most imaginative of creatures, as they open our eyes to the unseen wonders of the world, and, more importantly, to the possibilities of love. In Hamlet, the Dane marvels that an actor can imagine something so deeply he is moved to tears of passion, and this revelation transforms both her sense of purpose and her plan for determining Claudius’ guilt. Our season is rounded out by our Fringe Production, which gives our interns a chance to step into the spotlight. They have three performances only of Orlando, adapted by Sarah Ruhl, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf. Orlando, too, contains a startling transformation, and one that turns traditional notions of gender, history, and literature on their heads. Of course, one of the greatest transformations of the season is that of the theatre in which you are sitting. In early April, this was nothing but a poison-oak covered meadow surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Since that time, it has become a performance space, and one of which we are incredibly proud. Our donors and patrons, the City of Santa Cruz, members of the Prospect Heights neighborhood, and many folks from outside of town all came together to imagine a new home for us, and then gave us the tools we needed to build it. You all have our utmost thanks. Now, the fun part begins: transforming this performance space into a theatre. That will happen word by word, gesture by gesture, laugh by laugh, tear by tear, and performance by performance. This is your most important, and we hope, your most pleasurable duty as our audience. It will start with you. Are you ready? As Hamlet says… “The readiness is all.”