Something Wicked This Way Comes…to Santa Cruz this Summer!

Directed by Laura Gordon

June 30 – August 30

A WICKEDLY WITTY battle-of-the-sexes comedy – Fall in love with Beatrice and Benedick, both sworn enemies of Cupid, when the men of Don Pedro’s army collide with the women of Messina and passions ignite.

The war is over and Don Pedro’s army makes its triumphant way home. Descending upon Leonata’s peaceful estate, the men bring both gaiety and disruption into civilian lives of the women there. As the army lingers to celebrate the wedding of one of their own to Leonata’s daughter, plots are hatched for good and ill. Against this backdrop of romance and deception, Benedick and Beatrice war in one of literature’s most famous battles of the sexes. Will Pride win the day, or will Love conquer all?

Directed by Art Manke

July 21 – August 29

A WICKEDLY HILARIOUS 17th century farce – Adventure with young and dashing Dorante through non-stop laughs, deceptions, and exaggerations!

Making the scene in Paris, the dashing young liar Dorante spins a hilarious web of tall tales. Two sweet ladies are drawn in, but Dorante’s father wants him to marry the wrong one. Or so he thinks. As Dorante’s desire escalates, so too do his deceptions, and as his troubles grow, it becomes apparent that only the truth can win a happy ending for all. The question is: can The Liar tell the truth? The laughs flow freely and joyously in David Ives’s verbal sleight-of-hand adaptation of Corneille’s mistaken-identity comedy, which the Wall Street Journal declared “could be the funniest play ever written!”

Directed by Kirsten Brandt

August 4 – August 30

Shakespeare’s WICKEDLY…WICKED Scottish play – Follow ambitious Macbeth and his power-hungry wife in the ultimate supernatural thriller, full of ghosts, witches, and of course, blood.

“Fair is foul and foul is fair” as betrayals and power-struggles in marriage, friendship, and government fuel madness and ambition in Shakespeare’s bloody classic. Macbeth and his lady welcome the old king into their castle, only to murder him in his sleep. Medieval Scotland plunges headlong into chaos, where no head is safe, least of all one that wears the crown. Who has earned the right to rule, and who will be undone by grasping at power? Many will meet a brutal end before the real truth of the witches’ prophesy is revealed and natural order is restored to the world.

** We do not recommend this production of Macbeth for children under the age of 12.

Directed by Katherine Burris

Only 4 performances: August 18, 19, 25 & 26

The WICKEDLY FESTIVE annual Fringe Show – A Restoration comedy of intrigue, lust, and love set against sensational carnival!

The annual “Fringe Show” features Aphra Behn’s The Rover, a 17th century comedy of intrigue, lust, and love. The Rover centers on two virtuous sisters sneaking away during carnival to find the men of their dreams and instead discover rakish rogues and beguiling bedfellows. Behn’s frank portrayal of women debates the sexual politics of the age through witty banter and wry humor, a perfect showcase for the season’s young and exuberant intern acting company.


Read the
2015 Festival Playbill