Santa Cruz Shakespeare Hosts Free Pre-Season Events

Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Shakespeare Artistic Director, Mike Ryan, officially kicks off the 2015 Summer Festival with a sneak peek of this year’s plays on Monday, June 1, 7:00 pm at BookShop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. Admission is free.

On display will be season’s new scenic model and costume sketches by B. Modern, and Ryan will discuss the season line-up of plays: Much Ado About Nothing, The Liar, and Macbeth. In addition, Ryan will talk about his decision to make SCS’s acting company gender equitable, and a new program to offer free tickets to Much Ado About Nothing to students under 18 with a paid adult.

On Tuesday, June 16, Professor Michael Warren provides his vastly knowledgeable and entertaining insights on the season’s two Shakespeare offerings. This enlightening public lecture happens at Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street at 6:30 pm. Professor Warren is emeritus professor of literature at UCSC and Textual Consultant and Dramaturg to Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

Meet the Directors who will be shaping this year’s season: Kirsten Brandt, Art Manke, Laura Gordon, and Katherine Burris. This free event will be on Monday, June 22, at 6:30 pm at the Radius Gallery in the Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River Street, Unit 127. Snacks and wines by Sones Cellars will be served.

The popular Noon at the Nick series starts on Friday June 19 at the Nickelodeon Theater, 210 Lincoln Street with Q&A discussion about Much Ado About Nothing. Hosted by SCS Artistic Director Mike Ryan, these free lunchtime events are a great opportunity to talk directly with the actors about the plays in which they’re performing. Additional Noon at the Nick events are: July 10 – The Liar, July 31 – Macbeth, and August 14 – The Rover.

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