By Lily Janiak, published August 2, 2017
Professional theater in Northern California doesn’t stop at the border of Santa Clara County. Prime example: Santa Cruz Shakespeare.
Nestled in a new home in a eucalyptus grove in Santa Cruz’s DeLaveaga Park, it’s one of the few remaining true repertory companies in the U.S., performing a rotation of shows each summer with an ensemble of both union actors and interns.
One of two non-Shakespeare productions in its 2017 season is Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of the Hitchcock thriller “The 39 Steps,” which famously calls for just four actors — Brian Smolin, Grace Rao, Mike Ryan and Allen Gilmore — to play a hodgepodge of roles. Paul Mullins directs.
If you make the trek, don’t be fooled by Santa Cruz’s beach boardwalk vibe. That high in the hills, the fog is a potent force; jackets and blankets are strongly recommended.
— Lily Janiak