From left: Karen Peakes, Madeline Wall, Patty Gallagher, Ian Merrill Peakes, Lindsay Smiling, Allie Pratt, and Uche Elueze. Photos by Jana Marcus and Shmuel Thaler

“…brims with eloquence, high tragedy and easy comedy—which is a lot for any night’s entertainment under moonlight. You owe it to yourself to take in this rare chance to see one of the Bard’s most unusual and controversial works.”
– Good Times

“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.”
– Santa Cruz Sentinel

“Reviving audience focus with tall tales and song is the insanely talented Allen Gilmore as the trickster pickpocket Autolycas. His rollicking scenes crafted the dissonant shadings Shakespeare suggests.” – Good Times

“The Winter’s Tale is given added charm by the presence of a trio of actors all named Peakes, who are in fact husband, wife and son, Owen—playing husband Leontes, wife Hermione, and their son Mamillius.” – Good Times


The Winter’s Tale

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges

Two kings, two kingdoms, and terrible jealousy set the stage for tragedy.  But what happens next? Weaving fairy-tale elements into one of his late romances, Shakespeare explores the magic of healing and redemption.


Before the Play Begins…

Leontes, King of Sicilia, is hosting his childhood best friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia, for a visit of several months. Leontes is married to Hermione; they have a young son, Mamillius, and Hermione is pregnant with their second child.


Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.


2019 Season Playbill


Preview Dates:
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Opening Date:
Friday, August 9, 2019

Closing Date:
Sunday, September 1, 2019


The Audrey Stanley Grove
Upper DeLaveaga Park
501 Upper Park Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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RAELLE MYRICK-HODGES (The Winter’s Tale) director of Venus in Fur by David Ives 2018 returns to SCS for the 2019 season. Raelle has worked in all aspects of performing arts/theatre including but not limited to founder of Azuka Theater, now in its 22nd year (Philadelphia), participant for national performance panels for National Endowment for the Arts & New England Foundation for the Arts, and she is currently in development with new work for a new ensemble, Elephant Room. Raelle has been directing, producing and curating for over 20 years. For the stage, Raelle has worked on productions nationally and internationally including Magic Theatre (San Francisco), Arden Theater Company (Philadelphia), PlayMakers Repertory Company (North Carolina), Theater Minnot (Beirut, Lebanon), and California Shakespeare Theater, among others. For the past three years, while re-imagining her directorial work, Raelle was Curator of Performing Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in which works she presented ranged from Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad to New England’s Double Edge Theater to the works of choreographer Kyle Abraham. From interning in small theatres to directing in large scale performance spaces, Raelle has had the opportunity to reexamine theatre performance, placing more focus on the artist’s duty as citizen.