Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare’

Free Shakespeare in the Park Announces “Hamlet” Dates in Frisco: Sept 2 to Oct 1st in the Presidio and McLaren Park

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Well this is something. I expect something like this at from our Presidio Trust but it’s surprising to me to see RPD able to abide a free show in McLaren Park.

Anyway, it’s your choice come September 2017.

All the deets here.

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

35th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in the Park Announces “Hamlet” Dates
July 1 – October 1 in Pleasanton, Cupertino, Redwood City and San Francisco

“Break my heart, for I must hold my tongue.”

San Francisco, CA –San Francisco Shakespeare Festival proudly announces the dates for Hamlet in select venues
across the Bay Area for its annual Free Shakespeare in the Park production. Free Shakespeare in the Park has now been a beloved family tradition in the Bay Area for 35 years, and the company is celebrating that anniversary by producing Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy in the park for the first time.

Directed by SF Shakes Resident Artist Stephen Muterspaugh, Hamlet will feature Davern Wright* in the title role. The
rest of the cast includes Rolf Saxon* as Claudius, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong as Gertrude, Sharon Huff* as Polonius,
Julian Lopez-Morillas* as The Ghost/Player King/1st Gravedigger, Kieran Beccia as Ophelia, Sydney Schwindt as
Laertes, Nathaniel Andalis as Horatio, Melissa Quine* as Rosencrantz/Marcellus/Osric, and Radhika Rao as
Guildenstern/Barnardo/2nd Gravedigger.

The modern-dress production will highlight contemporary political parallels within Hamlet. The play, about the
questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly
about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times. Muterspaugh will direct this
production after co-directing The Taming of the Shrew with Artistic Director Rebecca Ennals in 2014 and directing four seasons of the company’s Shakespeare On Tour. Also returning to the Festival’s mainstage production is Scenic
Designer Jay Lasnik, who designed The Winter’s Tale in 2016.

Bring your family and friends, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy professional theater at no charge in a beautiful park
setting!

*denotes a member of Actor’s Equity Association

2017 Performance schedule for Hamlet:

Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Community Park, Santa Rita Road and Black Avenue

– Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 pm – Opening
– Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 9 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 pm

Cupertino’s Memorial Park Amphitheater, Stevens Creek Blvd and Mary Avenue

– Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 pm – Opening
– Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 pm
– Friday, August 4 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 6 at 7:30 pm

Redwood City, grounds of Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway

– Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, August 13 at 4:00 pm – Opening
– Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 20 at 4:00 pm
– Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 27 at 4:00 pm

San Francisco’s Presidio, Main Post Parade Ground Lawn

– Saturday, September 2 at 2:00 pm – Preview
– Sunday, September 3 at 2:00 pm – Opening
– Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) at 2:00 pm
– Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 pm
– Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 pm

San Francisco’s McLaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive

– Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 pm – Preview
– Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm – Opening
– Friday, September 29 at 10:00 am
– Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm – CLOSING

Admission is free. For more information, call the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival at (415) 558-0888 or visit
www.sfshakes.org

About San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

The mission of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is to make the words and themes of Shakespeare accessible to
everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, or level of education. We accomplish this through the
presentation of Free Shakespeare in the Park and a wide array of education programs: Shakespeare On Tour,
Tailor-Made Residencies, Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Midnight Shakespeare, and Shakespeare for All.

Shakespeare On Tour performs an abridged Shakespeare play at schools, libraries, and community centers all over the
state. Tailor-Made Residencies connect teaching artists with classroom teachers for in-class theatre enrichment,
specifically tailored to their learning objectives and their students. Bay Area Shakespeare Camps for ages 4-6, 7-13,
and 12-18 are two-week theatre camps held throughout the Bay Area. Midnight Shakespeare, the Festival’s after-school program for underserved and low-income youth, serves participants in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Antioch.

Shakespeare For All in three Central Valley communities–Salida, Madera, and Chowchilla–gives residents a chance to
stage community productions of Shakespeare’s plays with the assistance and guidance of theater professionals.

Kevin Spacey a Huge Success as Richard III at Our SHN Curran Theatre in Union Square

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

San Franciscans were very pleased with yesterday’s electrifying Opening Night of Richard III at our SHN Curran, the “intimate Broadway showplace.”

Per pirate-nurse Pat Mulkey:

Kevin Spacey as Richard III was Incredible! Whole production blew me a-w-a-y.”

A standing ovation for cast and crew – the view from above the Grand Chandelier:

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Spacey was sweating through his shirt from the end of the first act – he brought it.

And that thing at the very end, like what happens after his character dies, you know, with the thing? He’s still dominating the dojo.

And oh, Alan Scherstuhl offers his thoughts here – don’t miss that.

Hurray!

OMG, Kevin Spacey is in Town – Still a Few Tickets Left for Richard III at the Curran – The Event of the Year

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Kevin Spacey‘s run as Richard III from October 19th to 29th could very well be The Event of the Yearwe’ll see.

The stage as it looks today:

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Remaining tickets are expensive, or for less-than-ideal seats, or both. (And, of course, you can always take your chances on the craigslist.)

But, you know, it’s Kevin Spacey after all. (Digging up my binoculars now, I’m srsly.)

See you there!

OMG, OMG, Kevin Spacey IS King Richard III! Shakespeare is Coming to Our Curran Theatre October 19-29!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Well, this is going to be huge, that’s all I’m going to say…

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“SHN Announces
The San Francisco Engagement of

Bank of America presents
THE BRIDGE PROJECT
Produced by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street

RICHARD III
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY SAM MENDES

FEATURING ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER
KEVIN SPACEY
IN THE TITLE ROLE

Co-commissioned by and produced in association with Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Centro Niemeyer Spain, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Istanbul Theatre Festival (IKSV) & Istanbul Municipal Theatres, Kay & McLean Productions, Singapore Repertory Theatre and SHN – Carole Shorenstein Hays and Robert Nederlander.

Curran Theatre – October 19 – 29

SAN FRANCISCO (August 8, 2011)…. SHN is delighted to announce the arrival of RICHARD III by William Shakespeare, featuring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes, coming to San Francisco this Fall. The Curran Theatre is the only U.S venue, other than BAM in New York, to host this landmark event. Tickets for RICHARD III go on public sale Friday, August 19.

Known for carefully curated Bay Area-only theater experiences, SHN is expecting the show to be a highlight of the 2011 season.

“This is a really big deal for us, and for San Francisco,” says Carole Shorenstein Hays. “People will recognize the combination of Spacey and Mendes from American Beauty; now they’re interpreting one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays for a modern audience. It should be an amazing experience.”

RICHARD III places San Francisco on a roster of 11 locations around the world that have been chosen to host the production, including: London, Epidaurus, Hong Kong, Aviles, Spain, Istanbul, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney and New York. The Bridge Project’s production of RICHARD III is currently playing to sold out crowds at London’s Old Vic Theatre.

See interviews and sneak peek of RICHARD III in London at http://www.youtube.com/user/OldVicTheatre#p/u 

Ever more deets after the jump

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Hamlet on Alcatraz! Performance from We Players Runs October 2 to November 21

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Get your tickets now for the We Players‘ performances of Hamlet on The Rock.

The shows run from October 2nd to November 21st.

This production should be mega.

Recreation & Park Department Chases Away Golden Gate Renaissance Faire

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Hoo boy, first Pfizer and now this. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has managed to chase away the 2009 Golden Gate Renaissance Faire, which was slated for Speedway Meadow this summer. The event is cancelled. Why’s that ? Read on.

No more gay weddings:

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Or girl power:

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Or cheering for your favorite:

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Or horse petting:

And forget about jousting as well.

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Says Marti, the organizer:

“It is with our deepest regret that we must announce that the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire, planned to be held August 1 & 2, 2009, in San Francisco has been canceled. Ongoing challenges with the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department introducing new restrictions, multiple date changes, and slow to confirm site usage along with continued changing requirements has forced Renaissance Productions to scrap its plans for this year’s event. After six successful years of producing an ever growing event for the community (hosting over 6,000 attendees in 2008), and having zero reported post-event site impact on the grounds, the Park and Recreation Department decided to change the operating arrangements. Due to these factors and a lack of confidence that additional restrictions would not be put into place at the last moment, there is no practical way for Renaissance Productions to bring a quality show to its audience or adequately market the event in due time.”

Here’s a hopeful note:

“We do hope to work out the issues and have an arrangement with the City of San Francisco to hold the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire in 2010.”

Let’s hope. But where will the Ren Fen go this year? Fremont, baby.

Get the deets regarding the Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire after the jump

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