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The Reviews are In & Can We Save Shakespeare Santa Cruz? | Speak the Speech!

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Greetings! Lori Ann here…school started around our country this week and the rush was on! With the start of school and oncoming fall, this means many Shakespeare Festivals have wrapped it up, but we have much to look forward to.

Bedlam Theatre is bringing Hamlet and Saint Joan to Olney Theatre Center for the Arts. Did I mention they are using only four actors? One of William Shakespeare’s greatest works is his play, Hamlet. For many actors, being cast in a production of the show is a dream come true. However, many have proclaimed the role of Hamlet as the “actor’s nightmare.” Of course, doing the entire five-act play with only four actors might be a nightmare unto itself. Stop by between Sept. 5 and Oct. 20 to see for yourself.


Free Shakespeare in the Park brings Macbeth to the Presidio Main Parade Grounds. They will run for three weekends here then close in MacLaren Park at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre.

Review: Fine storytelling and speedy forward-motion takes us from celebration to tragedy in record time with Othello at the Avon Theatre in Stratford. Othello_large


Ten Eastern Shore communities will have the chance this September to see free live performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by a professional theater company. Shakespeare at the Beach, in its third year, has added five new towns to its schedule for 2013: Salisbury, Pocomoke City, Lewes, Easton and Queen Anne. They will also return to Berlin, Ocean City, Snow Hill and Ocean Pines.

Review: Shakespeare Star Wars. That’s right people, you read that correctly, the genius and poetic beauty of Shakespeare and his iambic pentameter has found its way into a galaxy far, far away, and not a single Jawa or droid has been overlooked, resulting in this fabulous, albeit awfully familiar, book.


Review: The Merchant of Venice at Syndey Shakespeare Company. Independent productions of Shakespeare are ambitious at the best of times and Sydney Shakespeare Company’s The Merchant of Venice proves no exception. You’ve got to hand it to artistic director, Steve Hopley, though. He has a vision. And he sticks to his guns. To that extent, at least, I’m a big fan of him, the company and this production. Though least of all, this production.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz was delivered a death blow last week by the powers that be at UC Santa Cruz. The 32 year-old festival has been going further into debt with each season and the decision was made that to staunch the flow of money, the festival must end. Or must it? There is a big rallying cry happening to save SSC. Join in? It is a sad day for all when a Shakespeare festival has to close, maybe this one can be saved.

Well that’s all for this week. Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterest, and Google +. Let us know if you are planning on seeing any of these performances. We would love to hear from you. Also, please consider making a donation to The Shakespeare Standard because without you guys we would not be able to do what we do to bring you all these awesome articles. See you all next week!

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