SCS In The Press

Charles Pasternak Named New Artistic Director of Santa Cruz Shakespeare

August 26, 2021

Pasternak follows Mike Ryan, who will step down after the 2023 season Santa Cruz, CA (August. 24, 2021) – Santa Cruz Shakespeare and its Board of Directors announced today that Charles Pasternak will take over as the company’s next artistic director, assuming the role after the 2023 summer season. Mr. Pasternak will succeed Mike Ryan…

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SCS Unveils Summer 2022 Productions

August 26, 2021

Tickets available in Early 2022 for Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Twelfth Night, as well as World-Premiere of The Formula, by Kathryn Chetkovich August 24, 2021- SANTA CRUZ, CA-Santa Cruz Shakespeare (SCS), a nationally recognized independent professional theater company in Santa Cruz County with deep local roots that go back more than 40 years, announced the…

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Safety Guidelines at The Grove

July 20, 2021

It is hard to believe we start public performances tomorrow! We are so excited to share these incredible and resonant productions with you. As promised, in an earlier blog post, I am writing to update you on the COVID-related rules and regulations you can expect when you come to the Audrey Stanley Grove this summer.…

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Getting Back in the Grove

June 4, 2021

A BLOG ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SCS RETURNS TO LIVE PERFORMANCES June 4, 2021 Over the course of the next two months, we will be rolling out a series of blog posts about what to expect when you return to The Grove for live performances this summer.  The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the theatre…

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Solidarity Statement

April 2, 2021

Black Lives Matter.  As our nation wakes up to the ongoing, systematic, institutional racism that is woven into the fabric of American life, Santa Cruz Shakespeare is actively reexamining the role that it and other theatre companies have played in perpetuating racist systems. We acknowledge and are grateful for the work done by Black, Indigenous,…

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Our Story So Far…

March 25, 2021

Shakespeare Play On (later to be known as Santa Cruz Shakespeare) was forged in 2013 when the University of California, Santa Cruz felt it could no longer host our predecessor organization, Shakespeare Santa Cruz. A small but intrepid group of community members met to determine how to continue the Shakespeare Festival and all its rich…

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Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses

June 24, 2020

Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in lieu of its traditional summer offerings, Santa Cruz Shakespeare is very proud to announce a new virtual reading series to keep audiences engaged with the high-quality, professional Shakespeare they have come to expect! Starting one week from today, on July…

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Good Times Interview with Artistic Director Mike Ryan “Why Santa Cruz Shakespeare Cancelled its Summer Season”

April 23, 2020

BY STEVE PALOPOLI POSTED ON APRIL 21, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has devastated our local arts community, a reality that hit home particularly hard when Santa Cruz Shakespeare announced on April 10 that it was cancelling its summer season, which had been set to begin July 7 with productions of The Tempest and Twelfth Night, along with Melissa Rain Anderson’s A…

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Will the 2020 SCS Season Go On?

March 21, 2020

“Hope is a lover’s staff; walk hence with that and manage it against despairing thoughts.” – William Shakespeare,  The Two Gentlemen of Verona Dear SCS Family, What an extraordinary time. Like most of you, SCS’s employees are currently Sheltering In Place, and while this state of affairs makes our work more difficult, we are grateful…

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Lisa Jensen Express: SEA CHANGE

February 20, 2020

Lisa Jensen Online Express Adventures in writing with Lisa Jensen, Author, Columnist and Film Critic published February 14, 2020 by Lisa Jensen Heads up, Shakespeare fans! Our own Santa Cruz Shakespeare has announced its lineup for this year’s summer festival season — and since it revolves around two of my favorite Shakespeare plays, I could…

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