We are thrilled to announce that Santa Cruz Shakespeare will be back to live, in-person performances this Summer!
Live at The Grove
The story that sets the Wars of the Roses in motion, Jessica Kubzansky’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard II tells the story of that king’s ill-fated reign using only three actors. What is our responsibility when a bad leader rightfully occupies the throne? This exploration of divine right, capricious leadership, and bloody insurrection is packed with contemporary political relevance. A critic’s choice pick when it premiered at the Boston Court theatre in Los Angeles, Charles McNulty, critic for the LA Times, called the play a “feat of ingenious stagecraft.”
By Mat Smart
Live at The Grove
Streaming Available in August - Tickets on sale soon!
This play, by Mat Smart, tells the story of Fredrick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Over the forty-five volatile years that they knew one another, they were friends, allies, and adversaries. Their hopes and dreams for equality brought them to common ground and political battlefields. As agitators, they were not content to let either our nation or each other rest in complacency, and their respective fights for racial justice and gender equity continue to this day.
Far Away From Here
Five years after their breakup, Reggie, a fast rising, young entrepreneur, reunites with his ex-girlfriend Vera, an older, world famous artist. When Reggie confesses he is still in love with Vera, the two decide to recreate their relationship and figure out where things went wrong. This romantic comedy confronts issues of age, race, art and love.
Inseparable since childhood, Heathcliff and Cathy believe themselves eternally bound. But when they are brutally torn apart, the resulting course of retribution provides an unflinching look into the cyclical nature of revenge, injustice and the savage passions of the heart. Travel across Yorkshire’s stormy moors in this haunting re-imagined adaptation of Emily Brontë’s epic story of cruelty, devotion and redemption
Troilus & Cressida
Finished - June 2021 - Virtual
As part of our Undiscovered Shakespeare series, in partnership with The Humanities Institute at UCSC, we will present a virtual reading of Troilus & Cressida.
This three-part virtual reading of one of Shakespeare’s most unusual tragedies continues our “Undiscovered Shakespeare” collaboration with The Humanities Institute. Join us as we read through this play episodically on Zoom, and dig into the text with lectures from scholars and conversations with the cast. Swinging wildly between bawdy comedy, epic history, and tragic romance, Troilus and Cressida plays out against the backdrop of the Trojan War. With its examinations of honor, fidelity, pretension, romance, and war, this is a play that Joyce Carol Oates described as an “implicit debate between what is essential in human life and what is only existential.”