July 12, 2004
Shakespeare Santa Cruz launches summer season
By Louise Donahue
Shakespeare Santa Cruz kicks off a summer season filled with live performances,
lectures, backstage tours, and other special events this week.
Blaire Chandler as Kate and Robertson Dean as Petruchio in The
Taming of the Shrew.
Photo: Steve DiBartolomeo
Getting things started is the popular Noon at the Nick
series on July 16, and continuing on Fridays though August 6 at Santa
Cruzs Nickelodeon Theater.
The free series features discussions with festival directors, actors,
The Shakespeare Santa Cruz Festival is offering four contrasting comedies
this summer: William Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew;
The Tamer Tamed by Shakespeares contemporary and collaborator,
John Fletcher; Edward Albees acerbic Whos Afraid of Virginia
Woolf?; and fringe performances of Lysistrata by Aristophanes.
The first performance, a preview of The Taming of the Shrew,
will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, in the Festival Glen. A discussion
at 6:45 p.m. will precede the July 22 preview. The festivals opening
gala will be on Saturday, July 24, opening night for The Taming of
The "Noon at the Nick series runs on Fridays, July
Detailed event schedules and online ticket purchasing are available
at the Shakspeare
Santa Cruz web site.
Other special events include:
Free Saturday backstage tours, August 7-28, 11 a.m. Call (831)
459-5810 for reservations.
Family Sunday Matinees, August 8-29. For every one adult ticket,
buyers may purchase two youth tickets (ages 5-18) for $10 each (discounted).
Weekend with Shakespeare, August 13-15, offers an in-depth look
at the plays and playwrights.
Women at Work Retreat discounts
The Women at Work Retreat is again this year sponsoring lower-priced
group tickets for staff and faculty for Shakespeare Santa Cruz plays.
The group rate is available for three Friday evening performances, at
a cost of $22 per ticket.
The reduced-price tickets are available for the following performances:
July 30 at 8 p.m., Festival Glen, The Taming of the Shrew
August 6 at 8 p.m., Festival Glen, The Tamer Tamed
August 13 at 8 p.m., Theater Arts Mainstage, Who's Afraid
of Virginia Woolf?
To order tickets, print out the order
form and send it, along with your check, to Diana Sue Miller, in
care of Central Purchasing. Tickets will be available for pickup July
28. For more information, call Diana Sue Miller at (831) 459-2882.
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