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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 Cruz’s Nickelodeon Theater.

The free series features discussions with festival directors, actors, and designers.

The Shakespeare Santa Cruz Festival is offering four contrasting comedies this summer: William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew; The Tamer Tamed by Shakespeare’s contemporary and collaborator, John Fletcher; Edward Albee’s acerbic Who’s 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 festival’s opening gala will be on Saturday, July 24, opening night for The Taming of the Shrew.

The "Noon at the Nick” series runs on Fridays, July 16-August 6.

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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