ISC’s Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival Offers Two Shakespeare Classics

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Independent Shakespeare Co. returns to the Old Zoo in Griffith Park for its 2014 season with two plays by William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew.

Comments Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma, “We’re delighted to have reached our 10th anniversary season bringing free Shakespeare performances to Los Angeles city parks! We’re celebrating with a joyful season. Twelfth Night is one of the great works of the theater: an extraordinary treatise on the power of love. The Taming of the Shrew, wildly popular with audiences, is an opportunity to highlight our performers’ skill with physical theater and our anarchic sensibilities. Both productions will feature plenty of live music. We’ll be making a lot of happy noise this summer in Griffith Park.” 

Managing Director David Melville adds, “It’s an amazing milestone to have reached our 10th year of free performances. Over that time, we’ve built a wonderful audience base. When we opened our first production in Barnsdall Park, we fell in love with doing the summer season. But we never dreamed it would grow beyond a couple hundred people a night. Last summer, we performed for over 43,000 people and next year we’ll be performing on a permanent structure that will house not only our festival but Symphony In The Glen performances. We’re looking forward to the next ten years, and beyond!”

In addition to the performances, ISC will again offer family education workshops on select evenings. Players in the Park/Teatristas en el parque (PIP) workshops are an interactive, energetic way for families to learn about the evening’s performance. Led by ISC teaching artists, families will learn about the play, explore Shakespeare’s language, take a backstage tour, and try out how it feels on the ISC stage. All workshops are offered in both English and Spanish.

Also returning this season is the Salon Series, discussions led by experts on topics related to Shakespeare as well as Festival Arts Partners, curtain-raising performances by local musicians and dancers.

Specific dates for performances, education workshops and special events will be released this spring.

GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
June 26 – August 31, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 7pm, (some Wednesdays)
Old Zoo, Griffith Park
GPS Coordinates of the parking area: 34*8.034’N, 118* 17.100‘W
All events are free to the public
Visit www.iscla.org or call (818) 710-6306 for directions and information.

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