On April 21-22, Shakespeare OC will join the Orange County Community Foundation and more than 340 other non-profit organizations in the very first countywide Giving Day. For 30 hours starting at 6:00am April 21, you can visit www.iheartoc.org and donate to SOC and your other favorite local non-profits. Your generosity on Giving Day will also enable SOC to win additional funding awards and prizes from the Foundation Bonus Pool, all of which will help them bring the Arts to an underserved, but culturally rich part of Orange County.
A Noise Within is now enrolling students in its Summer With Shakespeare five-week Pasadena summer camp, June 15 – July 17 (Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm) for youth aged 6-18. This conservatory-style program of acting, improvisation, stage diction, text analysis, kinetic exercises, and stage combat is led by classically trained, professional actors, choreographers, and designers. Visit www.anoisewithin.org for complete details.
Long Beach Shakespeare Company opens Mark Twain, Is He Dead? Friday, April 10 for ten performances. Carl Wawrina returns in this one man show in which Twain discusses who wrote Shakespeare’s plays and reminisces about his life on the Mississippi. No matter which side of the authorship question you’re on, this will be a humorous and thought-provoking presentation. www.lbshakespeare.org for more information.
Queer Classics will re-imagine Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew in a unique exploration of gender expression for the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The production is conceived and directed by Casey Kringlen who will direct it in the comedic style of “I Love Lucy.” The 80-minute show runs June 6 – 28 and is also part of the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. For more information, visit www.weho.org/pride. Queer Classics is dedicated to sharing classic stories re-imagined through a queer lens — art for the LGBTQ community and its supporters. www.queerclassics.com
And in San Diego…
San Diego Shakespeare Society hosts its Tenth Annual Student Shakespeare Festival on Saturday, April 25 from 12:30 – 4:00 pm in Balboa Park. There will be several open-air stages set up for performances along the El Prado pedestrian promenade and Casa Del Prado area. Hundreds of students from K-12 will perform 10-minute scenes, sonnets, music, and dance selections from Shakespeare’s plays. www.sandiegoshakespearesocity.org
Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will offer an encore presentation of Thinking Shakespeare Live! at The Old Globe on Saturday, June 6 at 11:00 am. The 90-minute event is an exploration of Shakespeare’s language led by Edelstein based on his book, “Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard.” Three classical actors will assist during the presentation which is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for families and young audiences. Tickets and information: www.theoldglobe.org.
Two weeks later, The Old Globe will kick off its annual 2015 Shakespeare Festival with Shakespeare’s charming comedy Twelfth Night, running June 21 – July 26. The Comedy of Errors, directed by Scott Ellis, opens August , and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, about the backstage shenanigans of a touring company of The Taming of the Shrew, opens July 1.