Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Announces Americana Summer Season

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is gearing up for another summer of performances under the California oaks and summer skies of Topanga. This season, the company sets out to explore who we are as Americans with the theme ‘Americana’ which will include a mix of American plays, Shakespeare performed with an American twist, toe-tapping Americana roots and folk music, buffet dinners in the gardens and more – making Theatricum a unique destination spot for locals and visitors alike.

Shakespeare offerings will include As You Like It, re-set in the Reconstruction-era South with live music of the period, and Theatricum’s signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, back by popular demand for the ninth year. Also on the season are To Kill A Mockingbird, Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; August: Osage County, Tracy Letts’ biting portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest, and absolute worst; and Green Grow the Lilacs, by Lynn Riggs, the play that inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma

Dream_Titania_2 croppedThe season kicks off on Saturday, June 6 with a matinee performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Melora Marshall (pictured left as Titania in the 2014 production of Midsummer) and Willow Geer. The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is once again transformed into an enchanted forest, inhabited by lovers both fairy and human. Shakespeare conjures a world of wonder, magic and romance where comical misunderstandings and the pain of unrequited love are resolved, and all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and the enduring power of nature.  More


Audition Update: Santa Cruz Shakespeare Company and Coronado Playhouse

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Company will hold Equity Principal Auditions for its 2014 Summer Season on March 10 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Center Stage in Santa Cruz, 1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. There is metered street parking and a nearby garage at 124 Locust Street. To schedule an appointment, contact Steve Boyle at 408-476-7277 or steve@shakespeareplayon.org, before 9pm. Please prepare 2 contrasting classical monologues under 5 minutes combined, plus a few bars of an a cappella song, and bring a headshot and resume. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. They are seeking AEA actors of all ages, genders and ethnicities for a two-play Repertory Season of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Summer Schedule:
June 3: First Rehearsal
July 1: As You Like It, first preview
July 5: As You Like It opens
July 13: Merry Wives of Windsor, first preview
July 17: Merry Wives of Windsor opens
August 10: Both shows close
For more information, visit www.actorsequity.org or www.shakespeareplayon.net.

In San Diego, Coronado Playhouse has scheduled auditions for its upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet at 7:00 pm on Mon. and Tues. April 14 & 15. Callbacks will take place Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00pm. Prepare a 1-2 minute monologue (verse or prose) from any Shakespeare play. On the day of your audition, please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Bring a resume and headshot if available, as well as your calendar through July 20, 2014. All conflicts will be required to be listed on the audition form. In a modern staging of this enduring love story, director Tom Haine takes Shakespeare’s 400 year-old classic and juxtaposes the language of bitterness, anger and recrimination against the poetry of desire, giddiness and attraction proving that Romeo and Juliet is as relevant and direct today as it was when the first audiences heard it. Performances are June 27 – July 20, 2014 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. No performance July 4th) at Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118. Questions may be directed toward Tom Haine at tphaine@cox.net. www.coronadoplayhouse.com

Audition Update: Northern CA – Marin Shakespeare Company

Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael will hold auditions for its 2014 season on February 7, 8 & 9, with callbacks on February 15 & 16. The season includes As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and An Ideal Husband. Up to ten AEA actors will be hired. There is pay for non-union actors. Equity actors should prepare two contrasting Shakespearean monologues, total 3 minutes max; non-Equity, please prepare one Shakespearean monologue, 2 minutes max. Bring photo & resume. They will also see a short example of any special talents (singing, juggling, musical instrument, etc.) To sign up for an audition slot, please contact info@marinShakespeare.org or (415) 499-4488.

Out of town actors wishing to audition in San Rafael before February may send photo & resume to management@marinShakespeare.org along with information about when you would be available for an audition appointment. At the artistic director’s discretion, an appointment may be scheduled after your resume is received. They are also accepting videotaped auditions although you are more likely to be considered for casting if they can meet you in person. They are particularly interested in actors with extensive outdoor Shakespeare experience. Some housing for out of town AEA actors is available. Complete details, including rehearsal and show schedule, contract information, intern program and more can be found HERE. AEA info is available at www.actorsequity.org.

CLU Presents As You Like It during All About Arts Week

Kaitlin Ruby, Kevlyn Holmes and Matthew Case. Photo credit: Erik Diaz/CLU

Kaitlin Ruby (Rosalind) Kevlyn Holmes (Celia) and Matthew Case Orlando). Photo credit: Erik Diaz/CLU

California Lutheran University will present Shakespeare’s As You Like It November 7 – 17 on the Thousand Oaks campus. Performances will take place at 8:00 pm in the Black Box Studio Theatre as part of CLU’s All About the Arts Week. Director Brett Elliott (associate artistic director of The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company), sets Shakespeare’s famous comedy in the early Gilded Age America – an era that has many contemporary parallels.

Similar to today, Victorians witnessed an expanding chasm between the ultra-wealthy robber barons and the struggling middle and lower classes, with all the social and political tensions that follow. They were becoming increasingly aware of the environmental havoc that industrialization was inflicting on the natural world. And they often found themselves bewildered at the breakneck pace with which technology was reshaping their society and world.  More

City Shakes Brings Free Summer Shakespeare to West Los Angeles

As You Like It City Shakes
Bring your picnic, blanket, and the kids – Rustic Canyon Park is about to get a little more mischievous this summer, thanks to The City Shakespeare Company’s (City Shakes’) weekend performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

Founded in 2012 by Brooke Bishop and Allison Volk, City Shakes is on a mission to bring together community members to enjoy classic theater in a fun, accessible way, and there’s no better venue than Rustic Canyon Park’s “little urban oasis,” as Bishop, the show’s director, calls it. “Working in and around the Rec Center, our thespian activities become an integral part of the community, rather than something tucked away in an isolated, windowless theater,” she says.  More

AS YOU LIKE IT Now Playing at Long Beach Shakespeare Company

As You Like It LB Shakes

If you love the Adventures of Robin Hood, then you’ll love Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The magical Forest of Arden hides a banished group of heroes, damsels in distress and in disguise, and rollicking romance and comedy. You’ll hear some of Shakespeare’s most often quoted lines and meet some of his best-loved characters in this fast-paced, light-hearted tale that promises fun for the whole family. Presented now through June 29 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm) by the Long Beach Shakespeare Company in the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807 in Bixby Knolls. General Admission tickets are $20, Students $10. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://lbshakespeare.org/.

Parson’s Nose Productions Presents As You Like It

Parson's NoseParson’s Nose Productions (PNP), the professional, Pasadena theater company “introducing classic theater to all ages,” ends its 13th season with a Readers’ Theater presentation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in a two hour adaptation by Lance Davis, Saturday April 20 at 7:00 pm and Sunday April 21 at 2:00 pm at Lineage Performing Arts, 89 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Old Pasadena, CA 91105.

“So this is the Forest of Arden”. The banished Duke and his court seek protection in the mysterious Forest of Arden and delightedly find the urbane tactics of rumor and intrigue have no place in the bucolic world of shepherds and lovers. Nature’s seductive power to heal and nurture beguiles the wounded outcasts and refocuses their priorities. “All the world’s a stage.”

“This time around I was struck by its environmental message,” says Davis. “We’ve all experienced the restorative power of Nature, whether camping in the redwoods or sitting by the ocean. Even a round of golf sends us back into the everyday world with a new vision. That’s what I want to explore here. Shakespeare’s mother was an Arden and owned land in Stratford. I love the idea of him retreating from the hurly burly of London to his home town and relaxing with a pint on a sunny day, just thinking up a new play.”

The cast of As You Like It includes PNP veterans Jane Longenecker, Ivar Brogger, Alan Brooks, Michael Manuel, Barry Gordon, Mary Chalon, John Harnagel, Jill Rogosheske, Mark McCracken, Amanda Pajer, Michael Faulkner, Betsy Reisz, Nora Frankovich and Gary Lamb. For more information, visit www.parsonsnose.com.

April 20 at 7:00 & April 21 at 2:00 pm
Pay What You Will
Lineage Performing Arts Center in Old Town Pasadena
89 South Fair Oaks Avenue, 91105
For reservations, call (626) 403-7667 or visit www.parsonsnose.tix.com.

Laura Marling’s Music to appear in RSC’s As You Like It

English folk singer Laura Marling is writing music for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of As You Like It, which opens April 12. This new song is featured in Act II, scene 5 and plays over the revelry of the forest in the trailer like a haunting sigh. We can’t stop listening to it.

Star-studded Cast to present As You Like It for Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA), under the artistic direction of Ben Donenberg, returns after 16 years to The Japanese Garden on the grounds of the VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center Campus with Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It, directed by Royal Shakespeare Company artist Kenn Sabberton, July 10 – 29. As You Like It is presented by SCLA in conjunction with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

The cast is led by Tessa Thompson as Rosalind; she is known for roles on Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes and upcoming BBC America Copper, as well as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Cordelia in King Lear here in Los Angeles. Peter Cambor, who played Nate Getz on NCIS: Los Angeles plays Orlando; Michael Dorn, well known as the Klingon Lt. Commander Worf from Star Trek, plays both Duke Frederick and Duke Senior; Diane Venora, who played Hamlet for the New York Shakespeare Festival, as Jacques; John Lavelle, who played Ben in The Graduate on Broadway, as Touchstone; and veteran Los Angeles stage actor Tony Abatemarco as Adam and Corin. The cast also features Jantzen Baldeck, McKinley Belcher, Shann Dornhecker, Brian Joseph, Amy Judd Lieberman, Gabriella Rhodeen, Andrew Schwartz, and Lindsay Rae Taylor.  More

Video Preview of As You Like It at The Old Globe

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Adrian Noble
June 10 – September 30, 2012
Tickets: www.theoldglobe.org

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