Catching up on all the Shakespeare News of the Day – Los Angeles/San Diego

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 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.

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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 for complete details.  More


Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!

How are YOU celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday? If you haven’t made plans, check out how some of our local theatre companies are honoring Sir William and join in!

“…there was a star danced, and under that was I born.”  –Much Ado About Nothing

On the big day, April 23, be on the lookout for the Salty Shakespeare folks who will be doing a flash mob run-through all over the campus of Whittier College. Be especially observant in the lunchroom where, rumor has it, Polonius will be killed. The dress-run is in preparation for a full flash of what the company affectionately calls “Hamlet’s Greatest Hits” that will take place the next day.

Also on the 23rd, Long Beach Shakespeare Company will celebrate by presenting a night of Shakespeare sonnets, with everyone in attendance receiving a book of the complete sonnets as a free gift.

The comedy series Complete Works will premiere all five of its episodes on Hulu on Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23.  More

Take Part in an Open Reading of Romeo and Juliet in San Diego

R and J SD readingSan Diego Shakespeare Lovers, you’re invited to an Open Reading of Romeo and Juliet as San Diego Shakespeare Society inaugurates its free bi-monthly Shakespeare Lecture Series on Saturday, Jan. 25, 12:30 – 2:00 pm. Anyone can volunteer to read a part, or just come along to listen. The event is free and will take place at Central Library / Special Events – 9th Floor, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. Look for more Shakespeare events in 2014 as the library participates in the worldwide celebration of the 450th year of the birth of William Shakespeare. Contact: Central Library (619) 236-5800.

San Diego Shakespeare Society Upcoming Readings and Steampunk Shakespeare

San Diego Shakespeare Society has two FREE Open Readings coming up in June. These events are informal readings of the plays with the audience participating in the scenes.

June 5: Cymbeline
Upstart Crow, Seaport Village

June 12: Taming of the Shrew
Encinitas Library

And on July 21st at 12:30 pm they will host a free lecture, Speaking of Shakespeare: Scott Farrell on Steampunk Shakespeare. Scott will talk about his short story, “A Midsummer’s Night Steam” in The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter: A Steampunk’s Shakespeare Anthology. Steampunk clothes and gear are welcomed (even encouraged). The lecture will take place at the Mission Valley Library. Right next door to the Mission Valley Ikea, the Library is central to most of San Diego and easy to access. For more information about the San Diego Shakespeare Society’s events visit

Celebrate Twelfth Night with HAMLET in San Diego

San Diego Shakespeare Society is co-hosting opening night of Vanguard’s new production of Hamlet. To celebrate Twelfth Night (January 6) and the opening of the show, stay for a post show gathering that includes hot drinks and Danish snacks, and an opportunity to meet the cast, director and crew.

Directed by Tom Haine and featuring many SDSS favorite actors and members, this Hamlet aims to bring the play to you in direct and immediate way. A bare stage, minimal props and modern dress (just as it would have been for Shakespeare’s own actors) allows the text to shine. Curtain is at 7:00 pm followed by the gathering, included in your ticket price. Call Vanguard Theatre at 619-224-6263 for reservations.
If you can’t make opening night, the show runs Jan 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15 at 7:00 pm. There will also be a post show Q&A on Saturday January 14 with the actors and director.

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