Saved By The Bard

Watch White Christmas, The Little Rascals, just about any Andy Rooney movie…at some point, you’re guaranteed to hear some starry-eyed kid say, “I know how to save the orphanage/the inn/the day—we’ll put on a show!” But what happens when it’s the theater itself that needs rescuing? After UC-Santa Cruz booted Shakespeare Santa Cruz, as the annual festival was then known, first from its budgetary nest, in 2013, and then, last year, from its longtime campus home last year 2013, the troupe found itself in dire straits: You can’t create a happy ending without a place to stage it, and old barns are, apparently, thin on the ground in Santa Cruz. But with help from City Hall, which is providing the site, and countless individuals who’ve donated the million dollars needed to construct an outdoor amphitheater, Santa Cruz Shakespeare—the new name for the now-independent nonprofit—will triumphantly perform its 2016 season this summer in the city’s DeLeveaga Park. Opening July 12 is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in repertory with Hamlet (previews start the 26th) and Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Orlando (starts August 17). After all, the play’s the thing.

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SC_Shakespeare_Macbeth_5_300dpiPhotos Courtesy of RR Jones (above) and Samuel Thaler (featured)

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