Saturday, August 11, 18 & 25 • 7:00pm
Sunday, August 12, 19 & 26 • 4:00pm
Sequoia High School Campus
1201 Brewster Ave @ Broadway (map)
Celebrating its 36th year, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings its performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Downtown Redwood City for 3 weekends in August! Shakespeare in the Park will offer 3 evening shows on Saturdays and 3 late afternoon shows on Sundays while providing an opportunity to see high quality, professional theater in the relaxing outdoor setting of Sequoia Campus, free of charge. Treat yourself to some Shakespeare this August, for a moment that is sure to please.
Free Shakespeare in the Park began in 1983, with its debut production of The Tempest in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. It is now one of the major free Shakespeare programs in the nation. Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for everyone to see high quality, professional theater at no cost.
About A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the misadventures of four young lovers, a group of aspiring actors, and a team of mischievous fairies as they all enter the woods outside Athens on a summer night. The ensuing hilarity and chaos create an evening filled with love and laughter.
“Having explored Shakespeare’s darker side over the past few years with titles like Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, and Romeo and Juliet, we’re thrilled to bring an upbeat comedy to our Free Shakespeare in the Park audiences this year,” says Artistic Director Rebecca J. Ennals. “It’s the perfect play to watch outdoors on a summer evening or afternoon, and our company hasn’t staged it since 2007.” Ennals adds that she’s excited to have found such a talented cast that upholds the company’s continual dedication to both gender and racial diversity. The cast includes familiar faces from past Free Shakespeare in the Park productions, including members of the Festival’s Resident Artist company (Muterspaugh, Spencer, and Garahan), as well as talent new to the company.
The production, directed by Ennals, will feature Stephen Muterspaugh as Theseus/ Oberon, Livia Gomes Demarchi as Hippolyta/ Titania, James Lewis as Philostrate/Puck, Lauren Spencer as Helena, Patricia Austin as Hermia/Fairy, Ed Berkeley as Demetrius, Akaina Ghosh as Lysander/Fairy, Michael Ray Wisely as Nick Bottom, Michael Asberry as Egeus/Peter Quince, Sean Garahan as Francis Flute/Mustardseed, Melanie Marshall as Tom Snout/Peaseblossom, Rosemarie Kingfisher as Robin Starveling/Cobweb, Julie Douglas as Snug/Mote. Gina White, Colleen Scallen, and Abigail Milnor-Sweetser perform the roles of Attendant/Fairy. The visually stunning show features costumes designed by Hyun Sook Kim, masks created by Kendra Johnson, sets designed by Neal Ormond, and movement choreography by Amelia Adams.
About the Venue
- The shows are about 2½ hours long and held outdoors on the Sequoia High School Campus lawn. You are responsible for your own seating, so please remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair to the event to sit on. If you have higher-seated chairs, please be mindful to move your seating towards the back or sides of the crowd so to not block the view of others.
- It can get pretty dark by the end of the show. A flashlight could be very helpful to guide you safely across the lawn.
- Pack a picnic dinner or pick-up takeout from one of the many fabulous nearby restaurants.
- There are no dogs allowed at this venue.
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