Shakespeare Santa Cruz begins its 2013 season

July 23, 2013

449px-William_Shakespeare_1609Shakespeare Santa Cruz began its 2013 summer season today and the lineup is certainly enticing.

This year’s performances under the redwoods starts with “The Taming of the Shrew,” which many of those in my generation may remember best as the inspiration for the film that catapulted the late Heath Ledger to stardom, “10 Things I Hate About You.”

Performances run from July 23 to September 1.

Also on this year’s schedule is “Henry V,” with performances beginning Aug. 6 and continuing through Sept. 1.

There also will be performances on Aug. 20 and 27 of “Tom Jones,” which isn’t a Shakespeare play but rather is adapted from Henry Fielding’s novel.

Tickets range from $33 to $46 for weekday performances, and from $39 to $50 on weekends. Full-time students with valid ID can get $15 tickets to any performance.

However, for those of us who aren’t students and are a bit more budget-conscious, there are some options. Unsold tickets will go on sale an hour before each performance for $20. Another option rather than these rush tickets is to check out one of the preview performances — sort of like the ultimate dress rehearsal — which also go for $20.

Previews of “That Taming of the Shrew” will be Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.. The show opens for realsies Friday at 8 p.m. ¬†Previews of “Henry V” are Aug. 6- 8.

General admission seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees may sit in any of the unreserved seating areas, and bring your own seating and/or blankets.


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