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Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2014 Season

Season Information

For information on season packages click here

For information on, or to purchase tickets for individual shows:

-As You Like It

-The Merry Wives of Windsor

-The Fringe Show: The Beard of Avon



As You Like it (July 1st - August 10th)
Love at first sight, a wrestling match, cross-dressing and a fool! Shakespeare's delightful, romantic comedy As You Like It boasts all four, cleverly intertwined with the trials and triumphs of love. Exiled from court, Rosalind ventures into the idyllic Forest of Arden with the fool, Touchstone, only to discover her true love Orlando awaits her. What follows is an elaborate scheme to capture his heart through her witty and playful ploy: instruct Orlando how to woo a woman while disguised as a boy. As You Like It explores the vast and varied incarnations of love culminating in a woodland wedding extravaganza!

The Merry Wives of Windsor  (July 13th - August 10th)
The Merry Wives of Windsor marks the return of audience favorite Sir John Fallstaff once again down on both luck and cash. Hatching a ruse to fatten his wallet he schemes to seduce Mistresses Ford and Page in an attempt to swindle their husbands' money. Falstaff, as always, overestimates his ingenuity and the two women concoct a plan of their own to make a buffoon of the knight. Richard Ziman returns to Santa Cruz to helm this cheeky, mischievous romp.

The Fringe Show: The Beard of Avon (July 29th & August 5th)
In this mad-cap comedy a swain known as "Will Shakspere" who longs to be an artist flees his rural life for the stages of Elizabethan London. Did this novice actor become the ghost writer for the Earl of Oxford, Sir Francis Bacon, and even Queen Elizabeth? Authors too proud to admit they scribbled plays for the unwashed masses? This intelligent and fun-filled farce deliberates the longstanding debate over who really penned Shakespeare's canon. With a gleeful wink at intervening centuries, Amy Freed's deliciously witty The Beard of Avon portrays Will's comic struggles to become an artist in his own right in this bawdy, hilarious, conspiracy-laden origin story of how a poor hayseed with wild dreams found himself in over his head and became the man we know as Shakespeare.

**Please note - Everyone needs a ticket, regardless of age.  All children, even if sitting on your lap, will still be required a ticket for entry into the venue.**

Advanced ticket sales end 3 hours prior to show time. Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the door.

Event parking on the UCSC campus is $4, cash only.