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Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2023 Season Opening Night

July 13, 2023  |  The Audrey Stanley Grove in Delaveaga Park


Tickets are now on sale for Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2023 season, featuring The Book of Will and The Taming of the Shrew. Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute. The season runs from July 13-August 27.

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The Book of Will, by Lauren Gunderson – Directed by Laura Gordon

A love letter to William Shakespeare, this moving and joyful comedy tells the story of the two actors, friends of Shakespeare’s, who worked to preserve his plays and legacy seven years after his death. This beat-the-clock race to collect all of Shakespeare’s plays into one book delights audiences with a tale full of color characters, and provides a glimpse into a little known story about how his work survives and thrives to this day. SCS’s production of The Book of Will is part of a year-long celebration honoring the 400th anniversary of the printing of the First Folio and stars out-going Artistic Director Mike Ryan, and in-coming Artistic Director Charles Pasternak.

The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare – Directed by Robynn Rodriguez

One of Shakespeare’s most raucous comedies, in The Taming of the Shrew characters struggle against the roles they have been prescribed by gender, class, or age. While the results of these struggles provide some of the most hilarious moments in the canon, they also leave us with unsettling questions about the human cost of maintaining the status quo. Thorny, funny, and deeply human, Kate and Petruchio are two of Shakespeare’s most fascinating characters. Out of place because of their honesty in a world of deception, can these two broken people find happiness where they least expect it?




July 13, 2023


The Audrey Stanley Grove in Delaveaga Park
501 Upper Park Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95065 United States
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