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Marin Shakespeare Company announces its 2017 summer festival season 28th Season features romantic comedy, swashbuckling adventure and witty wordplay

Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin County’s professional and award-winning outdoor summer Shakespeare festival, announces its 2017 season.

Presented under the summer stars at Forest Meadows in San Rafael from June 23 to Sept. 24,  Marin Shakespeare Company’s 28th season features “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Three Musketeers” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” The summer season will feature a non-repertory schedule, with designated performance runs for each production with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays; and 8 p.m. on select Sundays.

Robert Currier directs Marin Shakespeare’s first presentation “Much Ado About Nothing.” Shakespeare’s perennially popular romantic comedy proves love really does triumph over all. Award-winning actors Dameion Brown and Elena Wright star as Shakespeare’s romantic misfits in this southern rural rendering, featuring original bluegrass and jug band music by Billie Cox.  “Much Ado About Nothing” performances are June 23 to July 23. Opening night is 8 p.m. Friday, June 30.

The season continues with “The Three Musketeers.” Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the classic novel by Alexander Dumas is a comic, swashbuckling adventure for both sexes and all ages. This new version introduces Sabine, D’Artagnan’s sister. Posing as a man, Sabine is entangled in the adventures of D’Artagnan and his misfit Musketeers as they fight foes and defend the honor of their Queen. Robert Currier directs this production, featuring fight direction by Richard Pallaziol. “The Three Musketeers” performances are July 28 to Aug. 27. Opening night is 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.


Marin Shakespeare presents its first production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” directed by British Shakespeare scholar Rob Clare. William Shakespeare’s witty wordplay highlights the follies of the King of Navarre and his three friends when they agree to forsake the company of women for three years in order to pursue learning. Their pledge is put to the test with the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting.  “Love’s Labour’s Lost” performances are Sept. 1 to Sept. 24. Opening night is 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2.


Performances are presented outdoors Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, located on the campus of Dominican University of California, 890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael, Calif. The amphitheater opens one hour prior to show time for picnicking. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe. Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free.


Season tickets are $87 general; $81 senior; and $30 youth (25 and under) and includes admission to one performance of each play, reserved seating and complimentary seat cushion.


Admission at the door is $37 general; $34 senior; and $12 youth (25 and under). Preview performances are $12 general and $10 senior. “Pay Your Age” is offered to audience members between the ages of 26 and 34 when purchasing tickets at the Box Office on the day of any performance, with valid identification. Marin Shakespeare Company also offers those 65 and over half-price tickets at Senior Matinees and those ages 18 and under admitted free at Family Matinee performances.


Free pre-show and post-show conversations with a company artist or scholar are presented on select performance dates. Shakespeare Dinners are presented at 6:30 p.m. on select Saturdays for an additional $35 for a gourmet picnic and intimate pre-show talk. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for sale, or bring your own. Shakespeare Dinner reservations are required at least two hours in advance.


Reserve tickets at


For more information call 415-499-4488 or visit the Marin Shakespeare Company website at





The Mineola Twins  By Paula Vogel  Directed by Ariel Craft  September 28 – October 29, 2017  Press Opening: October 2, 2017

The Cutting Ball Variety Pack  February 2 – February 13, 2018

Timon of Athens   By William Shakespeare  Directed by Rob Melrose  March 30 – April 29, 2018 Press opening: April 5, 2018

WHERE: The EXIT on Taylor 277 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA 94102


Season memberships start at $55 and may be purchased online at or by phone at 415-525-1205. Individual tickets will go on sale June 23, 2017. FOR MORE INFORMATION:



For the first time in San Francisco,audiences will experience a live symphony orchestra performing music to the entire film live from one of the most beloved film series in history.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 9 at 10am PT


— SHN announced today that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert will be coming to Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 8pm and Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 1pm as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature a live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences can relive the magic of the entire film in high definition on a 40-foot screen while the orchestra performs every note of John Williams’ unforgettable score to picture live on stage. SHN is proud to be the official ticketing partner in San Francisco.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 9 at 10am PT at or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799.

CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films, early last year.  The Harry Potter Film Concert that kicked off in June 2016 is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.

Justin Freer, president of CineConcerts and producer/conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”


Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and concert producer for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the entire world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this magical world, and to the many wonderful magical characters that inhabit it.”


CineConcerts is one of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media. Founded by producer/conductor Justin Freer and producer/writer Brady Beaubien, CineConcerts has engaged millions of people worldwide in concert presentations that redefine the evolution of live experience. Recent and current live concert experiences include Gladiator, The Godfather, It’s a Wonderful Life, DreamWorks Animation in Concert, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. From full-length movie screenings with live orchestra to music-interactive sporting event experiences to original 3D-environment holiday programming, CineConcerts is at the forefront of live entertainment.


Justin Freer has quickly become one of the most sought-after conductors of film music with a long list of full symphonic live to projection projects.  He has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Sydney Symphony





As part of the 21st annual PlayGround Festival of New Works now entering its fourth week, PlayGround presents the world premiere of Ignacio Zulueta’s immigration drama, KANO + ABE: A DALY CITY BIBLE STORY, continuing through June 18 performed in rotating repertory with Robin Lynn Rodriguez’s HEDGE, at PlayGround’s new San Francisco home, Potrero Stage: PlayGround Center for New Plays. Directed by Colin Johnson, the cast features Jed Parsario, Melvign Badiola, Carlos Aguirre, and Jasmine Osborne. Individual tickets are $30-$45. For the complete schedule of performances or to purchase tickets online, visit or call (415) 992-6677.




– As part of the 21st annual PlayGround Festival of New Works now entering its fourth week, PlayGround presents the world premiere of Robin Lynn Rodriguez’s Oakland-based drama, HEDGE, continuing through June 17 performed in rotating repertory with Ignacio Zulueta’s KANO + ABE, at PlayGround’s new San Francisco home, Potrero Stage: PlayGround Center for New Plays. Directed by Emilie Talbot, the cast features Caitlin Evenson, Kimberly Ridgeway, Steven Westdahl, Louel Senores, and Daryl Anthony Harper. Individual tickets are $30-$45. For the complete schedule of performances or to purchase tickets online, visit or call (415) 992-6677.



Central Works Has Extended The Central Works Method Comedy “Edward King” Through June 18 ONLY!! by Gary GravesEXTENDED Through June 18!(Originally scheduled to close June 11)Berkeley City Club2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley



THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY PRESENTS SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY ENGAGEMENT Hershey Felder’s Great American Songbook Sing-Along 7:30pm, Tuesday, June 27, 2017Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announces a special one-night-only musical event Hershey Felder’s Great American Songbook Sing-Along. Felder, who will be performing Hershey Felder, Beethoven from June 7-July 9 at TheatreWorks, will lead audiences through 100 years of American music from George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, to Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and many more. Hershey Felder’s Great American Songbook Sing-Along will be presented 7:30pm, June 27, 2017 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Tickets ($75-$150) will go on sale to the public June 1. Information is available at or calling by (650) 463-1960. #\




Artists Rise Up, a newly formed collective of artists working to produce charity events featuring talent from the vast Bay Area community of theater and performing arts, presents its inaugural offering: Make Them Hear You; A Concert Celebrating Human Rights and the American Dream, a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


ARU Founder, Alexis Lazear says, “At this point we’re just a group of theater professionals trying to offer our talents to heal this community and hopefully, in some way, our country at large. We’re all Americans and we’re all going to need help at some point. We [ARU] decided we’d like to help instead of feeling helpless.” Alexis works as a director, wig designer, and performer, and is based in Oakland, CA. ARU began as a Facebook group, and Alexis hoped to find a couple of people with whom to mount a small cabaret or open mic. Within 24 hours ARU was a group of over 300 artists, based all over the country, hoping to find a way to help their fellow citizen and bring people together in such a difficult and divided time. The group also hopes to call attention to the use of art and theater as a means with which to communicate complicated issues, raise awareness, and bring people closer. ARU Member and event committee member Annika Bergman says, “In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with stories of pain and feelings of helplessness, I hope this community of artists can show each other and the Bay Area at large that art is healing; that small actions amount to great deeds; and that love is ultimately stronger than fear.”


ARU will present an evening of music, theater, and dance celebrating the beautiful, diverse, and inclusive Bay Area theater community. Popular local talent will sing and dance musical theater favorites and tell personal stories about the impact of art and theater on their lives and their communities. Songs include many musical theater favorites from hits like Les Miserables, Ragtime, Spring Awakening, Hair, West Side Story, Hairspray and more. The evening will feature a silent auction and cocktail hour entertainment, patrons are encouraged to wear cocktail attire. The concert will also have an ASL interpreter.


Tickets for MAKE THEM HEAR YOU begin at $25. VIP Tickets are priced at $100. For more information, contact Alexis Lazear at (510) 552-2292 or


WHAT: MAKE THEM HEAR YOU; An evening of Musical Theatre Celebrating the American Dream, a benefit for the ACLU – WHEN: Monday, June 12 @ 6:30 PM (Silent Auction, Cocktail Hour, & Entertainment) and 7:30 PM (Show Starts) – WHERE: The Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063 – HOW MUCH: $25 – $100 INFO & TIX:


SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE Opens 58th Season with WALLS WHEN:           July 1 – Sept. 10, 2017  TIX:                 All park shows are free and open to the public.

Additional ticketed shows: Point Arena – Wed. July 12, Redway – Sat, July 15,

Nevada City – Fri. Aug. 18, and 2 indoor shows at SFMT Studio Space in SF

Tues. July 25, Wed. July 26 & Thurs. July 27, 2017

For more info. call 415- 285 -1717 or visit www.sfmt.o

VENUE:         SFMT performs in parks & some theatres throughout the Bay Area in SF, the North Bay, East Bay,       Sacramento, Davis, Nevada City, Merced & 3 Northern CA shows.



TRAILER:       Coming Soon




Opening Weekend (East Bay & San Francisco)

Cedar Rose Park

Fri., July 1 – 2:00 pm (Music 1:30)

Sat., July 2 – 2:00 pm (Music 1:30)

1300 Rose & Chestnut Sts., Berkeley 94702                            Ticket Info: FREE (donation)


Dolores Park

Tues., July 4 – 2:00 pm (Music 1:30)

18th & Dolores Sts., San Francisco 94110                                Ticket Info: FREE (donation)


Live Oak Park

Sat., July 8 – 2:00 pm (Music 1:30)

Sun., July 9 – 2:00 pm (Music 1:30)

Shattuck Ave. & Berryman St., Berkeley 94709                          Ticket Info: FREE (donation)

Arena Theater

Wed., July 12 – 8:00 pm (Music 7:30)

214 Main St., Point Arena 95468 Ticket Info:        707-882-3272

Todd Grove Park

Thurs., July 13 – 7:00 pm (Music 6:30)

Live Oak Ave. & Clubhouse Dr., Ukiah 95482                           Ticket Info: FREE (donation)

Mateel Community Center (near Garberville in Humboldt County)

Sat., July 15 – 8:00 pm (Music 7:30)

59 Rusk Ln., Redway 95560                                                         Ticket Info:



Lakeside Park – (Lake Merritt)


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OSF to hold community celebration to re-open ‘the Bricks’

Phase Two of “Access for All” campaign reaches completion

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival invites the community to an “Access for All Brick Courtyard Celebration” Thursday, June 15 beginning at 5:00 p.m. There will be live music, food and beverages, face painting and other activities, culminating with a program celebrating those who have donated and raised funds for the newly renovated space, and a performance by Infinite Flow—A Wheelchair Dance Company on the new Green Show Stage. The 2017 Green Show season will commence the following evening and continue every Tuesday through Sunday through October 15.


The three phases of OSF’s $5.1 million “Access for All” campaign are designed to make the OSF campus more accessible and welcoming, particularly for patrons and company members who have mobility issues. The campaign is made possible by the generous support of principal donors Joel Axelrod and Dr. Judy Yin Shih.

Phase Three of the “Access for All” campaign will take place in November-December, with the addition of seven wheelchair and companion seats in the Angus Bowmer Theatre to meet patron needs.


Kamilah Long, OSF’s manager of capital campaigns and leadership alliances, says the renovations and upgrades also carry out the mission of the Festival. “Improving the functionality and aesthetics of our campus is a tremendous accomplishment, and the added beauty of it is that the campaign also supports the Festival’s core mission and long-term goals,” she stated. “At its foundation, ‘Access for All’ is grounded in OSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. These renovations increase accessibility and inclusion in their purest forms, by making it physically easier for patrons with all levels of ability to attend plays and the Green Show.”


Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a nationally renowned theatre arts organization that presents an eight-month season of up to 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare as well as a mix of classics, musicals, and world-premiere plays and musicals. OSF’s play commissioning programs, which include American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, have generated works that have been produced on Broadway, throughout the American regional theatre, and in high schools and community theatres across the country. The Festival draws attendance of more than 400,000 to approximately 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theatre professionals.


OSF invites and welcomes everyone, and believes the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions enriches both our insights into the work we present on stage and our relationships with each other. OSF is committed to equity and diversity in all areas of our work and in our audiences.


OSF’s mission statement: “Inspired by Shakespeare’s work and the cultural richness of the United States, we reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory.”