The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2013
She Stoops to Conquer or The Mistakes of the Night (by Oliver Goldsmith) opening June 27
Okay, we know it's not a play by Shakespeare, but it shares traits with Shakespeare's great comedies: eccentric characters, absurdly comic situations, and deep warmth. First performed in 1773, it was an immediate success.
Taking place over the course of one very hectic night, the witty heroine Kate Hardcastle (played by Claudia de Vasco) is courted by the exceedingly odd Charles Marlowe (played by David Melville). He is a smart, well-educated man with prospects. His biggest flaw? He can't make coherent sense when in the presence of a virtuous woman. When he makes the trek to the Hardcastle home, he's pulled into a scene of mistaken identity and jolly subterfuge unrivaled in dramatic literature. As Kate decides to what to do with her remarkable suitor, the hour grows later and her heart grows fonder. Alongside this tale of romance, the rest of her eccentric family get caught up in in their own mistakes of the night.
Join ISC as we celebrate reckless love with Goldsmith's rollicking and exuberant romp.
Macbeth opening July 5
Macbeth, a great warrior, lives in an era of violence. He is beloved by his King and respected by his friends. But when he has an otherworldly encounter, he is seduced by a vision of power. As he and his wife give in to their deepest yearnings, they make a chilling discovery: once opened, the gates of hell are very hard to close.
Quite a bit of blood completes Shakespeare’s tale of inappropriate desire and dire consequences. It may not be appropriate for young children.
As You Like It opening August 1
What would you do if you could break all the rules?
One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies tells the story of a kingdom in disorder. Its rightful leader is banished, a young man is denied his due by his malevolent elder brother, and a woman is exiled from the place that has always been her home. All of their paths lead away from the “painted pomp” of the court into the heart of the forest of Arden. It’s a place where natural laws outweigh the laws of man and the force of love reigns supreme. As bitter winter passes into the bloom of spring, the residents of Arden discover that transformation is always possible, and sometimes the disguises we wear are the best way to discover who we are.
SPECIAL EVENTS THROUGHT THE SUMMER:
PLAYERS IN THE PARK/TEATRISTAS EN EL PARQUE
Workshops begin promptly at 5:00. Reservations recommended: email email@example.com or call (818) 710-6306.
Free workshops for families! Led by ISC teaching artists, your family will learn about the play, explore Shakespeare’s language, take a backstage tour, and try out how it feels on the ISC stage. Although geared towards families, learners of all ages are welcome.Workshops are offered in both English and Spanish, and made possible in part by the support of Union Bank.
Workshop before She Stoops to Conquer: Saturday, July 20
Workshop before As You Like It: Saturday, August 17
Workshop before Macbeth: Sunday, August 25
SALON SERIES: DISCUSSIONS AT THE INTERSECTION OF SHAKESPEARE AND CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
Salon Series events meet under a tree in the performance area at 6:00 pm. Reservations recommended: firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Liberty Incognitio with Claire Marie-Peterson
Sunday, July 7 at 6:00 pm
173 years separate Shakespeare’s As You Like It from Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. And yet when their heroines, Rosalind and Kate, go incognito, turning relationships topsy-turvy to hilarious effect, something in us hears the Liberty Bell ringing. Come explore the ways in which disguise opens up the liberating power of laughter for the characters and audiences of both plays.
Claire Marie-Peterson holds a BA in Comparative Literature at CSULB, an MA in English at UCI, and a PhD in English Rhetoric, Literature, and Linguistics at USC. Her doctoral dissertation was on the rhetoric through which women gained entrance to higher education in Victorian Britain.
Shakespeare and the Common Core with Jonathan Burton
Sunday, August 4 at 6:00 pm
Recent outcries suggest that Americans welcome curricular reform only so long as students continue to read Shakespeare. What is the history behind our certainty that Shakespeare’s plays are good for American students? How might the history of Shakespeare in American education help us to understand the future of Shakespearean educations in the era of the Common Core?
Jonathan Burton has taught English at every level from 6th grade to the PhD, and currently teaches at Whittier College in Los Angeles.
Shakespeare into Opera with David O
Saturday, August 24 at 6:00 pm
Composer David O joins ISC to share some of his experience writing a new opera using Shakespeare’s The Tempest as its libretto, his current major work-in-progress. Come learn about some of the challenges of setting Shakespearean text to music, and hear samples from the opera.
David O is a Los Angeles-based music theatre artist. He has been musical director for productions from 99-seat theaters to the Music Center. As a composer, his work is known for its originality, accessibility, humor, and emotion, and for the use of non-traditional instruments and vocal techniques.
FESTIVAL ARTS PARTNERS: PRE-SHOW
PERFORMANCES BY GREAT LOS ANGELES ARTISTS
Invertigo Dance Theatre: Waiting at Home for the Witches
Saturdays & Sundays, July 27 & 28 and August 10 & 11 6:30 pm
Invertigo Dance Theatre was named “one of the top six trendsetting companies in LA.” by Dance Spirit Magazine. It creates work that connects on visceral, whimsical, and thoguhtful levels.
In this piece, the husbands of Macbeth’s Weird Sisters are stuck at home, waiting for their wives and getting into toil and trouble of their own.
Vox Femina Los Angeles
Sunday, July 21 at 6:30 pm
Vox Femina Los Angeles has established itself as one of the premier women’s choruses in the United States with an ability to perform a highly eclectic repertoire. Vox Femina also demonstrates its support and encouragement of living composers through the commissioning of new works.
The Lampshades with Kate Flannery & Scot Robinson
Saturday August 17 at 6:30 pm
America’s favorite dying lounge act! The Lampshades perform original comedy, and music you know--but not like you’ve ever heard it before. Smart and sharp-witted, the Lampshades spin pop, rock and lounge into gold while they unravel their amusingly tortured relationship on stage. A Hollywood stage favorite for over 10 years, they’ve been featured at Aspen Comedy Fest, and NY’s Joe’s Pub.