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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Begins June 30, plays in rep through September 2
Comienza el 30 de junio, en repertorio hasta el 2 de septiembre


It’s hard to tell where reality ends and dreams begin in this intoxicating joyride of a play. Otherworldly creatures, lovers on the run, and a group of amateur actors all converge in a deep forest outside of Athens. When their worlds collide, chaos ensues and nothing but magic has the power to set things right before the sun comes up.

Es difícil saber dónde termina la realidad y comienzan los sueños en la emocionante aventura que es esta obra de teatro. Criaturas del otro mundo, amantes en fuga y un grupo de actores aficionados convergen en un bosque profundo fuera de Atenas. Cuando sus mundos chocan, surge el caos y sólo la magia puede arreglar las cosas antes de que salga el sol.

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TITUS ANDRONICUS
Begins July 28, plays in rep through September 1

Comienza el 28 de julio, en repertorio hasta el 1 de septiembre

Parental Advisory

This “Game of Thrones” for the Renaissance stage was a young Shakespeare’s first big hit. Titus, a Roman general, returns from the war in triumph with Tamora, Queen of the Goths, as prisoner. What follows is a visceral story of temptation, political machinations, and the thirst for vengeance. It’s full of bloody spectacle, dark humor, and definitely not for the youngest audience members.

Este “Game of Thrones” del escenario renacentista fue el primer gran éxito de Shakespeare en su juventud. Titus, un general romano, regresa de la guerra triunfante con Tamora, reina de los godos, como prisionera. Lo que sigue es un cuento visceral de tentación, maquinaciones políticas y sed de venganza. Está lleno de espectáculo sangriento y humor negro. No es apta para niños.

 

Plan your summer, and scroll down for information on special events!

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Special Events Throughout the Summer!

Thursday, July 12

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6pm SALON SERIES
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Pre-show discussion with Melissa Chalsma, Director of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Artistic Director & co-founder of Independent Shakespeare Co.

Want the inside scoop on the story you’re about to see? Join us for a conversation about the themes, stylistic elements, and contemporary aspects of the evening’s play. Learn about the process we took to get to the production you'll be experiencing.

 


Friday, July 13

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MYSTICAL CREATURE NIGHT
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Be a part of our fairy kingdom for a night of cosplay and costumes! All magical creatures are welcome and all ages are encouraged to dress up!

For inspiration, take a look at our Pinterest board.

Our friends at Hollywood Toys & Costumes are offering you a 20% discount! Use the code SHAKESPEARE when you shop in store. (Exclusions apply, offer expires July 13.)

 
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FESTIVAL ARTS PARTNER
6:30pm Pre-show performance with INVERTIGO DANCE THEATRE
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Invertigo Dance Theatre creates thought-provoking programming that tells compelling stories, promotes artistic and physical empowerment, utilizes diversity in collaboration, and is accessible to communities that might not otherwise find joy in dance. In addition to making performances culturally and financially accessible, our Dancing Through Parkinson’s program offers donation-based classes to people living with degenerative conditions, and our Invert/ED program provides a range of dance education and performance opportunities to local students.


Saturday, July 14

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FESTIVAL ARTS PARTNER
6:30pm Pre-show performance with INVERTIGO DANCE THEATRE
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Invertigo Dance Theatre creates thought-provoking programming that tells compelling stories, promotes artistic and physical empowerment, utilizes diversity in collaboration, and is accessible to communities that might not otherwise find joy in dance. In addition to making performances culturally and financially accessible, our Dancing Through Parkinson’s program offers donation-based classes to people living with degenerative conditions, and our Invert/ED program provides a range of dance education and performance opportunities to local students.


Sunday, July 15

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FAMILY FAIRY NIGHT
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Bring the kids for a night of dress up and fun! Costumes are encouraged! And there will be magical activities. Check in at the Pop Up Lobby to "fairy up!"

For inspiration take a look at our Pinterest board.

 

 
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5pm PLAYERS IN THE PARK/TEATRISTAS EN EL PARQUE
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Join us for a high-energy, interactive workshop taught with teaching artists you’ll see in A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Perfect for families, these workshops give insight into the characters, plot, and artistic choices of the evening’s play. Open to learners of all ages. Reservations recommended.

Teatristas en el parque son talleres previos ala feria dirigidos por artistas docentes de ISC que veran en la espectáculo de esa noche. Aprende sober la obre, explora el lenguaje teatral realiza un recorrido detrás del escenario y prueba cómo se siente en el escenario de ISC. Reservas aquí.

 
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FESTIVAL ARTS PARTNER
6:30pm Pre-show performance with INVERTIGO DANCE THEATRE
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Invertigo Dance Theatre creates thought-provoking programming that tells compelling stories, promotes artistic and physical empowerment, utilizes diversity in collaboration, and is accessible to communities that might not otherwise find joy in dance. In addition to making performances culturally and financially accessible, our Dancing Through Parkinson’s program offers donation-based classes to people living with degenerative conditions, and our Invert/ED program provides a range of dance education and performance opportunities to local students.


Wednesday, July 18

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6pm SALON SERIES
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Pre-show discussion with Rangers Andrei Deocampo and Tom Mendibles with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Learn about the history of Griffith Park and the Old Zoo Picnic Area as well as the diversity of the plant and animal life in the 4,300 acre urbanized wilderness known as the southern most tip of the Santa Monica Mountains. We can all be good stewards, to preserve the land for the future generations.


Thursday, July 19

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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT NIGHT
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Before the performance you can register to vote and write your elected officials. We provide the postcards and stamps, you speak your mind! Write about the arts or about an issue important to you.

Find us at the Pop Up Lobby.


Friday, July 20

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PUCK LUCK POTLUCK
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

The ultimate picnic is a night of sharing and sampling new magical meals. You can partake by bringing a dish to share, grabbing a flag to signal that you want to share, and enjoy! Check in at the Pop Up Lobby to grab a flag. Be forewarned: Puck and the Spirits may sneak a bite from you!

For inspiration for your Midsummer Night's Feast view our Pinterest board.

Level up your picnic! Our friends at Geese and Ganders have curated a party theme inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream! Use the code FAIRIES for 20% off your total purchase. (Available until 9/2.)

 

 


Saturday, July 21

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FAMILY FAIRY NIGHT
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Bring the kids for a night of dress up and fun! Costumes are encouraged! And there will be magical activities. Check in at the Pop Up Lobby to "fairy up!"

For inspiration take a look at our Pinterest board.

 
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5pm PLAYERS IN THE PARK/TEATRISTAS EN EL PARQUE
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Join us for a high-energy, interactive workshop taught with teaching artists you’ll see in A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Perfect for families, these workshops give insight into the characters, plot, and artistic choices of the evening’s play. Open to learners of all ages. Reservations recommended.

Teatristas en el parque son talleres previos ala feria dirigidos por artistas docentes de ISC que veran en la espectáculo de esa noche. Aprende sober la obre, explora el lenguaje teatral realiza un recorrido detrás del escenario y prueba cómo se siente en el escenario de ISC. Reservas aquí.


Sunday, July 22

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FESTIVAL ARTS PARTNER
6:30pm Pre-show performance with INVERTIGO DANCE THEATRE
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Invertigo Dance Theatre creates thought-provoking programming that tells compelling stories, promotes artistic and physical empowerment, utilizes diversity in collaboration, and is accessible to communities that might not otherwise find joy in dance. In addition to making performances culturally and financially accessible, our Dancing Through Parkinson’s program offers donation-based classes to people living with degenerative conditions, and our Invert/ED program provides a range of dance education and performance opportunities to local students.


Sunday, July 29

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6pm SALON SERIES
(Performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS begins at 7pm)

Pre-show discussion with Frank Lopes, M.A. History, CSULB

Join Frank Lopes as he leads a conversation on Shakespeare and Cultural Change: Social Justice and the Art of Political Awareness

The Salon Series are pre-show discussions, held on the grass under a tree at the Old Zoo. Join us for these conversations that lie at the intersection between Shakespeare and contemporary culture.


Wednesday, August 8

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6pm FESTIVAL ARTS PARTNER
Pre-show performance with LOS ANGELES POLICE CONCERT BAND
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

The LAPD Band serves as ambassador for the City of Los Angeles throughout the United States and abroad. The band has performed for presidents, kings, queens, and for inaugurations of police chiefs and mayors. Now under the direction of Maestro Richard Allen, the band has become a premiere concert band, the pride of the Police Department and the City of Los Angeles.


Friday, August 10

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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
(Performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS begins at 7pm)

For the deaf and hard of hearing community, this evening’s performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS is an ASL interpreted performance. Reservations encouraged. Please make your reservation here.


Saturday, August 11

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GOTH NIGHT AT TITUS ANDRONICUS
(Performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS begins at 7pm)

The Goths are invading for a night of cosplay and costumes! Are you ready to channel Tamora, Queen of the Goths? Come dressed in your best Goth attire.


Sunday, August 12

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FESTIVAL ARTS PARTNER
6:30pm pre-show performance with THE SILVER LAKE CHORUS
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

The Silver Lake Chorus performs choral arrangements of indie music and exudes both the edgy, independent spirit of Silver Lake and the heart of community choral singing. Their 2016 release “REMIXES” offers a fresh take on their debut album from a diverse and talented cast of remixers, re-imagined to explore new and exciting sonic terrain. “Heavy Star Movin’,” written by The Flaming Lips and remixed by starRo, earned a Grammy nomination in 2016 for Best Remixed Recording. TSLC delivers engaging live performances throughout Los Angeles, and their recently expanded repertoire includes a new crop of original songs written for the Chorus by renowned independent artists.


FRIDAY, August 17

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6pm PIE EATING CONTEST
(Performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS begins at 7pm)

Don't worry, we have a different baker for these pies. Come watch or compete as 6 brave volunteers eat a free pie as fast as they can! Check in at the Pop Up Lobby when you arrive to sign up! 6 hungry participants will be randomly selected.


Saturday, August 18

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FAMILY FAIRY NIGHT
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Bring the kids for a night of dress up and fun! Costumes are encouraged! And there will be magical activities. Check in at the Pop Up Lobby to "fairy up!"

For inspiration take a look at our Pinterest board.

 
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5pm PLAYERS IN THE PARK/TEATRISTAS EN EL PARQUE
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Join us for a high-energy, interactive workshop taught with teaching artists you’ll see in A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Perfect for families, these workshops give insight into the characters, plot, and artistic choices of the evening’s play. Open to learners of all ages. Reservations recommended.

Teatristas en el parque son talleres previos ala feria dirigidos por artistas docentes de ISC que veran en la espectáculo de esa noche. Aprende sober la obre, explora el lenguaje teatral realiza un recorrido detrás del escenario y prueba cómo se siente en el escenario de ISC. Reservas aquí.

 
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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

For the deaf and hard of hearing community, this evening’s performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is an ASL interpreted performance. Reservations encouraged. Please make your reservation here.


Thursday, August 23

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VULCANALIA! ROMAN EMPIRE NIGHT
(Performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS begins at 7pm)

Tonight is the night of the ancient Vulcanalia festival! And although bonfires are prohibited we're still celebrating by doing as the Romans do! Dress up in your best toga for this majorly old-school celebration.

 
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SALON SERIES
6pm Pre-show discussion with Leah Lehmbeck and David Bardeen of LACMA
(Performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS begins at 7pm)

Leah Lehmbeck, Curator and Acting Department Head, European Paintings and Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and David Bardeen, Research Associate, discuss LACMA's current exhibit, To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500-1800, which explores Rome's enduring influence on artists and writers from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.


Sunday, August 26

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FAMILY FAIRY NIGHT
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Bring the kids for a night of dress up and fun! Costumes are encouraged! And there will be magical activities. Check in at the Pop Up Lobby to "fairy up!"

For inspiration take a look at our Pinterest board.

 
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5pm PLAYERS IN THE PARK/TEATRISTAS EN EL PARQUE
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

Join us for a high-energy, interactive workshop taught with teaching artists you’ll see in A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Perfect for families, these workshops give insight into the characters, plot, and artistic choices of the evening’s play. Open to learners of all ages. Reservations recommended.

Teatristas en el parque son talleres previos ala feria dirigidos por artistas docentes de ISC que veran en la espectáculo de esa noche. Aprende sober la obre, explora el lenguaje teatral realiza un recorrido detrás del escenario y prueba cómo se siente en el escenario de ISC. Reservas aquí.


Wednesday, August 29

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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT NIGHT
(Performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS begins at 7pm)

Before the performance you can register to vote and write your elected officials. We provide the postcards and stamps, you speak your mind! Write about the arts or about an issue important to you.

Find us at the Pop Up Lobby.


Thursday, August 30

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6pm SALON SERIES
(Performance of TITUS ANDRONICUS begins at 7pm)

Pre-show discussion with Melissa Chalsma, Director of Titus Andronicus, Artistic Director & co-founder of Independent Shakespeare Co.

Want the inside scoop on the story you’re about to see? Join us for a conversation about the themes, stylistic elements, and contemporary aspects of the evening’s play. Learn about the process we took to get to the production you'll be experiencing.

 


Friday, August 31

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FESTIVAL ARTS PARTNER
6pm Pre-show performance with LA VICTORIA
(Performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM begins at 7pm)

From strong foundations in Mexican folk music, seasoned with contemporary life as Chicanas in Los Angeles, La Victoria has created a sound that reflects their city. Created in 2015, Mary Alfaro (guitar), Vaneza Calderón (guitarrón), and Rosalie Rodriguez (violin) have been actively performing in concerts, private engagements, television and more. All three musicians have professional backgrounds in mariachi music, and a commitment to preserving its essence. They play songs that ring true in their everyday lives as well as folk standards that are staples of mariachi.