"one of the best ways to spend a summer night in LA.
Celebrate summer!"
-- Shakespeare in L.A.

Photo: Mike Ditz

Photo: Mike Ditz

Photo: Mike Ditz

Photo: Mike Ditz

June 24 and 25, Saturday & Sunday
June 28 - July 23, Wednesday through Sunday
All performances begin at 7:00 pm

Regime change is coming to a decadent Vienna:
the Duke’s gone AWOL, and in his place sits a joyless man determined to take back the city. His first order of business? Executing a man whose only crime is love. When the pious Isabella comes to plead for her brother’s life, she soon finds that unyielding morality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that human appetite is not so easily controlled. This dark comedy is one of Shakespeare’s most modern plays, full of eccentric characters and wild surprises.

July 29 - July 30, Saturday & Sunday
August 2 - September 3, Wednesday through Sunday
All performances begin at 7:00 pm

A pair of idealistic best friends set out on a road trip. They are followed by two young women, determined to write their own destiny. Little do they all suspect they will have to overcome betrayal, broken hearts, and a band of outlaws before the journey’s end. One of Shakespeare’s brightest plays, this coming-of-age comedy features live rockabilly music, swing dancing, and a dog named Crab.

**The ASL - interpreted performance of The Two Gentlemen of Verona is Sunday, August 27 at 7:00 pm. Please click here to hold a spot in the reserved section. You can also email Sarah for more information or call (818) 710-6306. **



Downloadable directions are here.
Downloadable parking map is here.

Our performance site is at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. 

Ample free parking is available.  Look for the hot pink signs directing you to the parking lots near the Merry-Go-Round. Parking lot 2 is the closest to the performance site, but be prepared for a bit of a walk up a hill. 

Please note: as with anywhere in the city, don't park against curbs painted red and look out for "no parking" signs! Fire lanes are important for the safety of Griffith Park and they will be enforced!

For disabled access, please call us at 818-710-6306 for information and to make any needed arrangements. 

Plan your evening

  • All summer performances and special events are FREE! Donations are gratefully accepted.
  • No reservations for performances are required.
  • We encourage your consideration of those around you! Low seat beach chairs (legs lower than 3") are welcome behind our chair line. The lower area closest to the stage is reserved for those with picnic blankets.
  • As a courtesy to those around you, we ask you to leave your four-legged friends at home.
  • We welcome children at our performances! However, these are not Shakespeare performances edited or changed for children. Shakespeare wrote about the human experience, and his plays include examples of sexuality and violence, and deal with adult themes. Email us and we'll be happy to answer any specific questions you may have about particular performances. And please, keep your children with you at all times.
  • There is an uphill walk from the parking areas to our performance site. If you have mobility challenges, please call us at 818-710-6306 to make arrangements.
  • Don't forget your picnic! (Note: alcohol is prohibited in Los Angeles City parks.)
  • Dress in layers as it gets chilly in the evening.
  • We have a concessions tent with hot and cold beverages, sweets treats from The Village Bakery & Café (a local Atwater Village small business), kettle corn, light snacks and Habey’s Shakes (“The Bard of Shortbread” cookies baked in NYC especially for Independent Shakespeare Co.) Cash and credit cards accepted.
  • You may find that bug spray and sunscreen are also helpful to bring with you.
  • For disabled access, please call us at 818-710-6306 for information and to make arrangements.

Thank You Seats

Make a donation of $150 and as a thank you, you will receive up to 4 reserved seats at one performance of your choice!* You can roll up at 6:55pm and know that your seats are waiting for you! Donate here and then email Sarah to make your donation and to choose your date!

*Seating is limited, let us know your preferred date as soon as you can!

Special events throughout the summer! All are FREE!

Players in the Park/Teatristas en el parque Family Workshops

Begins promptly at 5pm!

Workshops before Measure for Measure:
Sunday, July 2 & Sunday, July 9

Workshops before The Two Gentlemen of Verona:
Sunday, August 6 & Sunday, August 20

These interactive workshops are high energy and introduce participants to the plays & characters. You'll also meet some of the actors and take a backstage tour.

Reservations recommended. If you have questions or would prefer to make a reservation by phone, pleas call us at (818)710-6306.

Salon Series: discussions and activities at the intersection of Shakespeare and contemporary Los Angeles

All events take place at 6pm. The meeting spot is under a tree, up the hill from the stage.

Wednesday, July 19 before Measure for Measure
Ranger Mendibles, Park Ranger
, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Saturday, July 22 before Measure for Measure
Melissa Chalsma,
director of Measure for Measure and Artistic Director of Independent Shakespeare Co.

Saturday, August 19 before The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Nicholas Centino, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University, California.

Friday, August 25 before The Two Gentlemen of Verona
David Melville, director of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and co-founder of Independent Shakespeare Co.

Pre-Show Performances by our Festival Arts Partners


La Victoria

La Victoria

La Victoria
Sunday, July 2 at 6:30pm

While holding a strong foundation in Mexican folk music, La Victoria resonates a sound that reflects their city of Los Angeles. Vaneza Calderón (guitarrón), Mary Alfaro (guitar), and Rosalie Rodriguez (violin) combine their passion for mariachi music, diverse Latin-American genres and other sounds to produce a repertoire that has the ability to unite generations through music. In addition to their weekly residency at Las Perlas in downtown L.A., these musicians perform throughout the country and are involved in studio recordings, theater, musical instrument string production, and museum work.



Invertigo Dance Theatre
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 7-9
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 14-16

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. Join us online at invertigodance.org at @invertigodance

Mariachi Midnight

Mariachi Midnight

Mariachi Midnight
Thursday, July 13 & Thursday, July 20


For two nights this season, Mariachi Midnight brings their mariachi pop rock project to the Festival stage.  Influenced by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Mariachi Los Toros, Pepe Aguilar and La Santa Cecilia, Mariachi Midnight will fill the park with their glorious sound.