GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IS
“PERFECT FOR A SUMMER EVENING” Los Angeles Daily News

PHOTO: MIKE DITZ

PHOTO: MIKE DITZ

TWELFTH NIGHT
A cloud hangs over the country of Illyria as Countess Olivia mourns and Duke Orsino pines.

But when Viola (a young woman with a big secret) washes onshore, it soon becomes clear that you can’t keep the human spirit down for long.

Music, dance, and lovable misfits abound in one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, all set against the backdrop of the jazz era.

Begins June 29, plays through September 1
Directed by David Melville

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PHOTO: MIKE DITZ

PHOTO: MIKE DITZ

PERICLES
Love is lost and found again in one of Shakespeare’s most spellbinding plays.

The young Pericles sets out for adventure, but gets more than he bargains for. Twenty-five years later, it’s his daughter’s turn to sail the high seas as she seeks to unravel the mystery of her birth.

PERICLES is an epic tale, spanning continents and decades, complete with knights errant, Greek gods, pirates...and more than a few surprises.

Begins July 27, plays through August 30
Directed by Melissa Chalsma

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MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Friday, July 5 at 6:00 pm
Civic Engagement Night


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 any issue important to you.

Find us at the Pop Up Lobby.

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Sunday, July 7
Silly Sock Night


Malvolio’s yellow stockings are more than just a funny sight, they’re an outrageous symbol of what he will endure for love. Wear your silliest, most symbolic socks! Cross-gartering optional.


DAVID MELVILLE

DAVID MELVILLE

Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 pm
Salon Series: David Melville

Join Twelfth Night Director David Melville to explore the themes of the play and hear about the production choices. The Salon Series is the Festival's 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.

To find the Salon, look for the orange flag behind the audience seating area.

INVERTIGO DANCE THEATRE

INVERTIGO DANCE THEATRE

Friday, July 12 at 6:30 pm
Arts Partner: Invertigo Dance Theatre

Invertigo 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.


Invertigo Dance Theatre

Invertigo Dance Theatre

Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 pm
Arts Partner: Invertigo Dance Theatre

Invertigo 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.

PICKLE

PICKLE

Sunday, July 14
Family Night

5:30 Craft tables open
6:00 Drag Queen Story Hour with Pickle
6:30 Arts Partner: Invertigo Dance Theatre

It’s an event filled night open to all ages! Free Shakespeare crafts and activities, and a special story time where Pickle will read a children’s version of Twelfth Night.

Pickle can be found all around Los Angeles hosting shows, Trivia Nights and singing showtunes for your entertainment! She has participated in ad campaigns for Gildead's Truvada and Dollar Shave Club, and holds a BA in the Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Pickle also runs the LA Chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour. More information about Story Hour can be found at dragqueenstoryhour.org.

Before the performance, Festival favorite Invertigo Dance Theatre takes the stage.


FOOD BUILDS COMMUNITY

FOOD BUILDS COMMUNITY

Wednesday, July 17
Audience Potluck

Turn the Old Zoo into a foodie mecca! The ultimate picnic is a night of sharing and sampling new delicious meals with your community! 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.

Dress like your bestie!

Dress like your bestie!

Friday, July 19
Twin Night
6:30 Arts Partner: Invertigo Dance Theatre


Twin for the win! Show your solidarity with your bestie and dress alike!

Before the performance, Festival favorite Invertigo Dance Theatre takes the stage.


Saturday, July 20
5:00 Players in the Park
6:00 Salon Series: Laura Karlin


Players in the Park:
Join us for a high-energy, interactive workshop taught with teaching artists you’ll see Twelfth Night. Perfect for families, these workshops give insight into the characters, plot, and artistic choices of the evening’s play. You’ll also get to look up close at some costumes and props and take a backstage tour. Open to learners of all ages. Reservations recommended.

Salon Series:
Invertigo Dance Theatre Artistic Director Laura Karlin leads this exploration into creating story through choreography. Come prepared to move!

To find the Salon, look for the orange flag behind the audience seating area.

INVErTIGO DANCE THeatre

INVErTIGO DANCE THeatre

Sunday July 21 at 6:30 pm
Arts Partner: Invertigo Dance Theatre

Invertigo 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.


Tyrone Davis

Tyrone Davis

Friday, August 2
Civic Engagement Night
6:00 pm Salon Series: Tyrone David & Nikhil Pai


Before the performance: Save the Oceans
Pericles spends much of his time at sea, so he knows better than anyone why clean oceans are so important. Be sure to join us for our Save the Oceans event before the performance of Pericles to learn more about why the fight against plastic ocean pollution is so important, steps you can take to go plastic-free, creative ways to reuse existing plastic, and how you can mobilize your local policymakers to take a stand against plastic pollution. You’ll also hear how ISC is reducing its energy and plastic consumption. We’re joined by our friends at 5 Gyres and 1 Plastic Life. Find us at the Pop Up Lobby.

6:00 pm Salon Series: Arts Educator and Creator Tyrone Davis will discuss the impact of diversity in the arts, as well as the impact of the arts reaching diverse communities.

Tyrone Davis provides direction and leadership for Center Theatre Group’s audience engagement programming at the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Designing programs that reach across generations, demographics, and circumstance, Tyrone encourages audiences to take a play off the stage and into their lives. Previously he served as Community Artistic Director with American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where he helped ensure access to live theater for diverse communities throughout the Bay Area.


LA VICTORIA

LA VICTORIA

Sunday, August 4
Arts Partner: La Victoria

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, La Victoria has been actively performing in concerts, private engagements, television, and more. They play songs that ring true in their everyday lives as well as folk standards that are staples of mariachi.

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Friday, August 9
Greek & Roman Gods Night

Dust off your thunderbolts and pack your most powerful ambrosia: it’s time to descend from Mt. Olympus to Griffith Park and dress to impress your favorite Greek or Roman gods and goddesses!


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Thursday, August 15
Audience Potluck

Turn the Old Zoo into a foodie mecca! The ultimate picnic is a night of sharing and sampling new delicious meals with your community! 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.

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Saturday, August 17
Pirate Night

Calling all rascals, scoundrels, villians, and knaves! Break out your eye patches, practice pillaging, and dress like a scurvy knave! Extra points for bringing your picnic in Davy Jones’ locker.

Treasure will not be provided.


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Sunday, August 18 at 5:00 pm
Players in the Park

Join us for a high-energy, interactive workshop taught with teaching artists you’ll see Twelfth Night. Perfect for families, these workshops give insight into the characters, plot, and artistic choices of the evening’s play. You’ll also get to look up close at some costumes and props and take a backstage tour. Open to learners of all ages. Reservations recommended.

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Friday, August 23 at 6:00 pm
Salon Series: Melissa Chalsma


Join Pericles Director Melissa Chalsma to learn about this rarely-performed play and hear about the production choices. The Salon Series is the Festival's 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.

To find the Salon, look for the orange flag behind the audience seating area.


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Saturday, August 24
Dandy Night

Are you a vintage aficionado? Calling all dames and dandies! Get in the spirit and sport your finest duds.

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Sunday, August 25
Family Night
5:00 pm Craft Tables open
5:00 pm Players in the Park featuring Shakes-Queer


Players in the Park/Shakes-Queer: "All the world's a stage," and no one takes that more glit-erally than Drag Queen Story Hour's PICKLE! Join Pickle and ISC’s Xavi Moreno, grab a sequined curtain, and learn a Shakespeare speech with a Drag Queen! Shakespeare can seem hard, but with a step by step workshop (and a lot of hairspray), Pickle and Xavi break it down so ANYONE (that means YOU) can perform a Shakespeare speech like a pro! You’ll also learn about this evening’s performance of Pericles. All experience levels WELCOME! Reservations recommended


PLAN YOUR EVENING

  • All summer performances and special events are FREE! Donations are gratefully accepted and essential!
     

  • 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 at least 24 hours in advance if possible. We ask that you plan to arrive before 6pm.


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 Sabrina to make your donation and to choose your date!

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


DIRECTIONS

 

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. 


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