Looking for some culture in Los Angeles this summer? If you’re staying in hotels close to Hollywood Bowl, you should check out the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival starting this weekend! The Independent Shakespeare Company (ISC) will perform “A Winter’s Tale,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Comedy of Errors” all summer beside the ruins of the old L.A. Zoo’s bear habitats. Best of all it’s completely free, although donations are accepted and appreciated.
“The Winter’s Tale” will play June 28-July 1, July 13-14, July 19-21, and July 27-29. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed on July 5-6, July 14-15, August 5, August 12, August 16, August 25-26 and September 2. The final Shakespeare play to be performed is “The Comedy of Errors,” which will play August 2-4, August 9-11, August 17-19, August 23 to 24, and August 30 to September 1.
Starting on July 8, pre-show performances will occur at 5pm. These will include workshops, talks and guest performers. Families can learn about each play, explore Shakespeare’s unique language, take a backstage tour and get a feel for the ISC stage. All students will be given materials to take home in English and Spanish. Workshops will take place before “The Winter’s Tale” on July 8, July 20 and July 29. Those before “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will occur on July 15, August 5 and August 25. The “Comedy of Errors” workshops will happen on August 11, August 19 and August 31.
On select evenings, festival art partners will hold pre-show performances at 6:30pm. Mariachi Los Toros, a group of professional musicians will perform on July 12. If dance appeals to you, come on July 22, July 26, August 5, August 12 or August 16 to see invertigo dance theatre from Cupid Painted Blind. The Jumbo Shrimp Circus will delight both children and adults before the play on August 17, August 23 and August 30.
The Salon Series will discuss the intersection of the Shakespeare and modern-day culture. The events will meet under a tree in the performance area at 6pm. Reservations are recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-710-6306. Sanford Robbins will discuss Shakespeare’s role in our today’s society on June 30. Claire Marie-Peterson will discuss Shakespeare and the science of chaos on August 4. For more information, click here.
All events are free to attend so be sure to check one out this summer!
Dates: June 28-September 2, 2012 (Thursdays through Sundays)
Location: Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
For more information, please visit www.iscla.org.