San Francisco Shakespeare Festival: Free Shakespeare in the Park
Ah, the immortal Bard. Few examiners of the human soul have managed to reverberate across the centuries like the pointy bearded poet from Stratford-Upon-Avon, and even fewer have resulted in major events in almost every Western city (and many non-western cities) to emerge as a chance to celebrate their life and work. We are, of course, speaking of the legendary William Shakespeare! And while his barbed quips and saucy jabs might come across as slightly antiquated (what even is a Tewkesbury Mustard?), there is no denying that he holds an unparalleled place in the minds of millions.
As almost everyone who went to High School knows, one of Shakespeare’s most frequently enjoyed and endlessly thrilling plays is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This year, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will be staging a memorable production of this selfsame play as their Free Shakespeare in the Park offering. Coming off the heels of last year’s Hamlet, the 35th Anniversary of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s choice to go with A Midsummer Night’s Dream will come as a welcome balm to those hoping for something a tad less grim. There is no denying that all of the characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream make it through the production alive (even if they find themselves turned into a donkey), a not insignificant feat after the bloodbath of Hamlet.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play that contains thrills, laughter, and romance for the whole family, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s uniquely talented and artistically ambitious cast will make this gem come alive from the end of June until the end of September. In other words, you have the entire summer to make your way to one of the handful of Bay Area parks hosting the performance to catch what might turn out to be one of the highlights of the next few months.
The schedule of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is as follows:
- From June 30th until July 15th, at Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Community Park
- From July 21st until August 5th, at Cupertino’s Memorial Park Amphitheater
- From August 11th until August 26th, on the property of Sequoia High School in Redwood City
- From September 1st until September 9th at the Main Post Parade Ground Lawn along the Presidio in San Francisco.
All shows are free, and lawn seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so bring your blankets, a picnic, maybe a bottle of wine, and prepare to get whisked away into the forests of Athens, where fairies, lovers, and actors are conjuring up a truly magical brew.