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Join us for an informal time with the Bard, starring you! All are welcome. Anyone can read or just listen. Expert directors guide the readings and parts are re-cast before each scene so everyone who wants to can read. This is the official reading of the San Diego Shakespeare Society. It is a free, open reading of the plays of William Shakespeare from 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM on the first Tuesday of each month at the Veteran's Museum in Balboa Park. These popular readings are fun, interactive, creative and great public speaking and acting practice. They are also a great way to meet other people who are interested in literature and Shakespeare and his work.

We are a non-profit organization The San Diego Shakespeare Society’s mission is to introduce, educate and encourage the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare. Please explore our website at http://www.sandiegoshakespearesociety.org/

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Westminster Playhouse

THIS FUNDRAISER IS A TICKETED EVENT AND IS NOT FREE. Please see below. Returning to its roots of staged readings, the San Diego Shakespeare Society will present William Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” on September 22, 2019. The play is cast entirely of SDSS members and is directed by Thomas Haine, an SDSS co-founder In Shakespeare’s study of family dynamics, the aging King attempts to divide his kingdom based on how much his daughters profess their love. Things do not go as planned: factions and plotting quickly become evident within families, with siblings, parents, and confidants warring and many searching for hope. “It’s the greatest of all Shakespeare’s plays. A story of pride, estrangement, reconciliation, self-discovery, forgiveness, and redemption. It is a testament to the power and endurance of love, a message that speaks comfort in a world filled with anxiety and fear,” says director Thomas Haine. Featuring Charles Riendeau, an SDSS member and former Old Globe actor in the role of King Lear, this is an opportunity to see our regular monthly readers in a live performance of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. All proceeds from this event will support the Society, the only group in San Diego County dedicated to the Bard year-round! Presented in the beautiful Westminster Theater in Point Loma, it will be an evening to remember. So turn off the TV and come see your fellow readers and SDSS Members shine. They will be a complimentary reception after the show to meet the cast. To see and purchase tickets please go to our website at https://sandiegoshakespearesociety.org/2019/08/king-lear-staged-reading/#more-4719. Thanks and see you there!


The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

One reviewer once rashly suggested that this "barbaric, disgusting play" be permanently shelved. He soon recanted but his impulsive edict is a measure of the problems the play poses. Different directors seek different solutions. One answer, as in Toby Frow's revival at Shakespeare's Globe (2012), is to suggest that the whole play is the fantasy of a drunken tinker. Another popular one is to imply that Petruchio and Kate fall in love at first sight and simply play out a mock-violent charade. A third solution is to transpose the action to a new setting as in the teen movie "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999). Which one or none will our Director Patricia Elmore Costa, who once was in a production of this play that completely reverses the sexes, chose? Female actors played all the male roles (to wit, "Pertruchia".) And vice-versa. THE PLAN You’re invited! All ages welcome. Free. We recast after every scene so all who want to get a chance to read. All casting is non-gender specific so women can read men's roles and vice-versa. If you’d like to just listen that’s OK too. Please bring a copy of the play if possible. We MAY have a couple of extra copies. Your cell phones can also bring up the text. The benefit to you when you read Shakespeare out loud is that you sharpen your cold reading skills whether you’re an actor or someone who just enjoys speaking and hearing the wonderful poetry and graceful language. It doesn't hurt your street cred either. You will meet others who share your interest in Shakespeare and theater. We look forward to seeing you here!

Sonnets n' Speeches; A Celebration of Shakespeare's Women

THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT AND IS NOT FREE. The San Diego Shakespeare Society proudly presents our 18th Annual sonnet program at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park. Join us for this very special evening as a notable cast of all-female performers takes the stage (with the exception of two couples) and enacts selections from the canon honoring the women of Shakespeare. What a fabulous group of characters they are! Some of history's most famous women all together on the Old Globe Stage; Cleopatra, Rosalind, Katherine, Portia, Joan of Arc, Gertrude, Queen Margaret and more. Plus a few surprises. Presenting on this evenings program will be; KAROLE FORMAN - Fences (ICT – NAACP Nom); Porgy & Bess, Sweeney Todd, Wedding Band, Antaeus; Haunted House, (The Getty); Stupid F**king Bird (Cygnet Theatre); Next to Normal, OC Best Actress Award. MARION ROSS - Best known as Mrs. C., Ron Howard's mom on "Happy Days", Old Globe Associate Artist. MONIQUE GAFFNEY - Actor and a dancer for the past 25 years. Last seen as Ashley in The Virgin Trial at Cygnet Theatre. RAYMOND AND PATRICIA LYNCH - Well known San Diego actors. Performing next in "The Winter's Tale" at Coronado Playhouse. SAN DIEGO CIVIC YOUTH BALLET - Founded in 1945 and is the resident ballet school in Balboa Park. Offers high-quality, affordable, year-round training in the Casa del Prado studios. Produces major productions. Next is "The Nutcracker" beginning Dec.11 - 22 at the Casa del Prado Theater. TAMI CURTICE - Actress and student of Jonathan McMurtry. Roles in The Wizard of Oz, Anything Goes, Macbeth. Presenter at the Celebrity Shakespeare Sonnets, panelist in "How to Act Shakespeare". YOLANDA FRANKLIN - Award-winning actress and director. performing next at Lamb's Players Theatre in Ring Round The Moon. PAT LAUNER - is an Emmy Award-winning theater critic and arts writer. She served as host of “Center Stage,” on KPBS-TV, and hosts her theater segments on Channel 4 San Diego and KUSI-TV MILENA PHILLIPS - Credits; Rasheeda Speaking, Calendar Girls, Dixie Swim Club, and a nominee for Best Actress in THIS at the Patio Playhouse. Film/TV: The Bold and The Beautiful, Sunset Beach, and Silk Stalkings. JULIA GIOLZETTI - BFA, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Performed Off-Broadway as a member of the Drunk Shakespeare Society. VERONICA MURPHY AND WALTER RITTER- Co-founders of Write Out Loud. PATRICIA ELMORE COSTA- Founder and Artistic Director of the San Diego Actors Theatre celebrating 34 years of presenting professional, provocative theatre. Professional actor, director, producer, writer. SANDRA MAAS - Award-winning journalist has been informing and entertaining television and radio audiences in San Diego for 30 years. Currently in her quest to help women in the workplace achieve equal pay. Special guest. RICHARD LEDERER. Author of over 50 books and columnist for the San Diego Tribune. will honor Jonathan McMurtry with an original sonnet written especially for this program. DARRYL WOODSON, President of SDSS, will emcee the evening's program. For tickets please go to our website at https://sandiegoshakespearesociety.org/celebration-shakespeares-women-2019/ Thank you and see you there.

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