• Marin Shakespeare Company Announces 30th Anniversary Summer Season Opening in June, 2019

    April 16, 2019
    MEDIA CONTACT
    Dori Eisenhauer, Marin Shakespeare Company
    Phone: 415-726-8307 / Email:marketing@marinshakespeare.org
    Media photos by Steven Underwood available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a2IDOMDQZz_IH1H5xdyyiiMXodVY6461
     
    - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 
     
    Marin Shakespeare Company announces its 30thAnniversary featuring 
    Measure for Measure, Spamalot, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
     
    SAN RAFAEL, CA - Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin County's only professional Shakespeare theatre, announces its 2019 outdoor summer season – a season exploring social justice, whimsical romance, and laughter for all. Presented under the summer stars, Marin Shakespeare's 30th season opens with “Measure for Measure,” exploring the morality of the criminal justice system, as well as the morality of the human heart.  The second show of the season is the Tony Award-Winning musical, Monty Python’s, “Spamalot”, Marin Shakespeare Company’s first musical.  Closing out the season will be “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with romance run amuck in a magical forest.  The 2019 season marks the 30th Anniversary of Marin Shakespeare Company, with Opening Night festivities and Pay What You Will tickets on Saturday, June 29.
     
    Punitive laws, desire, and the realm of the human heart collide in “Measure for Measure”. The cast features Luisa Frasconi, Joseph Patrick O’Malley, Brennan Pickman-Thoon, and Patrick Russell, directed by Robert Currier, Artistic Director. The production will have a contemporary setting, with prison scenes set in nearby San Quentin Prison, where Marin Shakespeare Company has offered Shakespeare programs for the past 16 years. Performances are June 29 - July 21. Preview June 28 at 8 pm. Season opening celebration Saturday, June 29 at 7 pm. 
     
    Monty Python’s “Spamalot”, a musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, is the second show of the season. “Spamalot”, features Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle with Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, and is directed by Robert Currier, with Musical Direction by Paul Smith and Choreography by Rick Wallace.  The musical is a zany production of epic proportions and riotous nonsense, complete with an irreverent nod to the legend of King Arthur. Previews July 26 through 28.  Performances August 1 - 25. 
     
    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Lesley Schisgall Currier, rounds out the 30th Anniversary Season with romance and frolic. The story features love gone awry and a cast of comedic characters sure to entertain. With an ensemble cast including Artist-in-Residence Dameion Brown as Oberon, and Artist-in-Residence LeMar “Maverick” Harrison as Puck the production features a cast of actors of color, a first for Marin Shakespeare Company. Both Dameion Brown and Maverick Harrison are graduates of Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in Prison programs. Previews August 30, 31, September 1.  Performances September 5 - 29. 11 am Student matinees September 13, 20, and 27. 
     
    Performances are presented outdoors Thursdays through Sundays at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, located on the campus of Dominican University of California, 890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael, California. The amphitheater opens one hour prior to show time for picnicking. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe.  Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free. 
     
    Season ticketsare $90 general; $84 senior; and $30 youth (25 and under), and include admission to one performance of each play, reserved VIP seating with seat cushion, and complimentary date exchanges on tickets. 
     
    Tickets purchased onlineand admission at the door are $38 general; $35 senior; and $12 youth (25 and under). Preview performances are $16 per person, $10 for youth. "Pay Your Age" is offered to audience members between the ages of 26 and 34 when purchasing tickets at the Box Office on the day of any performance, with valid identification. Marin Shakespeare Company also offers those 65 and over half-price tickets at Senior Matinees and those ages 18 and under are admitted free at Family Matinee performances. 
     
    Free pre-show and post-show conversations with a company artist or scholar are presented on select performance dates. 
     
    Shakespeare Dinners are an additional $35, available by reservation only, and are presented at 6:30 pm on select Saturdays as a picnic dinner; included with Shakespeare Dinners is an intimate pre-show talk. Shakespeare Dinner reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for sale at the venue, or bring your own. 
     
    For more information and reservations call 415-499-4488 or visit the Marin Shakespeare Company website at www.marinshakespeare.org
     
     
    See CALENDAR LISTINGS 

     
    Marin Shakespeare Company’s 2019 Season
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    CALENDAR LISTINGS 
     
     
    Measure for MeasureJune 29 - July 21, 2019
    By William Shakespeare / Directed by Robert Currier
    A tale exploring the morality of the criminal justice system, and the morality of the human heart.
    Previews:  8 pm Saturday, June 28, ($16 General / $10 Youth)
    Opening:   8 pm Saturday, June 29 (30thAnniversary Season Celebration)
    Senior Day:  4 pm Sunday, July 7 (Half price tickets for seniors, includes a Post-show Q&A)
    Family Day:  4 pm Sunday, July 14 (Youth 18 and under admitted free)
     
    Spamalot, August 1 - 25, 2019 
    Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle / Directed by Robert Currier, Choreography by Rick Wallace, Musical Direction by Paul Smith
    A zany musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” from the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin
    Previews:  8 pm Friday, July 26; 8 pm Saturday, July 27; and 4 pm Sunday, July 28 ($16 General / $10 Youth)
    Opening:  8 pm Thursday, August 1
    Senior Day:  4 pm Sunday, August 11 (Half price tickets for seniors)
    Family Day:  4 pm Sunday, August 4 (Youth 18 and under admitted free)
     
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream, September 5 - 29, 2019
    By William Shakespeare / Directed by Lesley Currier
    A comedic tale of love and whimsy gone awry with a bounty of romance in a magical forest.
    Previews:  8 pm Friday, August 30; 8 pm Saturday, August 31; 4 pm Sunday, September 1 ($16 General / $10 Youth)
    Opening:  8 pm Thursday, September 5
    Performances at 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays; 4 pm Sundays
    Senior Day:  4 pm Sunday, September 8 (Half price tickets for seniors)
    Family Day:  4 pm Sunday, September 15 (Youth 18 and under admitted free)
     
    EXPERIENCE:Performances are presented outdoors, Thursdays through Sundays. The amphitheatre opens one hour prior to show time for picnicking. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe. Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free. Opening night performances include complimentary champagne and chocolate cake. Free pre-show and post-show conversations with a company artist or scholar presented on select performance dates. Shakespeare Dinners are picnic dinners presented at 6:30 p.m. on select Saturdays for an additional $35, by reservation only, and include an intimate pre-show talk. Shakespeare Dinner reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are available for sale, or bring your own. 
     
    COST: $10 to $38 
    Tickets purchased online or at the door are $38 general; $35 senior; and $12 youth (25 and under). Preview performances are $16, $10 Youth. "Pay Your Age" is offered to audience members between the ages of 26 and 34 when purchasing tickets at the Box Office on the day of any performance, with valid identification. Marin Shakespeare Company also offers those 65 and over half-price tickets at Senior Matinees. Students who are 18 and under are admitted free at Family Matinee performances. 
     
    SEASON TICKETS:Season tickets are $90 general; $84 senior; and $30 youth and include admission to one performance of each play, reserved seating and complimentary seat cushion. 
     
    WHERE: Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California, 890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
     
    PHONE:  415-499-4488
     
    WEBSITE:www.marinshakespeare.org
    Contact:
    Dori Eisenhauer, Marketing Director
    (415) 499-4485

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