Marin Shakespeare Company announces summer 2010 outdoor plays

Marin Shakes 2010 Taming of the Shrew
Darren Bridgett, starring as Petruchio in the swashbuckling version of The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare under the stars. It doesn’t get much better than that. Marin Shakespeare Company (MSC) has announced their summer 2010 play lineup which includes three shows, all outdoors.

Two plays continue stories from MSC’s 2009 season. The third play is a swashbuckling adaptation of a favorite Shakespearean comedy.

The MSC summer festival features a variety of special events and discounted ticket options including “Pay What You Will” preview performances.

The MSC mission is to achieve excellence in the staging and study of Shakespearean plays, to celebrate Shakespeare, and to serve as a cultural and educational resource for the people of Marin, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond.

Travesties By Tom Stoppard
Opening July 9 to Aug. 15, 2010 / Previews are July 2, 3 & 4, 2010
This 1976 Tony Award winner for Best Play is an eclectic recipe of fact and farce spoofing Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and combining Wildean wit with the absurdity and profundity of Dadaist Tristan Tzara, Vladimir Lenin and James Joyce. Tom Stoppard whips up a dazzlingly clever, tasty dish about art and society that is funny, thought provoking and entertaining. Featuring William Elsman* and Alexandra Matthew Elsman.*

The Taming of the Shrew By William Shakespeare
Opening July 24 to Sept. 26, 2010 / Previews are July 16 & 18, 2010
Shakespeare’s feistiest lovers cast off in this swashbuckling version of the “The Taming of the Shrew.” This mad, romantic, seafaring romp will appeal to all ages with its “Pirates of the Caribbean” setting. Featuring Cat Thompson* as Kate and Darren Bridgett * as Petruchio.

Antony & Cleopatra By William Shakespeare
Opening Aug. 28 to Sept. 25, 2010 / Previews are Aug. 20, 21 & 22, 2010
The season concludes with a follow-up to last summer’s production of “Julius Caesar,” as Marin Shakespeare Company continues the Roman saga with “Antony and Cleopatra.” Now an aging soldier and world leader, Antony is enthralled by the legendary Egyptian queen’s charms in this sweeping, passionate love story about a powerful man derailed by the enchantment of an extraordinary woman. Featuring Marcia Pizzo* as Cleopatra and Marvin Green as Mark Antony.

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