Marin Shakespeare Company announces 2012 season

Power and politics; comedy and romance; laughter and lies fill the stage in Marin's only annual outdoor Shakespeare festival.

Forest Meadows

Forest Meadows

This summer the Marin Shakespeare Company sets its outdoor stage for politics, enchantment, romance and comedy presenting King JohnA Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Bay Area premiere of The Liar. The season begins with previews on July 6 and continues with performances (presented in repertory) through Sept. 30, 2012.

The festival begins with a “Pay What You Will” preview Friday, July 6 with William Shakespeare’s King John, directed by Lesley Schisgall Currier. A rousing story of English patriotism, the rarely performed play is an action-packed history play full of humor, wisdom and drama. King John, featuring actor Scott Coopwood in the title role, opens officially on Friday, July 13.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Robert Currier, also begins with “A Pay What You Will” preview performance Friday, July 20. Shakespeare’s enchanting, romantic comedy opens July 28, featuring Jarion Monroe as Bottom, Scott Coopwood as Oberon, Cat Thompson as Titania and James Hiser as Puck.

The summer festival continues with The Liar, by David Ives, adapted from the farce by Pierre Corneille. Robert Currier directs this saucy, fast-paced romantic romp about a young man who cannot keep from telling lies. A “Pay What You Will” preview is set for Aug. 17. The production, featuring Darren Bridgett, Stephen Muterspaugh, Cat Thompson and Elena Wright, opens on Aug. 25.

The Forest Meadows Amphitheatre opens one hour prior to show time for picnicking. Audiences are encouraged to brings picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Café.

Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Campus parking is free.

The Marin Shakespeare Company summer long festival features a variety of special events and discounted ticket options and “Pay What You Will” preview performances. Tickets are $20 to $35.

Performances are presented 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and 4 p.m. Sundays at Dominican University of California’s Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Avenue, in San Rafael, Calif.

See the complete performance schedule, event information and reserve season tickets at Marin Shakespeare Company’s website at www.marinshakespeare.org.

San Francisco Bay Area Film and TheaterIF YOU GO:

Marin Shakespeare Company 2012 Season

KING JOHN

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Lesley Schisgall Currier
Open: July 13, 2012
Close: Aug. 12, 2012
Previews: July 6, 7 & 8, 2012

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Currier
Open: July 28, 2012
Close: Sept. 30, 2012
Previews: July 20 & July 22, 2012

THE LIAR

By David Ives, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Robert Currier
Open: Aug. 25, 2012
Close: Sept. 23, 2012
Previews: Aug. 17 & Aug. 19, 2012

Forest Meadows Amphitheatre
Dominican University of California
1475 Grand Avenue, San Rafael, CA
Box Office: 415-499-4488
www.marinShakespeare.org

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