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Media coverage of SF Shakes

Cupertino’s Free Shakespeare in the Park to return this summer
Stephnie Lam, The Mercury News (May 17, 2024)

Free Shakespeare in the Park’s ‘Cymbeline’ astounds and mesmerizes Bruns Amphitheater
Maida Suta, The Daily Californian (September 25, 2023)

Hair Metal Fantasy Cymbeline in McLaren Park, AK Krajewska (September 7, 2023)

Free Shakespeare in the Park streamlines  ‘Cymbeline’
Local news Matters, Hilda Scheib (August 29, 2023)

Best Bets: Free Cymbeline
The Artful Observer, Local news Matters (July 26, 2023)

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Announces Carla Pantoja As Next Artistic Director
A.A. Cristi, Broadway World (February 6, 2023)

September theater openings feel like pre-pandemic days
Jean Schiffman, San Francisco Examiner (Sept 1, 2022)

Fun on a Budget: 8 Free Fall Events in the Bay Area
Rae Alexandra, KQED (Aug 30, 2022)

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Will Offer Just About Nothing in September for Free
California News (Aug 28, 2022)

Free Shakespeare in the Park brings ‘Much Ado About Nothing‘ to Redwood City
Heather Zimmerman, Palo Alto Weekly (Aug 12, 2022)

Why are so many Bay Area theater leaders leaving their jobs?
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle – Datebook (Aug 9, 2022)

It’s ‘Much Ado’ times 2 at Bay Area parks
Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News (Aug 3, 2022)

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle – Datebook

2020 was supposed to be theater’s reckoning. 2021 suggests reasons for cautious optimism
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle – Datebook (Oct 22, 2021)

SF Shakes stages free, fun, family-friendly ‘Pericles
Jean Schiffman, San Francisco Examiner (September 20, 2021)

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Reopens Following Completion Of $1.45 Million Rennovation Project
SF Gate (September 18, 2021)

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater To Reopen With Free Shakespeare Performances Starting September 18
Jamie Ferrell, Secret San Francisco (September 13, 2021)

What’s Onstage at Shakespeare Theaters in September
Ben Lauer, Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare & Beyond (September 10, 2021)

SF Shakes’ peripatetic ‘Pericles’ moves from online to in person
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle – Datebook pick (Sept 6, 2021)

Shakespeare’s late romances on summertime stages
Ben Lauer, Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare & Beyond (August 13, 2021)

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle – Datebook pick (July 8, 2021)

SF Shakespeare Festival Announces Cast, Designers, & Schedule for Pericles, Prince Of Tyre
Alexa Criscitiello, Broadway World (June 29, 2021)

Theater to Stream: A Dispatch From Britain and a Greek Classic
Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Times (June 23, 2021)

Shakespeare returning to parks, but not in Pleasanton
Dolores Ciarelli, Pleasanton Weekly (June 2, 2021)

Shakespeare Lightning Round
Ben Lauer (Social Media and Communications Manager, Folger Shakespeare Library) interviews Rebecca J. Ennals (May 26, 2021)

Outdoor venues like Shoreline, Cal Shakes can reopen in Bay Area. But will they?
Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle (Apr 1, 2021)

AEA/SAG-AFTRA agreement paves way for digital theater options post-pandemic
Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle (Dec 15, 2020)

Live-streamed “Shakespeare at Home” Rises from Free Shakespeare in the Park
Splash Magazine, Michele Caprario (Sept 11, 2020)

HowWeWorkNow: King Lear at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
The Drama League, podcast with Director Elizabeth Carter, Technical Director Neal Ormond, Stage Manager Karen Schleifer, and Artistic Director Rebecca J. Ennals (released Sept 9, 2020)

Producing in the Age of the Pandemic
SF Shakes recorded Zoom chat; King Lear focus starts ~minute 28, Digital Transmedia Producing Group (August 31, 2020)

King Lear” Redefines Virtual Theater—Streaming S.F. Shakes
Abby Tozer. Theatrius (August 21, 2020)

Shakespeare At Home / Lessons for a Product Manager
Sree Lakshmi, (August 20, 2020)

A faux pas at in-person theater might be just what internet plays need
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle (August 12, 2020)

Streams go wild, from ‘King Lear’ to ‘Three’s Company
Jean Schiffman, San Francisco Examiner (August 7, 2020)

Screen time with Shakespeare
Karla Kane, Palo Alto Weekly (August 5, 2020)

In SF Shakes’ ‘King Lear,’ the actors can’t see each other, but you can
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle (July 26, 2020)

Shakespeare hath gone virtual for 2020
Dolores Fox Ciardelli, Pleasanton Weekly (July 16, 2020)

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s ‘King Lear
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle (July 17, 2020)

All The World’s A Virtual Stage for SF Shakes’ King Lear
Rotimi Agabiaka, Theatre Bay Area, (5/13/20)

Pearls with pajamas: Arts companies re-envision galas in the coronavirus era
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle (April 21, 2020)

SF Shakespeare Festival’s education program manager stresses importance of community in performing arts
Luna Khalil, The Daily Californian (April 9, 2020)

To Be, or Not to Be … a Shakespeare Camper
Janis Hashe, Oakland Magazine (March 25, 2020)

SF Shakes stages tuneful ‘As You Like It
Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner (Tuesday, September 3, 2019)

This new musical version of As You Like It is overall enjoyable, largely due to a cast that knows how to deliver Shakespeare’s prose and verse with great skill and style
Eddie Reynolds, Theatre Eddys (Tuesday, September 3, 2019)

Charming SF Shakes’ As You Like It has a secret musical weapon
Sam Hurwitt,The Mercury News (July 10, 2019)

Music blows both fresh and dead air into SF Shakes’ As You Like It
Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle (July 8, 2019)

A Sci-fi Shakespeare Musical Love Story
John Sulak, The Independent (Jume 27. 2019)

Shakespeare troupe’s workshop for homeless brings hopes, fears to center stage
Kevin Fagan, SF Chronicle

Shakespeare festival seeks support / Nonprofit needs funding to continue performances in Redwood City
Zachary Clark, Daily Journal (Aug 18, 2018)

A merry mishmash of a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ comes to SF Bay Area
Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News (July 20, 2018)

Moonlight Revels and Fairy Magic in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Nicole Gluckstern, KQED Arts (July 12, 2018)

SF Shakes makes ‘Midsummer’ magic
Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle (July 10, 2018)

SF Shakes Prepares to Bring Family Fun to Pleasanton
John Sulak, The Independent (July 6, 2018)

Shakespeare company, Cupertino Library explore modern relevancy of ‘Hamlet
Kristi Myllenbeck, The Mercury News (July 6, 2017)

Moody ‘Hamlet’ roaming Bay Area parks — and he’s free
Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News (July 14, 2017)

Free Shakespeare in the Park – Review; An Unforgettable Evening of Theater
John Sulak, The Independent (July 6, 2017)

SF Shakes brings the Bard to all
Lily Janiak, The San Francisco Chronicle (July 5, 2017)

Bay Area Shakespeare Camp at Odyssey School, San Mateo
Tom Jung, San Mateo Daily Journal (July 3, 2017)

Hamlet “to be” in Pleasanton this weekend
Dolores Fox Ciardelli, Pleasanton Weekly (June 28, 2017)

Shakespeare becomes part of the bustle of urban park
Lily Janiak, The San Francisco Chronicle (July 25, 2016)

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Winter’s Tale:’ Bold, Entertaining Production Filled with Drama
John Sulak, The Independent (July 7, 2016)

Winter’s Tale‘ heats up summer Shakespeare season
Sam Hurwitt, MercuryNews (July 5, 2016)

Get thee to ‘The Winter’s Tale
Dolores Fox Ciardelli, Pleasanton Weekly (June 27, 2016)

Hamlet comes to Milpitas
(Tri-City Voice Nov 10, 2015)

SF Sketchers visit Romeo and Juliet in the Presidio
(Aug 29, 2015)

A rushed but irresistible Romeo and Juliet
Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle (Aug 23, 2015)

Romeo and Juliet at S.F. Shakespeare Festival
Robert Hurwitt, SF Gate (Aug 14, 2015)

Willie the Shakes, free in the parks!
John Sulak, Bay Area Reporter (Aug 13, 2015)

Meet Lady Capulet
Neva Hutchinson (July 22, 2015)

Shakespeare in the Park presents Romeo and Juliet
Laurie Jo Miller Farr (July 3, 2015)

“The show is a winner on all counts.”
Sue Steinberg, The Independent (July 2, 2015)

“Lauren Spencer and Carl Holvick capture the wild impetuousness of these two crazy kids with sweet sincerity”
Sam Hurwitt, San Jose Mercury News (June 29, 2015)

“I was swept away by the story, alternatively laughing at the comic components and gasping at the drama”
Charles Therese and Family Blog (June 28, 2015)

SF Shakes “Macbeth”– the Nightmare in Broad Daylight
Daivd Hirzel, wordwright (Sept 15, 2013)

Macbeth‘ in all of its bloody gore
John Angel Grant, Daily Post (Aug 5, 2013)

S.F. Shakes’ streamlined ‘Macbeth’ is a winner
Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner (Aug 4, 2013)

‘Macbeth’ a bloody triumph
Pat Craig, San Jose Mercury (July 12, 2013)

Macbeth mirrors modern headlines
Sue Steinberg, The Independent (July 5, 2013)