Shakespeare to Go

Shakespeare to Go has been taking Shakespeare on the road since 1984, with a mission to connect with local youth and give back to the community. Each year, a Shakespeare to Go team—comprised of a faculty director and student actors, designers, stage managers, assistant directors, and dramaturgs from UC Santa Cruz—work innovatively to bring a Shakespeare play to life by making it relevant to younger audiences. While the new script is shortened, the richness of Shakespeare’s language always remains. 

  WHAT IS SHAKESPEARE TO GO?

Each year, a UCSC Theater Arts faculty member creates a 50-minute adaptation of a Shakespeare play, and assembles a cast comprised of UCSC students.  This year (Spring 2017), Shakespeare to Go will be performing the lively comedy Two Gentlemen of Verona, adapted and directed by UCSC Theater Arts faculty member Patty Gallagher. 

The cast takes their production on the road to various schools and venues to perform the Shakespeare adaptation. There is an opportunity for students to ask questions at the end of the performance. A study/curriculum guide is provided to teachers providing an opportunity to engage students before or after the performance, offering an in depth guide to the play and it's meaning.

The available performance dates are: M/W/F mornings prior to 10:30AM (depending on the location), dates available April and May 2017. The students need to be back on campus by 1:00PM, so your location will determine how late the performance can start.

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING:

It looks as if it was actually real.  Another thing was that the play wasn’t hard to understand; it was easy to keep track. Overall the play was a great thing for our school to watch and enjoy.” – 6th grade student, 2013

“I didn’t know that Shakespeare could be fun.” – 5th grade student, 2011

“ Just want to thank you for coming, it was my first play and I liked it a lot.” – Middle school student, 2013

PERFORMANCES OF SHAKESPEARE TO GO:

Professor Gallagher and the cast will rehearse the play during winter quarter, then tour to schools in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties during spring quarter: Dates TBD.  Please contact Tracye Lea Lawson at tlawson@ucsc.edu regarding performances.

A single performance is $450 in Santa Cruz County and $500 elsewhere; a double performance (i.e., two shows in one morning) is $650. Please note, a limited number of performances may be subsidized.  Participating schools will be provided a curriculum guide specifically for the play being perfomed that will provide your students with a synopsis and history of the play plus suggested class room activities to help prepare students for the performance. 

BOOK A PERFORMANCE OF SHAKESPEARE TO GO:

For more information about booking Shakespeare to Go for your school or community group, contact Tracye Lea Lawson at (831) 459-1552 or tlawson@ucsc.edu.

SUPPORT SHAKESPEARE TO GO:

If you would like to give support or have inquires about sponsorship opportunities for Shakespare to Go's work of bringing Shakespeare to area schools and community centers, please contact Joseph Schillaci, joes@ucsc.edu or (831)252-4355.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS:

US Bank

Kathy Chetkovich 

Sharon Dirnberger

David Kaun

Porter College

The Arts Dean Excellence Fund