Very dreary news from the coast. Shakespeare Santa Cruz, one of the Bay Area’s premier theater companies, will shut its doors after its 2013 holiday production. Budget woes are doing in the 32-year-old institution.
I’m originally from the Santa Cruz area, so the news is an even greater blow. (I’ve taken my nephews to the holiday productions for many years.) Our own esteemed Brad Myers, a Fresno State theater professor, worked at Shakespeare Santa Cruz for eight seasons. (I still remember seeing him play Dr. Rank in “A Doll’s House” with Bryan Cranston and Bridget Connors.) I asked him what he thought about the news:
Shakespeare Santa Cruz was one of the nation’s most innovative Shakespeare companies. Every actor wanted to work there because of the integrity and edginess of the productions. No other company nor institution has had a greater impact on my artistic growth. I am fortunate to have worked with SSC under the leadership of each of its Artistic Directors: Michael Edwards, Danny Scheie, Paul Whitworth and Marco Barricelli. Each brought a fresh artistic vision to the company without compromising the commitment to excellence. SSC was the jewel of Bay Area Shakespeare festivals. Artists and audiences will be hard pressed to fill the void SSC will leave.
I know that lots of people from Fresno attend Shakespeare Santa Cruz. This is a major blow.
On the jump: a list of the 17 Shakespeare Santa Cruz productions in which Brad Myers acted.
Pictured: Brad Myers and Brad Myers, left, and Susan Engbrecht in the 2011 Shakespeare Santa Cruz production of ‘The Comedy of Errors.”
Myers’ Shakespeare Santa Cruz productions
COMEDY OF ERRORS (3 times)
LOVES LABORS LOST
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
AS YOU LIKE IT
MERCHANT OF VENICE