Shakespeare By The Sea in San
Pedro, California, to Produce "King John" and "All’s Well."
Sixteenth Season Highlights
Cut-Throat Ambition and Lovelorn Desperation
Maria (Patrice Lakey), Sir Toby Belch (Andy
Kallok), Sir Andrew Auguecheek (Ryan Knight) and Feste the Clown (Cody Roberts)
in Shakespeare by the Sea’s 2010 production of “Twelfth Night”, directed by Amy
Louise Sebelius at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. Photo: Scott Chandler.
Los Angeles, California -
Shakespeare by the Sea
recently announced its 2013 Season, featuring plays never before
offered in its fifteen-year history: “King John,” a
larger-than-life drama about contention for raw power in Medieval
Europe, and “All’s Well That Ends Well,” a cautionary tale about a
young besotted woman in shameless romantic pursuit. This
year’s offering represents an exploration of human ambition as both
impossibly hilarious and deadly serious.
Audiences all over Southern California have come to love Shakespeare
by the Sea for its professionally-crafted productions of timeless
classic Shakespeare plays, presented free of admission at dozens of
local parks each summer. This year, the company will deliver
40 performances in 21 locations, beginning and ending with its
home-town crowd at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. The tour
has become a much-anticipated event each summer, drawing an audience
of more than 20,000 to enjoy Shakespeare under the summer sky each
of the past several years.
The fun begins with “All’s Well That Ends Well” on June 6, followed
by the contentious “King John,” which opens June 13. The two
plays are presented in repertory at Point Fermin Park through June
29, after which the tour begins. Over the next six weeks, the
all-volunteer company of actors will delight crowds in Beverly
Hills, Rossmoor, Whittier, Rancho Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Oak
Park, Woodland Hills, Hermosa Beach, Lakewood, Newport Beach, South
Pasadena, Torrance, Irvine, Rowland Heights, Irvine, Santa Ana,
Chino Hills, Laguna Niguel and Long Beach before returning to San
Pedro for the final performances. Tour location details and
dates are available at
The actors likewise hail from all over Los Angeles and Orange
Counties. “It makes for a lot of driving, but the crowds we
draw make it all worthwhile,” says Lisa Coffi, Producing Artistic
Director. She adds, “It’s so rewarding to feel the
appreciation and enjoyment of the fans. There’s nothing like
Shakespeare to grab an audience’s attention. We are able to
attract great acting talent because playing to a crowd that hangs on
their every word is a thrill every actor lives for.”
Founded in 1998, and funded entirely by donations and grants,
Shakespeare by the Sea brings contemporary and classic works to
underserved, culturally diverse audiences in order to ignite
imagination, promote literacy and encourage artistic expression.
This season’s San Pedro performances are made possible in part by
the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and funds
to support the tour have been committed from the Orange County
Community Foundation, Union Pacific Railroad, Los Angeles County
Arts Commission, Supervisor Don Knabe, and The Norris Foundation.
Associate Sponsor, PBS SoCaL, is generously partnering with SBTS to
promote the season in conjunction with their Shakespeare Uncovered
National Community Outreach initiative. More sponsors are
needed to underwrite this season’s offerings.
Shakespeare by the Sea’s 2012 production of “The Two Gentlemen of
Verona”, directed by Margaret Schugt at Valley Park in Hermosa Beach. Photo:
Romeo (Cylan Brown) and Juliet (Barbara Jean Urich) in Shakespeare
by the Sea’s 2012 production of “Romeo & Juliet”, directed by Stephanie Coltrin
at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. Photo: Mickey Elliot.
Shakespeare by the Sea’s opening night of “Romeo
& Juliet” at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. Photo: Nicole Wessel.