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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 (Katie Pelensky) and The Princess of France (Kate Felton) in Shakespeare by the Sea’s production of “Love’s Labours Lost” directed by Amy Sebelius at San Pedro’s Point Fermin Park. Photo: Mickey Elliot  

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.

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Shakespeare by the Sea’s 2012 production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, directed by Margaret Schugt at Valley Park in Hermosa Beach. Photo: Nicole Wessel.


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.




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