SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department welcomes Romeo and Juliet to McLaren Park in the SF Shakespeare Festival’s final weekend of the season. The festival, for the first time is 33 years, decided to put on back-to-back weekends of this classic tragedy at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. In the upcoming final weekend, the admission-free performances will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday and 2p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival provides such a great service to the community — bringing Shakespeare to the people at no cost,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “We welcome the Festival to McLaren Park where the community can gather and celebrate one of most incredible love stories of all times.”
The Friday show will be a student matinee, an opportunity for children to see the play in a school setting, though all are welcome. The cast is multi-racial and some of the characters have been cast cross-gender. These decisions allow the students of San Francisco the opportunity to see themselves represented on stage, said Rebecca Ennals, director with the SF Shakespeare Company.
“I think this is a great first production for families to see of Romeo and Juliet. I think we tell the story very clearly,” Ennals said. “It’s a beautiful venue, it’s lovely to be under the eucalyptus trees, and the acoustics of the space are the very best of any of the venues that we’re in.”
With more than 300 acres, McLaren Park is the one of the City’s largest parks. The 44-year-old Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, with its Greek-style seating, has fantastic acoustics surrounded by immense grasslands, wetlands, and scenic meadows. Park visitors are encouraged to bring friends and a picnic to enjoy the show.
The Festival was presented in Golden Gate Park for the first two decades of the festival.
For more information, visit: http://www.sfshakes.org/programs/romeo-juliet-free-shakespeare-in-the-park/summer-2015-schedule