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"We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep."


"To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd.
To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance
to dream: ay, there's
the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause."

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
Albert Takazauckas (Director)
Albert Takazauckas was a gifted and prolific director of Shakespeare, as welll as musical comedy, opera, classic American plays and contemporary drama. In addition to his works with SF Shakes Mr. Takazauckas staged productions for the American Conservatory Theater, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, and Marin Theatre Company during the final two decades of his life. He'd directed highly acclaimed productions of The Tempest (1991) and Henry IV, Part 1 (2000) for Free Shakespeare in the Park and was working on Henry IV, Part 2 (presented by the Festival at the Gershwin Theater) when he died of a heart attack at his home in Oakland.
Charles McCue (Producing Director)
Charles McCue was born on Long Island and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. He became involved in theater in high school, started a radio station while attending community college, and pursued his interest in theater at the University of South Florida. He moved to San Francisco in the early 1980s and joined San Francisco Shakespeare for its first season in 1983, as an actor performing in The Tempest. The association continued for the next 20 years, as the company expanded to parks in cities such as Oakland, Pleasanton, Cupertino, and San Mateo. McCue became the company's producer in 1995 and its producing artistic director in 1999. He remained in the position until 2003. He died in San Francisco on March 20, 2010 at age 51.
Keith Taylor (Board CFO)
Chief Financial Officer Keith Taylor, lost his life in a senseless traffic accident on Monday September 19, 2011.
Keith served as the Chief Financial Officer and board member of the Festival since 1998. He was a tireless advocate of the mission of the festival and provided endless guidance and leadership to the board. His commitment earned him respect and admiration as a board member and friend of the festival.
The closing weekend performances of 2011's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline were played in his memory and honor.
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