35 Famous Speeches in 35 Famous Places

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In 2017, SF Shakes will present a series of free, short, site-specific performances called “35 Famous Speeches in 35 Famous Places” celebrating the Festival’s 35-year history in San Francisco. From February to August 2017, culminating in the opening performances of Hamlet in San Francisco, the Festival’s professional actors and students will present free public performances of the Bard’s most famous speeches, surrounded by iconic San Francisco landmarks.

The series was inspired by the Festival’s popular “Free Shakespeare in the Parklet” performances five years ago, in which Festival actors presented flash mob-style scenes for crowds in parklets across the City. This year’s “35 Famous Speeches in 35 Famous Places” will ultimately spread out all 35 speeches in clusters each month over the course of seven months. Each month’s group of performances will be anchored by one of Hamlet’s seven famous soliloquys, in honor of this year’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production. The Festival hopes that the series will give audiences a chance to engage in shorter Shakespeare experiences, ideal for children, hearing words that they recognize in a setting that they love.

Hamlet - O that this too too solid flesh would melt...

Saturday, February 11, 11:00 am. Boardwalk at Crissy Field East Beach (with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge). Directed by Stephen Muterspaugh, performed by Davern Wright.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - These are the forgeries of jealousy...

Sunday, February 12, 1:00 pm. Outside the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park. Directed by Sharon Huff, performed by Sarah Shoshana David* and Julia Rechter.

Romeo and Juliet - But soft, what light through yonder window breaks...

Tuesday, February 14, 12:30 pm. Yerba Buena Gardens. Directed by Rebecca J. Ennals, performed by Carl Holvick, Lauren Spencer*, and Gwen Loeb*.

35 Famous Speeches Kick-off Event

On February 16 at 6 pm at the Presidio Officers’ Club, Artistic Director Rebecca J. Ennals and Resident Artists of SF Shakes will share a repeat performance of the first four speeches, the plans for the rest of the series, and a look back at 35 years of performing Shakespeare free in the parks. Audience members will be encouraged to suggest their favorite speeches and places, and invited to take part in a group speech at the end of the evening. Please register your attendance at the link above, as space is limited. Featuring performances by Davern Wright, Carl Holvick, and Radhika Rao.

*member, Actors' Equity Association

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Davern Wright* Hamlet

Davern, an actor, writer, and director native to the Bay Area, is thrilled to be back at SF Shakes after playing Florizel/Lord 1 in The Winter's Tale last season. Acting credits include Marin Shakespeare Company, 42nd St. Moon, Golden Thread Productions, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Bindlestiff Studio, Douglas Morrison Theatre, and many others. Writing credits include “Cratchit” (Best of Playground SF 2015; Playground SF People’s Choice Award), “Would You Like the Can, Sir?” (Playground SF People’s Choice Award), and co-writing Through the Wall for Ragged Wing Ensemble. He is a Playground SF Resident Playwright and winner of their 2015 Emerging Playwright Award. He has an M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Theatre from Williams College. Many thanks to his family and friends.

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Sarah Shoshana David*+ Resident Artist

Sarah was born to a circus family, trained originally as a dancer, and got her first union card at 22 working throughout North America, Europe and the USSR. As an actor, she played opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Among her leading roles are Ellen in Jewish Roots, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Halie in Shepard’s Buried Child, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, Gertude in Hamlet, Prospero in The Tempest, and the Queen in Cymbeline. As a Resident Artist for SF Shakes, she directs, performs, and teaches. Sarah is a loyal member of the Screen Actors' Guild and AFTRA.


Carl Holvick+ Resident Artist

Carl is the Education Director and a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. He has participated in all of the various programs with SF Shakes including performing in Free Shakes and Shakespeare on Tour.  He has served on the faculties of Shakespeare Works when Shakespeare Plays in partnership with UC Davis and Shakespeare's Globe in London. As an actor, Carl has worked with the Shotgun Players, Cutting Ball Theater, San Jose Stage Company, Pacific Repertory Theater, Playwright's Foundation, Marin Shakespeare Company, Impact, Just Theatre, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Playground, and Word for Word. Carl earned a double B.A. degree from UC Berkeley in Theatre and Political Science.

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Lauren Spencer*+ Resident Artist

Lauren is a Bay Area based actor and singer. You may have seen her recently as Juliet in SF Shakes' Romeo and Juliet, in The Mechanics of LoveBlackademics and The Late Wedding at Crowded Fire Theater Company, or in The Rover at Shotgun Players. Other recent credits include: Party People  (u/s Berkeley Rep), A Maze (Just Theater), Troilus And Cressida (Impact Theater), Good Goods (Crowded Fire Theater Co.), and Our Practical Heaven (Aurora Theater Co.). She is proud to have also worked with Magic Theater, Cutting Ball, Playwright's Foundation, Boxcar Theater, Playground, Townhall Theater Company, and the African American Shakespeare Company. You can see her this spring in Marin Theatre Company's production of Anne Boleyn. Please visit laurenspencer.weebly.com.


Stephen Muterspaugh Resident Artist

Muterspaugh, who served as SF Shakes' Associate Artistic Director from 2014-2017, has been teaching, acting and directing for the Festival since 2010. As a Resident Artist, he has taught Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Upstart Crows, the Advanced Shakespeare Workshop, and Midnight Shakespeare programs, as well as creating the Shakespeare for All Central Valley Residency Program. As a director he has helmed four seasons of Shakespeare on Tour productions, as well as co-directing the 2014 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew. Regional acting credits include: Cyrano and The Country House (TheatreWorks), Last Night of Ballyhoo and Servant of Two Masters (PCPA), Julius Caesar (Utah Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello (Southwest Shakespeare Company), Charley’s Aunt (Creede Repertory Theatre), A Christmas Carol and Meet Me Incognito (Geva Theatre Center), Lend Me a Tenor (Livermore Shakespeare), King John and The Liar (Marin Shakespeare Company), Three Days of Rain and Harper Regan (Jewel Theatre), and The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival). He is a graduate of PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

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Sharon Huff*+ Resident Artist

Sharon Huff has been acting, directing and teaching in the Bay Area since 1987, when she came down to work for California Theatre Center after getting her B.A. in Drama from University of Washington. Since then she has acted all over town for companies such as Woman’s Will, Theatreworks, Cutting Ball Theater, San Jose Stage Company and Marin Shakespeare Company. Along the way she completed the physical ensemble program at the Dell'Arte School.and picked up an M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University. For San Francisco Shakespeare she has performed in the touring productions of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth and Julius Caesar, as well as the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline.

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Rebecca J. Ennals Resident Artist

Rebecca has been on the staff of the Shakespeare Festival since 2002 and Artistic Director since 2012. She has extensive directing, acting, and teaching experience, and holds an MFA in performance from U.C. Davis. She has taught and written curriculum at the elementary through college levels. As an actor and director, she has worked locally with Marin Theatre Company, PlayGround, Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival, Pear Theatre, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Los Altos Youth Theatre and Shakespeare At Stinson. Ms. Ennals has directed eight productions for the Festival's Shakespeare On Tour in-school touring program, six productions for the Civic Arts Stage Company program in Pleasanton, and three productions for Free Shakespeare in the Park. She also regularly writes the Festival’s Green Shows and conceived and executed the 2012 pop-up Shakespeare project "30 Days of Free Shakespeare in the Parklet." Her blog can be found at sfshakes.wordpress.com.