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.
Saturday, February 11, 11:00 am. Boardwalk at Crissy Field East Beach (with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge). Directed by Stephen Muterspaugh and James Freebury, performed by Davern Wright.
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.
Tuesday, February 14, 12:30 pm, Valentine's Day. Yerba Buena Gardens. Directed by Rebecca J. Ennals, performed by Carl Holvick, Lauren Spencer*, and Gwen Loeb*.
Thursday, February 16, 6 pm. Presidio Officers’ Club. Directed by Rebecca J. Ennals, Steve Muterspaugh, Will Shattuc, and James Freebury. Featuring performances by Davern Wright (Hamlet), Carl Holvick (Romeo), and Radhika Rao (Lady Macbeth), and a group performance of "Grant them removed..." from Sir Thomas More.
Tuesday, March 14, 3:14 pm, Pi Day. Mission Pie. Directed by Rebecca J. Ennals, fight choreography by Ryan Tasker, performed by Gabriel Ross, Doyle Ott, Kristin Hall, Perry Aliado, and Alison Whismore, with special assistance from John Sulak and James Freebury.
Wednesday, March 15, 12:30 pm, the Ides of March. City Hall Rotunda. Directed by Sharon Huff, performed by Nathaniel Andalis, Kieran Beccia, and Alicia Stamps, with special assistance from Peter Logan.
Saturday, March 25, 1 pm. Union Square. Directed by James Freebury and Radhika Rao, performed by Nathaniel Andalis, Perry Aliado, Sharon Huff*, and Ryan Tasker*.
Sunday, April 23, 12:30 pm, Shakespeare's birthday. Grace Cathedral labyrinth. Directed by Sharon Huff, performed by Shoresh Alaudini, Perry Aliado, Susan McGarry, Rainier Pearl-Styles, John Sulak, and Eleanor Farrell.
Monday, May 1, 12 pm, May Day. Claes Oldenburg's "Cupid's Span" statue at Folsom and Embarcadero, with a view of the Bay Bridge. Performed by the cast of Shakespeare on Tour's Twelfth Night , under the direction of Carl Holvick.
Thursday, May 4, 12:30 pm, May the Fourth be with you. Yoda statue in the Presidio. Directed by Sharon Huff, performed by David Everett Moore*.
Sunday, May 7, 1 pm. Asian Art Museum. Directed by Will Shattuc, performed by Radhika Rao, J Jha, and Anne Yumi Kobori in English and Hindi.
*member, Actors' Equity Association
Graphic design by Will Shattuc and Kristin Hall.