The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
After producing Hamlet in 2017 to celebrate our 35th Anniversary Season, the company is turning to funnier fare with one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Free Shakespeare in the Park will also have an earlier start time of 7:00 pm for its evening performances this year, making it easier for families with younger children to enjoy the entire family-friendly production.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the misadventures of four young lovers, a group of aspiring actors, and a team of mischievous fairies as they all enter the woods outside Athens on a summer night. The ensuing hilarity and chaos create an evening filled with love and laughter. Bring your family and friends, a blanket, and a picnic to enjoy professional theater at no charge in a beautiful park setting near you!
Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Community Park (Santa Rita Road and Black Avenue)
- Saturday, June 30 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, July 1 at 7:00 pm
- Saturday, July 7 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, July 8 at 7:00 pm
- Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, July 15 at 7:00 pm
Cupertino’s Memorial Park Amphitheater (Stevens Creek Blvd and Mary Avenue)
- Saturday, July 21 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, July 22 at 7:00 pm
- Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 pm (Newly added Thursday show!)
- Friday, July 27 at 7:00 pm
- Saturday, July 28 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, July 29 at 7:00 pm
- Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 pm (Newly added Thursday show!)
- Friday, August 3 at 7:00 pm
- Saturday, August 4 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, August 5 at 7:00 pm
Redwood City, grounds of Sequoia High School (1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway)
- Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, August 12 at 4:00 pm
- Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, August 19 at 4:00 pm
- Saturday, August 25 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, August 26 at 4:00 pm
San Francisco’s Presidio (Main Post Parade Ground Lawn)
- Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 pm
- Sunday, September 2 at 2:00 pm
- Monday, September 3 at 2:00 pm (Labor Day)
- Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 pm
- Sunday, September 9 at 2:00 pm
San Francisco’s McLaren Park (Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive)
- Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 pm
- Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 pm
- Friday, September 21 at 10:00 am
- Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 pm
- Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 pm
Admission is free. For more information, call the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival at (415) 558-0888.
* Member, Actors' Equity Association
+ Resident Artist of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
Rebecca J. Ennals Director
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.
Phil Lowery+ Assistant Director
Phil is a director, actor, stage manager, teacher, and a proud member of the SF Shakes Resident Artist company, through which he has taught hundreds of children and teens in our Bay Area Shakespeare Camps and Tailor-Made Residencies since 2007. He has performed with Shakespeare on Tour (Macbeth) and Free Shakespeare in the Park (The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale), and with other Bay Area companies, including Shotgun Players, Central Works Ensemble and Lamplighters Music Theatre, where he is on staff. Phil has directed musicals, operas and operettas around the Bay Area for companies such as Altarena Playhouse, Berkeley Opera, Pocket Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, and Lamplighters. This summer, it is his privilege to Assistant Direct the Free Shakespeare in the Park tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Amelia Adams+ Mask and Movement Specialist
Amelia Adams is a Bay area actor, director, and puppeteer. She is a teaching artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Cal Shakes and Circus of Smiles. Favorite credits include Raina Petkoff in Arms and the Man (Spotlighters Theatre), The Mai, and The Lacy Project (Strand Theatre Co). Amelia toured her commedia dell’arte production to both coasts, and premiered her solo production A Mischief of Rats at the SF Fringe Festival. Amelia graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and continues to specialize in ensemble based physical theatre.