Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival Friday August 1st: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW + Robin Lithgow’s PLAYACTING IN SHAKESPEARE’S CLASSROOM

Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2014

Melissa Chalsma & Luis Galindo in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Grettel Cortes

The Taming of the Shrew: Thursday July 31, Friday August 1 & Saturday August 2 at 7:00 pm

Baptista has a problem. His biggest job is to see his daughters married well. His youngest, Bianca, is a piece of cake: she’s obedient, dutiful, and modest. However his eldest, Kate, just doesn’t know her place. She’s headstrong, opinionated, and prone to speaking her own mind. What’s a father to do? His salvation appears in the form of Petruchio, a traveler with an eye on Kate’s plentiful dowry. He uses every dirty trick in the book to tame her, but he just might find in the end that you can’t keep a good woman down.

SALON SERIES: Discussions at the Intersection of Shakespeare & Contemporary Culture


Playacting in Shakespeare’s Classroom with Robin Lithgow
Friday, August 1 at 6:00 pm

Explore the impact of Erasmus and humanism on the training of students both in classical rhetoric and colloquial Latin. The focus of the discussion will be on the connections between Shakespeare’s grammar school engagement with Erasmus’ Colloquies and the colloquial aesthetic of his comedies.

Robin Lithgow recently retired as the Director of the Arts Education Branch of the Los Angeles Unified School District.  She was one of the architects of the Elementary Arts Program and devoted her career to bringing theatre and the arts back into the core of instruction, pre-K through twelfth grade.

Performances at at The Old Zoo in Griffith Park (directions follow)

All performances are free, though donations are gratefully accepted and essential to our work. You can donate now!

  • Remember to bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair. It gets cool when the sun goes down, so please bring something warm to wear. And although we love all creatures great and small, we request you leave your dogs at home.
  • Directions, information & complete calendar for the summer at

Directions, information & complete calendar for the summer at & MORE INFORMATION

The festival stage is located at the site of Old Zoo, in Griffith Park, on the east side. There are three direct freeway access points:

1) From the Southbound 5: take the Los Feliz Blvd West exit turning right up Crystal Springs Drive almost immediately upon exiting the freeway. There may be roadworks along this section of Crystal Springs Drive, so be aware of them while entering the park. Follow the signs to make a right turn onto Crystal Springs Drive.

2) From the Eastbound 134: take the Victory Blvd exit (following signs to the LA Zoo). You will make a right onto Riverside, and an immediate left onto Zoo Drive (which will then become Crystal Springs Drive as you continue past the Los Angeles Zoo).

3) From the Northbound 5: take the Griffith Park exit, which will take you to Crystal Springs Drive. Turn right on Crystal Springs Drive.

In all cases, look for our signs along the way directing you to the venue. You will arrive at an intersection where there are several activities including the Merry-Go-Round, Shane’s Inspiration Playground, and the Wilson Harding Golf Course, as well as the Ranger Station. Look for our signs that will direct you to Parking Lot 2 (go past Parking Lot 1) for available parking.

PLEASE NOTE: the parking here is plentiful and free, but can be a bit disorienting as there are several connected lots. Stay calm, follow the signs, and let us know if there is anything we can do to make it more clear.

From Parking Lot 2, follow the path (look for our signs) leading from the north end of the parking lot to the stage. If you are using an internet map service, you can enter the address below. As you near your destination, keep an eye out for our signs, which will direct you to parking and the festival stage. THIS ADDRESS WILL NOT WORK for GPS coordinates: your system will get you to the park, but please read the above directions carefully.

There is no physical address for the site. However, the very nearby ranger station is: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, 90027  The closest GPS location is  34.134204,-118.284962

IF YOU NEED disabled access, please call the ISC office at (818) 710-6306 for more information.

And please–there are no seating risers so REMEMBER YOUR BLANKET OR LAWN CHAIR!

• Performances begin at 7:00 p.m.  Please give yourself enough time to drive to the site, park your car, and make your way to the venue.

• There is no seating at the venue: please bring a blanket or a low-backed lawn chair.
• DRESS WARMLY! Once the sun goes down, it gets quite chilly. Pack blankets and cozy up to your friends.
• We will be selling concessions on site, or you can pack your own picnic. Please note, however, it is a city park, and alcohol is prohibited.
• Although we light the exit path, you may want to bring your own flashlight as well.
Also, we’re sorry…but please, no dogs.
• We’ll say it again…DRESS WARMLY! Even if it is a hot day. Some people even bring coats and hats!


• It is a short walk along a paved path to the venue. Wear comfortable shoes. There will be ISC volunteers in the parking lot and along the path to the stage eager to assist you.
• If you need disabled access, or help getting from the parking lot to the stage, please CALL THE ISC OFFICE AND WE WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO ASSIST YOU: (818) 710-6306.

• Although the performance is free, we will be giving you a few opportunities to make contributions to support free Shakespeare

You’re still reading? In that case, we’ll let you know that we are grateful and delighted to perform for you.
Thank you!

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