Saturday, June 7, 2008

‘Shakespeare by the Sea’ Premiers Thursday

The 2008 season of “Shakespeare by the Sea” opens Thursday with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As always, performances are free and held in Pt. Fermin Park.

The following week, the non-profit theater troupe will present Antony and Cleopatra. In late June, it will perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Little Fish Theatre in downtown San Pedro.

“This is our first year opening three shows back to back to back,” said Lisa Coffi, producing artistic director. “We’ve got our bases covered offering something a little different in each show.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antony and Cleopatra will run in repertory for five weeks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until July 12. They will return for grand-finale performances in early August after an 11-city tour through L.A. and Orange County.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) will run from June 27 to July 27 at the indoor venue. Tickets are $25. Proceeds help to fund the free performances in the park.

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