Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC) kicks off its 31st season on
Tuesday, July 24 with the Bard's beloved comedy Twelfth
Night, directed by SSC Artistic Director Marco
Barricelli, at the indoor Mainstage Theater.
Opening in the Festival Glen on the following night will be
the world premiere of The Man In the Iron Mask-a
new play commissioned by SSC as the sequel to 2011's
rollicking production of The Three
Musketeers--written by SSC associate artist Scott
Playing in repertory in the Festival Glen, beginning August
7, will be the SSC debut of Henry IV, Part Two,
directed by Scott Wentworth.
The season runs from July 24 through August 26, with the
production of Twelfth Night moving to Montalvo
Arts Center in Saratoga for performances from September
SSC Managing Director Kyle Clausen noted that there are 23
current UCSC students, and 33 alumni involved in the 2012
Their jobs range from acting and production interns, to
paid members of the acting company, production staff, or
SSC's core staff.
"Notably, seven of our 10 acting interns this year are UCSC
students, or just graduated in 2012," said Clausen. "They
play supporting roles in one or more of the main summer
productions, and then play leading roles in the Fringe
Show, which this season is Niccolò Machiavelli's
"The acting interns spend the summer learning from top
professional actors and directors, and then get to apply
their existing knowledge with what they've learned over
the summer to really shine in the Fringe Show," Clausen
As part of a research university, one of SSC's goals is to
educate, and the intern program is just one of the primary
ways that students can apply the skills and knowledge they
acquire in the classroom to a professional
"It allows for great inter-departmental collaboration,"
noted Clausen, "a prime example being the number of
Literature Department students who are involved with SSC as
Emily Sloan-Pace, a Ph.D. student in literature who is
studying Shakespeare's history plays, will be the
dramaturge for Henry IV Part Two.
Mara Sherman, who graduated from the Literature Department
in 2011, and finished the 5th-Year program in Theater Arts
in 2012, is the dramaturge for Man In The Iron
Mask, and Ariane Helou, also a Ph.D. candidate in
literature, will serve as dramaturge for The
Student involvement at SSC further extends to its holiday
show and Shakespeare to Go program, both of which are
collaborations with the Theater Arts Department.
"In all of these endeavors, students are involved not just
as actors, but in all areas of production, including
lights, sound, costumes, front of house, and
administration," said Clausen.
"It's really an amazing learning environment."
Tickets to the the 2012 Shakespeare Santa Cruz season at UC
Santa Cruz are available at shakespearesantacruz.org
or by calling (831) 459-2159.