See Free Shakespeare in Applegate Park!
Our summer Shakespeare festival is fun for the whole
family and our summer production is still free of charge. It happens during daylight hours in
the beautiful green Applegate Park in Merced, California.
We offer a quality, fast-paced performance with a minimal set in an abridged version, usually 90 minutes long.
Local performers are cast in open auditions two to three months before each show.
Starting in 2010, we have also staged an annual indoor production in various venues with an inexpensive ticket price. Since the 2016 season we now offer three full productions each year, in addition to staged readings, and outreach to UC Merced and outlying communities. We have covered more than half of the Bard's canon, several of them twice.
Like many small Shakespeare companies, we started in Elizabethan costumes. In more recent years we have experimented with different looks, such as Steam Punk (A Midsummer Night's Dream), early California (Romeo and Juliet), and postmodern (Henry V).
|Merced Shakespearefest is
Non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status
Member of American Association of Community Theatre