Picturesque Shakespeare in the Park

Pictures tell a story, and recently I had the opportunity to retell a couple of beautifully presented stories through pictures.

One of the best things about living in the Bay area is direct access to some of the best artists in the world. The performances of various Shakespeare plays in parks during the Summer are not only fun to watch, but if you are young and lucky, to perform in!

I hope you enjoy these visual highlights from children’s performances of Macbeth and Twelfth Night at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley – the legendary outdoor home of the Shotgun Players.

Although the harsh lighting was as difficult as it could possibly be for a photographer, I hope the sense of drama the audience felt during the show isn’t lost in these photos.

Big thanks to Amy and Maryssa, the tireless directors, and to Carl for leading the production. I also caught Maryssa as Lady Macduff in Macbeth at SF Shakes in the Presidio and learned she is also an awesome actress, not just a great director!

If you are one of the other parents who was in the audience and would like a copy of the photobook that was presented to the directors please let me know.

One more thing. Please don’t forget that art doesn’t just happen at public schools anymore. It is a labor of love by many individuals. Children learn to see through one another’s eyes, gain self-confidence, and develop empathy through acting. Please support your local schools. Donations of time, effort and money make a difference. Art programs for kids create better adults and a better world for everyone.

 

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