The Stanford Shakespeare Company

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Dedicated to the performance of free, innovative, and high-quality Shakespeare at Stanford and in the Bay Area.

Announcing our 2018-2019 season

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Winter 2019

Directed by Noah Bennett ('19)

On the eve of a great celebration for the wedding of Theseus, renowned Duke of Athens, and the Amazonian queen Hippolyta, the King and Queen of fairyland meet in the woods just outside the city. Oberon and Titania are quarreling ceaselessly, and their spat has affected the entire natural world around them. 

On that very same night, two unsuspecting groups of young Athenians leave the safety of the city behind and venture into the strange and wonderful forest that lies outside. Four young lovers, hoping to escape the strict laws of Athens or to return home with newfound love, and a gang of common artisans, eagerly rehearsing their original new play, quickly become caught up in a magical feud that turns every relationship and well-made plan on its head. 

In just one chaotic night, one rebellious fairy leads these Athenians on a magical and whimsical adventure, blurring the lines of power, romance, and reality itself to create hilarious new situations in Shakespeare’s silliest and most iconic comedy!

Thirteenth Night
Spring 2019

written and Directed by Minh-Anh Day ('20)

(Excerpt can be found here.)

By the end of Twelfth Night, the twins are reunited, Sebastian and Olivia are getting married, Viola admits her love for Orsino and finds it requited, and Maria and Sir Toby get together as well -- a happy ending for all!

On the surface, that is. But Viola, who has just experienced the privilege and freedom of life as a man, is now married to a misogynist. Sebastian and Olivia have their own marital troubles, having known each other all of three hours, and  Sebastian's best friend Antonio has just been dragged off to prison. Meanwhile, Maria deals with Sir Toby's alcoholism and his paranoia -- justified, considering that Malvolio has sworn to take revenge on the pranksters, and Sir Toby specifically. As these characters collide and fight for respect, love, and justice, Thirteenth Night reveals the dark laughter lurking behind the light of Shakespeare's play.


If you want to support our mission to provide free, high quality theatre to the Stanford and greater bay area community, you can reach out to us at stanshakes@gmail.com.