Free events for families at the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

Titus Andronicus, Photo by Grettel Cortes
Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) returns to the Old Zoo at Griffith Park for the 2019 season of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival with two plays by William Shakespeare performed in repertory: "Twelfth Night" directed by David Melville and "Pericles" directed by Melissa Chalsma.

In addition to the mainstage performances, there are pre-show events and workshops especially for families, presented on select evenings throughout the summer Festival.

Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma said, “For the last fifteen years, we have had the extraordinary privilege of performing free Shakespeare in Los Angeles. It is an extremely diverse community, and it is crucial that we have opportunities that bring us together. Sharing great stories with one another reminds that we are all connected and much more alike than we are different. It's also a joy to see so many families in the audience. Knowing that we are the first experience of Shakespeare (and even live theater) for so many young people is an honor, and we feel a responsibility to make the experience engaging, challenging, and memorable. This year we are delighted to welcome Pickle who is presenting Drag Queen Story Hour and Shakes-Queer. Inclusiveness and diversity are cornerstones of our Festival and Pickle brings an added dimension of glamourous expression this summer.”
Pickle said, “I've loved Independent Shakespeare Co. since high school when I saw a production of The Tempest at Barnsdall Park. Free access to quality productions of Shakespeare in an open-air setting is such a benefit for the LA community. It's an honor to bring Drag Queen Story Hour, a program dedicated to spreading the word of acceptance and empathy, to a like-minded festival that celebrates literacy for all ages and all people. Drag Queen Story Hour reminds us that anyone can enjoy dressing up, to love who you are, and to spread love and joy to other people. Shakes-Queer reminds us that anyone can learn and perform Shakespeare and that all the world is truly a stage, especially for Drag Queens.”
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival will begin June 29 with Twelfth Night, followed by Periclesbeginning July 27, then both productions will play in repertory through September 1. All performances are free! The festival is located in The Old Zoo at Griffith Park (near 4730 Crystal Spring Dr.) GPS Coordinates of the parking area: 34*8.034’N, 118* 17.100‘W Visit or call (818) 710-6306 for directions and information.