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PAST EVENTS

Friday, March 18, 8:00 p.m.
Measure for Measure | Medida por Medida: A Bilingual Play
Artists from all over the San Diego will gather to recreate Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure with a Latino spin. Set in a fictional border town, the play features characters speaking in both Shakespeare’s English and modern-day Spanish to create a unique experience for audiences. Join them as they bring the Bard to the border!
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVPFree event, limited availability. Reservations are required.


Saturday, March 19, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Measure for Measure | Medida por Medida: A Bilingual Play
Artists from all over the San Diego will gather to recreate Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure with a Latino spin. Set in a fictional border town, the play features characters speaking in both Shakespeare’s English and modern-day Spanish to create a unique experience for audiences. Join them as they bring the Bard to the border!
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability. Reservations are required.

Wednesday, April 20, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shakespeare Sonnetathon!
Come one, come all to this inappropriately festive observance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. All members of the USD community and the public are welcome to join in this afternoon of fun with a shared reading (or reciting, if you can!) of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets and some favorite sonnets by other poets. Refreshments will also be served. Co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the Department of English, and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.
Location:French Parlor, Founders Hall at the University of San Diego
Charge and RSVP:Free event, reservations are not required. For more information, contact breiter@sandiego.edu or mgileswatson@sandiego.edu.

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m.
Pop-Up Shakespeare: The St. Crispin’s Day Speech
Celebrate the Bard’s birthday (and death day) with a short pop-up performance of the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V featuring characters in full medieval armor!
Locations:Kensington/Normal Heights Branch Library
Charge and RSVPFree event, reservations are not required. Call (619) 533-3974.

Saturday, April 23, 12:00 p.m.
Pop-Up Shakespeare: The St. Crispin’s Day Speech
Celebrate the Bard’s birthday (and death day) with a short pop-up performance of the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V featuring characters in full medieval armor!
Locations:Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, reservations are not required. Call (619) 236-5800.

Saturday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.
Pop-Up Shakespeare: The St. Crispin’s Day Speech
Celebrate the Bard’s birthday (and death day) with a short pop-up performance of the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V featuring characters in full medieval armor!
Locations:Mira Mesa Branch Library
Charge and RSVP:Free event, reservations are not required. Call (858) 538-8165.

Friday, April 22 – Friday, June 3
Kiss by the Book: SDSU’s First Folio Performance Project
Experience the beauty, poetry, timelessness, and power of Shakespeare’s First Folio through live theatrical performance at your local branch library. These performances will take place in unexpected spaces at select San Diego Public Library locations between April 22 and June 3. Performed by the talented students of SDSU’s Theatre Program, the Kiss by the Book project is comprised of short modules, each of which focuses on a substantial scene or monologue from a play by Shakespeare that was first published in the 1623 Folio. Kiss by the Book is produced by SDSU’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film, adapted and directed by Rachel Nicole Pierce (Hoey).
Locations:Various San Diego Public Library Branch Locations.
Charge and RSVP:Free event, reservations are not required. Check www.sandiego.gov/public-library/news-events for location updates..

Thursday, June 2, 10:00 a.m.
A Midsummer Night’s Circus
Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the LindleyLopez Circus will infuse dialogue from Shakespeare’s play with English choral singing, Greek chorus, and the ancient art of circus. Characters from the play will fly through the air, juggle, dance, perform acrobatics, and thrill audiences of all ages! Come experience Shakespeare’s work through the unique and dazzling world of circus. Smiles guaranteed.
Location:Performance Annex at the City Heights/Weingart Branch Library
Charge and RSVP:Free event. No ticketing required. For more info, call (619) 641-6100.

Friday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
A Midsummer Night’s Circus
Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the LindleyLopez Circus will infuse dialogue from Shakespeare’s play with English choral singing, Greek chorus, and the ancient art of circus. Characters from the play will fly through the air, juggle, dance, perform acrobatics, and thrill audiences of all ages! Come experience Shakespeare’s work through the unique and dazzling world of circus. Smiles guaranteed.
Location:Performance Annex at the City Heights/Weingart Branch Library
Charge and RSVP:Free event. No ticketing required. For more info, call (619) 641-6100.

Saturday, June 4, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
A Midsummer Night’s Circus
Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the LindleyLopez Circus will infuse dialogue from Shakespeare’s play with English choral singing, Greek chorus, and the ancient art of circus. Characters from the play will fly through the air, juggle, dance, perform acrobatics, and thrill audiences of all ages! Come experience Shakespeare’s work through the unique and dazzling world of circus. Smiles guaranteed.
Location:Performance Annex at the City Heights/Weingart Branch Library
Charge and RSVP:Free event. No ticketing required. For more info, call (619) 641-6100.