Romantic Art Stops at the San Diego Museum of Art


The San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Shakespeare Society team up for an enjoyable evening of art and poetry with this special after-hours collaboration!

Featuring Darryl Woodson, John Tessmer, Jess Boles Lohmann, Patricia Elmore Costa, and Nathan Agin performing sonnets, speeches, and scenes from the canon!

RAS Program

Click to see the full program!

Bring your sweetheart to tour the museum’s works of art while hearing and seeing live performances of the sonnets and passages from Shakespeare’s plays, some of the most beautiful expressions of love ever written.

Then continue the fun and head over to the Panama 66 cafe next store for live music and food and wine, or the Prado Restaurant to cap a lovely romantic evening.

Tours will meet and begin in Museum rotunda. Tours start at 6:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m.

$5 admission on Fridays from 5:00–8:00 pm (normally $15 for adults during regular hours) Visitors age of 17 or less are free!

RSVP via Meetup or add this to your calendar from the Museum website.



25th Star Awards Honoring SDSS Board Member Gordon Gidlund

Join The San Diego Performing Arts League for the 25th STAR AWARDS on February 2, 2019, a celebration of volunteers in the performing arts!

“Individuals representing over 40 arts companies will be honored for volunteering over 200,000 hours to the arts.”

Our Membership Director Gordon Gidlund (and playwright of three Shakespeare-themed mock trials), will receive an award that evening for his countless hours of dedication to SDSS!

A practicing attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel since 1984 and an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law since 1999, Mr. Gidlund is concerned with the intersection of Shakespeare and the law. He has written two scripts for the Society’s mock trial productions, “The Kingdom of Denmark against Hamlet” and “The Kingdom of Naples vs. Prospero”. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in the Republic of Korea. As a yeoman, he has had long associations with the Boy Scouts, the Red Cross, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, and the local Civil War Round Table. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Click here to attend the ceremony!



2019 Monthly Reading Schedule

Photo: Misael Virgen, San Diego Union Tribune

2019 READING SCHEDULE: All Readings at 6:45 PM and will be at the Veteran’s Museum in Balboa Park.  

  • Tuesday, January 8: King Lear (Part One) – Directed by Thomas Haine
  • Tuesday, February 5: King Lear (Part Two) – Directed by Thomas Haine
  • Tuesday, March 5: Antony and Cleopatra (Part One) – Directed by Charles Riendeau
  • Tuesday, April 9: Antony and Cleopatra (Part Two) – Directed by Charlie Riendeau
  • Tuesday, May 7: The Comedy of Errors (Part One) – Directed by Kim Keeline
  • Tuesday, June 4: The Comedy of Errors (Part Two) – Directed by Kim Keeline
  • Tuesday, July 2: Othello (Part One) – Directed by Kim Keeline
  • Tuesday, August 6: Othello (Part Two) – Directed by Kim Keeline
  • Tuesday, September 3: The Taming of the Shrew (Part One) – Directed by Patricia Elmore Costa
  • Tuesday, October 1: The Taming of the Shrew (Part Two) – Directed by Patricia Elmore Costa
  • Tuesday, November 5: The Winter’s Tale (Part One) – Directed by Darryl Woodson
  • Tuesday, December 3: The Winter’s Tale (Part Two) – Directed by Darryl Woodson

Come Celebrate with Jonathan McMurtry at the Celebrity Sonnets!

Jonathan McMurtry performs at the October 2014 Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe


The 2018 Celebrity Sonnets and Salute to Jonathan Mcmurtry!


This special event will feature Shakespeare’s greatest Sonnets and tributes to Jonathan read by San Diego’s and America’s finest Actors and artists.

To buy advance tickets please click here.


2018 Reading Schedule

Open Readings are a fun monthly tradition – and our Upstart Crow readings were selected one of “100 Reasons to Love San Diego” according to the San Diego Reader!

6:45 PM to 8:45 PM. All Ages Welcome. Read or just listen.

Bring your own text or buy at the shop. Limited number of Texts Provided:

  • Tuesday Jan 2:  Julius Caesar – Thomas Haine directing
  • Tuesday Feb 6:  Julius Caesar  (2nd Half) – Thomas Haine directing
  • Tuesday Mar 6:  Romeo and Juliet – Charles Riendeau directing
  • Tuesday Apr 3:  Romeo and Juliet (2nd Half)– Charles Riendeau directing
  • Tuesday May 1:  As you like it – Patricia Elmore Costa directing
  • Tuesday Jun 5:  As you like it  (2nd Half) – Patricia Elmore Costa directing
  • Tuesday July 3:  Much Ado about Nothing – Kim Keeline directing
  • Tuesday Aug 7:  Much Ado about Nothing (2nd Half) – Kim Keeline directing
  • Tuesday Sept 4: The Tempest – Gordon Gidlund directing
  • Tuesday Oct   2:  The Tempest  (2nd Half) – Gordon Gidlund directing
  • Tuesday Nov  6:  Macbeth– Darryl Woodson directing
  • Tuesday Dec. 4:  Macbeth (2nd Half) – Darryl Woodson directing