The Comedy of Errors Open Reading (May)

Tuesday, May 7th at 6:45 PM

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
Lower Level Meeting Room
2115 Park Boulevard (at President’s Way) San Diego, CA 92101


“I to the world am like a drop of water
That in the ocean seeks another drop”

“Every why hath a wherefore”

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Antony & Cleopatra Open Reading (March/April)

Antony and Cleopatra

Tuesday, March 5th and Tuesday, April 2nd, at 6:45 PM

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
Lower Level Meeting Room
2115 Park Boulevard (at President’s Way) San Diego, CA 92101


“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety.”

“Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch
Of the ranged empire fall: here is my space.”

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“How Do You Act Shakespeare?” – A Free Panel Discussion


  • Sunday, March 17th at 2:00 pm
  • Mission Valley Library
    2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92108 (click for map)

Topics to include:

  • Rehearsing Shakespeare
  • Auditioning for Shakespeare plays
  • Voice training
  • Verse and Prose
  • Transporting the time and place of the plays
  • Doing research and the director’s vision

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As You Like It Open Reading – February/March


Barnes & Noble Bookstore
810 W Valley Pkwy · Escondido, CA

As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be. Forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. The play has some of the loveliest poetry Shakespeare wrote, including the famous “All the world’s a stage…” speech.

Connie Boyd, the Director, has taught Drama and English for 28 years at San Pasqual High School. Took students to Fullerton, Thespians, Drama Teachers Association of Southern California, and English Speaking Union Shakespeare competitions. They performed in in-classroom presentations of poetry and short scenes. Directed and acted at Patio Playhouse for 33 years.




New Board Members for Marketing and Directing

The Society is thrilled to welcome our two newest board members Patricia Elmore Costa and Nathan Agin!

Patricia Elmore Costa


Patricia is the founder and Artistic Director of the San Diego Actors Theatre. Patricia is a professional actor, director, producer, writer and educator of theatre and communication arts. She began her career in Chicago, where she performed with Second City, Old Town Theatre, and Travel Light Theatre. Currently, she is a professor of theatre and communication arts for the SDCC District.


Nathan is an audiobook narrator, online marketer/web designer, text coach, and podcast host of The Working Actor’s Journey. Nathan attended USC’s School of Dramatic Arts and trained in classical theatre with The Antaeus Company. He recently relocated to San Diego after 4 years in Chicago and was fairly nomadic before that. Learn more about him and all his projects here.

You can see all our Board of Directors here!




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