Review of 2018 Celebrity Sonnets and Salute to Jonathan McMurtry

His cup runneth over: 17th Annual Celebrity Sonnets

By Eric George Tauber

SAN DIEGO — Once again, the San Diego Shakespeare Society filled our ears with verse at the 17th Annual Celebrity Sonnets held at the Old Globe. Local personality Richard Lederer, clad in a velvet doublet and melon breeches, read an original sonnet in memory of the society’s founder, Alex Sandie, The Scottish-born banker was a dear man and a great lover of Shakespeare who last spring “shuffled off this mortal coil.” Our community is richer for having had him in our midst.

“Your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity.”
(Sonnet 55)

The rest of the evening paid homage to theatre veteran and society co-founder, Jonathan McMurtry. At the age of 81, Jonathan is closing the curtain on a long and storied career. To their colleague, friend and mentor, Sonnets were read and personal stories were shared in sentiments overflowing with affection and admiration. Local theatre icons included David Ellenstein of North Coast Rep, Sam Woodhouse of SD REP and Richard Baird of New Fortune Theatre.

Read the rest of the review at San Diego Jewish World!

 

Come Celebrate with Jonathan McMurtry at the Celebrity Sonnets!

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

ONE TIME ONLY! A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!

The 2018 Celebrity Sonnets and Salute to Jonathan Mcmurtry!

  • AT THE OLD GLOBE THEATER MAIN STAGE, BALBOA PARK
  • MONDAY OCTOBER 8 AT 7:30 PM

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