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ISC'S 9th season of FREE plays in Griffith Park at the Old Zoo natural amphitheater. June 28 - September 2.

The Goal

We need to raise $20,000 to help cover the production costs for our upcoming season of FREE performances in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. This includes building a stage in the park, bringing in lighting, trailers, bathrooms, props, costumes, marketing materials, paying salaries and benefits for 13 actors and 2 stage managers (all members of Actors Equity Association), directors, set and  costume designers, park monitors and front of house staff. 

Last year over 25,000 people attended the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. No mean feat for an organization that up until last year was run from the garage of company founders David Melville and Melissa Chalsma! The surge in attendance is certainly welcome but it comes with challenges (when you have nearly 2,000 people in the audience they all need to hear, for example). ISC operates on a very minimal budget and, as the festival is admission free, this Kickstarter campaign is essential to help us get the season going. 

The 2012 Festival

  • The Winter's Tale
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • The Comedy of Errors
June 28-September 2, Thursday-Sunday evenings at 7:00pm
All performances are admission FREE

The festival takes place at the site of the Old Zoo in Griffith Park, a beautiful naturally sloping amphitheater. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and spread out on the grass with a picnic and as many friends as you like.  The plays are fast paced, funny and  hugely popular - ISC's approach is quite different:

"Independent Shakespeare Co.'s unique production style is athletic, unbuttoned, intellectually provocative, insistently modern and far removed from old, over upholstered Shakespearean traditions. It's approach owes as much to the music hall and the Circus as to the study and it's vision is always fresh and unexpected." Back Stage

We often boast that we have the best audience in the country -- it's a young, diverse, free-wheeling bunch. Join us in the summer and add to the fun. Bring friends and meet some new ones.

2012 is certainly our most ambitious season to date. We are very excited to have Sanford Robbins coming to LA to direct The Winter's Tale. Sandy has directed at some of the great theaters and Shakespeare festivals around the country including the Alley Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and American Players Theatre. A Midsummer Night's Dream features costumes from designer Garry Lennon, and a 40's tinged The Comedy of Errors features a live band and direction from ISC founder Melissa Chalsma, who helmed last year's critical and popular hit The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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