Not Man Apart

Physical Theatre Ensemble

Shakespeare Santa Monica


Tim Halligan and Vincent Cardinale in "The Merchant of Venice" (2010)

Tim Halligan and Vincent Cardinale in "The Merchant of Venice" (2010)

Dear Friends,

What an amazing ride it has been! After 11 years and 23 joy-filled productions, we have decided to fold up our well-worn tents and shut down the Tennis Court Lights for an indefinite hiatus.

We have written this bittersweet note to inform you that our beloved Shakespeare Santa Monica will not be returning this August or next Summer. We're taking a little break.

It has been an incredible decade of Shakespeare and we wanted to take a moment to thank every single one of you for taking this delightful, joyous, event-filled journey through 11 Summers with us.

Below are the shows we produced at REED PARK over the past 11 YEARS for Pay-What-You-Can (and FREE to Teens and Kids) – Which ones did you see? If you saw even one of them than you are in our hearts forever!


Shakespeare Santa Monica (2004-2014)

2004 SummerMuch Ado About Nothing (Version 1)

2005 SummerRomeo & Juliet, All’s Well That Ends Well

2006 MarchHamlet, Othello (SSM Axillary Productions)

2006 SummerKing Lear, Pericles, Prince of Tyre

2007 JanuaryPericles, Prince of Tyre {Benefit Remount}

2007 SummerRichard III, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew (Version 1, All Female), The Comedy of Errors (Version 1, Teen Production)

2008 SummerPericles Redux – Edinburgh Fringe Preview Performance

2009 SummerMuch Ado About Nothing (Version 2)

2010 SummerLove’s Labour’s Lost, The Merchant of Venice (at The Annenberg Beach House)

2011 SummerMuch Ado About Nothing (Version 3)

2012 SummerAll’s Well That Ends Well, The Taming of the Shrew (Version 2)

2013 SummerThe Taming of the Shrew (Version 3), Twelfth Night

2014 SummerThe Comedy of Errors (Version 2), As You Like It


We more than achieved our original goals for Shakespeare Santa Monica. We all got to train together and explore together every Summer. We gave away thousands of tickets over the years. Lots of Young People experienced their first Shakespeare with us! We will never forget the 6 little girls who came up to us after the production of Romeo and Juliet in 2005 to say how much they enjoyed it with tears in their eyes. We were the first production they ever saw and we am certain it will stay with them forever.

Thank you for all your support, thank you for the laughs. We hope to see you sometime in the future.


With Much Love and Fond Memories,

John Farmanesh-Bocca, Artistic Director
Shakespeare Santa Monica

The SSM Staff