FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK – Opens Saturday Night At The Presidio

Celebrate the Company’s 27th Season with a Comedy of Errors
Now through September 20th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka


Free Shakespeare in the Park
begins in San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio this Saturday, August 29th at 7:30 PM. Don’t miss this zany production of the 27th Season that’s been a hit with audiences of all ages this summer. As always, no tickets, no reservations needed. Just come and enjoy the show. Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors is a dizzying escapade of mistaken identity. “Antipholus” and his servant “Dromio” journey from their hometown of Syracuse in search of their long-lost twin brothers. Their arrival in the foreign city of Ephesus sets off a farcical chain of mishaps as the twins are mistaken for each other, resulting in a climax of comedic chaos only The Bard could devise.

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Sofia Ahmad (Luciana), Cassidy Brown (Antipholus of Syracuse),
Daveed Diggs (Duke Solinus, Dr.Pinch)

Fans of Free Shakespeare in the Park will be delighted to see a number of familiar faces in this 12 actor cast, as well as some talented newcomers to the Festival’s park stage. Free Shakespeare in the Park 2009 will be a colorful carnival, a circus-inspired mixture of juggling, slapstick, and visual and verbal puns.

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Brian Herndon (Dromio of Syracuse), Anna Ishida (Adriana),
Rami Margron (Balthasar, Courtesan)

Resident Director Kenneth Kelleher returns to the park for his seventh hit season of crowd pleasing Shakespeare! His arresting visual style and use of music and dance brought rave reviews for last season’s production of Pericles, the 2007 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest in 2006. Come enjoy the madness and romance! The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn is located between Graham Street 
and Keyes Avenue. For directions and public transportation information: Shakespeare in the Park

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Gary S. Martinez (Egeon, Luce), Mick Mize (Jailer 1, Angelo),
Bill Olson (Antipholus of Ephesus)

Performance dates and times for Comedy of Errors:
Saturday, Aug 29 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, Aug 30 – 2:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 5 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 6 – 2:30 PM
Monday, Sept 7 (Labor Day) – 2:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 12 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 13 – Shakespeare in the Park Family Day – 2:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 19 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 20 – 2:30 PM

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Doyle Ott (Merchant), Jeremy Vik (Dromio of Ephesus),
Valerie Weak (Emilia, Jailer 2)

Free Shakespeare in the Park began in 1983, with its debut production of The Tempest in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. It is now one of the major free Shakespeare programs in the nation. Produced every year in San Francisco, Pleasanton, and Cupertino from July through September, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for everyone to see high quality, professional theater free of charge. If you have never attended one of the shows, the Company offers some tips that will help you have the best outdoor theatre experience ever:
Tips for a Pleasurable Day

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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