Each Spring since 2001, Marin Shakespeare Company Artistic and Managing Directors Bob and Lesley Currier have overseen the production of a community Shakespeare play in the little town of Los Barriles, Mexico between Cabo and La Paz on the Sea of Cortez. Bob and Lesley continue as the Artistic Directors of Baja del Sur’s only classical theatre festival.
BAJA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2014
- March 21 – 23 and March 27 – 29, 2014. The Puppets’ Ire OR How I Learned To Love Barbed Wire. A hilarious new play by Baja Shakespeare actor Larry Epstein (Lysander in last year’s show), set in the American West and directed by Gloria Moulopoulos. NEW LOCATION: Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort. Dinners will be available pre show. Also, Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort is offering a killer deal, $149 double occupancy which includes dinner and breakfast for two. Dinner and Hotel Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Play Tickets and information::email@example.com or 624-141-0593.
There are many local attractions besides Shakespeare in Los Barriles and surrounding areas. World-class deep sea fishing, snorkeling, hiking, nature excursions, day spas, and shopping are some of the fun things to do in this quiet town of 3,500. Nearby Cabo San Lucas offers surfing, nightclubs and Mexican art galleries. La Paz, to the north, is a historic Mexican city. Todos Santos, across the Baja Peninsula to the west, is a well-known artist colony. Each of these destinations is no more than an hour and a half drive from Los Barriles.
For more information, contact Lesley Currier at 415/499-4485 or
BAJA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
- 2001 ~ MACBETH, starring Bob and Lesley Currier as the bloody couple,
directed by the Curriers and featuring a cast of Los Barriles locals.
- 2002 ~ A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, directed by the Curriers who played Oberon and Titania,
featuring local Burger Bill Casto as Bottom.
- 2003 ~ THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSURF, directed by the Curriers who played the Fords, featuring Clarence Moyers (the Impressario) as Falstaff, Sally Smith as Mistress Quickly, and Betsey O’Leary as Mistress Page.
- 2004 ~ AS YOU LIKE IT was directed by the Curriers, who played Rosalind and Jacques;
Bobby Bowman starred as Orlando, with Kim Scholefield as Touchstone
- 2005 ~ THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is directed by the Curriers, who present their 1950’s be-bop adaptation featuring lots of great music and dance; Camilla Ford and Isabelle Smythe star as Kate and Petruchio.
- 2006 ~ A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM directed by Stephanie Shine, Artistic Director of the Seattle Shakespeare Festival. The play is set in New Orleans and accompanied by jazz music and dance. Roxanne Rosenblatt and Kim Scholefield are Titania and Oberon with Raisa Marchetti as Puck and Burger Bill Casto reprising the role of Bottom
- 2007 ~ Much Ado About Nothing directed by Stephanie Shine. Karen Kennedy and Camilla Ford led the cast as Beatrice and Benedick. The production concluded with a pig roast at Buzzard’s Cantina.
- 2008 ~ Twelfth Night directed by Lesley and Robert Currier. A music-filled version set in the psychedelic 1970’s, performed at Rancho Buena Vista.
- 2009 ~ The Comedy of Errors adapted and directed by Lesley and Robert Currier. A country and western version of Shakespeare’s madcap comedy of mistaken identity.
- 2010 ~ The Knight of the Mighty Rod adapted and directed by Lesley and Robert Currier and based on “The Knight of the Burning Pestle” by Beaumont and maybe Fletcher… a Baja first… a Jacobean farce by a Shakespeare contemporary. Total wild and whirling fun!
- 2011 ~ The Wild Adventures of Pericles, Cosmic Space Traveler. Based on Shakespeare’s romance, this epic tale of intrigue, betrayal, love, lust, loss, and redemption was adapted and directed by Robert and Lesley Currier and starred Ron Weber in the title role.
- 2012 ~ Cinderella. A British-style panto with a Baja twist, adapted and directed by Robert and Lesley Currier, starring Ron Weber and Bobby Bowman as the Ugly Stepsisters and Kim Scholefield as the lovable (cute as a) Buttons!
- 2013 ~ Aloha! A Hawaiian Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s classic comedy set in Hawaii, with a cast of over 40 actors, was adapted and directed by Robert and Lesley Currier.
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