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"A Midsummer Night's Dream" at WIll Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in 2012.

Theatricum Botanicum Announces 2019 Summer Season

The theatre will present six show running in repertory under the California oaks.

TOPANGA, CALIF.: Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has announced its 2019 summer repertory season, featuring concurrent productions running outdoors through Sept. 29.

The season will open with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (June 1-Sept. 29), a comedy about the gender-bending adventures of two shipwrecked twins. The production will feature original music by Marshall McDaniel, and artistic director Ellen Geer will direct.

Next will be Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 2- Sept. 29), about mistaken identities and unrequited love in an enchanted forest. Willow Geer will direct.

Following will be Moby Dick—Rehearsed (June 8- Sept. 29), by Orson Welles, about an acting troupe putting together a stage production of Herman Melville’s epic tale about a sea captain’s obsession to kill a whale.

The season will continue with An Enemy of the People (June 22- Sept. 29), freely adapted by Ellen Geer, which resets Henrik Ibsen’s tale about an environmental disaster in a small South Carolina town in the 1980s. Ellen Geer will direct.

Next up will be Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (July 13-Sept. 29), an exploration of humankind set in both 20th-century New Jersey and the Ice Age.

The repertory season will end with D.L. Colbrn’s The Gin Game (Aug. 17-Sept. 29), presented in partnership with the Sierra Madre Playhouse, about two elderly residents at a nursing home who share a love of gin rummy.  Real life husband and wife Alan Blumenfeld and Kathrine James will star.

The company will also present three special events including Re-PETE Seeger Centennial Celebration 2019: Pete’s Legacy (April 6), a tribute to Pete Seeger; Momentum Place (May 12), modern dance, aerial acts, juggling, and performance art curated by Lexi Pearl; and the Family Barn Dance (July 4).

Programming will also include the music concerts, presentations of new plays, imrpov performances, interactive children’s theatre, and the annual Halloween “BOO-tanicum.”

Founded in 1973, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is a summer outdoor theatre which aims to present classics and socially relevant plays.

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