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Marin Shakespeare Company

Spanish Tragedy, Country Comedy, All's Well

Cowboy in whit shirt, white cowboy hat, jeans and hand gripping huge beltbuckle while the other hand holds a tall grass to his mouth, rodeo clown in red next to him, oil derrick in backgorund
Patrick Russell as Antipholus and Jon Deline as Dromio in Comedy of Errors. Photo by Steven Underwood, Marin Shakespeare Company.

This summer, the Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael, Calif., sets its outdoor stage with revenge, Wild West wrangling, and one of The Bard's wittiest comedies as it presents The Spanish Tragedy, a new country-and-western adaptation of A Comedy of Errors, and All's Well That Ends Well.

The summer season begins with previews on July 5 and continues with performances presented in repertory through Sept. 29, 2013.

The festival opens with Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, directed by Lesley Schisgall Currier. The first Elizabethan revenge tragedy, The Spanish Tragedy was the rage of the Elizabethan stage, hugely popular and widely performed. Written sometime between 1582 and 1592, the production by Marin Shakespeare will receive its West Coast premiere—after only 430 years.

Adapted and directed by Lesley and Robert Currier, William Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors gets a Texas twist in an irreverent, tuneful tale about luckless cowboys caught up in a comic adventure of mistaken identity and romantic love. Preview performance begins July 19.

Shakespeare's quirky romantic comedy All's Well That Ends Well will join the Marin Shakespeare repertory Aug. 16. Robert Currier directs.

The Marin Shakespeare Company's summerlong festival also features a variety of special events and discounted ticket options including "Pay Your Age," for adults 20- to 37-years-old and “Pay What You Will” preview performances. Single tickets are $20 to $37.50.

Performances are presented 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as at 4 p.m. Sundays at Dominican University of California's Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael, Calif. The Forest Meadows Amphitheatre opens one hour prior to show time for picnicking. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Café. Warm clothing, jackets, and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free.

For tickets, go to or call the box office, 415-499-4488.

June 26, 2012

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