L.A.’s Independent Shakespeare Company rehearses this season’s production of Macbeth.

During the summer months, Shakespeare becomes as American as mom, baseball and apple pie. That’s because as the temperature warms, the Bard’s plays are performed in hundreds of Shakespeare festivals and Shakespeare in the Park productions across the country. Productions range from the opulent to the threadbare. But all of them are motivated by an abiding love for Shakespeare and dedication to sharing his genius with modern audiences in a more casual setting than a brick and mortar theater.

Below, listen to L.A.’s Independent Shakespeare Company as the cast and crew rehearse this season’s production of Macbeth. (Spoiler Alert! It doesn’t end well.) Every year, the ISC performs  Shakespeare’s works on an outdoor stage in Griffith Park, and they do it free of charge. Melissa Chalsma, the director of the ISC talks about the joys and challenges of producing Shakespeare on a rock bottom budget.

With all of L.A.’s acting and production talent, not to mention climate,  it’s no surprise that outdoor Shakespeare performances are especially popular here in Southern California. Here are some of Southern California’s best Shakespearean acting companies.







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  • Kelly said:

    The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in Thousand Oaks should be on that list. Their current productions have gotten great reviews.

  • Saul Gonzalez (author) said:

    Apologies for my oversight, Kelly. I'm sure the Shakespeare Festival in Thousand Oaks is great, and I'll make every effort to see one of the summer productions. If there are other Shakespeare companies out there we should give a shout out to, let us know.

    Saul Gonzalez

  • henry rosebudz said:

    Way to go Bernie!!!

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    But what about chapter 11

  • Garden Grove said:

    Great report. But note: Orange County and Garden Grove, but not "Orange Grove."

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