“We began the summer with Romeo & Juliet on June 25 and it ran through July 26. It was such a tremendous success with our audiences that we decided to bring it back to conclude our season at Griffith Park. It will run Thursday [9/3], Friday [9/4] and Sunday [9/6]. Our run of Much Ado About Nothing ran from July 30 to August 30. It was also quite successful. Our summer at Griffith Park has been such a joy, we just thought it would be fitting to extend into Labor Day weekend with an encore of Romeo and his Juliet. ISC has been performing in Griffith Park since 2010, and the whole experience has exceeded any expectations we could have had. We had previously partnered with LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs in 2003 to present free Shakespeare at Barnsdall Park. At the 2009 Festival, we attracted over 12,000 people and had outgrown the facility. Of course, we were nervous moving to Griffith Park, afraid people wouldn’t find us. Well, our 2014 season attracted over 43,000 patrons. I believe we are going to do just as well this year. Our hope for the future is to expand gradually to a full-week Equity contract for our actors. I know Actors’ Equity wants us to move forward, and the Griffith Park facility is totally ours during the summer. We have to do our diligence with fundraising and securing additional sponsors, but I believe the LA theater audience is out there and will support us. All we have to do is good work.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). This Friday, Sep 4, Arts in Review welcomes director Shirley Jo Finney and adapter Stephen Sachs from the Fountain Theatre production of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric.