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Shakespeare for All Neighbors at the Tenderloin Museum

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival believes that everyone has a story to tell that is as vital and important as Shakespeare’s. In this storytelling workshop, we’ll use Shakespeare’s great comedy, As You Like It, as a springboard to talk about the issues that matter most to us as individuals and as a community. This workshop is taught by professional artist-educators from the Festival. Activities include role play, and immersive storytelling. Be prepared to laugh, share, and have fun.

As You Like It is a play about class privilege and gender fluidity. In this play, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival explores what it means to be exiled to the margins. Who is in and who is out? What freedoms does the “wilderness” grant? What does it take away? We ask how a play about exile and reunion can remind us about our prejudices and our common humanity.

Workshop facilitator, Maryssa Wanlass is a Resident Artist with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and plays Jaques in As You Like It. Jade Blackthorne is a Community Consultant for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. She calls the Tenderloin home. Jade joined the Festival after attending a previous Shakespeare for All Neighbors Workshop. Since then, she has generously devoted her technical expertise in sound engineering and her passion for community engagement to the mission of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

Founded in 1983, the mission of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is to make the words and themes of Shakespeare accessible to everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, or level of education through its Free Shakespeare in the Park Program. This summer, the Festival presents As You Like It: a new musical with original music by The Kilbanes and Festival artist, Phil Wong.

Free Shakespeare in the Park; As You Like it is playing at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park on Thursday, Sept 19 at 10am, Friday, Sept 20 at 10am, Saturday, Sept 21 at 2pm and Sunday, Sept 22 at 2pm.

Dinner 6-6:30pm
Workshop 6:30-9pm