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Manhattan Beach Presents 'Shakespeare By The Sea'

Aug 12, 2015 08:43PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Rosalind and Celia from a Shakespeare By The Sea performance of "As You Like It." Photo credit: SBTS

"All the world's a stage,"...or at least all of Polliwog Park will be, as the city presents two free Shakespeare performances on August 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. The Friday performance will be "The Tempest," and the Saturday performance will be "As You Like It."

The plays are produced by Shakespeare by the Sea, a nonprofit organization that was launched in 1998 by Producing Artistic Director Lisa Coffi. The group's mission is to enrich the lives of individuals, youth and their families in diverse communities through live Shakespeare performances. Since its inception, the organization has become an integral part of the San Pedro and South Bay communities.

The performances, to be held in the Polliwog Park amphitheater, are open seating and free to the public. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic, low back beach chairs and blankets. There are no dogs, barbecues or wheeled vehicles allowed  in the performance area.

"The Tempest," directed by Stephanie Coltrin, tells the story of "an island fantasy, passionate, visceral, fierce, and magical." "As You Like It," directed by Patrick Vest, is "a tale of love so grand all the rules are broken." Both shows run about two hours, with a 10 to 15 minute intermission in the middle.

Patrons are encouraged to bring $5 to participate in a raffle for gift cards and other prizes, with proceeds benefiting Shakespeare By The Sea.

The full list of actors and production staff is available here.

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