Shakespeare in the Adobe to benefit Petaluma park
The resignation of the director of State Parks last week, and the strange turn of events in Sacramento, should not deter people from supporting the efforts of local groups to keep their treasured local state parks open.
Efforts such as the wonderful Transcendence Theatre Company, the visiting entertainers from Los Angeles at Jack London State Historic Park, are well known to Index-Tribune readers. In addition, the Sonoma Theatre Alliance, in association with the Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association, is producing “Two Gentlemen of Sonoma” to support the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park which, like Jack London park, was threatened with closure.
The production is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s first comedy, restaged in pre-1840s Northern California with Sonoma and Petaluma replacing Verona and Milan. Staged in the courtyard of the Petaluma Adobe, the play opens Saturday, Aug. 11.
Director Lucas McClure and producer Philip Sales have assembled a cast of professional actors, including Aidan O’Reilly as well as veteran actors from the Marin Shakespeare Festival, and other Sonoma actors.
This is Shakespeare’s only play with a dog, so the cast includes Jasper, a roly-poly Chihuahua who just might steal the show.??We hope that Sonomans will make the effort to visit the Petaluma Adobe for the three weekends in August that the play is showing.
For those unfamiliar with the Adobe, it is actually quite close to Sonoma. There will be food trucks and a coffee wagon, as well as guest wineries pouring. Tickets are available through the Sonoma Community Center Box Office, either on line at sonomacommunitycenter.org or by calling 938-4626.
You can get tickets to the entire STA season there as well, which includes, “And Then There were None,” “A Chorus Line” and “The Foreigner,” as well as all of our Summer Nights offerings. See you at the theatre.
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Jaime Love is the executive director of the Sonoma Theatre Alliance.