A Look Back: 2012 Season


Twelfth NightTwelfth Night

By William Shakespeare • Directed by Marco Barricelli
July 24 – August 26 • UCSC Mainstage Theater
September 8– 16 • Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA)

Shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, and fearing that her brother has drowned, Viola disguises herself as a man. In short order, she falls in love with the neighboring Duke Orsino – who loves the Lady Olivia – who loves the disguised Viola! Mistaken identity. A hilarious love triangle. The ultimate in Shakespearean comedies. It’s been seven years since Twelfth Night has graced our stage, so don’t miss the return of this highly-anticipated comedic masterpiece!

Running time: approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes (including intermission)

The Man in the Iron MaskA World Premiere!

The Man in the Iron Mask

By Scott WentworthAdapted from the works of Alexandre Dumas • Directed by John Sipes
July 25 – August 26 • Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen

The Musketeers are back! Only older. Aramis, Porthos, Athos and D’Artagnan, long since retired from their heroic endeavors, reunite in a final pursuit of glory to oust King Louis and replace him with his twin brother, the man in the iron mask. Join the Musketeers for one last mission, filled with fantastic feats, daring adventure, and broad humor. Written by SSC Associate Artist Scott Wentworth, Santa Cruz audiences will be the first to see this world premiere!

Running time: approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes (including intermission)

Henry IV, Part TwoHenry IV, Part Two

By William Shakespeare • Directed by Scott Wentworth
August 7 – 26 • Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen

Our old friend Sir John Falstaff returns, in all his bawdy and riotous glory! But while Falstaff is carousing with his degenerate comrades, Prince Hal must prove to his dying father – King Henry – that he has what it takes to become King. In Henry IV, Part Two, Shakespeare has given us a profound tale of rebellion, shifting loyalties, and what it means to leave youth behind. . . all the while celebrating that which we hold most dear: life itself.

This second installment of our “Making of a King” trilogy is one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Don’t fret if you missed Part One, each of these chapters stands on its own. And stay tuned for 2013’s exciting conclusion to this powerful story!

Running time: TBD


The MandrakeThe Mandrake 
(The Fringe Show)

By Niccolo Machiavelli • Translated by Wallace Shawn
Directed by Gina Marie Hayes
August 21 & 22 • Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen

Niccolo Machiavelli's 16th century comedy is brought to life for the 21st century by playwright Wallace Shawn. Featuring our talented acting interns, this Fringe Show is full of commedia dell'arte antics, rich characters, and crazy plot twists!

A Benefit Performance: In Acting Shakespeare

A Benefit Performance:

In Acting Shakespeare

Written and performed by James DeVita
Directed by John Langs

Freely adapted from the play ‘Acting Shakespeare’, originally compiled and written by Ian MacKellen for his 1987 tour of the USA

Sunday, October 14 @ 2pm • UCSC Mainstage Theater

As a young man, James DeVita dreamed of a life on the stage, but how does a 24 year-old fisherman with a thick Long Island accent become a Shakespearean actor? DeVita shares his improbable and inspiring journey from every man to leading man revealing along the way that his biggest hurdle was convincing himself he was smart enough to understand Shakespeare. A touching and truly hilarious evening of theater.

Running time: approximately 2 hours (including intermission)


A co-production with the UCSC Theater Arts Department
Music by George Stiles • Book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Directed by Nancy Carlin
November 16 – December 9 • UCSC Mainstage Theater

Based on the beloved children’s story “The Ugly Duckling,” this rollicking musical tells the story of a duckling not quite like the rest who discovers his own true beauty and finds love and acceptance along the way. A comedic treat that’s perfect for the whole family!