Filled with Shakespearean scenes about forests, animals and the environment and featuring live music and the writings of John Muir, “Shakespeare in Yosemite” is an original hour-long play written especially for Earth Day (April 22) and William Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23).
The show will be performed on these days at 2 p.m. in the Lower River Amphitheater and at 5:30 p.m. in the Half Dome Village Amphitheater.
Performances are free, interactive and fun for all ages.
In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary while the world celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Inspired by these celebrations, “Shakespeare in Yosemite” brings to life the imaginative worlds of two of the best nature writers in the English language — Shakespeare and John Muir.
Experiencing Shakespeare in a park is a great American tradition (maybe America’s second best idea?), so join us for Shakespeare in the Park — Yosemite National Park!
“Shakespeare in Yosemite” was written by Professor Katherine Steele Brokaw from UC Merced and Paul Prescott from the University of Warwick, and stars Ranger Shelton Johnson, Lee Stetson as John Muir, and 11 more actors and musicians who will bring Shakespearean characters and songs to life in the heart of Yosemite Valley.
The production is sponsored by UC Merced, the University of Warwick and Misfit Press, in partnership with the National Parks Service and the Yosemite Conservancy.
There will be a bus to take campus community members to the 2 p.m. Sunday performance. Details are forthcoming.