On July 18, 2014 Vacant Lot Productions, in partnership with the Arlene Francis Center, premieres a six-week engagement of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The production will transform the site of the former California Packing Company's Plant No. 5 in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square into an outdoor theater, complete with solar-powered stage lighting and an innovative set that incorporates the remaining cannery walls into its very design.
The production promises to revitalize the landmark cannery ruins, rescuing the site from the blight that has plagued it in recent years. Artistic Director David Lear, a thirty-year theater veteran who has worked with 6th Street Playhouse and Cinnabar Theatre in Petaluma and is a founding member of the Loading Zone theater company, first had the vision for Shakespeare in the ruins eight years ago. This past year, Lear approached Martin Hamilton - the award-winning director of the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art and Politics - with his idea and they entered into a partnership.
Hence was born, Shakespeare in the Cannery.
Casting for the production, featuring entirely local, professional actors and musicians, is complete and rehearsals are in full force. Shakespeare in the Cannery will be sustainable, green and firmly based in strong, long-lasting community partnerships. Running July 18 through August 23, the six-week engagement of the enduring classic Romeo and Juliet offers the people of Sonoma County, and beyond, the chance to wine and dine under the summer night sky while enjoying an inventive take on Shakespeare.
Pedestrian and ADA Parking Entry through Sixth Street Playhouse Parking Lot at 52 W. 6th Street. NO GENERAL PARKING IN THE SIXTH STREET LOT Picnic Supply drop off at the Arlene Francis Center 99 W. 6th Street Parking at TeeVax on their lots on Sixth and on Wilson Additional parking near HWY 101 between 4th and 5th Streets
Patrons need to bring blankets or low-back or high-back folding chairs. The taller chairs will be required to be towards the back of the seating area with the low-back chairs in front of them and the blankets in front of all chairs.
On behalf of Shakespeare in the Cannery, we appreciate you and your guests supporting this inaugural season.
The venue opens at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 8:00 PM, there will be one intermission and the showtime runs approximately two and a half hours.
Once the sun sets, it tends to get cold, so warm clothes and blankets are recommended. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own picnic dinners and then, purchase beer and wine at the event because proceeds directly benefit non-profit Arlene Francis Foundation, which is instrumental in producing Shakespeare in the Cannery. Picnic gear can be dropped off at Arlene Francis Center and staff will bring it to the venue on an electric cart.
Enjoy Romeo and Juliet under the stars...see you at the Cannery!
Shakespeare in the Cannery
Pedestrian entrance 6th St. Playhouse parking lot, call for parking locations.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401