In 2016, We Players is celebrating Shakespeare 400,
the NPS Centennial, and our own Sweet Sixteen!
Our season of stunning site-integrated theatre is full of love,
masquerade balls, sword fights, gorgeous poetry and – of course –
fantastically beautiful California landscapes.
Shakespeare 400: Performance companies and publishers the world over are honoring 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy.
We Players Sweet Sixteen
We Players has been staging large-scale, site-integrated experiences of classical plays
since the first production in 2000 at Stanford University.
That first We Players show? A roving Romeo & Juliet which moved from Tressider Student Union throughout the campus courtyards and pedestrian thoroughfares to Memorial Church, The Quad, and ultimately arriving at a collection of Rodin sculptures, “the Burghers of Calais.”
We Players cycles back and digs deeper into the play that began it all, celebrating 16 years of creating stunning works of site-integrated theatre in spectacular and historically charged locations, with Romeo & Juliet performances, inspired special events, and parties throughout 2016!
Mask Making Salons: presentation + hands on mask making workshop; March – April
Sword Fights & Sandwiches: performance, workshop, social gathering; May & June
The Capulet Ball: elegant masquerade ball and performance; May & June
Romeo & Juliet: full scale production at Petaluma Adobe; August & September
Romeo & Juliet: full scale production adapted for Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA; October
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7th Annual GALA
On the Vernal Equinox: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6:30pm
Intrigue will flow from every corner of one of our favorite indoor spaces!
Savor potions prepared by our underground Franciscan Friars; send secret messages to your lovers and esteemed friends via our cupid courier service; visit the Apothecary’s Lounge to stimulate your five senses; and outbid your frenemies at the silent auction – featuring new and special treasures to thrill and delight.
Romeo & Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ava Roy
Produced by Lauren D. Chavez and Ava Roy
Original Score by Charlie Gurke
Continuing nearly 10 years of unprecedented partnerships with the National Park Service and California State Parks, We Players once again integrates a classic story into the environs
of a national historic landmark.
This summer, journey to wine country to experience this beloved story of star-crossed lovers set into the historic Rancho Petaluma and surrounding grounds.
We Players, in partnership with California State Parks presents:
Romeo & Juliet
at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
Sonoma County, CA
August 12 – September 25, 2016
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Later in the fall, head south to Saratoga
to experience the play adapted for the stunning mansion
and grounds of the illustrious Villa Montalvo!
We Players in partnership with Montalvo Arts Center presents:
Romeo & Juliet
at Villa Montalvo
October 6 – 16, 2016
In Residence at Montalvo Arts Center
We’ve received an astounding invitation from the Montalvo Arts Center to workshop our upcoming production of Romeo & Juliet this April. This residency is as part of the Lucas Arts Residency Program and Montalvo’s 75 year history of supporting artists and the artistic process. We love you, Montalvo!
“We Players actors have the ability to draw power out of their
surroundings, channeling it into spectacular, immersive experiences”
– SF Weekly “Best of the Bay” 2015 awards
We Players connects people with place through site-integrated theatre.
Support for the nonprofit arts and education organization is provided by
Grants for the Arts/ General Fund Portion of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund,
The Fleishhacker Foundation, Fort Mason Center Presents, Kenneth Rainin Foundation,
The San Francisco Foundation, The Zellerbach Family Foundation and generous individual contributors.
Our 2016 Romeo & Juliet season will be developed while in residence
at the Lucas Artist Residency Program, Montalvo Arts Center.