All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts…

On November 5, The San Diego Shakespeare Society will begin holding monthly readings in the Winn Room of the Coronado Library on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  All ages are welcome to participate or just listen to the plays come alive.

Shakespeare’s plays were written to be performed and watched, not just read. His works are living, vibrant entertainments —to make the audience laugh and cry. The very thing that makes Shakespeare such an important figure in English literature is that which makes him seem difficult for some: his use of language. Participating in these monthly readings is a chance to become used to the way Shakespeare used English to portray the human experience.  

Furthermore, reading Shakespeare aloud will help sharpen your cold reading skills whether you’re an actor or someone who just enjoys honing your speaking ability. True to form, casting will be non-gender specific. Depending on how many attend each reading, characters are recast after every scene so that everyone who wants to can have the opportunity to read. For participants or those just interested in listening, the Shakespeare Society provides guided commentary along the way.

Reading participants can bring a copy of the text, borrow a copy from the Coronado Library or bring up the text on your phone.  We hope you will join us for these free and stimulating evenings with the Bard of Avon!

First up will be A Winter’s Tale, Part 1 on November 5 and finish with Part II at the December 3 meeting.  The first readings will be directed by Darryl Woodson, President of the San Diego Shakespeare Society. The Society is unique. It’s the only organization in San Diego that does Shakespeare year-round. Their mission for the last 20 years, is to introduce, educate and encourage the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare. Additionally, the SDSS offers free lectures, a free film series, ArtStops at the San Diego Museum of Art, the 15th annual Student Shakespeare Festival in Balboa Park, and celebrity scenes at the Old Globe Theater. For more information, visit their website:

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