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Summer 2018 - Fifth and Final Season

We have officially and successfully concluded the Shakespeare in the Cannery Saga!


Presented by The Arlene Francis Center

Directed by the beloved and talented David Lear

Five years ago, the historic ruins of the Cal Pak Cannery became the backdrop of the first play, Romeo and Juliet.  Situated behind 6th Street Playhouse and along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail, the Cannery’s vacant lot was regenerated by the community and transformed to comply with city codes.  The Shakespeare team designed and built a solar-powered stage and Shakespeare in the Cannery arose!  Celebrating five years of theatrical performances, the saga will now close with a tribute to the life of William Shakespeare; the tragic but heartwarming tale of Shakespeare in Love.

Friday Nights 6:30pm

A Special Pre-Show Performance by The Alchemia Choir

Alchemia is committed to providing a socially and artistically nourishing environment

in which participants can develop and sustain strong interpersonal relationships,

pursue individual creative goals, and explore their unique dreams.


Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard 

Produced in special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York, NY

Shakespeare in Love tells the imaginary story of the struggling young playwright in the gritty, competitive world of Elizabethan theatre.  After writing several successful plays, Shakespeare has lost his mojo and writer’s block has befallen him, but soon finds his muse, a cross-dressing woman who longs to perform.  

They fall in love and Shakespeare is inspired to write his most passionate and romantic play, Romeo and Juliet.  

With Shakespeare’s stunning poetry, scenes from Romeo and Juliet come to life amid the hilarious antics of ruthless theatre proprietors and wildly narcissistic actors.  Lots of laughs and action graced by Shakespeare’s breath-taking language.

Shakespeare in Love

Thank you to all the actors, artists, production crew, volunteers, sponsors, donors, neighbors, founders, and all who have supported this community-powered outdoor theater production for the past five years.  Thank you for concluding this saga in such celebration of cultural arts!

Crew and Designers

Production Director:  Alias Allen

Stage Manager:  Georgia Ortiz

Costume Designer:  Tracy Hinman

Sound Designer:  Albert Casselhoff

Light Designer:  John Cannole

Choreographer:  Rachel Wynne

Fight Choreographer:  Marty Pistone

Voice / Text Coach, Dramaturge:  Corisa Aaronson

Production:  The Arlene Francis Center Crew

Friday Night Pre-Show Performance:  The Alchemia Choir


Liz Jahren

Sidney McNulty

John Browning

Alan Kaplan

Anthony Abate'

Andy Templeton

Michael Venson

Kevin Coughlan

Hannah Line

Isiah Carter

David O'Connel

Kevin Keita

Sidney McNulty

Sidney has been a devoted audience member of Shakespeare in the Cannery's productions since day one, and so she is tickled pink to be making her second appearance with them in their fifth and final season! She is a self professed nerd and lover of all things Shakespeare.  When she isn't scanning iambic pentameter or analyzing monologues, Sidney enjoys obsessively cuddling cats, playing her ukulele, and writing dorky love songs.  A few favorite roles include: Marian (The Music Man), Celia (As You Like It) Frenchy (Grease), and Rusty (Footloose) Scuttle (The Little Mermaid) and Margaret (In The Mood).  Big thanks to her loving partner Armand, and to her beautiful family for all of the support Please enjoy the show!

Hannah Line

Hannah Line is 18 years old and has been acting since she was 5 years old. She has taken dance classes, has had voice lessons since she was in the fifth grade and has been trained by countless directors and teachers. This is Hannah’s second year with Shakespeare in the Cannery. She loved it so much last year that she had to come back. She is a recent graduate from Cardinal Newman High School and will be attending Otterbein University in the fall, in their BFA Acting Class.

Kevin Kieta

Kevin Kieta has been involved in the North Bay Theatre scene since 1998; Performing at Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa's renowned Summer Repertory Theatre, numerous times with the SRJC Theatre Department, Monte Rio's Curtain Call Theatre, portraying Jack Benny with Sonoma's Silver Moon Theatre,  in the East Bay with Blue Panther Productions & the Symmetry Theatre Company. As well as performing on the web, in TV commercials, & lending their voice to animation whenever they can. They're delighted to be involved with the cast and Crew of Shakespeare in the Cannery. After this production, a long nap would not be frowned upon.

Anthony Shaw Abate

Anthony Shaw Abaté (aka Solar Hamlet) returns for his 2nd season with Shakespeare In The Cannery having played Don Pedro in last summer’s production of In The Mood/Much Ado. He has tread the boards with the Bard for over three decades & is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, the American Conservatory Theatre, & the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His exploits on stage & screen have taken him across the States, to England, Scotland, Italy & Greece. Bay area audiences may remember Anthony from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Marin Shakespeare Co, Shakespeare at Stinson, North Bay Shakes, Virago Theatre Co, SoCo Rep, Main Stage West, & 6th St Playhouse.  A yacht racer, tandem paragliding instructor & solar power consultant.

Alan Kaplan

This is Al’s 5th season at the Cannery. It began with the role of Friar Laurence in “Romeo and Juliet”. In season 2  he played Malvolio in “Twelfth Night” to critical acclaim. This was followed by Banquo in “Macbeth”. Last year he took on Peter Quince in “Fairyworlds", a version of “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and now  the  the role of Henslowe. Al is grateful to David Lear for helping him become a better actor.  Other favorite roles  include Robert in “Proof” also directed by Lear, Mr. Green in “Visiting Mr. Green” which won  a Marquee Theater Journalist award for outstanding lead performance in a drama and Beverly Weston in “August Osage County (BATCC award for Best Ensemble). He has acted directed and taught extensively throughout his life.  Thank you David.

John Browning

John is honored and proud to be working with David Lear again for the final season of Shakespeare in the Cannery.  John graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in acting and has been consistently working as an actor in Sonoma County.  His highlights include: Bug, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Grace, Miss Firecracker Contest, Noises Off!, Hedda Gabler, Antigone, The North Plan, Zombie Town, Arcadia, Time Stands Still, Driving Miss Daisy, The Children’s Hour, Becky Shaw, Spamalot and August: Osage County in which he won a SFBAC award. A huge thanks to the crew, the artists and patrons that have kept Shakespeare in the Cannery alive.  Love to Mel and my family for their everlasting support.


Location Details

Gates Open at 5pm and Show Starts at 7pm

Our Solar-Powered Outdoor Theater is located in the Vacant Lot of the Historic Cannery in Railroad Square, Santa Rosa.  Shakespeare in the Cannery offers festival style seating before a dramatic outdoor stage.

Set up a picnic, bring your most comfortable lawn chairs and get ready for an unforgettable night as you wine and dine under the midsummer night sky! 


Theater Address:  3 West 3rd Street, Santa Rosa 

Entrance:  Enter through the 6th Street Parking Lot

Parking:  Parking is limited to the surrounding neighborhood and Depot Park in Railroad Square.

ADA Parking:  52 West 6th Street.  Available on a limited basis in the 6th Street Playhouse parking lot.

Carpool:  Please try and Carpool! 

Smart Train:  Click Here to View Schedule

The Station at Depot Park is just around the corner. 

Bicycling:  We encourage riding your bikes to the cannery where bike parking will be available.

Notes:  Prepare for a picnic-like Shakespearean Festival!  Dress warm and bring blankets, water bottles / drinking receptacles, snacks.  

The Arlene Cafe:  Will be on site to provide coffees, teas, libations, and small bites. 

The Arlene Cafe 

A Pop-Up Cafe in the Cannery Sponsored by

The Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics

located just around the corner from the Cannery at 99 Sixth Street Railroad Square, Santa Rosa, California!

Organic, Ethically Sourced, Lovingly Prepared

Lagunitas Brews, Kokomo Winery, Hook & Ladder Winery

Red Bay Coffee and Guayaki Yerba Mate Teas

Small Bites / Pastries

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