The end of Summer is coming and I knew I had to cross the free Shakespeare at Griffith Park off my list. If you haven’t been to Griffith Park, it’s the largest urban park in the nation. Huge is an understatement. My boyfriend and I got turned around for a bit, but once you find the road and the signs, you’re in the clear. It’s on the East side of the park near the carousels and the LA Zoo. The best part is that it’s perfect for someone on a budget or just looking for something different to do. With the beautiful weather that we’re lucky to have in SoCal, it made for the perfect day. A couple of friends and I got there around 7 p.m and brought treats like cheese, crackers, salami and wine and all enjoyed a picnic. After sitting down, I got a chance to appreciate my surroundings with the wooden painted set, set up at the foot of a small hill. Viewers can come and sit on the hill and watch the performances as the sun sets and the moon rises.
The play of the evening was Twelfth Night, and what a comedy! It was about love triangles, a drunken uncle, madness and confusion and had great ending. During intermission, donations were collected by actors for the purpose of supporting their art and prolonging their ability to host free performances in the future.
Independent Shakespeare Co. has been doing shows since 2004 and this marked their 10-year reunion. 43,000 Los Angeles residents attended last year. For the rest of the Summer, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew will run through September. I really think art and theatre are important and Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti once wrote how: “ plays take us on a powerful journey. They grant opportunity to explore different perspectives and contemplate other possibilities….” So if you have a chance, take a friend and get out there! The best part? It’s free.
For more info: http://www.iscla.org/griffith-park-festival/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Keyla Vasconcellos is originally from Brazil and grew up in Virginia. When she moved to California, it immediately stole her heart. After attending Pepperdine University, she worked in restaurants where she grew to love all types of cuisines. She is aspiring to be a Gastronomist Extraordinaire by eating her way through Los Angeles and sharing her adventures with anyone who enjoys a delicious meal.