To go or not to go: Free Shakespeare festival all summer long

Griffith Park

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An overhead shot of Griffith Park--picture this, but with Shakespearians!

All the world's a stage, and the Independent Shakespeare Company is taking advantage of that. Starting today at 7:00 PM, the Shakespearean troupe will begin a two-month long free Shakespeare Festival at Griffith Park, beginning with The Winter's Tale. Bring a blanket and some warm clothing, because it might get chilly.

The Independent Shakespeare Company---ISC for short---started in 1998 in New York, but made the move to Los Angeles in 2001. The ISC staged its first outdoor performance in 2003, and was attended by fourteen people and a dog. By 2009, the festival attracted an audience of around 12,000.

This season, the line up includes The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Comedy of Errors. Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed this time around.

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival takes place at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Parking is free, and although there isn't a physical address to the venue, the closest listing is a ranger station at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, 90027. To find out the schedule of the performances and for more details about the event, visit ISC's website.

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