Shakespeare by the Sea (SBTS) is a nonprofit organization that was launched in 1998 by Producing Artistic Director Lisa Coffi. Partnerships with local city organizations enabled us to offer the performances for free. The first season was tremendously successful – over 3,000 people attended the nine performances at what was then an unused facility in the park.
Since then, SBTS has blossomed. We now present a repertory season that runs for 9 weeks – 5 weeks in San Pedro and 4 weeks in other venues throughout LA and Orange County. Our performances remain admission free. SBTS is the only company in California doing what we do. Each summer, the company tours to 14 or 15 cities for a total of 34 to 36 performances.
Here’s what they say about Twelfth Night on the website:
A madcap romp filled with mistaken identities, cunning plans, and miraculous discoveries. Love and madness collide in this giddy Shakespearean comedy. Twelfth Night is directed by Amy Louise Sebelius.
For audiences seeking quality, family entertainment, Shakespeare by the Sea’s free performances cannot be beat. The tales are timeless, the admission ticket-less, and the experience priceless. Pack a picnic, gather loved ones, and settle in under the stars for a night of classic entertainment.