Tales of the supernatural will dominate the summer season’s productions at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. Opening on June 2 will be Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” the tale of an enisled nobleman with magical powers. Next will be Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” featuring an intrusive ghost. Also running in repertory will be the company’s acclaimed production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with its fairy hosts, and Ellen Geer’s adaptation of “Dracula,” the scary vampire tale by Bram Stoker.
“The Tempest” is thought to be Shakespeare’s final play and, although its hero seeks revenge on his enemies, forgiveness and reconciliation are its theme.
Sharing the role of Prospero will be Ellen Geer and William Dennis Hunt. Others in the cast are Melora Marshall, Michael McFall, Alan Blumenfeld, Michael Lindsay, Steve Matt, Earnestine Phillips, Mike Peebler, Thad Geer and Tim Halligan. Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall will direct.
Since 1973, Theatricum has presented Shakespeare’s plays and other classics in its outdoor theater in Topanga Canyon.
The “Tempest” opens June 3 and continues through Sept. 30, alternating throughout the summer with the other three plays. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will play from June 9 to July 21 and then from Sept. 2 to 30. “Blithe Spirit” will start its run on June 30 and continue to Sept. 29. “Dracula” is set for July 28 to Sept. 29.
The theater is located at 1419 North Topanga Blvd. It is advisable to call 310.455.3723 to get dates and times for the various performances. Tickets are $25 and $20 with special rates for seniors, students, children and members of Equity. Audience members are advised to dress comfortably and warmly and to bring cushions for bench seating. Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut and picnickers are welcome.