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Shakespeare in Yosemite 2019


Save the Date: Shakespeare in Yosemite 2019

As You Like It, in a special adaptation for Yosemite



FREE performances April 26-28, 2019, Yosemite National Park




Friday, April 26

11:00 am: Performance for school field trips, Lower River Amphitheater
5:30 pm: FREE public performance, Half Dome Village

Saturday, April 27

2:00 pm: FREE public performance, Lower River Amphitheater
5:30 pm: FREE public performance, Half Dome Village

Sunday, April 28

11:00 am: FREE public performance, Lower River Amphitheater
2:00 pm: FREE public performance, Lower River Amphitheater


Shakespeare in Yosemite

Information about Friday field trip shows in Yosemite, UC Merced bus trips, Merced-area school shows and workshops, and an April 24 public performance in Merced forthcoming.

Follow #yosemiteshakes on Twitter for updates and email Katie Brokaw kbrokaw@ucmerced for more information.


Join us to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and Earth Day in Yosemite National Park for a free 90-minute production of the comedy “As You Like It.”

“As You Like It” tells the story of Rosalind as she escapes the wrath of her evil uncle by escaping—with her cousin and best friend Celia—into the forest of Arden. Disguised as a young man and away from the city, Rosalind finds new freedom in the woods, and new liberty to talk to the object of her affection, Orlando. The clownish Touchstone, the melancholy Jaques, a group of shepherds, and the feuding Dukes thicken the plot, which features a songs throughout and the famous “all the world’s a stage” speech. With lots of live music, many laughs, and an environmental message, this year’s production has something for park-goers of all ages. 

Auditions and casting to be announced in January 2019.

The play has been adapted especially for its unique location by Shakespeare scholars Professor Katherine Steele Brokaw from UC Merced and Professor Paul Prescott from the University of Warwick.

Yosemite National Park - Lower River Amphitheater


Yosemite National Park - Lower River Amphitheater 

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All three 2 pm shows (April 20-22) will take place in the Lower River Amphitheater, which is located near the Merced River on the other side of Housekeeping Camp.

The rainy day location for the 2 pm shows is the Yosemite Village theatre, directly behind the Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Village.

From Yosemite Village you can walk 20 minutes across Majestic Meadow to get to the venue—there will be volunteers and signage and music to help you find your way; shuttle stop 1 near the central Valley parking lot gets you even closer to the venue. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from that parking lot to the venue.

You can also get off the Yosemite Valley shuttle at stop 12 (Housekeeping Camp) and walk along the river near Housekeeping Camp until you get to a bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn left and follow a short trail to the Lower River Amphitheater, a five- to seven-minute walk.


Both 5:30 shows (April 20-21) take place in the Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) Amphitheater, shuttle stop 13.

The rainy day location for the 5:30 pm shows is the Yosemite Auditorium, directly behind the Valley Visitors enter in Yosemite Village.


General public:

UC Merced students, faculty and staff members:

Information to come.


Please visit the Travel Yosemite website for accommodation information.


UC Merced and Yosemite National Park will sponsor Shakespeare in Yosemite 2019, along with other sponsors to be announced.


In April 2018, about 1000 people saw Shakespeare in Yosemite’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The show was headlined by Lisa Wolpe, founder of Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, and also starred Connie Stetson, known to Park visitors for her performances as Sarah Hawkins in the Yosemite theatre; Devon Glover, AKA the Sonnet Man, an internationally-known hip hop Shakespeare artist; and Yosemite Ranger and UC Merced alumna Jessica Rivas. Student and community actors from University of California, Merced, and across the Central Valley rounded out the cast. Devon Glover AKA the Sonnet Man also performed hip-hop Shakespeare at all four of Merced’s middle schools as part of the week’s festivities.

Press coverage of Shakespeare in Yosemite 2018:

LA Times Article:

Interview with Capital Public Radio:

Interview with Valley Public Radio: 

UC Merced news story:’s-‘dream’-delights-yosemite-visitors-earth-day-weekend

Merced Sun Star and Modesto Bee Editorial:


Yosemite National Park - Half Dome Theatre


In 2017, Shakespeare in Yosemite was launched with a 1-hour original show pulling together scenes and speeches from Shakespeare with the writings of John Muir. The production featured Lee Stetson as John Muir, Ranger Shelton Johnson, and a team of community and student actors.



Shakespeare in Yosemite is proud to be a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) For more information visit