Shakespeare Magic: 48-hour play festival

There is magic in the air…

Fairies wreaking havoc on Hamlet? Witches telling prophesies in Twelfth Night? Beatrice meeting… a ghost?!? Anything can happen at Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s fifth annual 48-hour festival, co-produced with the Foothill College Theatre Arts Department, where our writers will explore what happens when a bit of magic gets thrown into the wrong Shakespeare classic!

CALLING ALL ACTORS! Click HERE to sign-up for SVS’s 48-hour play festival. You must be available for the entire weekend of events to participate (See schedule below). Please be sure to sign up under the appropriate category: New Participant, Returning Participant, or Foothill Student. If the category you fall under is full, sign up for the waitlist! Actors will receive confirmation of acceptance by Dec. 10th.

Dates: January 4-6, 2019
Location: Lohman Theatre, Foothill College
Theme: What happens to Shakespeare’s plays when a random sport is introduced to the story?


Friday, 6:30pmPlay Festival Kickoff – Teams are assigned and writers draw, at random, a Shakespeare play and a magical character/element on which to base their script. All teams will be given a required line of dialogue, prop, and surprise requirement to incorporate into their pieces. Directors will sign up for rehearsal space slots and collect actor’s contact information for distributing scripts.

SaturdayRehearsals in downtown San Jose. Scripts are due from writers at 12:00pm. Writers are required to email a copy to their director (who will send to the cast) and 48-hour festival staff. You will have all day to hunt for costumes and props and rehearse like a Shakespearean madman!

Sunday, DaytimeRehearsals at Foothill College. In addition to your independent work, each team gets a 30-minute slot onstage between 11:00am-3:00pm to rehearse. A tech run-through of the entire festival will start on stage at 3:30pm.

Sunday, 6:30pmSHOWTIME for Shakespeare Magic ($12 admission)

Our audience will be given a ballot to determine which play is the Audience Favorite. Team members are not permitted to vote.

For additional information please contact SVS Artistic Director, Angie Higgins, at angie.higgins@svshakespeare.org.