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Ah, another New Year’s Day come and gone. Time to make some resolutions, right? Even year-round Shakespeare theatre companies make them.

Our company doesn’t have a long list, but the items on it are very important to us. In 2017, we resolve to:

1. Celebrate our 35th Anniversary in style.


This year we’re celebrating our 35th birthday as the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival! And while 35 might be a respectable, mature age, we’re determined to have some fun. At the very least, we’re going to have lots of fun digging through old photos and sharing them with you (and asking you to share your photos with us)! We’re also excited to produce Hamlet for the first time for Free Shakespeare in the Park and pop up in some unexpected places with some of your favorite scenes from Shakespeare.

2. Use Shakespeare to create a bright spot in the world.


We believe in the power of the arts to heal: to inspire us, to touch the humanity in all of us, and to bring communities together. Our Free Shakespeare in the Park productions combine the best in the performing arts with beautiful words, beautiful sets, and beautiful costumes, and we present them to thousands of people across the Bay Area every summer. This year, we’re doubly determined to give you the best. We’ll also use our education programs to give students all over California the chance to express and explore their emotions through language and movement. We’re taking that responsibility more seriously than ever.

3. Lose our hearts to San Francisco all over again.


Sure, our Shakespeare on Tour Program may travel across the state, but we are the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for a reason. We love our hometown. This year, we resolve to fill the City with poetry and entertainment.

Bonus Resolution:

Somehow, we must find a way to make use of at least something from this hilariously labeled box.


And we promise you pictures when we do.

So there you have it. 2017 is going to be a big one. We hope you’ll join us for the yearlong celebration!