NAKED SHAKES Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

NAKED SHAKES is now in its fifteenth season at UCSB, and its mission since 2006 has been to present energetic, exciting, raw, vibrant Shakespeare using the power of the actors and the language. The critically acclaimed, Santa Barbara Independent Award-winning NAKED SHAKES has performed at UCSB and transported productions to Taliesin West and the Southwest Shakespeare Company in Arizona, the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, and Center Stage in downtown Santa Barbara. Past productions include: The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure and the 10th-anniversary epic two-play event, The Death of Kings, which garnered six Santa Barbara Independent and seven BroadwayWorld awards for adaptation, direction, design, and performance. The Death of Kings: Seize the Crown, a condensed version of the two original plays, premiered in Summer 2017 at the Prague Shakespeare Company in Prague, Czech Republic and again in 2019 at Taliesin West.

For its 15th anniversary, NAKED SHAKES presents Immortal Longings, a new adaptation by Irwin Appel that combines Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra into one dynamic and exciting play.

This production will be presented on Zoom and broadcast to the world. Audiences have the choice of whether to watch in two parts or “binge” all at once as we follow the complete character journeys of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Octavius Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, and the great queen Cleopatra.

Featuring a team of 24 faculty, alumni guest artists, graduate and undergraduate students, Immortal Longings is an epic event providing numerous opportunities for artists and scholars to work and thrive during this pandemic.

To learn more about the show check out The Santa Barbara Independent's preview article or listen to TEATRIXSB interview featuring our actors Cyrus Roberts, Jarred Webb, Harry Davis, and Shekinah Bryant.


October dates:

Friday, October 9, 7:00 PM- Act I

Saturday, October 10, 7:00 PM -Act II

Sunday, October 11, Noon - Act I

Sunday, October 11, 2:30 PM - Act II



Summer dates:

Wednesday, September 2nd at 6 pm - Act I

Thursday, September 3rd at 6 pm - Act II

Friday, September 4th at 12 pm - Act I & II - full show

Tuesday, September 8th at 6 pm - Act I

Wednesday, September 9th at 6 pm - Act II