Thank you so much to all of the crowds who came out to see our shows. We always appreciate you!
Next year's theme is TWELFTH NIGHT (or WHAT YOU WILL)
The 2024 So Many Shakespeares Festival is set to take place July 21st - August 10th (it may start a little before or after, due to fest participant scheduling needs). Every show needs to be based on the same Shakespeare play, but really you can do whatever you want outside of those confines. We've had burlesque troupes, sketch shows, improv teams, solo shows, traditional productions, and all sorts of reinterpretations come through the festival. Your idea is not too weird, we promise you.
Performances are set by The Vino Theater's Artistic Director, Genny Yosco. Everyone gets 1 - 5 performances, based on how many your company would like. You wanna do a one night only event? Sure! You think your audience would be too spread out for five shows and only want three? That's cool that you're self aware like that! You wanna do all five shows? We love that you wanna be here so much!
We 1000% take your scheduling needs seriously, but we also need to be fair to other festival participants. That means that you can't have only Fridays, you can't decide your entire run and just send it to us, things like that. Performance schedules are decided on a first come, first serve basis. If you don't send us your conflicts until well after we've put up ticket links for everyone else, we will do our best to accommodate you but it's gonna be tough. So send us conflicts early!
Each production gets 6 hours of free rehearsal time in The Vino Theater, which can be used in one day or spread out. While in the past we have offered unlimited free rehearsal time, we can no longer due that. Full disclosure, we've had productions take heavy advantage of this, bringing in 20+ rehearsals at five or more hours, only to either quit the festival the week they were supposed to open, or to have to be removed for severely damaging property and refusing to pay for fixes. We always operate at a loss during this festival, we want to be a welcoming and supportive venue for low budget productions, but we simply can't give away THAT much free time when it could be used for rentals in the venue, or even for other festival participant rehearsals, when there's a chance that these shows might not even make it to opening night. We can offer free time in our small rehearsal studio above the theater, called The Cork Studio. You can definitely rent more time in The Vino Theater, and you can ask us about our volunteer program to earn free rehearsal time in the theater!
Performances run on a 50/50 ticket split. We don't charge anything up front, and we don't take a flat fee out. If your show makes $0 for a performance, we won't charge you for that evening (although we may suggest everyone go home for the night a little early if there's no one in the audience, so staff doesn't have to stay late forever and we don't run our utility bills up that evening while we make no money). We list tickets on our website, on TDF, and on Goldstar. We also can put tickets up on papering sites like Theater Mania Gold and Play-by-Play if you desire! For ticket split reasons as well as just general capacity reasons, we'll be handling all ticketing. If anyone comes up to us on a show night with a ticket purchased from a site we don't recognize, it's going to be treated as a fake ticket and they won't be able to enter.
All festival participants MUST use a Vino Theater staff member for their lighting and sound needs. We'll be there for your six hours of free rehearsal, but just keep in mind that this is a festival production in a black box theater venue. We're not a Broadway house, we're not Madison Square Garden. We'll take care of you and not mess up your show, but please understand that a blackbox theater isn't going to be equipped with a million dollar lighting system. One man fought with us once, and kept stating that he'd run tech for Radio City Music Hall. We are very obviously not going to have the same lighting system as they are.
Props, costumes, and set pieces CAN be left at the venue. That being said, put your stuff away neatly. If you've run out after your show and all of your costumes are strewn about backstage, fully in the way of everything happening the next day, we're gonna call you and make you come back to put it all away, and if we can't get a hold of you we're gonna have to put it away ourselves. We don't want to misplace your stuff! Please put it away before you leave!!
If you've read everything off to the side and you're still on board, feel free to send us an email about your ideas for bringing some version of Twelfth Night to the 2024 festival!