Shakespeare Improv Weekend:  

Three exciting and delightful shows, each one unique-

Fri. Nov 13, 7:30 pm:
 The first night will begin with a Judith Harris directed reading of an hour long PBS documentary, The Shakespeare Mystery, by Kevin Finn read by some of our finest local actors and celebrities including Neil Novelli, Jack Sherman, Simon Moody, Sam Tamburo and Ed Mastin.  It will be followed by an intermission.   Then, we will launch into Shakespeare Improv based on scenes, characters and props from the Bard's works.  Audience participation will be encouraged for the Friday show!  Members from the competitive teams will be participate as a practice session for the following two competitive shows.  There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar for wine and beer. 

Sat. Nov 14, 7:30 pm: So far, teams from Open Hand Theatre and the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival are participating! The next two shows, about 1 1/2 hours each, will be competitive among the companies using the same format described above and giving you 3 creative takes on the same improv topic.  Scoring will be done by two pre-selected judges and one audience member on a 1-10 point basis for each improv.  We'll rotate the company order and have great fun.  

Sun. Nov 15, 2:00 pm:  Another competition among the companies based on scenes, characters and props from Shakespeare.  The format and scoring will be the same as described above.  Winners will be declared at the end of the show.

 Ticket Prices: 1 Day Ticket= $20;
2 Day Ticket= $35; (save $5)
3 Day Ticket= $45  (save $15)
Available at 
and at the door 30 minutes before each show
Don't miss our 13th annual Shakespeare-In-The-Park show...

Opening Friday August 14, 2015 @ 5:30 pm in the beautiful Thornden Park Amphitheatre.  The show runs from 8/14- 8/23/15; Fri & Sat @ 5:30 pm, Sun @ 2 pm.  It's FREE.

Cast Spotlights

Sam Tamburo (Lord Lafeu) is debuting in beautiful Thornden Park.  His previous Shakespeare roles include the Othello (The Duke), Romeo and Juliet (Prince of Verona) and Taming of the Shrew (Baptista) among others.

Alex Thornton (Lord Dumain 2) is starting his Shakespearean acting with All's Well. He attends Franklinn Pierce University in New Hampshire where he plays baseball.


Samantha Sloma (Helena) previously appeared in SSF's production of Our Country's Good in April 2015. She has a BFA in acting from Northern Illinois University.


Simon Moody (King of France) has been immersed in theater for nearly forty years.  His other SSF credits include the title role in Titus Andronicus, Henry IV Part 1 (Falstaff) and Twelfth Night (Sir Toby Belch).  He won TANYS awards and a SALT Award for his work at Auburn Players and CNYP, respectively.


Fran Bruno (Lord 4) is debuting with SSF and in his first Shakespeare play.  He hopes to continue acting in Shakespeare plays in the future.


Gracie Jarvis (Diana Capilet) is making her Shakespeare-In-The-Park debut for SSF.  She has studied at Cazenovia College and the Stella Adler Studio and currently works at Syracuse University.

Nancy Chapellier (Countess of Rousillion) trained in Shakespearean acting techniques with Ellen Geer at Theatricum Botanicum in Los Angeles.  She has appeared in many SSF shows and is a member of our Production Board.  Most recently she was seen in Shakespeare-On-The-Grass, June 2015, in Henry V (Alice).

Miquon Jackson (Lavatch the Clown) is in his second SSF show, having debuted in Titus Andronicus (Chiron). His most recent credits include Hair at SUNY Fredonia and Auburn Players. He just finished working with SSF’s KIDS 2015 theatre program in July 2015.


Jeff Kringer (Bertram) is a student at Fredonia (SUNY) in fine arts majoring in musical theater. He is making his debut on the SSF stage.  Jeff thanks his instructors, family, and all other supportive figures in his life.


Griffin Netti (Lord Dumain 1) is making his Shakespeare debut with SSF.  He has worked with Open Hand for nine amazing years and is grateful to the entire production team for their guidance.

Basil Allen (Parolles) is returning for his ninth season with SSF. His colleagues wish he hadn't.

Jessica Bland (Widow Capilet) is currently a theatre artist with Syracuse Stage and has been an education intern with Portland Stage and Theatre Royal Bath.  She is a 2013 graduate of Wells College. Jessica is making her SSF debut.  Besides performing and teaching, she travels the world and blogs about global arts education.

Aaron Alexander (Lord 3) just graduated from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in NYC.  He is a veteran SSF performer and a teacher in our KIDS program.   Aaron has performed in Love vs. Time (Love Chorus), Henry IV, Part One (Prince John/Peto), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) and Winter’s Tale (Florizel/Dion). 

All's Well that Ends Well

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Nick Bessette

Produced by Sara Caliva

Executive Director: Ronnie Bell

Fri/Sat, 5:30 pm, August 14, 15, 21 & 22

Sunday, 2:00 pm, August 16 & 23

Thornden Park Amphitheatre

Beech St., Syracuse, NY 13210

The mission of the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival is to bring

the beauty, poetry, and language of Shakespeare’s works to everyone in Central New York and the surrounding regions, especially to school aged children. Also, we will put the works of Shakespeare in context through related programs and presentations.

We are dedicated to producing the Shakespeare-in-the-Park program

as free public performances.

If you would like to join us in our mission, please fill out an

SSF Members Form (located on the second page of this playbill) along with a $10 (or more) annual donation. We are a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, charitable organization

Shakespeare-In-The-Park is presented by:

The Boards of the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival with a generous grant from Syracuse Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Department and continuingin-kind support from Syracuse University