If opera al fresco on a temperate north coast night sounds like a slice of heaven to you, plan to be at Redwood Park this weekend for the next production of SkyClad Theater's Plays in the Park, where all of nature's the stage and the walls are merely transcendental.
The 2015 season started July 11 with the 24-Hour 10-Minute Play Festival, and continues this weekend with Il Matrimonio Segreto, an evening of opera featuring selections from La Boheme, the Marriage of Figaro and La Traviata. Catch the music at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 ($12, $10 students, seniors). The show continues through July 25.
Next up is a family show titled, The Unprincess, with lots of physical humor and colorful characters to keep the kiddos giggling. Perfectly timed matinees run Aug. 9 through Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. (Free). The final show of the season is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night — a tale of mistaken identity, love and mischief — one of the bard's most popular comedies. Performances run Aug. 7 through Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. ($12, $10 for students and seniors).
Going back to the Greeks, theatre has its roots in open-air ampitheatres. See it the way Dionysus intended. Do yourself a favor and appease the gods at the same time. It's a win-win.