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The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival 2017

      Much Ado About Nothing
      Almost, Maine

Shakespeare Festival

Pack a picnic and join us on the beautiful Filipponi Ranch  

July 14 through August 5

...love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love...             
Join the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival's fourth season at Filipponi Ranch for a season of love under the stars!

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.

Much Ado About Nothing, set in the swing era, is a spirited romp between ever-warring wits Beatrice and Benedick. Both too proud and clever for their own good, they are forced together to combat a common enemy when the innocent Hero is dishonored and discarded on the wedding altar.  Their brilliant banter and wordplay is matched only by their deep and abiding (if unspoken) love for each other.

Almost, Maine by John Cariani

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways.  Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken.  Love is lost, found, and confounded  in this delightful midwinter night's dream.  And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never  be the same.*  Only 5 chances to see this modern romantic comedy! 


Pack your picnic, grab some lawn chairs, blankets, and friends, and come enjoy a gorgeous Central Coast summer evening under the stars! 

Filipponi Ranch Cellars will sell their wonderful wine by the glass or bottle, so please, no outside alcohol allowed.  The Filipponis donate their space for our performances, and we want to support them for contributing so much to the artistic culture of our beautiful area by supplying this venue for the festival.

Be sure to bring layers, as a balmy evening can turn cold without much warning.


For carpooling options contact Prof Charles MacQuarrie at cmacquarrie@csub.edu


Much Ado About Nothing
Thurs./Fri./Sat. 7:30 pm

July 14•15
July 28•29
Aug. 3•4•5
Sunday 6:00 pm
July 16•23

Almost, Maine 
Thurs./Fri./Sat.  7:30 pm

July 20•21•22•27
Sunday 6:00 pm
July 30

Pay What You Can Performances:  Every Thursday. Donations taken online & at the door.
Picture of moony night


Filipponi Ranch
Filipponi Ranch
1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


Tickets on Sale Now!

General Admission                     $20
Students/Seniors (62 +)             $18
Kids 12 & under                           $12
Pre Paid Groups of 10 or more  $15
Tickets available online for credit card purchase & at the door for cash or check only
Doors open one hour before each show  


Ekphrasis Project

An Ekphrasis is a work inspired by another work, in this case, a written work is the inspiration for a piece of artwork. Being a student, no matter what your major is, there are not a lot of opportunities to be creative. There are always essays and papers that must be written a certain way in a certain order with 20 references that are all from scholarly journals. The purpose of this project is to express yourself and the ‘criteria’ is only there so everyone has somewhere to start and share comradery. There is a possibility that some, or maybe all, of the participants will be featured in the 2017-2018 issue of the Orpheus, the English Department’s literary journal. I will give you more information once everything is figured out.

  • Writing Criteria:
    • Typed and MLA format (12 point font, double spaced, Times New Roman, Justified margins), 20 pages MAX (not including cover page)
      • Cover Page includes the title of your work, your first and last name (middle is optional), and date that is all completely centered (Also, please use TNR for the font as it is easier to read)
        • Example:


“For the Love of God, Why Are You Doing This?!”

Jayme S. Reyna

May 10, 2017


  • It can be a poem (or a series of poems), a play, or a short story
  • Theme:
    • Memory Lane ~ We all take trips down memory lane, whether willingly or by force, and we reminisce about all sorts of things. From significant memories that define our character and make us who we are, to the seemingly random memories that happen to pop out of nowhere and make us go, “Why did I remember that?” Write about you or your character’s memory lane.
      • For instance: What does it look like? Where does it go? How do you or your character feel about it?
      • Art Criteria:
        • You’re welcome to do any of the following:
          • Painting (Traditional: includes oil and acrylic)
          • Drawing (Traditional: includes pencil, ink, and charcoal)
          • Sculpture (Includes metalwork, woodwork, and clay)
          • Video (Minimum of at least one and a half minutes)
          • Photographs (Minimum of 5)
          • Digital Art (such as Photoshop or Drawing tablets)
          • Mixed Media
          • Series (involves more than one of the previous either within the same category or a mix)
  • Whatever you choose to do, however, it should be able to be sent via email whether as picture(s) (such as with the sculpture or traditional mediums) or as an attachment (such as with the video or digital art).

There will be a Reading Exhibit in August on the CSUB campus where you’re invited to showcase your work and join us for some refreshments. This is not part of the project; however, it would be nice to see and talk to everyone about their thoughts and feelings about the project. Also, you will not be judged for the ‘quality’ of your writing or your artwork. The purpose of the Reading Exhibit is to come together and enjoy the company of fellow writers and be inspired.


Due: August 1, 2017*

Reading Exhibit: August 12, 2017*

If you have any questions about anything and/or if you don’t see what you would like to do for the Art portion, please don’t be afraid to email me at jreyna4@csub.edu I will do my best to respond as quickly as possible!

You do not have to participate, this is purely up to you whether or not you would like to volunteer. If you are thinking about participating, go ahead and send me an email. If you end up not being able to participate, no harm no foul. This is open for both students and staff.

*Dates are subject to change

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Garrett Willis, BA in English 2016: "I was recently hired as the English teacher for Maricopa High School for the 2017-2018 school year (I will be the only high school English teacher at Maricopa). Since I am still in the credential program, I will be classified as an intern. I will receive full pay and benefits, but I will work closely with advisors at CSUB, as well as with a mentor on campus at Maricopa High." Kristin Galetano - "In the Fall of 2017, I will be studying at the University of Edinburgh – one of Scotland’s ancient universities and the 6th oldest in the English-speaking world. Authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan and Wendy) attended the University and its literature program is among the best. I’m working toward my Master’s degree in “Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romantic, and Victorian.” Close Quote
Garrett Willis and Kristen Galetano BAs in English 2016 and 2017