Betting on the Bard

The Independent Shakespeare Company celebrates its 10th anniversary


Come expecting bawdy humor, cheeky anachronisms, and a cast as diverse as the city. Performing on a temporary stage in Griffith Park’s Old Zoo, the Independent Shakespeare Company, which swells seasonally to about 25, has been staging free outdoor productions of the Bard’s works and other classic plays every summer since 2004.

Its tenth season opens June 27, with David Melville as the star of She Stoops to Conquer. The troupe, which is hoping to solidify its status with a permanent stage, sees its primary role as widening theater’s audience. That’s why Melville, who also runs ISC with his wife, Melissa Chalsma, was delighted when a DWP employee called out to him from a ditch, “Hey, you’re the funny Shakespeare guy. I bring my family to see you all the time.”

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