By Guest Blogger Estefany Gonzalez

Shakespeare in the Cannery offers something that other plays do not – an outdoor venue put together by members of the Santa Rosa Community.

The Cannery not only brings performance art to life, but it also brings a sense of sharing and looking out for one another. shakespeare in the canneryWhile most play venues offer cushy seats, climate controlled rooms and fancy overpriced wine, this hand built theatre makes you forget you need any of those luxuries. On play days you’ll find the audience sitting in the grass drinking boxed wine while the summer sun beats down on both actors and patrons. After intermission, once the cold summer night wind takes it’s toll on attendees, you can find an area to borrow an extra blanket.shakespeare in the canneryThis alternative venue was first built in 2014, on the remains of what used to be the California Packing Company’s Plant No. 5, on Third Street. Like a phoenix, the Cannery rose from the ruins of an old broken down building. Passionate actors, artist and hardworking locals spent their time to create a place for theatre arts in the heart of our town. Located in the Historic Rail Road Square district, the venue burst with true Santa Rosa culture.DSC_0123What makes this non-profit  theatre project special is that it’s done completely by donations and vaulters. Two of the biggest contributors are The Loading Zone, a collective of actors and playwrights and The Arlene Francis Center.shakespeare in the canneryThe first year offered a performance of Romeo and Juliet with the Shakespearian comedy Twelfth Night performed following year. This season locals are spoiled with two different plays. The Shakespeare classic Macbeth, a tale of betrayal, murder and greed, ran from July 1 to 23. But if you missed it, you can still catch an original comedy titled The Plot Against Shakespeare from August 12 to 27.shakespeare in the canneryFor more information on Shakespeare in the Cannery click here: www.ShakespeareInThCcannery.comestafany

Estefany Gonzalez is a writer and photographer from Santa Rosa. She spends most of her time at local concerts and taking pictures. She’s written for The North Bay Bohemian, The Bay Bridged, KQED and other publications. You can see her photography portfolio and find links to her social media