Madera and Chowchilla are among four Central Valley cities chosen to reenact William Shakespeare’s plays and take ownership of them to reflect their communities.
The performing arts initiative is part of the Shakespeare for All program, funded by the James Irvine Foundation, and operated by The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, a non-profit organization.
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival received a $200,000 grant to make the arts more accessible in communities who are lacking or strengthen the ties between art enthusiasts in places that aren’t.
“We want to be that catalyst that helps connect. We know that there are lots of pockets of arts happening in Madera, so our hope is to be the hub that connects everything and, once we walk away, everyone is connected and can go forward,” said Stephen Muterspaugh, director of Shakespeare for All Madera...