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Central Coast Shakespeare Festival leaving Paso Robles 

Central Coast Shakespeare Festival to Return to San Luis Obispo in 2014

The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival announced recently a new partnership with the Filipponi Ranch in San Luis Obispo. As a result of this partnership, the festival will move from its current Paso Robles location and start performing on the grounds of the Filipponi Ranch starting with the Summer 2014 season. For the past five years, the festival had been performing at the River Oaks Amphitheater in Paso Robles.

Shakespeare FestivalThe Filipponi Ranch is at 1850 Calle Joaquin Rd, off of Highway 101 and Los Osos Valley Road in southern San Luis Obispo, near KSBY. In addition to the new performance venue, the ranch also is the home to two wineries, Filipponi Ranch Cellars and Clesi, leasing the former PerBacco winery.

As part of this new relationship, Filipponi Ranch will begin developing part of the ranch as a performance venue to be used by the Shakespeare Festival, and perhaps other groups as well.

Per Zoe Saba, long-time Artistic Director of the festival: ”The Shakespeare Festival looks forward to a potentially long-term relationship with the Filipponi family and winery. After discovering a mutual interest in creating a suitable performance location in San Luis Obispo, our two groups have met and worked together to plan the new venue. We also believe that having a more central location in SLO County will increase attendance and community involvement. We do thank the Paso Robles City and Paso Robles Tourism BID for their promotional support while we performed at the River Oaks Amphitheater.”

Kelly McCleary, spokesperson for Filipponi Ranch Cellars shared: “The Filipponi family have long enjoyed the performing arts and the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival. We are looking forward to working together to create a wonderful new outdoor performance venue in SLO County. We will be selling Filipponi Ranch wines during performances. We hope to make this space available for weddings, events and other groups when not being used by the Shakespeare Festival.”

The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival was incorporated as a non-profit theatre company in 1997. Previous performance locations include Cal Polyʼs Ornamental Horticulture Arboretum, Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter School in Avila Beach and Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria. For the summer of 2014, CCSF will present The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in repertory July 10 through August 2.

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