A summer for Shakespeare

Summertime fun-seekers love to spend a lot of time outside, and stage performers — especially Shakespearans — make it easy to enjoy a little culture al fresco.

The Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival, founded in 1993, continues this summer in Sebastopol's Ives Park. It opened July 12 with "Servant of Two Masters," Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni's 18th-century masterpiece, which continues at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays until July 28. $10-$20.

Up next at the Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival is the Bard's "The Tempest," running Aug. 9-25. Picnicking in the park is half the fun at these shows, but bring blankets. It gets chilly after dark. 823-0177, www.


Shakespeare Napa Valley presents the

master's "Comedy of

Errors" at 7 p.m. Aug. 15-18 in the open air at the Veteran's Park in downtown Napa. 256-7500, shakespearenapavalley.org.

"Shakespeare Under the Stars" will present "Romeo and Juliet" at

7 p.m. Thursday through Sundays, Aug. 8-25, at the Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma. $25. 800-926-1266, buenavistawinery.com.

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