2018 Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in Claremont, presented by Ophelia’s Jump, Features Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It

Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents their Annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival with ROMEO & JULIET: AN ASL LOVE STORY and AS YOU LIKE IT. The productions will run July 12-22, 2018 at Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College. The festival, co-sponsored by Pomona College, includes exhibits, arts and crafts by community businesses and organizations.

Claremont hotels will offer a special “Room and Bard” package that includes festival tickets, a picnic-for-two, and other benefits. Visit DiscoverClaremont.com/specials for hotel specials; find festival tickets at OpheliasJump.org or by calling 909-734-6565.

This year’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival celebrates diversity and inclusion with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, ROMEO & JULIET.  First produced as a 45 minute version for LA Fringe Festival, the piece has been expanded to its full length and scope for the festival.  Juliet and other members of her family are deaf.  The rift that divides the lovers is cultural and linguistic, but their love transcends their families’ prejudices.  The production will be double cast with both deaf and hearing actors.  The aim is to make this timeless story accessible to all and to create a shared understanding and communal experience for all audience members.   AS YOU LIKE IT draws from a Latino punk aesthetic that incorporates the world of wrestling with humor and high energy.  Both productions will take place under the stars at the beautiful Sontag Greek Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater originally built in 1910 and renovated in 1997. The productions will be performed in repertory, alternating each night.


Set in Verona, Shakespeare’s greatest love story tells the tale of star-crossed lovers who defy their families’ mutual animosity to consummate their love, but then pay the ultimate price.


As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety in the Forest of Arden. In the forest, they encounter a variety of memorable characters who are all entangled in a rollicking game of love, lust, wrestling and mistaken identity.

Now a Claremont tradition, Ophelia’s Jump’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival artfully presents tragedy and comedy under the stars in a beautiful outdoor setting. Each performance opens nightly with a 40-minute Green Show – an entertaining prelude to the evening’s main performance.  We invite you to bring your own picnic and don’t forget a small blanket or cushion for added comfort.

Weekend Festival

On Saturdays, arrive early and enjoy local musicians, artists, and crafts before settling in for an evening of timeless Shakespearean classics. Enjoy festival booths, crafts, and vendors starting at 5:30 p.m. Local restaurants and businesses will be offering special in-restaurant dining menus and selected take-out options to enjoy prior to all performances.

  • Directors: Ophelia’s Jump Company Member Alexandra Easton (ROMEO & JULIET) and Founding Associate Artistic Director Caitlin Lopez (AS YOU LIKE IT)
  • Location: Sontag Greek Theatre, Pomona College, 300 East Bonita Ave., Claremont
    (located behind Seaver Theatre)
  • Opening: Thursday, July 12 (AS YOU LIKE IT) & Friday, July 13 (ROMEO & JULIET)
  • Regular Run: July 12-July 22, 2018

 Specific Show Schedule:

                        AS YOU LIKE IT – July 12, 14, 20, 22

                        ROMEO & JULIET – July 13, 15, 19, 21

Curtain Times:

  • Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 8 p.m.
  • Ticket prices: $25 General Admission
  • Group tickets available, contact info@opheliasjump.org or call
    909-734-6565 for info

About Ophelia’s Jump

Ophelia’s Jump is a non-profit regional theatre company based in Claremont and performing in Claremont and Upland.  Ophelia’s Jump Productions was founded by artists and educators who believe that the purpose of theatre is to create unending conversations, spark imagination, incite conscience, and elicit a visceral response. Ophelia’s Jump aims to invigorate the creativity and intellect of the community by working with local emerging artists. Additional information available at opheliasjump.org

About Pomona College

Located in Claremont, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona is known for its quality academic programs, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, a range of student research and leadership opportunities, and a strong commitment to the arts.