Summertime theater, part 2 

Continuing from last Monday’s edition, here, in chronological order, are some noteworthy stage events coming your way this summer.

A.C.T.

A production of Moliere’s 1673 comedy, "The Imaginary Invalid," honors the arrival of Bill Ball’s A.C.T. in San Francisco 40 years ago with the very same "Le Malade imaginaire." Constance Congdon’s adaptation is directed by Ron Lagomarsino, featuring Nancy Dussault and John Apicella.

Thursday through July 8, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, $12-$55, (415) 749-2227, www.act-sfbay.org.

S.F. SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Besides four sessions of Shakespeare camps and going on tour with "Twelfth Night" in October, the festival’s Free Shakespeare in the Park will present "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in Pleasanton, Cupertino and San Mateo before returning home for performances Sept. 1-23, at the Presidio Parade Ground.

June 30 through Sept. 23, various locations, free, (415) 558-0888, www.sfshakes.org.

SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE

For its 48th annual free summer tour, the Mime Troupe presents "Making a Killing," a story about journalists in Iraq. Written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Jon Brooks, with music and lyrics by Pat Moran, the show is directed by Ellen Callas.

July 4 through Sept. 3, Dolores Park, Yerba Buena Gardens, Golden Gate Park, Glen Park and Washington Square Park, free, (415) 285-1717, www.sfmt.org.

MARIN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

"Henry IV," Parts I and II, play in repertory in August and September, but the July warmup is "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" — 37 plays, or portions thereof, in about 100 minutes, hundreds of roles performed by three indefatigable men: Jess Borgeson, Adam Long and Daniel Singer.

July 6 through Sept. 29, Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, San Rafael, $15-$30, (415) 499-4488, www.marinshakespeare.org.

THEATRE OF YUGEN

Intercultural Theatre of Yugen combines American stories and Japanese ritual in five plays by Erik Ehn, offered free on July 7. "The Cycle Plays" project opens with "10,000" — a ritual dance play featuring Yugen founder Yuriko Doi, and two of the original company members, Helen Morgenrath and Brenda Wong Aoki. There will be two performances, beginning at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations, via phone or the Internet, are required.

July 7 only, Project Artaud Theater, San Francisco, free, (415) 621-7978, www.theatreofyugen.org.

WOMAN’S WILL

The San Francisco Bay Area’s exciting all-female Shakespeare company presents outdoor performances of "Romeo and Juliet." Free shows are in parks in Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, Pleasanton, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Mountain View and in The City. San Francisco dates are Aug. 3-4 in Yerba Buena Center and Aug. 11-12 in Dolores Park.

July 7 through Aug. 12, various locations, free, (510) 420-0813, www.womanswill.org.

SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ

The season includes "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Tempest" from the Bard, plus Synge’s "Playboy of the Western World" and Beckett’s "Endgame."

July 17 through Sept. 2, Theater Arts Center, UC Santa Cruz, $26-$40, (831) 459-2159, www.shakespearesantacruz.org.

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