A beloved and long-running part of local Shakespeare festivities are the Fringe shows, and, to the delight of festival-goers, Santa Cruz Shakespeare has kept that tradition alive. This year, the production is Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, as adapted by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. The play follows the period-hopping, gender-bending journey of the protagonist Orlando, and his transformation from the 16th-century, male lover of Queen Elizabeth to a 20th-century female poet. For appreciators of satire, history, and pushing at the status quo, this is a must-see.
INFO: Aug. 17, 23, 24. Grove at DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Road, Santa Cruz. $20. 460-6399. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the play.