Shakespeare Would Have Loved L.A.

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival Puts on His Plays as the Bard Intended: Wild, Weird, and Outdoors

I spent the entire July Fourth holiday last year making a roast. Not one you’d ever want to eat—it was made of old tights wrapped around a bag of tiny Styrofoam balls. My kids helped me paint the roast and wrap it in twine so it would look authentically trussed. Then we situated it on a platter with fake apples and leaves pulled off a garland of artificial ivy.

This is the kind of project I’ve found myself doing every summer for the past decade. The Shakespeare festival my husband and …