What You Will

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At the Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena


When was the last time you went to a Shakespeare show and didn’t know what to expect? Or were genuinely surprised by the ending? Or came out seeing life from a new perspective? After a sold out run at Descanso Gardens, What You Will is coming to Descanso Gardens to bring you a totally new and surprising experience of Shakespeare.


In turns funny, inspiring, heartbreaking, satirical, profound, silly, literal, figurative, and above all honest, What You Will is a passionate and moving dose of humanity through Shakespeare.

This Shakespearean “un-play” is the result of some of the Ensemble’s favorite professional actors, writers, and improvisors creating mini-plays through the lens of their individual backgrounds, responding to and recontextualizing Shakespeare’s stories and words. 


Every performance of What You Will is different from the last, with at least 30% of its content replaced with new material each month, guaranteeing a new experience and new surprises upon each return to the theater. 


“Both hilarious and beautifully poignant...don’t miss it!”

-South Pasadenan

“A totally fresh take on Shakespeare”

-Pasadena Now


The site is ADA compliant, with paved access and no stairs. Sign language interpretation can be provided by emailing

NOTE: So that we may all enjoy the show safely, all patrons must show proof of complete vaccination. There will be no exceptions. All patrons must wear masks the entire night while inside the building.

Questions about the show? Email


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