Farewell to our friend

Vicki Serianni, NapaShakes irrepressable and irreplaceable volunteer,
at Farmstead St Helena, April, 2021.

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our beloved friend and volunteer Vicki Serianni has passed away. There wasn’t a NapaShakes event for which she wasn’t essential, particularly the live performances. She drove the entire cast of Shakespeareans around the Napa Valley – acting the stern but tenderhearted den mother. She was one of a kind, and will be fondly remembered forever.

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June 22, 2016 Napa Valley Register: In an interview with the Register, NapaShakes artistic director Laura Rafaty explains the backstory of bringing the world premiere of “Measure + Dido” to the Napa Valley Editor’s note: NapaShakes has been bringing some impressive names into Napa Valley, presenting performances by Shakespeare’s London Globe…

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