Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum

Theater in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Actor Will Geer (TV’s Grandpa Walton) founded this beloved open-air theater as a refuge for blacklisted actors like himself during the McCarthy years. The woodsy setting is a perfect backdrop for such classic crowd pleasers as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and modern works such as Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities.

The season runs from June to early October. To get there, head north on Pacific Coast Hwy, turn inland on Topanga Canyon Blvd and proceed for 6 miles; the theater will be on your left.

Bring extra layers for nighttime performances. Topanga nights can get chilly, even in summer.