Director Jon Kretzu will be making his Seattle Shakespeare Company directorial debut with our 2013 production of Love’s Labours Lost. He recently staged the Village Theatre’s It Shoulda Been You this past spring and is returning to Seattle after spending several seasons as the Associate Artistic Director at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. While at Artists Repertory Theatre Jon directed over 40 productions for the company including the world premieres of Richard Kramer’s The Cherry Orchard, Tracy Letts’ Three Sisters, Joseph Fisher’s The Seagull and The New House as well as A Streetcar Named Desire, The History Boys, Othello, Design For Living, and All My Sons, among many others. Jon has also directed numerous productions in Seattle, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles, including Abduction from the Seraglio, Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Sweeney Todd, Wonderful Town, Inventing Van Gogh, The Taming of the Shrew; A Doll’s House; Cloud 9; The Outsiders; Terra Nova; Reckless; Streamers; Private Lives; Arms and The Man; 84 Charing Cross Road, and Frankenstein. Jon was the dramaturg for Portland Repertory Theatre, has served as a guest director and professor at a number of West Coast and Midwest universities, and has worked as an acting coach in Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland. He has also served as the London and New York theater and classical music correspondent for a variety of Northwest newspapers and magazines.
Archives for April 2012
Twelfth Night begins on the shore of Illyria, where Viola has survived a shipwreck but fears that her twin brother, Sebastian, has drowned. After learning about her new surroundings from the ship’s captain, Viola disguises herself as a young man and sets out to find employment from Duke Orsino.
Orsino has been sending messengers to court the Lady Olivia. He is convinced, from what he hears, that she is his ideal match. After Viola (disguised as ‘Cesario’) arrives at his court, it only takes a few days to become a favorite of Duke Orsino. The Duke imagines that ‘Cesario’s’ youthful face will appeal to Olivia and sends ‘him’ to woo her on his behalf. Viola dutifully takes on the task, even though she has fallen in love with Orsino herself!
Meanwhile in Olivia’s house, Olivia refuses to see any suitors because she has dedicated herself to seven years of mourning for her recently deceased brother. Her uncle Sir Toby Belch thinks that his niece is being foolish and brings his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a foolish knight to woo Olivia. They are reprimanded by the maid, Maria, for drinking late into the night and making merry in a house of mourning. Only the fool, Feste can lift Olivia’s spirits.
They are interrupted by news that a messenger from Orsino is waiting at the gate. ‘Cesario’ enters and is granted private audience with Olivia. It becomes clear, as ‘Cesario’ tries to convince Olivia of Orsino’s worthy love, that Olivia is instead falling for ‘Cesario.’ When Viola leaves, Olivia sends her melancholy steward Malvolio to bring a ring to the youth and say it was left behind.
Malvolio intercepts Viola on her way back to Orsino’s and presents the ‘forgotten’ ring, telling her only to return to tell Olivia of how Orsino takes the news of her rejection. Viola accepts the ring in confusion, but realizes to her dismay that this is a sign that Olivia has fallen in love with ‘Cesario’ instead of Orsino!
Elsewhere in Illyria, Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian, has survived the shipwreck but believes that Viola has perished. He too sets off for Orsino’s court. Sebastian’s friend, the sea captain Antonio, has enemies in Orsino’s court, but pledges to come along to keep him safe.
disapproving Malvolio. After he leaves, Maria concocts an elaborate trick to be played on him. Forging a love letter from Olivia, she will encourage Malvolio to take on a series of ridiculous behaviors — all carefully planned to put him out of Olivia’s favor. Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Feste all agree to help with the trick, which leads to Malvolio falling for it entirely and being confined as a madman.
Sir Andrew is discouraged by Olivia’s continued favor toward ‘Cesario,” so Sir Toby convinces Sir Andrew to challenge the youth to a duel. Just as they are about to fight, Antonio happens upon the scene and, believing Viola to be her brother Sebastian, intervenes and is arrested. Later Sir Andrew encounters the real Sebastian on the street and re-issues his challenge, but Sebastian soundly beats him. Olivia arrives and mistakes Sebastian for ‘Cesario,’ asking him to marry her. He is immediately smitten by her beauty and agrees.
The appearance of Sebastian in town sends everyone into confusion. Antonio accuses ‘Cesario’ of not repaying they money he lent to Sebastian. Olivia embraces ‘Cesario’ saying they have been married, much to Viola’s shock. Sir Toby and Sir Andrew accuse ‘Cesario’ of assaulting them in the street. In the midst of all Viola’s denials, Sebastian arrives. The twins recognize each other, Viola is revealed as a woman, and they clear up the confusion.
In the end, Viola marries Orsino, Sebastian and Olivia remain happily wed, and Sir Toby offers to marry Maria to make up for all the trouble he has given her. It is only vengeful Malvolio who does not live happily ever after.
July 12–August 12, 2012
Leontes, the king of Sicily, and Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, have been friends since childhood. Polixenes is at the end of a six-month visit with his old friend. Leontes begs him to stay longer and asks his wife, Hermione, to help persuade him. Because Hermione succeeds with ease, Leontes imagines that they are having an affair. In a jealous rage, he asks his faithful courtier, Camillo, to kill him. Camillo reveals the plot to Polixenes, and together they escape to Bohemia
Leontes then accuses Hermione of being pregnant with his friend’s child. He throws her in prison, over the protest of his nobles, and sends to Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi for what he is sure will be confirmation of his suspicions. Meanwhile, the queen gives birth to a girl, and her loyal friend Paulina brings the baby to the king, in the hopes that the sight of the child will soften his heart. He only grows angrier and orders Paulina’s husband, Antigonus, to take the child and abandon it in some desolate place. While Antigonus is gone, the answer comes from Delphi — Hermione and Polixenes are innocent, and Leontes is a “jealous tyrant,” and the kingdom will have no heir until the lost child is found.
Time passes, and Perdita, who was saved as a babe, is now a young woman enjoying a pastoral life with the shepherds who found her and amused by the thief and peddler Autolycus. She is secretly wooed by Polixenes’ son Florizel. When his father discovers that Florizel is in love with the shepherdess, he threatens to disinherit him. Again the good Camillo steps in and, disguising Florizel as Autolycus, helps the couple to elope.
Everyone eventually finds his or her way back to the court of Leontes, where Perdita’s true identity is revealed and she is engaged to Florizel with Polixenes’ blessing. Paulina takes them all to see a new statue of Hermione. As Leontes gazes rapturously on its likeness, the statue steps from its pedestal into Leontes’ arm for Hermione, thanks to Paulina, is still alive. Leontes begs everyone’s forgiveness, and happiness is restored to all.
(adapted from Shakespeare Genealogies by Vanessa James)
There are a lot of familiar faces in our upcoming production of “As You Like It.” Do you recognize these folks from some of our past shows? Here’s the full cast list:
David Brown King……………………. Silvius
Keith Dahlgren…………………. Duke Senior
Ray Gonzalez…………………….Duke Frederick
David Klein……………………… Adam/Oliver Martext
Peter Dylan O’Connor……….. Oliver
Nathan Graham Smith……………………Orlando
Donna Wood……………………. Audrey
Jake Ynzunza……………………Charles the Wrestler