It is funny how casting a show goes. We’ve got a few literal (and theatrical) husband and wife pairings for our January production of “A Doll’s House.” Russ Banham will direct his wife, Jennifer Sue Johnson in the role of Nora, while newlywed actors Peter Dylan O’Connor and Betsy Schwartz take on the roles of Krogstad (the man blackmailing Nora) and Christine (Nora’s dear friend who had a prior relationship with Krogstad). Michael Patten will play Torvald, Nora’s husband, while George Mount will play the role of Dr. Rank. Interestingly, Michael and George played husband and wife Petrucchio and Kate in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s all-male “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Archives for August 2012
It feels a little bit like awards season around here. (Hey! Where’s our red carpet?!) On the same day that we got notice about the Teen Tix Award, the Seattle Weekly came out with their “Best of ” issue naming “Coriolanus” as Best Play of 2012. How cool is that? In their review of the show back in January, the Weekly said “the story feels so timely that it’s worth the investment.” And guess what? You can catch a few members of the “Coriolanus” company (David Quicksall, Mike Dooly, Therese Diekhans) in “The Winter’s Tale” in the parks through August 12.
It all started with a cryptic message and a mysterious mailing tube left in our mailbox at the Seattle Center. After gathering the staff, we cautiously opened the package, and in it was a very long string attached with silly messages, t-shirts and Hershey’s kisses. It was Teen Tix’s very fun and creative way of letting us know that “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” had been awarded Best Play of 2012 by the Teen Tix committee. Big congratulations go out to the “Midsummer” company for their award and their wonderful production.
Last night was a first for Wooden O and Seattle Shakespeare Company. The “Twelfth Night” company gave a command performance at the house Stellman Kehneel and Patricia Britton – in their backyard! Stellman was the top bidder for this unique experience at Bill’s Bash last May. Nearly 100 friends and family gathered at Stellman and Patricia’s home at the top of Queen Anne for a private performance of the comedy and an outstanding summer night of Shakespeare.