Get a peek at first rehearsals for The Winter’s Tale which starts performances Sept. 7, 2016 at the Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Husbands against wives. Children lost and found. Living statues and random bear attacks. The Winter’s Tale can be a confounding fairytale, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back with our handy guide.
In Jacobean slang, to call something a “winter’s tale” meant that it was something fanciful and or out of this world.
Shakespeare borrowed the plot and characters (but added his own flair) for The Winter’s Tale from a popular tragic novella called Pandosto.
The Winter’s Tale is among Shakespeare’s late plays called the Romances, and if you think about it, they’re all like tragedies in reverse.
For Shakespeare, Bohemia may have been more of a state of mind than an actual place, as the real Bohemia is landlocked and has no coast.
It’s the stage direction that has challenged and baffled stage directors of The Winter’s Tale for centuries…Exit, pursued by a Bear. What?!?
Did you know that the name of character Perdita in The Winter’s Tale means “the lost one.”
The Winter’s Tale has the second longest scene in all of Shakespeare’s plays (Act IV, scene iv). Love’s Labour’s Lost wins for the longest.
Maybe because it was familiar to audiences, Greek mythology plays a big role in The Winter’s Tale from character names to Delphic oracles.
Shakespeare leaps 16 years between Act 3 & 4 in The Winter’s Tale. That’s the biggest passage of time in any of his plays!
Seasonal cycles are mentioned at the start of The Winter’s Tale, then the theme is carried on with summer festivals and the return to court.
Dear Seattle Shakespeare Company Fan,
We know you’re a fan and supporter of Seattle Shakespeare Company. We love sharing the great news about our programs and activities with you. That’s why it’s a little difficult to share this bad news with you today, but we knew you’d want to know.
Some time on Sunday morning, July 10, a pipe burst open and flooded our offices. The water poured in for several hours. Sink water (water mixed with soda, coffee and grease) from two restaurants swamped our workplace. Water levels on the floor were probably an inch and a half high in the worst affected areas.
Over the years we’ve had several leaks in our offices ranging from minor drips to severe sludge. This is by far the worst water damage accident that we’ve ever encountered. Nearly every office was impacted. Water soaked and ruined our carpets. Some computers no longer function. Archives are water-logged and lost for good. We will feel the loss and cost of this horrible incident for years.
The greatest lost may be in the time as we are staging our Wooden O summer parks productions and preparing for a new indoor season that has its first performance on September 7.
The staff at Seattle Center have been a tremendous help during this crisis. After discovering the flooding, they jumped in to stop the water flow. They scrambled to move items to higher ground and have led the clean-up. We continue to work with Seattle Center about next steps: assessing the total damage and the relocation of the offices while the carpet is removed and the new flooring is put in place.
We know that accidents like this can happen. Right now we focus on how to continue our operations and move forward.
But no doubt about it, the flooding of our offices is an extreme hardship.
Many people have leapt in to help, and you may be asking yourself “What can I do?” It may take a long time to know the full cost of the damage. It is clearly a challenging time. If you can make a monetary contribution to help us through it, we’d appreciate it.
If you plan to join us as a season ticket holder, we encourage you to subscribe now to our 2016-2017 season. We definitely will move ahead with our season. Your support and enthusiasm means the world to us, especially at a time when we’re struggling.
We have two amazing shows in the parks…and they’re free! Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost are a delight to behold. Join us for Shakespeare in the parks and bring your friends and family. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening and seeing you there will help.
In the weeks ahead we’ll keep you apprised of our situation and how it unfolds. We’re thankful for your concern and support. With your help we will overcome this hardship and move past it to better days.
P.S. During this transition, we may not be easily reachable by phone or email. We’ll do our best to respond in a timely manner, but we do ask for your patience.
As summer heads into its final weeks, we head into Shakespeare’s magical family saga The Winter’s Tale directed by Sheila Daniels. We’re pleased to announce the cast of artists joining us for the production.
Darragh Kennan and Brenda Joyner return to play King Leontes and Queen Hermione. Darragh was last seen in Othello as Iago and Brenda appeared as Rosalind in the Wooden O production of As You Like It. They both appeared together on stage in our productions of Hamlet and Twelfth Night.
Also returning for the production will be Reginald Andre Jackson (Richard II) as Polixenes, Amy Thone (King Lear) as Paulina, George Mount (Romeo and Juliet) as Antigonus, MJ Sieber (The School for Scandal) as Autolycus, and Spencer Hamp (Mother Courage and Her Children) as the Clown.
Making their Seattle Shakespeare Company debuts are Rudy Roushdi and Jasmine Jean Sim as the lovers Florizel and Perdita, Galen Joseph Osier as Camillo, Mark Fullerton as the Old Shepherd, Jonelle Jordan as Mopsa/Emilia, Rachel Guyer-Mafune as Dorcas/Lady, Denny Le as ensemble, and Finn Kennan as Mamillius.
The creative team includes Tommer Peterson (set design), Kelly McDonald (costume design), and Reed Nakayama (lighting design).
The Winter’s Tale runs September 7 through October 2, 2016 in the Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre.