Vote for Your Favorite Character in Our Bracket Battle

Bracket Battle

It’s basketball tournament time and the brackets are out, so we have decided to create a little competition of our own. It’s your chance to cheer on and vote for your favorite characters from the plays in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s current season. Each play will have an ultimate winner who will go up against the winners of the other plays until a final victor is chosen. Will Cleopatra beat out Nora from A Doll’s House? How about a battle between Don Armado from Love’s Labour’s Lost and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew?

Our first round of voting (see below), with 16 characters from this season’s plays, closes at midnight on Sunday, March 24.

Round 2, with your chosen 8, opens Tuesday, March 26 with voting closing on Friday, March 29.

Your final four character choice vote begins Tuesday, April 2 and comes to a close Friday, April 5.

Finally, the championship voting begins Monday, April 8 before coming to a close on Friday, April 12. The results of the championship bout will be announced Monday, April 15.

So who’s your favorite?  Start voting and spread the word!

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Antony and Cleopatra

 

A Doll’s House

 

Love’s Labour’s Lost

 

The Taming of the Shrew

Make It a Shakespeare-filled Weekend

Timon of Athens - National Theatre Live

Want to make it full-on Shakespeare weekend? Here’s what you’ll need to do and we’ve got some discounts to help out:

Saturday

On Saturday afternoon head over to SIFF for the award-winning film Caesar Must Die at the Cinema Uptown. Set in a maximum-security prison, it follows the lives of its inmates as they try to work together for the production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Not only are they showcasing the film, but the producer of the film, Agnese Fontana, will be there for the showings on 11/17 at 6:30 PM and 11/18 at 3:30 PM. Use the discount code: CAESAR2012 when ordering to get $2 off your $10 ticket.

Sunday

Next, on Sunday, November 18, catch one of the final two performances of Antony and Cleopatra either at 2:00 PM or at 7:30 PM and bid farewell to this stunning production that the Seattle Times called “a rare, full-scale rendition of a fascinating classic. You can purchase tickets online or call the box office at 206-733-8222.

Monday

And finally, to extend your weekend just a little bit, there’s one more Shakespeare offering on Monday, November 19 at 7:30 PM take in the National Theatre’s filmed live production of Timon of Athens at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Simon Russell Beale plays the title role in Shakespeare’s strange fable of consumption, debt, and ruin. It’s a rare and fine opportunity to see this seldom performed classic that the Evening Standard called “a lacerating parable for our troubled times.” Use the discount code: TIMON2012 to receive $2 off the $20 admission when ordering tickets for either the show on 11/19 or 11/26.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

8 Reasons Why Antony and Cleopatra Rocks

Antony & Cleopatra Wordle

Who’s hot? Cleopatra is hot.

Can you name one other historical female ruler who led her people to greatness and did so with such style?  Hmm…maybe Queen Elizabeth?  Wealth, power, a sexy boyfriend, and Cleopatra basically lived at the beach! Here’s the truth: she was a savvy political tactician who held her own in world dominated by men. She was skilled in the art of warfare and led her fleet into battle…twice! She was highly educated and spoke 9 languages. Smart is sexy and Cleopatra rocks it.

Antony is THE MAN.

There are two things on this guy’s mind: his woman and war. Yeah, he cheats on two of his wives to be with Cleopatra (can you blame him?), but he exudes such confidence and power you can’t help but melt just a little when he’s around. Soldier and statesman, he’s one of the few characters that Shakespeare revisited in his plays (Remember his famous speech from Julius Caesar: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”) so you know there had to be something interesting about the guy.

Snakes in a mother***king play!

Daggers, poison, swords, a bear!  Of all the ways to bite the big one in a Shakespeare play, Cleopatra does herself in with a snake. Now that’s style.

They put the adult in adultery.

This is a mature romance. Both Antony and Cleopatra were at the height of their power when they found each other. They lived fast and hard right up to the very end and had a great time doing it together.

Cinematic Shakespeare.

Ships, tombs, palaces, battles. Antony and Cleopatra has 42 scenes.  We dart all over the map in this play. Did you know it took a minimum of 10 days to get from Egypt to Rome by boat…and that’s with a crew of 100 oarsmen! Shakespeare’s condensing of time and place makes it look easy.

Into the mystic.

Who doesn’t love a good prophesy? Um…foreshadowing anyone? It keeps the mystery going and those ranting cryptic soothsayers are some fun characters.

Tragical comedy? Comical tragedy? 

They bait and tease one another, make ribald jokes; not every situation in Antony and Cleopatra is dire and on the edge.  Heck there’s even a character just named Clown. And keep your eye on Enobarbus. He’ll crack you up.

Best. Poetry. Ever.

Shakespeare had already cut his teeth on Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth. By the time he wrote Antony and Cleopatra he was at the top of his poetic game, so take a close listen.