On Playing Benedick with Matt Shimkus

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Playing Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” has been a “Bucket List” role for Matt Shimkus since he first encountered the play when he was 13.  And he didn’t have to wait as long as he thought he would have to before getting a chance at the role. Listen to what Matt likes about playing […]

Kelly Kitchens on The Tempest

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It’s hard to believe, but Kelly Kitchens, even with her deep love of Shakespeare, wasn’t all that drawn to The Tempest. Yet, it ‘s a play that kept coming back to her and asking her to explore it. “It’s a play that’s not done with me yet,” she said.  Kelly’s directing The Tempest for Wooden […]

On Playing Shakespeare with David Quicksall

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Bollingbroke, Don Pedro, Brutus, Autolycus, Petruchio, Don Armado. This is just a partial list of the characters that David Quicksall has played for Seattle Shakespeare Company. It’s quite a wide range, and David has directed our productions of The Tempest and Coriolanus. He’s returning to a favorite role, Petruchio, in our revival of the Wooden […]

Rebecca Olson on Playing Celia in “As You Like It”

In As You Like It, Shakespeare created one of the great female friendships in theatre: Rosalind and Celia. There’s no other relationship like it in the canon. And for the game of romance in the woods, Celia is kind of Rosalind’s wingman. In Seattle Shakespeare Company’s actress Rebecca Olson plays Celia and shares her thoughts […]