Round 2: Season Character Bracket Battle

Bracket Battle Round 2

The battle for favorite character raged over the weekend and ended with some surprising results!  Enobarbus edged out Lepidus to move forward in the next round and Dr. Rank upset Krogstad in a close call. Berowne pulled from behind to beat out Holofernes and Grumio made a last minute comeback to unseat Mama Baptista.

The best blow out of Round 1 was Kate from The Taming the Shrew who won 90% of the votes. The Cinderella story of this battle is Anne-Marie from A Doll’s House! This character had only two scenes and only a handful of lines, yet she beat out Torvald and now goes up against Mrs. Linde in Round 2. Can she make it to Round 3?  Only you can decide.

The battles to watch this week pit friend against friend (Nora vs. Dr. Rank and Petruchio vs. Grumio) and sister against sister (Kate vs. Bianca).

Who’s got what it takes to go all the way?

Voting for Round 2 closes on Friday, March 29.

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Want your favorite to win? Be sure to share our 2012-2013 Season Bracket Battle on your social media and get your friends to vote as well.


Antony and Cleopatra


A Doll’s House


Love’s Labour’s Lost


The Taming of the Shrew


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

Seattle Actor Profile: David Quicksall

David Quicksall as Petruchio in Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2009 Wooden production of "The Taming of the Shrew." Photos by Erik Stuhaug
David Quicksall as Petruchio in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2009 Wooden production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Photos by Erik Stuhaug

If you’re in the men’s dressing room at Seattle Shakespeare Company, you’ll know which place by the mirror is David Quicksall’s since it’ll have a GI Joe lunchbox nearby. “I was a furious GI Joe player when I was a kid,” said Quicksall who plays Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost and will reprise his role as Petruchio in our remount of The Taming of Shrew. “This is back when we had the 11 inch figures, not the little plastic dudes. The big guys with the Kung Fu grip and realistic hair. Every year I would get a new GI Joe because I would just play the hell out of them.  And sometimes they would end up being dismembered or whatever. So anyway, one time I found a GI Joe lunchbox in the store and I had to have it. I don’t know why, I just did.  And it’s not a lunch pail I had when I was a kid, I bought it as an adult. And so I use it as my makeup kit…my little GI Joe lunchbox.”


Right now, I’m on the third book of the Millenium Trilogy…The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books.  I started reading those a while back and it’s my guilty pleasure right now…so I’m on The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.  It’s really pretty excellent.


My daughter, she’s 11…so I’m kind of listening to what she’s listening to. And she’s listening to a really odd amalgam of our complete musical library. She has all of our CD’s downloaded onto her computer and she plays them at random.  So what I hear around the house is a song by The Beatles and then a song that’s a new age thing by Kitaro, and then I’ll hear Roy Orbison. So I’m kind of listening to what I always listen to, because I have a very eclectic taste, so it’s a combination of all those things. But I have to say that the cornerstone of my musical collection is The Beatles.


Well, I saw Lincoln. That was the last movie I saw. I don’t get out too much to the movies. We actually watched a documentary about the auditions for the remount of A Chorus Line. It was really interesting. Watching a documentary about dancers and performers auditioning has its own resonance with us, of course. What I really appreciated was the hell that these dancers have to go through to audition for a Broadway show and the kind of paces they’re put through…and I would never be able to do anything like that. But my admiration for musical theatre performers has always been pretty high.

Shakespeare Dinner Party

I would have to invite Armado. I would love to have him at the dinner. I think somebody like Bottom…I would love to hang out with Bottom. I think he’s such a great guy.  And I would have to throw Macbeth in there as well.  I think that would be a very interesting dinner party.  I find Macbeth’s imagination really interesting…he’s a very imaginative guy.  Granted, his imagination is very twisted and dark, but so is mine. So I think he and I could chat quite a bit about the power of…the dark. (laughs)

7 Reasons to Love “Love’s Labour’s Lost”


Loving the Language of Love
Harold Bloom, a noted Shakespeare scholar calls Love’s Labour’s Lost “a festival of language, an exuberant fireworks display in which Shakespeare seems to seek the limits of his verbal resources, and discovers that there are none.” Be on the lookout for word play, puns and complex language. Remember, Shakespeare’s presenting an educated class of royalty and nobles, so their use of language and verbal agility is going to be on display.

Hey, this is kind of familiar…
If you’ve seen or read other Shakespeare plays, you’ll notice that Love’s Labour’s Lost has some situations and characters that will seem similar. Like The Two Gentlemen of Verona, we get two clowns in Love’s Labour’s Lost. You’ll find shades of Beatrice and Benedick’s squabbling from Much Ado About Nothing in the banter between Berowne and Rosaline. The buffoonish Prince of Aragon in The Merchant of Venice could very well be the brother of the bragging Spaniard Don Armado. And like A Midsummer Night’s Dream there is a play-within-the play that wraps up the events in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Shakespeare very well may have been trying out some ideas in Love’s Labour’s Lost that he refined in some of the later plays.

Two by Two by Two by Two by Two
You just know that the “He-man Woman Avoiders Club” set up at the start of the play by the King and his buddies is not going to last after the arrival of the Princess and her ladies. One by one the boys give up their vows of abstinence to pursue their loves, resulting in four different couples with four different exploits that we get to follow. And on top of that, there’s the rivalry between Don Armado and Costard for the hand of Jacquenetta. Shakespeare has never set so many love matches spinning before in a play, so make sure you keep track of who’s pairing up with whom.

Yeah, I Invented That
Shakespeare borrowed and adapted much of the plots to his plays from other literary sources, but the action in Love’s Labour’s Lost is entirely his own creation. The play does allude to some actual historical events (the French War of Religion) and borrows names of leading figures of the day (King of Navarre, Dumaine, Longaville, Berowne) for his characters. And the character of Don Armado may be a humorous dig at the fallen glory of the Spanish Armada.

The Comic Toybox
A pedant, a braggart, and a fool walk into a bar… Several of the more exaggerated comic characters in Love’s Labour’s Lost can trace their ancestry back to the classic Italian commedia dell’arte tradition. Audiences at the time could easily hook into the habits and motivations of these character types while Shakespeare could then use them to elaborate on his own themes.

You Call That a Happy Ending?
Usually Shakespeare’s comedies end happily; there’s a wedding or two or three, people dance, there’s much merry making. But Shakespeare’s a sly one. He leaves us hanging at the end of Love’s Labour’s Lost wondering if the newly minted couples actually will live “happily ever after.” Or, was he setting us up for a sequel?

What Happens After a Year and a Day?
With all the unresolved romances and promises to meet again, if any of Shakespeare’s plays was screaming for a sequel, it is Love’s Labour’s Lost. There’s been debate about the existence of a play titled Love’s Labour’s Won and whether or not it continued the stories left dangling or whether it’s a completely unrelated lost play. There is evidence that a play by that title was written by Shakespeare, but no copies of it are known to exist.


A Peek at Rehearsals for Love’s Labour’s Lost