Casting News: Wooden O 2015

Wooden O Casting News

We’re thrilled to announce our casting for this summer’s free Wooden O productions of Henry IV part 1 and As You Like It which start performances on Thursday, July 9. Lots of favorite artists from past Seattle Shakespeare Company productions will be in the parks this summer.

Artistic Director George Mount will stage Henry IV part 1. This is the first time we’ve presented this play in the parks. The production features David Anthony Lewis as King Henry, Conner Neddersen as his son Prince Hal, and Tim Hyland as Falstaff. Lewis was in our recent production of Measure for Measure and is currently in Othello.  Neddersen played Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona last summer and Feste in our recent production of Twelfth Night. Hyland returns to SSC after directing the Wooden O production of Macbeth (2011) and appearing as Fluellen in Henry V (2010).

Actress and director Annie Lareau directs As You Like It. Lareau recently staged our touring productions of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, and appeared in the Wooden O productions of Richard III (2009) and Henry V (2013). As You Like It features Brenda Joyner as Rosalind, Jason Sanford as Orlando, Hana Lass as Celia, Kelly Kitchens as Jacques, and Heather Hawkins as both Duchess sisters. Joyner last appeared on our stage in Much Ado About Nothing and Richard II. Jason Sanford played the King of Navarre in Love’s Labour’s Lost and was part of our spring tour in 2013 in Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Hana Lass recently played Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Kelly Kitchens played Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (2013 and Wooden O 2009). Heather Hawkins appeared in last summer’s all-female Julius Caesar as Calpurnia.

The Henry IV part 1 full cast includes: David Anthony Lewis (King Henry), Conner Neddersen (Prince Hal), Tim Hyland (Falstaff), Michael Patten (Vernon/Northumberland), Joe Ngo (Hotspur), Nikki Visel (Westmoreland), Kate Witt (Mistress Quickly/Worcester), Brandon Felker (Bardolph/Glendower), Matt Gilbert (Mortimer/Poins), Lorenzo Roberts (Blunt), Tom Miller Dewey (Peto/Douglass), Michael Dreger (Prince John), and Jessica Keily (Lady Percy).

The As You Like It full cast includes: Brenda Joyner (Rosalind), Jason Sanford (Orlando), Hana Lass (Celia), Heather Hawkins (Duchess Senior and Duchess Fredricka), Brian Simmons (Touchstone), Kelly Kitchens (Jacques), Maya Sugarman (Phebe), Kate Jaeger (Audrey), Spencer Hamp (Silvius), Amy Fleetwood (Corin), Evan Whitfield (Oliver), Eric Ray Anderson (Adam), Sean Patrick Taylor (Le Beau/Amiens), and Duncan Weinland (William).

Win Tickets to a Screening of “Titus Andronicus”

We’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away to the Globe Theatre’s screening of their production of “Titus Andronicus” on Thursday, March 26 at 7PM.  Enter to win today!

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We're thrilled that the Globe Theatre will be bringing their stage production of Titus Andronicus to the screen at the Guild 45th Theatre on Thursday, March 26 at 7PM. We've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away. Enter to win today. Contest ends at midnight on March 25. Titus Andronicus Returning to Rome from a war against the Goths, the general Titus Andronicus (William Houston) brings with him the queen Tamora (Indira Varma) and her three sons as prisoners of war. Titus’ sacrifice of Tamora’s eldest son to appease the ghosts of his dead sons, and his decision to refuse to accept the title of emperor, initiates a terrible cycle of mutilation, rape and murder. And all the while, at the center of the nightmare, there moves the villainous, self-delighting Aaron (Obi Abili). Grotesquely violent and daringly experimental, Titus Andronicus was the smash hit of Shakespeare’s early career, and is written with a ghoulish energy he was never to repeat elsewhere. This production, recorded earlier in 2015, revisits Lucy Bailey’s spectacular Globe production of 2006 and has caused a stir throughout the U.K. media with staged violence so realistic that some audience members have fainted.
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Bloodlines – Our 25th Anniversary Season

Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director George Mount announced plans for the company’s 25th Anniversary season that includes performances at the Leo K. Theatre, the return of directors Jeff Steitzer, David Quicksall, and Victor Pappas, and the mainstage directing debuts of Jane Nichols and Vanessa Miller.

“The programming for this season merged around the idea of family in its many forms” said Mount. “Everyone has a different reaction when you say the word ‘family.’ We first learn about the world through our families, and then discover that other families are not quite like our own. In these plays, people go to extreme measures to find, protect, and love their family members. We’re calling the theme of the season ‘Bloodlines.’“

For the first time, Seattle Shakespeare Company will produce one of its plays in the Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre.  Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors directed by Jane Nichols will open the season and run September 16 through October 11, 2015. “Personally, this is my absolute favorite play to work on,” said Mount. “We spend the entire rehearsal period just trying to make everyone laugh. Jane is such a renowned clowning expert, and I can’t wait to see how she brings her unique talents to bear on this play.”

Bertolt Brecht’s biting indictment of war, Mother Courage and Her Children will be directed by Jeff Steitzer from October 27 through November 22, 2015 at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center. “Jeff did a phenomenal Pygmalion with us in 2012,” said Mount. “I’m looking forward to seeing how he approaches this since Brecht mixes up comedy with tragedy, poetry, and musical theater.”

David Quicksall will direct Titus Andronicus, January 12-February 7, 2016, at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center. “David staged our gritty Coriolanus in 2012, and since this is Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, I’m sure he and the cast will have great fun getting their hands dirty with this shocker.” This will be the first time Seattle Shakespeare Company will have produced Titus Andronicus.

George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession will be directed by Victor Pappas, March 22-April 17, 2016, at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center. “I’m excited to have Victor Pappas back after he staged such a delightful The Importance of Being Earnest for us,” said Mount. “This play has Shaw’s stinging wit and features a mother-daughter battle of wills that will have everyone thinking about the choices one makes in life.”

Romeo and Juliet will be the final play in the company’s indoor season.  It will be directed by Vanessa Miller, May 4-May 22, 2016, at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. “We’ll be telling Shakespeare’s ultimate family drama in a very intimate way,” said Mount. “We’re going to reconfigure seats on the Cornish Playhouse stage to bring everyone closer to the action.”

Season ticket packages are on sale in the lobby and will go on sale online at the end of March. Single tickets for the events will go on sale July 2015.

A Peek at “Tartuffe”

Bring on the funny!  Rehearsals for “Tartuffe” are creating giggles, laughs, and guffaws with every scene.  Here’s your first look at the show before we move into the theatre.