Know Thyself – George Mount on the 2013-2014 Season

Artistic Director George Mount at the first rehearsal for "Much Ado About Nothing."
Artistic Director George Mount at the first rehearsal for “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Before rehearsals started up for “Much Ado About Nothing,” we sat down with Artistic Director George Mount to get his thoughts on Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2013-2014 season.  “Know Thyself” is the organizing idea behind all of the play choices this year. Find out why George chose the plays he did and learn about some of the artists involved.

Kelly Kitchens on The Tempest

Kelly Kitchens (far right) in rehearsal for The Tempest with Jim Lapan, Jim Gall, Brandon J. Simmons, and Meg McLynn
Kelly Kitchens (far right) in rehearsal for The Tempest with Jim Lapan, Jim Gall, Brandon J. Simmons, and Meg McLynn

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 O this summer. Take 5 minutes and listen to what she thinks about the play now.

Dancing on the Edge of the Volcano

Jon Kretzu in rehearsal
Director Jon Kretzu in rehearsal for “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

In order to create the world of Love’s Labour’s Lost, director Jon Kretzu drew upon the music and culture of the late 1920s. He likens that period of time to being a “dreamlike period and people were living in a dream before reality sort of crashed down of them.” Listen to Jon as he talks about the music of Cole Porter, the artwork of Cecil Beaton, the film Brideshead Revisted and so much more that he used to establish the setting for Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Podcast: Finding Antony and Cleopatra with Amy Thone and Hans Altwies

Antony and Cleopatra Rehearsal
In rehearsal for Antony and Cleopatra

Amy Thone and Hans Altwies play the two epic lovers in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. Ironically, the two met while performing in a Shakespeare play and have gone on to share the stage playing opposite one another quite often. Find out how they each go about finding the roles and the challenges along the way.

Podcast: First Rehearsal for Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra First Rehearsal

At the center of Antony and Cleopatra is “a terrific love story and a mature love story, and a really, really passionate love story,” said director John Langs to the 50+ people gathered at the first rehearsal for the show.  He gave us all a taste of what’s to come in the show which runs for 16 performances November 1st through the 18th. Listen in and get excited!