Championship Round: Nora Takes on Don Armado

Bracket Battle Round Finals

Incredible! The two finalists for our Championship Round of the 2012-2013 Character Bracket Battle are…Nora and Don Armado.  Nora from A Doll’s House whipped Cleopatra from Antony and Cleopatra in the final four, but it was a close race for Don Armado from Love’s Labour’s Lost against Kate from The Taming of the Shrew. Based upon earlier outcomes, nobody could have predicted this final match up.

Well, it’s now in your hands. Who is going to be the final winner? Could it be the desperate housewife who leaves it all behind to find herself or the fantastical love-stricken Spaniard who mangles the English language?

Voting for the ultimate winner closes at 3PM on Sunday, April 14.

Check back on April 15 to find out which character gets crowned fan favorite.





On Playing Shakespeare with David Quicksall

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 O production of The Taming of the Shrew. Turn on the sound and take a listen to what David has to say about performing Shakespeare.

First Rehearsal: The Taming of the Shrew

It’s been four years Seattle Shakespeare Company produced its Wooden O trailer park version of The Taming of the Shrew and for many of the cast members, it was like having a family reunion. When we first announced that we were remounting the production this season, the cast members started sending emails to one another, writing in the voice of their character.  At the first rehearsal, some of them even wore parts of their costumes from four years ago. It obviously struck a chord not only with the cast but with audiences as well as it ranks as one of the best attended Wooden O shows in history.

We knew that a lot of people didn’t get a chance to see the show when it was originally produced, and since we wanted to kick off Wooden O’s 20th Anniversary in big way, we decided to bring back the fun and beloved trailer park Shrew.

Round 4: Cleopatra vs. Nora and Don Armado vs. Kate

Bracket Battle Round 4

The male characters were trounced last week and the ladies triumphed.  In some cases it was almost no contest. The lone male contender in this battle is Don Armado. Can the fantastical Spaniard from Love’s Labour’s Lost hold his own against Kate from The Taming of the Shrew? Doubtful, she has dominated every battle she’s been in (understandably!).  It’s also down to Cleopatra and Nora. Two strong, wily gals…it should be interesting.

Cleopatra, Nora, Don Armado, and Kate.  They are our final four. Move your favorite on to the championship by voting in Round 4 of Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2012-2013 Character Bracket Battle.

Voting for Round 4 ends Thursday at 3PM. The championship battle will begin on Friday morning and last through the weekend. We’ll crown a winner on Monday.

Vote for your favorite and spread the word!