Auditions for Wooden O 2015 Productions

George Mount, Christopher Morson, and Kevin Bordi
George Mount, Christopher Morson, and Kevin Bordi

Seattle Shakespeare Company will hold general auditions on Monday, February 23 from 4PM to 11PM and Monday, March 2 from 8:30AM to 4PM for its two Wooden O summer 2015 productions: As You Like It directed by Annie Lareau and Henry IV part 1 directed by George Mount.

Please email casting to schedule an available slot. To solicit a time for this audition please include a headshot and resume in your email message.

Where: 3317 3rd Ave. South, Seattle, 98134 (between Horton and Hinds near Spokane St in the SoDo district).

Audition requirements: Please bring a hard copy of your headshot/resume.  We will schedule auditions in 3-minute time periods. Please prepare two heightened text pieces (90-second maximum per piece), and at least one of them should be by Shakespeare. The second piece will only be seen at the auditors’ request, so please be ready but don’t assume that both pieces will asked to be heard.

Call-backs for both shows will be held in March. You WILL NOT be notified if we do not need to see you for any further for consideration this summer.

Please Note: Rehearsals for both shows start June 8, 2015. The shows rehearse weekday evenings and during the day on weekends. The Seattle area performance dates for both productions are July 9 through August 9.  As You Like It will perform in Walla Walla for a week and close on August 16.

 

Schedule Audition

 

Wrapping Up a Momentous Year

We’ve been taking time to reflect on the year gone by and to start setting our sights on the horizon. It’s been a busy and exciting time for the company, and we are enormously proud of the achievements of the past year. When we compared our personal lists of highlights, they differed slightly, so we decided to share them both with you.

George: Richard II was definitely a highlight. Rosa Joshi’s simple yet beguiling production really resonated with audiences. It was heartening to learn that our audience would respond to this challenging and infrequently produced work.

John: Our subscriptions have grown for the 8th year in a row, reaching another all-time high. A 75% increase in season ticket purchases over the past 10 years is something to celebrate.

George: Victor Pappas crafted a sparkling, side-splittingly funny The Importance of Being Earnest that once again showed Oscar Wilde as one of the wittiest writers in the English language. It was great to see houses packed night after night.

John: Every year it just gets better and better. Our Bill’s Bash auction is surely the most fun that anyone will have at a fundraiser, and last spring it hit a high mark. Big thanks to everyone who rolls up their sleeves to make it happen.

George: From March through May a 6-actor troupe serve as our ambassadors across the state. Last spring’s touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and Othello played to more than 15,000 people from Spokane to Orcas Island. They really are our unsung heroes doing the work of inspiring a new generation of Shakespeare lovers.

George: Having director Shelia Daniels back is always a high point. Her King Learwas achingly sad with Dan Kremer’s Lear and Michael Winter’s Gloucester together for a devastating and pitiful Act IV encounter. I was moved every time I saw it.

John: How could anyone not enjoy our rollicking and rocking Wooden O production ofThe Two Gentlemen of Verona? It was also thrilling to see so many powerful and accomplished actresses bring an all-female Julius Caesar to life in the parks. Wooden O is truly my greatest summer treat, and it’s wonderful to know that nearly 10,000 people in 11 different cities also enjoyed free Shakespeare.  And, we returned to Walla Walla after a two year absence to perform Julius Caesar at the Gesa Powerhouse Theatre. A great cap to the summer.

John: I was tremendously proud of George’s staging of Waiting for Godot at ACT Theatre. He captured both the dark tones and the extraordinary humor of the play. George was also the driver behind the Seattle Beckett Festival, a unique, city-wide celebration of Samuel Beckett, with 20 different organizations involved. A wonderful and wide-ranging representation of this great artist’s work.

George: Bringing director Jon Kretzu back for Twelfth Night was a delight. His moody yet merry production surpassed sales expectations and had several folks returning to see it more than once.

John: Our Education Luncheon this fall, chaired by Laurie Stusser-McNeil, drew a full-house of supporters to help fund our state-wide education efforts. And our Power2Give campaign to help underwrite free Shakespeare workshops in schools hit its goal.

John: It was an honor to be invited to participate in ArtsFest with the Spokane Public Schools for the first time this past November. Our education staff provided the theatre component and taught acting skills, stage combat, Elizabethan dance, and scenes from Romeo and Juliet to 10 students from each of the five high schools that participated.

Clearly we (and that means you, too) have a lot to celebrate in these accomplishments. So what’s ahead? Well, for now it’s Measure for Measure with award-winning director Desdemona Chiang at the helm. Then it’s a very full spring filled with Tartuffe andOthello, a tour that already has 60 different schools set in its schedule, a full slate of school residencies, our blow-out auction Bill’s Bash, and much more.

Thank you for being a part of our community and our success.

Have a Happy New Year Year!

Best regards,


George Mount
Artistic Director


John Bradshaw
Managing Director

 

A Peek at “Twelfth Night”

The set for “Twelfth Night” is being loaded into the theatre and the actors have just a few more days of rehearsals before the audience shows up.  Here’s a look into rehearsals for “Twelfth Night.”

Twelfth Night First Rehearsal

Shipwrecked romantics get washed ashore in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s sparkling comedy Twelfth Night directed by Jon Kretzu at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center. Rehearsals for the play started on Tuesday, September 23rd.

“The play for me is so much about all the different parts of love,” said Kretzu to the crowd gathered in the rehearsal room at Seattle Children’s Theatre. “All the things that love does to us. Not just the jolly parts, but all the really painful stuff that it brings up.  And loneliness. Illyria just seemed like this incredible, fantastical place where people had to face their own feelings and deal with their own emotions and their own essential loneliness.”  Kretzu and his design team have created a lush, elegant, and murky world of willows and shipwrecked furniture where the light of day is always at dusk and the characters are all grasping for something or someone to keep them from drowning in their own emotions.

Kretzu returns to Seattle Shakespeare Company having previously directed the 2013 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. He is the former Associate Artistic Director of Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland.

Several of the cast members from Kretzu’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost return for Twelfth Night including Allie Pratt as Viola and Jay Myers as Orsino, as well as Mike Dooly (Sir Toby), David Quicksall (Malvolio), and George Mount (Sir Andrew). Elinor Gunn who recently played Cordelia in King Lear will play Olivia. Conner Neddersen and Christopher Morson, seen this past summer as Valentine and Speed in the Wooden O production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona will play Feste and Sebastian. Julie Briskman who played Jenny in The Threepenny Opera in 2011 will play Maria.  This is the fifth time Seattle Shakespeare Company has produced Twelfth Night in the company’s 24 year history

Casting News: Twelfth Night

 

Casting News Twelfth Night

Several Seattle Shakespeare Company friends return to our stage for our fall production of “Twelfth Night” which starts performances October 21. Jon Kretzu, who staged our elegant and captivating production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” has brought back several cast members from that 2013 production

The production features Allie Pratt as Viola and Jay Myers as Orsino, both who appeared in “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Also joining them from that production are Mike Dooly (Sir Toby), David Quicksall (Malvolio), and George Mount (Sir Andrew).

Elinor Gunn who recently played Cordelia in “King Lear” will play Olivia.  Conner Neddersen and Christopher Morson, seen this past summer as Valentine and Speed in the Wooden O production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” will play Feste and Sebastian. Julie Briskman who played Jenny in “The Threepenny Opera” in 2011 will play Maria.  They’ll be joined by Joey Shaw (Antonio), Justin Cowan, Spencer Hamp, and Andrew Highlands in the ensemble.