At Seattle Shakespeare Company summer officially starts with the first rehearsal for Wooden O. This summer we’ve got our biggest casts ever — a total of 30 actors! Both “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and our all-female “Julius Caesar” feature original music and choreography. It’s going to be a great summer of Shakespeare. Make your plans with friends to join us in the parks.
We’re thrilled to announce our casting for this summer’s free Wooden O productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Julius Caesar which start performances on Thursday, July 10. Both productions will perform in park venues throughout King County and then transfer to Walla Walla, WA as part of Shakespeare Walla Walla.
David Quicksall, who staged Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Coriolanus and recently appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, will direct The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The production features Jason Marr as Proteus and Conner Neddersen as Valentine. Marr recently appeared in Richard II and Neddersen has performed with Seattle Shakespeare Company’s touring program for three years.
Wooden O veteran Vanessa Miller directs an all-female cast of Julius Caesar. Miller directed the 2010 Wooden O production of Othello and appeared in The Comedy of Errors for Wooden O in 2011. Julius Caesar features Therese Diekhans as Julius Caesar, Suzanne Bouchard as Brutus, and Amy Thone as Cassius. Diekhans appeared in Coriolanus and the Wooden O production of The Winter’s Tale. Bouchard will be making her Seattle Shakespeare Company debut. Amy Thone is currently playing Kent in King Lear and appeared last summer in The Tempest.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona full cast includes: Scott Ward Abernethy (Thurio/Quintet/Ensemble), Bridgid Abrams (Ensemble/Singer), Kevin Bordi (Launce), Keith Dahlgren (Antonio/Host), Angelica Duncan (Julia), Jim Gall (Duke), Rachel Glass (Lucetta/Singer), Eric Jensen (Eglamour/Panthino/Singer), Jacob Livingston (Quintet/Ensemble), Jason Marr (Proteus), Carolyn Marie Monroe (Sylvia), Christopher Morson (Speed), and Conner Neddersen (Valentine).
Julius Caesar full cast includes: Tonya Andrews (Soothsayer), Suzanne Bouchard (Brutus), Aimée Bruneau (conspirator), Rebecca M. Davis (conspirator), Therese Diekhans (Julius Caesar), Karen Jo Fairbrook (Marellus/Caius Ligarius), Macall Gordon (conspirator), Heather Hawkins (Calpurnia), Meg McLynn (Portia/Octavius), Victoria McNaughton (ensemble), Sarah Russell (ensemble), Melissa Slaughter (ensemble), Amy Thone (Cassius), Nikki Visel (Conspirator), Kayla Walker (Lucius), Terri Weagant (Marc Antony), and Kate Witt (Casca).
Set designs for both productions will be by Craig B. Wollam. Costumes for The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be by Jocelyne Fowler and Kelly McDonald will design costumes for Julius Caesar. Evan Mosher will design sound for Julius Caesar and Brian Wagner will compose original music.
I think the season coming up has some amazing play titles associated with and some amazing directors associated with each of those shows. And again, it’s also coming in as one of those seasons where the directors are coming at the plays from a passion point of view.
The theme of the season this year is built around the idea of what we’re calling “Lead Us Into Temptation.” So each of the plays, somewhere in them, deal with elements of love, desire, lust, ambition…chasing after that forbidden fruit. And how ideas of jealousy, deception, and corruption can bump up against those notions of craven impulses or secret desires.
The thing that’s going to be kicking off the season is going to be a real note for something here in Seattle. Before we get to our four play themed season, of “Lead Us Into Temptation,” we’re going to kick off a 5th full production in early September of “Waiting for Godot,” Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece of the last century. It’s going to be built around an entire city-wide festival of the works of Samuel Beckett. We are involving over 20 arts and education organizations from the period of late August through early November, all coordinating and producing works by or inspired by Samuel Beckett.
We’ll have our show, “Waiting for Godot” performed in cooperation with ACT Theatre at the Falls Theatre in early September. We’re very excited about the opportunity for us, as theatre artists, and all of Seattle as audience members to jointly explore this great and profoundly important writer’s work.
As an artistic director, what I get the great pleasure of doing, is giving other artists an opportunity to explore their passions. And the directors associated with the plays this year have, each of them, brought a particular excitement and a particular dream passion to each of these shows. Jon Kretzu doing “Twelfth Night” is getting a chance to explore some beautiful opulence and sort of faded glory and degradation all at the same time in his production of “Twelfth Night.”
Desdemona Chiang is an exceptionally talented and exciting director whose work with Azeotrope people may be familar with. She’s also got a great history with Shakespeare, and she is over the moon excited about “Measure for Measure.” She approached me about, when I met with her, because I think her talent is so great, I wanted her to get a chance to explore Shakespeare…the first show on her list was “Measure for Measure.”
Makeala Pollock who is directing “Tartuffe” is developing a passion for the works of Moliere. She recently directed “The Bourgeois Gentlemen” at Cornish College and is getting…is chomping at the bit to get some more of that Moliere wit and social commentary expressed in Seattle.
And the great John Langs, whose work we’ve enjoyed with “King Lear,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” has one of the strongest and most distinctive voices in Seattle theatre directing, and to bring it to bear upon this great play of jealousy and passion and deception is going to be right up his alley. I think it’s going to be flexing all the muscles that he has already finely developed.
There are going to be a lot of great plays that you’re going to want to see and a subscription is one of the best ways to ensure that you see every one of them.
Waiting for Godot – September 3-21, 2014
Twelfth Night – October 21-November 16, 2014
Measure for Measure – January 6-February 1, 2015
Tartuffe – March 17-April 12, 2015
Othello – April 22-May 10, 2015
Seattle Shakespeare Company is currently accepting applications for a site manager for the theatre’s summer 2014 Wooden O outdoor productions. This 5-week part-time, temporary position involves primarily evening and weekend duties that will include:
- Serving as a public representative of Seattle Shakespeare Company
- Setting up an informative and welcoming station and signage
- Coordinating and supervising volunteers
- Giving brief speeches before each performance to welcome the audience
- Selling merchandise and collecting donations
- Soliciting free Groundling memberships
- Serving as an information resource regarding Seattle Shakespeare Company and the performance.
- Tallying cash donations after each performance
- Submitting performance reports
- Others duties as assigned
The position requires that the site manager have reliable transportation, be able to lift 30lbs, and have a schedule flexible enough to evening hours during the week and all weekends during stated work period. This position will start the week of July 7 and be employed through August 10, 2014. If you have questions or are interested in applying for the summer Wooden O site manager position, please send a cover letter and resume to:
Jeff Fickes, Communications Director | email
Seattle Shakespeare Company
PO Box 19595
Seattle, WA 98109
Salary: $10 per hour. All applications will be considered. Candidates will be called for an interview. Application deadline is March 14.
Seattle Shakespeare Company will hold general auditions on Saturday March 1 from 11AM to 6PM for its two Wooden O summer 2014 productions directed by David Quicksall and Vanessa Miller.
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: Cornish Playhouse, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle WA 98109. The auditions will take place in the Founder’s Room located in the upper lobby near the bar. Please enter the building through the side door located near Seattle Rep.
Audition requirements: 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 director’s discretion and request, so please be ready but don’t assume that both pieces will asked to be heard. Also note, you may be asked to sing a capella.
Dates for the Wooden O productions are July 10 through August 17. Rehearsals will begin June 9, 2014. Both productions will perform in Walla Walla for one week.