News About The Winter's Tale

Seattle Weekly Names “Coriolanus” Best Play of 2012

The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2012 production of “Coriolanus.” Photo by John Ulman.

It feels a little bit like awards season around here. (Hey! Where’s our red carpet?!) On the same day that we got notice about the Teen Tix Award, the Seattle Weekly came out with their “Best of ” issue naming “Coriolanus” as Best Play of 2012. How cool is that? In their review of the show back in January, the Weekly said “the story feels so timely that it’s worth the investment.” And guess what? You can catch a few members of the “Coriolanus” company (David Quicksall, Mike Dooly, Therese Diekhans) in “The Winter’s Tale” in the parks through August 12.

The Winter’s Tale: Cast and Crew

July 12–August 12, 2012

By William Shakespeare | Directed by Mary Machala

Design Team
Craig B. Wollam (Scenic Designer)
K.D. Schill (Costume Designer)
Johanna Melamed (Sound Designer)
Sean Patrick Taylor (Composer)
Marleigh Driscoll (Properties Designer)

In Order of Appearance

Therese Diekhans (Paulina)
Sean Patrick Taylor (Ensemble / Musician)
Libby Barnard (Ensemble)
Derek Petropolis (Ensemble)
Evan Crockett (Ensemble)
Sara Mountjoy-Pepka (Ensemble)

David Quicksall (Antigonus / Autolycus)
Nick Rempel (Camillo)
Michael Patten (Leontes)
Mike Dooly (Polixenes)
Alyson Bedford (Hermione)
Joel Meyers (Mamillius)
Jack Taylor (Mamillius
Jim Lapan (Old Shepherd)
Mark Oram (Clown)
Brenda Joyner (Perdita)
Riley Neldam (Florizel)

Susannah Butler (Stage Manager)

Production Staff
Nina Trotto (Production Assistant)
Seattle Scenic Studios (Technical Direction)
Drew Myers-Regulinski (Wardrobe Supervisor)

The Winter’s Tale: Photos

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The Winter’s Tale: Synopsis

July 12–August 12, 2012

Leontes, the king of Sicily, and Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, have been friends since childhood. Polixenes is at the end of a six-month visit with his old friend. Leontes begs him to stay longer and asks his wife, Hermione, to help persuade him. Because Hermione succeeds with ease, Leontes imagines that they are having an affair. In a jealous rage, he asks his faithful courtier, Camillo, to kill him. Camillo reveals the plot to Polixenes, and together they escape to Bohemia

Leontes then accuses Hermione of being pregnant with his friend’s child. He throws her in prison, over the protest of his nobles, and sends to Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi for what he is sure will be confirmation of his suspicions. Meanwhile, the queen gives birth to a girl, and her loyal friend Paulina brings the baby to the king, in the hopes that the sight of the child will soften his heart.  He only grows angrier and orders Paulina’s husband, Antigonus, to take the child and abandon it in some desolate place. While Antigonus is gone, the answer comes from Delphi — Hermione and Polixenes are innocent, and Leontes is a “jealous tyrant,” and the kingdom will have no heir until the lost child is found.

Time passes, and Perdita, who was saved as a babe,  is now a young woman enjoying a pastoral life with the shepherds who found her and amused by the thief and peddler Autolycus. She is secretly wooed by Polixenes’ son Florizel. When his father discovers that Florizel is in love with the shepherdess, he threatens to disinherit him. Again the good Camillo steps in and, disguising Florizel as Autolycus, helps the couple to elope.

Everyone eventually finds his or her way back to the court of Leontes, where Perdita’s true identity is revealed and she is engaged to Florizel with Polixenes’ blessing. Paulina takes them all to see a new statue of Hermione. As Leontes gazes rapturously on its likeness, the statue steps from its pedestal into Leontes’ arm for Hermione, thanks to Paulina, is still alive. Leontes begs everyone’s forgiveness, and happiness is restored to all.

(adapted from Shakespeare Genealogies by Vanessa James)

The Winter’s Tale

The Winter's Tale

Jealousy and suspicion tear at the heart of King Leontes, a man who seems to have everything. Accusing his wife of infidelity, his rash choices plunge himself and those he loves into a winter of despair and regret. Yet true love can work miracles and forgiveness can heal deep wounds as an exiled princess and a wise woman orchestrate one of the most touching reunions in all of Shakespeare.

July 12–August 12, 2012

By William Shakespeare | Directed by Mary Machala

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours


Performance Schedule for “The Winter’s Tale”


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