Shakespeare’s First Folio in Seattle

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Big news! One of the most famous books in history is coming to Seattle in 2016. The Folger Shakespeare Library is sending us one of Shakespeare’s First Folios as part of a national tour marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Only 233 copies exist of this first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and […]

A Slippery, Seductive Swindler

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False gurus get their comeuppance in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Molière’s Tartuffe directed by Makaela Pollock.  Translated by Richard Wilbur, Tartuffe runs at the Center Theatre March 17-April 12, 2015. In Tartuffe Orgon’s household is under the influence of a seductive swindler named Tartuffe. This cunning con artist, masquerading as a holy man, plans […]

Auditions for Wooden O 2015 Productions

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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 […]

Twelves Sale – All Tickets $12

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Seattle Shakespeare Company is pumped up for the Super Bowl on Sunday and hope you are too! To celebrate we’re holding a “Twelves Sale.” For 12 hours only (noon to midnight Jan 30, 2015) you can purchase adult tickets to Measure for Measure, Tartuffe or Othello for just $12 each. It’s a steal! Use the […]

Casting News: Othello

Othello Casting News

Our April/May performances of Othello are still months away, but we’re thrilled to announce the actors who will join us for the production directed by John Langs. Sean Phillips and Hillary Clemens will make their Seattle Shakespeare Company debuts in the roles of Othello and Desdemona. Also making her debut in the role of Bianca […]

On the Frailty of Human Nature in “Measure for Measure”

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The Atlantic is currently running a series in which selected authors share and discuss their favorite passages in literature. Linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker chose to discuss a passage from Measure for Measure that served as an epigraph to a chapter called in Inner Demons in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature. […]

Wrapping Up a Momentous Year

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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 […]

Sex in the City: Measure for Measure

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It has been 12 years since Seattle Shakespeare Company last produced “Measure for Measure,” and prior to that it hadn’t been on our stage since 1993. This hard edged fable of justice, morality, and power can be a challenge to stage since it has such a cynical tone even though it is considered a comedy.  […]

Who were these people? Audiences in Shakespeare’s Day

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In Shakespeare’s day, London theaters like the Globe could accommodate up to 3,000 people watching popular plays. With theaters running most afternoons, that could mean as many as 10,000-20,000 people could see a play every week! Who were these people? Shakespeare’s audience was the very rich, the upper middle class, and the lower middle class. […]

Casting News: Tartuffe

Tartuffe Casting News

Get ready for some mayhem with Moliere as we will soon be welcoming a new cast to our stage for Tartuffe. Although there are still a few parts that we’re waiting to cast, we’re very excited to share director Makaela Pollock’s company with you. R. Hamilton Wright will play the wily title character Tartuffe. Wright […]