Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Vanessa Miller

Performed at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

 

It’s a story that’s practically part of our DNA, and yet it still enchants us. A boy, a girl, and a love so deep that they believe they can beat the odds. Families so caught up in the past that they can’t see what’s in front of them. Time racing past. This time he’ll know. This time she’ll see. This time the lark will sing for them tomorrow. Live the romance in an up-close and intimate staging where the dancer’s swirl past, the sword fighters clash, and the heartbeat of the play mixes with your own.

 

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Mrs. Warren’s Profession

By George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Victor Pappas

Performed at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center

 

Confronting the truth locks two strong, unconventional women in an elemental battle peppered with Shaw’s wicked humor. With grit and wit, Kitty Warren pulled herself out of the London slums in order to give her daughter, Vivie, the opportunities she never had. When the two meet for the first time after many years, they both discover that neither mother nor daughter is the woman they thought they knew. A delightfully heartbreaking comedy about a shocking topic that is both timeless and timely.

 

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Titus Andronicus

By William Shakespeare

Directed by David Quicksall

Performed at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center

 

Savage and sublime, brutal and beautiful, this blackly comic revenge story is told in extremes. General Titus Andronicus returns victorious from battle with the prisoners Queen Tamora, her lover, and her sons. Despite Tamora’s pleadings, Titus hands over her eldest son for sacrifice and sets in motion a cycle of violence that races to a vicious conclusion. Yet among the bloodshed are moments of profound humanity in the anguish and loss felt by both families, illuminating the senselessness of “eye for an eye” retribution.

 

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Mother Courage and Her Children

By Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Jeff Steitzer

Performed at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center

 

Blending elements of vaudeville, soapbox, and alehouse, Brecht’s powerhouse anti-war play features one tough-as-nails matriarch.  Anna Fierling, a sly and artful entrepreneur known as Mother Courage, strives to keep her family and her business held together while war rages all around her - a war that she profits from. Shot through with satire and peppered with music and song this is an epic theatrical experience about resilience in the face of bitter struggle.

 

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The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jane Nichols

Performed at the Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

A fast and funny comedy filled with mixed up mayhem. Searching for the family they lost years ago in a shipwreck, Antipholus and his servant, Dromio, find themselves in a strange city where nearly everyone thinks they know them. Are folks seeing double? Maybe! This comic knot of jealous wives, quack doctors, mysterious nuns, and double trouble untangles just in time with the nuttiest family reunion you've ever seen.

 

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Free Wooden O park show

Henry IV part 1

By William Shakespeare
Directed by George Mount
Performed in parks throughout the Puget Sound region

While his father, King Henry IV, confronts threats at home and abroad, Prince Hal drinks and cavorts in the taverns with his friend, the drunkard Sir John Falstaff. Rebellion quickly leads to war and young Hal must face his duties to family and throne. Filled with mischievous revelry and exhilarating battles, this engaging story of fathers and sons is one of Shakespeare’s most thrilling epics.

 

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As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Annie Lareau
Performed in parks throughout the Puget Sound region

Exiled from their home and disguised to avoid attention, Rosalind and Ceila seek refuge in the secluded forest of Arden. Once there, the witty pair get caught up in the romantic tangles of the locals and find their own love interests as well. Rosalind’s disguise as a man gives her a newfound freedom, but it’s not without its complications to be sure. This is Shakespeare’s sparkling romantic comedy in which lessons of love are learned by all.

 

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Touring Production

Macbeth (Tour 2015)

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Annie Lareau

On tour across Washington State

 

Macbeth TourThis taut, pared-down play tells a tale of murder and dark ambition. A ruthless lord seizes power with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of other-worldly witches. Urged on by eerie prophesies and ambitious desire, Macbeth slices through kinsmen, friend and foe in a bloody climb to power at any cost.

Performs at: Available for bookings in schools and community centers across Washington State. Please contact us for booking details.

Running Time: 90 minutes

 

Public Performance: Sunday March 29 at 7:30 PM

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Touring Production

Romeo and Juliet (Tour 2015)

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Annie Lareau

On tour across Washington State

 

Romeo and JulietIn the midst of an historical bitter feud, passionate young love emerges. Defying their parents, Romeo and Juliet marry and plot to run away together, only to be thwarted at every turn. This classic play is a swashbuckling drama and the greatest love story ever told.

 

Performs at: Available for bookings in schools and community centers across Washington State. Please contact us for booking details.

 

Running Time: 90 minutes

Othello

By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Langs
Performed at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

 

Military leader Othello passes over his ensign, Iago, for a promotion in favor of young Cassio. Seeking revenge, master manipulator Iago seeds Othello’s mind with mistrust for his new bride Desdemona. The lies spread like wildfire clouding Othello’s vision for what is true and what is false. The flame of jealousy fills him with self-doubt, destroying his once-happy marriage. With soaring language and psychological depth, Shakespeare creates a highly charged tale that roars to a crashing conclusion.

Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.

 

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  • PRODUCTION TEAM

    John Langs (Director), Jennifer Zeyl (Set Designer), Doris Black (Costume Designer), Geoff Korf (Lighting Designer), Tristian Roberson (Projection Designer), Robertson Witmer (Sound Designer), Robin Macartney (Props Designer), Ruth Eitemiller (Stage Manager)

    CAST (in alphabetical order)

    Rob Burgess (Brabantio), Hillary Clemens (Desdemona), J. Samuel Cowan (Soldier), Trick Danneker (Roderigo), Quinn Franzen (Cassio), Jim Gall (Montano/Senator), Soren Michael Gillaspy (Soldier), Keiko Green (Bianca), Darragh Kennan (Iago), David Anthony Lewis (Duke/Lodovico), Sean Phillips (Othello), Lorenzo Roberts (Soldier), Alexandra Tavares (Emilia).

  • Iago, ensign to the general Othello, is enraged by the preferment of Michael Cassio to lieutenant over himself. Iago is bent on revenge, and Othello’s lack of guile leaves him vulnerable.

    Othello has married Desdemona without her father’s consent and is brought before the duke of Venice. The duke is impressed by Othello’s honesty and by Desdemona’s loyalty to him and encourages her father to accept the marriage. He also enlists Othello’s services to fight the Turks. Othello and Desdemona arrive in Cyprus, where they find that the Turkish fleet has already been destroyed by a storm. During the ensuing celebrations, Iago gets Cassio drunk and spurs him on to a brawl that results in his dismissal from Othello’s service.

    Iago works to convince Othello that Cassio is sleeping with Desdemona. He gradually establishes this suspicion in Othello’s mind, while denying that he himself believes it. Desdemona notices her husband’s sudden coolness toward her and confides in Emilia, Iago’s wife. Unaware of Iago’s scheme, Emilia assists him by procuring a handkerchief that was given to Desdemona as a keepsake by Othello. When it turns up in Cassio’s possession, Othello is convinced of his wife’s infidelity. He smothers her to death in their bed, only to find out from Emilia that it was she who stole the kerchief for Iago. Overwhelmed by guilt, he attempts to kill Iago, then stabs himself, dying at his wife’s side.

    Iago is arrested and refuses to explain his motives or to confess his crimes, stoically accepting a sentence of death by torture.

    Adapted from Shakespeare Genealogies by Vanessa James