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.

 

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Tartuffe

By Moliere
Directed by Makaela Pollock
Performed at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center

 

Orgon’s household is under the influence of a seductive swindler named Tartuffe. This cunning con man, masquerading as a holy man, plans to dupe the gullible Orgon out of his fortune, his daughter, and his reputation. The pious grifter can do no wrong in his host’s eyes, yet everyone else in the household smells a rat. Just when the jig is up, Tartuffe ups the stakes and the charm. Moliere’s laugh-out-loud funny tale of deception, hypocrisy, and power shish-kabobs false morality.

 

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Measure for Measure

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Performed at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center

 

Left to clean up a city rampant with corruption, Angelo lays down the law sentencing a young man, Claudio, to death for impregnating his own girlfriend Juliet before marriage. Angelo’s particular moral weaknesses surface when Claudio’s sister, Isabella, a novice nun, pleads for her brother’s life. For Angelo, Isabella’s beauty and piety hold an erotic charm and he presents her with a shocking proposition. How far will Isabella go to save her brother’s life?  Who has true authority to judge another? Shakespeare offers no easy answers in this dark comedy of desires.

 

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Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jon Kretzu
Performed at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center

 

Love lost. Love found. Love turned upside down. Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy turns desire on its ear when shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian roam Illyria stirring up attraction and distraction wherever they go. Orsino loves Olivia, but she pays him no mind. Olivia loves Viola, whom she’s mistaken for a boy. Viola loves Orsino, and he has no idea she’s a girl. Toby Belch, Andrew, Feste and Maria love playing pranks on Malvolio who is in love with love (and himself). Strange romance gives way to a miracle in this rollicking comedy of misplaced longing.

 

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Waiting for Godot

By Samuel Beckett
Directed by George Mount
Performed in the Falls Theatre at ACT Theatre

 

A lonely tree at the junction of a dirt road, on a day indistinguishable from any other day, two vagabond souls anxiously wait for their appointed meeting. They bicker, wheedle, tease, ponder, wonder and hold fast to anything that will give them a cause to live until the next day. Samuel Beckett introduced us to Vladimir and Estragon when the world lived in fear of nuclear annihilation.  Since then these two clowns, as well as their fellow travelers Pozzo and Lucky, have helped us take one falteringly dangerous step after another into an unknown future.

 

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Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Vanessa Miller
Performed in parks throughout the Puget Sound region

 

An all-female version of this swift and enthralling political thriller portrays the life-and-death struggle for power in Rome. Fearing that a charismatic leader’s ambitions threaten the fragile state of affairs, a group of leaders plot to assassinate him. Caesar’s death sends the city into chaos, creating factions of power alliances. This striking examination of power’s intoxicating effects will leave you breathless.

 

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

By William Shakespeare
Directed by David Quicksall
Performed in parks throughout the Puget Sound region

 

Best pals Valentine and Proteus find themselves rivals for the affections of the beautiful Silvia while Julia, Proteus’ forgotten gal, hatches a plan to win back her man. As the two gents play out their foolish ideas of love, their servants Speed and Launce create a comic contest of their own in a hilarious battle of wits. This mid-century take on the impulsive nature of romance will win your heart.

 

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As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Stephanie Shine

performed at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center

 

Can true love prevail amidst warring brothers, a wicked duke, banished lovers and clever deceit? Multiple romances and Celtic magic set in the woodlands of Ireland play host to delicate melancholy, profound irony and delightful comedy. Shakespeare’s fine cast of characters is surpassed only by the fine cast of actors who play them.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

John Kirschenbaum (Scenic Design), Ron Erickson (Costume Design), Timothy Wratten (Lighting Design), Katehe Balter (Properties Design), Sean Patrick Taylor (Music Director), Gordon Carpenter (Fight Director), Jennifer Havlin (Choreographer), Rod Pilloud (Stage Manager)

 

CAST (in alphabetical order)

William Bone (Adam), Susanna Burney (Phebe), Gordon Carpenter (Silvius/Charles), Daniel Chercover (Touchstone), Eric Ray Anderson (Duke Senior/Duke Frederick), Deborah Fialkow (Rosalind), Peggy Gannon (Audrey), Susan McIntyre (Celia), Todd Jefferson Moore (Jaques/ Le Beau), Alex Samuels (Oliver), Brian Claudio Smith (William), Paul Morgan Stetler (Orlando), Sean Patrick Taylor (Corin/Amiens).

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Stephanie Shine

Performed at the UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre

 

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" Chaos ensues when lovers, poets and madmen enter the magical world of trickster Puck and his lord, Oberon. Meanwhile Queen Titania and her fairies befuddle and delight Bottom the weaver and his clueless buddies.

 

Blood and Iron

By Richard Carter
Directed by Rita Giomi

Performed at the UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre

 

Empires hang in the balance as Queen Victoria's daughter, Vicky, and German Chancellor Bismark wreak personal and political havoc in "Blood and Iron." Local playwright Richard Carter's darkly humorous spy thriller is a wonderful companion to "Richard III." The play's rich language, classical themes and intelligent characters make for compelling historical drama - not to mention a wicked game of cat-and-mouse for audiences to enjoy.