What’s in Your Wooden O Picnic Basket?


Part of the fun for many Wooden O theater-goers is spreading out a feast on a picnic blanket to dine on the lawn before the show. We’ve seen everything from elaborate set ups with wine glasses and cloth napkins to buckets of fried chicken and a can of soda. After a mishap last summer, we can definitely tell you that fondue is not picnic food.

With our Wooden O productions of “Julius Caesar” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” starting performances on July 10, it got us thinking, “What’s in your picnic basket?”  Do you have a tradition of bringing the same foods to the park each summer?  Are you ambitious and try to create show-themed meals? (Julius Caesar Salad, anyone?) Or do you make a quick run through the grocery store on the way to the show, grabbing any item that looks portable and tasty? (Guilty as charged!)

Tell us about your Wooden O picnic traditions (or ambitions) and give us a peek at what’s planned for your picnic basket this summer. Let us know in the comments section.

A Shakespeare Picnic


  • Blanket
  • Picnic basket or cooler
  • Plates, glasses, cups, cutlery, napkins (handi-wipes are helpful)
  • Serving spoons, forks and knives.
  • Bottle opener
  • Wooden cutting board  – totally useful even if you’re not cutting items
  • Small plastic bag for trash
  • Jackets and blankets (it is the Pacific Northwest, after all)
  • Your best behavior … remember you are dining with others in close proximity.


Here are some ideas to get you started on creating your own perfect picnic

  • Cheese.  Make it your favorites!  Brie is always a safe choice, but try some of the great local cheeses being created. It’s the perfect time to splurge a little and be adventurous.
  • You gotta have something for that cheese to sit on. Grab a baguette or some crackers.
  • Dips. Hummus is a favorite, or try spinach dip or smoked salmon spread. Good with cut up veggies
  • Sandwiches or sandwich rolls make things easy. Make them up at home with what you like.
  •  Salads. Caprese salad is an easy favorite. Potato salad, coleslaw, mixed green salad; just make sure it’s not too complicated to eat, since you want to enjoy the show and your food at the same time.
  • Fruit. We’ve got a bounty of it at this time of year. Strawberries, melon, cherries, apricots, blueberries.


  • Bring your favorite cookies and enough to share
  • Brownies or cupcakes can be fun
  • Pre-sliced banana bread or zucchini bread

Have we got you hungry yet?  Pick a play and park and load up your basket.  We can’t wait to see what you bring.

Seeking Wooden O Site Manager

David S. Hogan as King Henry in Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 Wooden O production of "Henry V."
David S. Hogan as King Henry in the 2013 Wooden O production of “Henry V.”

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.

General Auditions for Wooden O 2014 Productions

The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 Wooden O production of "The Tempest."
The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2013 Wooden O production of “The Tempest.”

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.