Are you counting down the days until summer? We are! And we can’t wait for these two great casts to join us for our Wooden O productions of Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Artistic Director George Mount will stage Hamlet and will feature Conner Neddersen as Hamlet, Ray Gonzalez as Claudius, Jim Gall as the Ghost, and Meme Garcia as Ophelia. Neddersen appeared last summer as Prince Hal in Henry IV part 1. Gonzalez last appeared as Duke Frederick in As You Like It (2012). Gall returns after having played in Mother Courage and Her Children and Titus Andronicus. Garcia previously joined us on stage for Measure for Measure. Mary Machala, who staged our Wooden O production of The Winter’s Tale in 2012, will direct Love’s Labour’s Lost. The production will feature Seattle Shakespeare Company newcomer Aaron Cammack as Berowne, Keiko Green as Rosaline, Jason Marr as the King of Navarre, Betsy Schwartz as the Princess, and David Pichette as Don Armado. Green returns to Seattle Shakespeare Company after having appeared in last year’s Othello as Bianca. Jason Marr pulled double duty with Gall on Mother Courage and Her Children and Titus Andronicus. Betsy Schwartz was last on our stage in A Doll’s House as Mrs. Linde. David Pichette returns having last appeared as Jacques in As You Like It (2012).
The best time to start dreaming of summer is when it’s freezing outside. Seattle Shakespeare Company’s free Wooden O productions for summer 2016 will be Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Both shows will start performances on July 7 and will perform in park venues throughout the region through August 7. The full schedule of venues, dates, and performance times will be announced at a later date. “Green grass. A picnic dinner. A night out in the open air with friends. Who doesn’t love daydreaming about such things in the midst of winter?” said Artistic Director George Mount. “As we make plans for our area’s tradition of Shakespeare in the parks, let’s linger a bit in a reverie of summer to carry us through the wet and cold times knowing that there are better days ahead filled with sun, friends…and Shakespeare!” Mount will direct Hamlet. He directed last summer’s production of Henry IV part 1 and is currently appearing in Titus Andronicus. Mary Machala, who directed the Wooden O 2012 production of The Winter’s Tale, will helm Love’s Labour’s Lost. [calendar categories=”4, 5″ filter=false month=7, 8 year=2016 views=false scroll=false]