Artistic Director George Mount talks with Marta Zekan at KING FM about Seattle Shakespeare Company’s upcoming 2016-2017 season.
News About The Winter's Tale
Husbands against wives. Children lost and found. Living statues and random bear attacks. The Winter’s Tale can be a confounding fairytale, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back with our handy guide.
UnrealIn Jacobean slang, to call something a “winter’s tale” meant that it was something fanciful and or out of this world.
Can I Borrow That?Shakespeare borrowed the plot and characters (but added his own flair) for The Winter’s Tale from a popular tragic novella called Pandosto.
Isn’t It RomanticThe Winter’s Tale is among Shakespeare’s late plays called the Romances, and if you think about it, they’re all like tragedies in reverse.
In Need of A Geography LessonFor Shakespeare, Bohemia may have been more of a state of mind than an actual place, as the real Bohemia is landlocked and has no coast.
Most (In)Famous Stage DirectionIt’s the stage direction that has challenged and baffled stage directors of The Winter’s Tale for centuries…Exit, pursued by a Bear. What?!?
What’s in a name?Did you know that the name of character Perdita in The Winter’s Tale means “the lost one.”
And in Second Place…The Winter’s Tale has the second longest scene in all of Shakespeare’s plays (Act IV, scene iv). Love’s Labour’s Lost wins for the longest.
It’s Greek to MeMaybe because it was familiar to audiences, Greek mythology plays a big role in The Winter’s Tale from character names to Delphic oracles.
Time TrippingShakespeare leaps 16 years between Act 3 & 4 in The Winter’s Tale. That’s the biggest passage of time in any of his plays!
The Circle Goes ‘RoundSeasonal cycles are mentioned at the start of The Winter’s Tale, then the theme is carried on with summer festivals and the return to court.
The Winter’s Tale directed by Sheila Daniels. We’re pleased to announce the cast of artists joining us for the production. Darragh Kennan and Brenda Joyner return to play King Leontes and Queen Hermione. Darragh was last seen in Othello as Iago and Brenda appeared as Rosalind in the Wooden O production of As You Like It. They both appeared together on stage in our productions of Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Also returning for the production will be Reginald Andre Jackson (Richard II) as Polixenes, Amy Thone (King Lear) as Paulina, George Mount (Romeo and Juliet) as Antigonus, MJ Sieber (The School for Scandal) as Autolycus, and Spencer Hamp (Mother Courage and Her Children) as the Clown. Making their Seattle Shakespeare Company debuts are Rudy Roushdi and Jasmine Jean Sim as the lovers Florizel and Perdita, Galen Joseph Osier as Camillo, Mark Fullerton as the Old Shepherd, Jonelle Jordan as Mopsa/Emilia, Rachel Guyer-Mafune as Dorcas/Lady, Denny Le as ensemble, and Finn Kennan as Mamillius. The creative team includes Tommer Peterson (set design), Kelly McDonald (costume design), and Reed Nakayama (lighting design). The Winter’s Tale runs September 7 through October 2, 2016 in the Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Artistic Director George Mount has announced plans for Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2016-2017 season that includes a world premiere adaptation, pairings of plays exploring love and jealousy, and everyone’s favorite fairy-filled fantasy. The plays included in the season are The Winter’s Tale, Medea, the two-part epic Bring Down the House, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In the spring of 2017 Seattle Shakespeare Company will tour The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet to schools and venues across the state. “A rarely seen Shakespeare distilled down to its essential intrigue and drama; a Shakespeare and Greek pairing that grapple with similar themes; and a show business homage wrapped up in fairy dust and music. Every time I think about our upcoming season, it makes me smile and get a little nervous about the ambition of it,” said Artistic Director George Mount. “But I have a trio of trusted directors joining me to lead these projects and I know they’ll dazzle us with what they’ve got planned for their shows.” “The pairing of the two shows performed in the fall of 2016 will open up a conversation about how love, jealousy, and betrayal can intermix and intertwine,” said Mount. Seattle Shakespeare Company returns to the Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Directed by Sheila Daniels, the play will run September 7 through October 2, 2016. Medea by Euripides and directed by Kelly Kitchens follows in the Center Theatre October 18-November 13, 2016. “It will be our first return to a Greek tragedy since our knock-out production of Electra nearly 7 years ago. I’m thrilled to welcome Sheila and Kelly back to helm these projects. They are two artists with very unique perspectives that I respect, and I’m happy they’ve been a part of our Seattle Shakespeare family for such a long time.” Right after the New Year, Seattle Shakespeare Company will present the premiere of a new adaptation called Bring Down the House. It is an epic two-part re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy and will be presented in collaboration with upstart crow collective. “This project has been incubating for quite some time, and it’s so very exciting to know that it will soon hit the stage,” said Mount. Adaptors Rosa Joshi and Kate Wisniewski have honed Shakespeare’s words and sprawling story into a tight two-parts that maintain all the treachery, battles, and machinations as two waring families fight for the throne of England. Bring Down the House will be directed by Joshi and feature an all-female company of actors. The two parts will run in repertory January 24-March 12, 2017 at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center. Stage magic meets fairy magic for Mount’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Cornish Playhouse. “This will be a valentine to show business filled with music, laughter, and all the charm everyone enjoys,” said Mount. Shakespeare’s comedy of mixed up lovers, fairies, and a troupe of amateur actors will run April 26-May 21, 2017 The Seattle area isn’t the only one to get their share of the classics. Seattle Shakespeare Company’s touring program crisscrosses the state with two 90-minute, small-cast shows that bring Shakespeare to communities that don’t often see professional productions. During the spring of 2017 The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet will tour to schools and venues from Pullman to Ephrata to Wilbur to Wenatchee. Season ticket packages will go on sale April 25, 2016 and range from $100 to $210 for all five indoor productions. Season ticket packages can be purchased by calling the ticket office at (206) 733-8222 or online. Single tickets will go on sale July 2016 and range from $31-$50 per ticket.