Free Summer Shakespeare- Wooden O Summer 2019 Play Announced

This summer Seattle Shakespeare Company brings free Shakespeare to our region's parks with productions of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. Both shows will start performances on July 11 and will perform in 15 different park venues through August 11 including a new venue at Wiggums Hollow park in Everett. The full schedule of venues, dates and performance times is located on Seattle Shakespeare Company's website.

"In the middle of this snowy, cold winter, it's been a real treat to begin thinking and dreaming about summer plans," said Artistic Director George Mount. "Wooden O has always been about a gathering of friends, both old and new. We're thrilled to have Mary Machala return to our ranks for more fun outdoors, and to welcome Leah Adcock-Starr to the director's chair. I can't wait to share these shows with everyone and carry on the great summer tradition of free summer Shakespeare."

Mary Machala will direct Twelfth Night. Machala previously directed the Wooden O productions of Love's Labour's Lost and The Winter's Tale. Leah Adcock-Starr makes her Seattle Shakespeare Company directing debut with Romeo and Juliet.

After a shipwreck separates Viola from her twin brother, so begins a whirlwind of mistaken identities and unrequited love on the coast of Illyria. Ever resourceful, Viola disguises herself, sets out to conquer this strange land, and starts serving as a go-between for two lovesick households. When she falls in love with her employer, Viola gets caught up in a romantic knot that she must untangle. Just when things stretch to the brink of bedlam, her twin appears and the puzzle pieces come together.

Romeo and Juliet
>From first shy glance, to a stolen moment away from disapproving eyes, to whirlwind romance that races to a dire conclusion, two love-struck teenagers risk everything to be together. Caught between their feuding families, Romeo and Juliet struggle to overcome generations of hatred and build a world where their love can thrive. Twists and tragedy hinder their desire to be together until they decide to take a chance on a daring scheme that hurtles them to their final fate.

TICKETS: Wooden O performances are free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged after the show.

Seattle Shakespeare Company is the Puget Sound region's only year-round professional, classical theatre dedicated to producing the work of Shakespeare. The Company's growing success stems from a deep belief in the power and vibrancy of Shakespeare's words and ideas along with a commitment to artistic excellence on the stage. The results have been provocative performances that both challenge and delight audiences while fostering an appreciation for the greatest playwright the world has ever known.

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