GreenStage Presents The Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival, 7/14-15


Volunteer Park will be the place to be for theater fans today, July 14 and tomorrow, July 15 as GreenStage presents the 12th annual Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and enjoy two days, three stages, seven companies, and 14 performances of FREE family fun! Plays will be performed by GreenStage, Seattle Shakespeare Company's Wooden O, Theater Schmeater, Balagan Theatre, Jet City Improv, Last Leaf Productions, and, new to the festival this year, Shakespeare Northwest. 

The schedule: 
Saturday, July 14 
Noon, Amphitheater: Macbeth (Last Leaf Productions) directed by Charles Eliot 
Macbeth is the action-packed story of an ambitious man and his equally ambitious wife. They seize upon a strange prophecy and an unexpected golden opportunity, and murder their way to the Scottish throne, only to descend into madness, more murders, horror, and mayhem. 
2 p.m., amphitheater: The Winter's Tale (Wooden O) directed by Mary Machala 
Jealousy and suspicion tear at the heart of King Leontes, a man who seems to have everything. Accusing his wife of infidelity, his rash choices plunge himself and those he loves into a winter of despair and regret. Yet true love can work miracles and forgiveness can heal deep wounds as an exiled princess and a wise woman orchestrate one of the most touching reunions in all of Shakespeare. 
2 p.m., Museum Lawn: Sally and Thor Save the World (at Summer Camp) (Balagan Theatre) directed by Nik Doner and Sam Hagen 
Little Red Riding Hood meets Baloo the Bear, Thor's hammer is stolen, and 10-year-old Sally is just trying to get home through a land where myths collide, from "The Jungle Book" to Northwest Native mythology to Grimm's fairy tales... all thanks to that ancient Trickster, Raven.  
5 p.m., Amphitheater: Hansel and Gretel (Theater Schmeater) directed by Julia Griffin 
Not your grandmother's Hansel and Gretel, this pantomimic adaptation by Sally Gander tells you the rest of the story of what happens to the siblings after they stuff the mean old witch into the oven, turn the knob to broil, and return to a highly dysfunctional family life. A couple of comic crooks, a revengeful sister witch, and a bubbling British Bobby all add up to a cool diversion on hot summer afternoons. 
5 p.m., Museum Lawn: Julius Caesar (Last Leaf Productions) directed by Stephanie Hagarty 
Written in 1599, William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar tells the familiar and complex story of the assassination of one of the last leaders of the Roman Republic. Full of political intrigue, personal ambition and a frantic desire to protect the Republic, this play shows us what happens when we make our pubic figures into gods. 
7 p.m., Amphitheater: The Taming of the Shrew (GreenStage) directed by Mark "Mok" Moser 
This popular comedy follows the strange inhabitants of Padua and their hilarious misadventures in pursuit of love. Guitars become weapons, suitors become tutors, and the unlikeliest of lovers discover in one another the best parts of who they are.  
7 p.m., Museum Lawn: The Lost Folio (Jet City Improv) directed by Andrew McMasters 
The Lost Folio is a full length improvised parody of Shakespeare. A traveling band of gypsy players collect suggestions from the audience in order to create a new work in the style of Shakespeare. The result is a smart, funny and bawdy show that you will never forget. Each performance the cast will create completely unique plots and characters. No two performances are the same. 
Opening Weekend Crowd at Romeo and Juliet
Sunday, July 15
11 a.m., Conservatory Lawn: Othello (Young Shakespeare Workshop) directed by Darren Ley 
Shakespeare's sharp-eyed exploration of betrayal, real and imagined, projected and unseen, maliciously devised and self-inflicted. Performed by Young Shakespeare Workshop, awarded the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award last November at the White House. 
2 p.m., Amphitheater: Henry VIII (GreenStage) directed by Teresa Thuman 
Power struggles at the court of King Henry VIII, pomp and pageantry, behind-the-scenes scheming, suspense, and intrigue mark this fascinating history of one of England's most complex and notorious kings. The final play of Shakespeare's life is broadly human, focused on the moral tension of leadership and the humility that comes with governance.  
2 p.m., Museum Lawn: Sally and Thor Save the World (at Summer Camp) (Balagan Theatre) directed by Nik Doner and Sam Hagen 
5 p.m., Amphitheater: Hansel and Gretel (Theater Schmeater) directed by Julia Griffin 
5 p.m., Museum Lawn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Northwest) directed by Elizabeth Lundquist 
This audience favorite has fairies causing mischief as Athens prepares for the wedding of the Duke. Shakespeare Northwest presents a classic story of love, mistaken identities, folly, and mischievous fairies are brought to life in a clash of time periods and fanciful costume. The infamous Puck will enchant audiences as he causes trouble between young lovers and manipulates the situation for the delight of all who are watching. 
7 p.m., Amphitheater: Twelfth Night (Wooden O) directed by Makaela Pollock 
Love has everyone unglued in Illyria. When Viola, a castaway, disguises herself as a boy to find work as Duke Orsino's servant, she gets caught in a compromising love triangle. Meanwhile, Olivia's household cranks up their mischief making by tricking a stuffy steward into believing his mistress has fallen for him. This treasured comedy brims with wild infatuations, delightful antics, and beloved comic characters. 
7 p.m., Museum Lawn: The Lost Folio (Jet City Improv) directed by Andrew McMasters 
All performances are free, and donations are joyfully accepted! Dante's Inferno Dogs will be on hand all day both days serving up tasty hot dogs to hungry theater goers.  
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