Theater troupe goes outdoors with William Shakespeare

July 10, 2012

By Staff

Free Shakespeare performances are coming to a park near you.

The Wooden O Shakespeare Co. is set to delight outdoor theatergoers this summer with productions of “Twelfth Night” and “The Winter’s Tale.” There will be a total of four performances, as both plays will be held at two separate locations on different dates.

Love has everyone unglued in “Twelfth Night.” Castaway Viola disguises herself as a boy to find work and gets caught in a compromising love triangle.

This comedy brims with wild infatuations, delightful antics and beloved comic characters, according to Wooden O Shakespeare.

In “The Winter’s Tale,” 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.

“Twelfth Night” will first be performed at 7 p.m. July 12 on the Issaquah Community Center green. Its second showing will be at 7 p.m. July 21 at Pine Lake Park.

“The Winter’s Tale” will debut at 7 p.m. July 28 at Pine Lake Park. The play is set to come to the Issaquah Community Center green at 7 p.m. Aug. 2.

Organizers encourage attendees to bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets for the shows.

Issaquah’s and Sammamish’s arts commissions and King County cultural service agency 4Culture present the Shakespeare on the Green performances at no cost to attendees.

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