Wooden O brings ‘Julius Caesar’ to Issaquah Community Center

July 15, 2014

The Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s summer Wooden O Shakespeare in the Park Series continues July 19 with “Julius Caesar” at Pine Lake Park, in Sammamish.

Wooden O, founded in 1994, started with annual summer Shakespeare performances at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Amphitheater. Demand for the free summer Shakespeare performances grew, and over the years, park venues from Lynnwood to Auburn were added to the schedule. In spring 2008, Seattle Shakespeare Co. merged with Wooden O.

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Wooden O brings ‘Julius Caesar’ to community center July 10

July 9, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. July 9, 2014

The Seattle Shakespeare Co. kicks off its summer Wooden O Shakespeare in the Park Series July 10 with “Julius Ceasar” at the Issaquah Community Center.

Wooden O, founded in 1994, started with annual summer Shakespeare performances at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Amphitheater. Demand for the free summer Shakespeare performances grew, and over the years, park venues from Lynnwood to Auburn were added to the schedule.

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Shakespeare on the Green to return to community center

March 13, 2012

Timeless comedies come to the Issaquah Community Center lawn in July and August as Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s Wooden O returns for Shakespeare on the Green.

Catch performances of “Twelfth Night” and “The Winter’s Tale” at the community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

“Twelfth Night” is a bewitching comedy centered on a shipwrecked — and cross-dressing — castaway in a strange land. “The Winter’s Tale” unfolds as a suspicious king accuses the queen of high treason.

Catch “Twelfth Night” on the community center lawn July 12 and “The Winter’s Tale” on Aug. 2. Organizers encourage attendees to bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets for the shows.

The city Arts Commission and King County cultural service agency 4Culture present the Shakespeare on the Green performances at no cost to attendees.

“I’m so very thrilled that many of our shows will involve so many talented artists who are also audience favorites,” Seattle Shakespeare Co. Artistic Director George Mount said. “It’s a wonderful roster of plays, and I can’t wait for us to share them with our patrons.”

‘Shakespeare on the Green’ features classic comedy July 28

July 26, 2011

Comedy comes to the Issaquah Community Center lawn July 28 as the Seattle Shakespeare Co. and Wooden O present “The Comedy of Errors” — a timeless tale about mistaken identity.

Catch “The Comedy of Errors” at the community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., at 7 p.m. Organizers encourage attendees to bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets for the show.

In the play, two sets of long lost twins unknowingly cross paths — and set the stage for cases of mistaken identity, confusion and mayhem. The piece is full of slapstick, sight gags, puns and pratfalls.

The city Arts Commission and King County cultural service agency 4Culture present the “Shakespeare on the Green” performances at no cost to attendees. “Macbeth” opened the summer series July 7.

Legislators salvage funding for Issaquah arts programs

June 7, 2011

Shakespeare on the Green is due to return to the Issaquah Community Center next month — and the “Macbeth” performance is safe, after state legislators approved a last-minute measure to shore up funding for the King County cultural services agency, 4Culture.

In addition to Shakespeare on the Green — from the Seattle Shakespeare Co. — dollars from 4Culture fund dozens of other programs in the community. Overall, 4Culture allocated more than $50,000 to arts, cultural and heritage organizations in the Issaquah area for 2011. Some organizations, such as the Seattle Shakespeare Co., could not offer Issaquah programs without the funding.

City Arts Coordinator Amy Dukes said funding from 4Culture is important because dollars allotted through the Arts Sustained Support Program can be used for operating costs.

“That’s really hard funding to replace,” she said. “Most funders want their funding to go toward specific programming, so the fact that 4Culture gives out this funding that’s unrestricted is a huge benefit.”

Lawmakers passed the 4Culture legislation as the last bill before the special legislative session adjourned May 25.

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‘Sleuth’ promises puzzles aplenty at Village Theatre

January 11, 2011

Village Theatre MJ Sieber, as Milo Tindle (left), and David Pichette, as Andrew Wyke, enact a scene from the Village Theatre’s production of ‘Sleuth.’ By Jon Pai

The stage thriller “Sleuth” presented a mystery to the director.

Director Martin Charnin hoped to ferret out a copy of the 1972 film adaptation — a whodunit starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.

The search turned up only a single DVD. The cost: $120. The catch: The version featured Bulgarian subtitles. Read more

Community performances of Shakespeare return

July 20, 2010

The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company's ‘Othello’ performs during the summer's first ‘Shakespeare on the Green’ presentation in Issaquah. By Amy Dukes

The famous Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” won’t put a dent in pocketbooks July 29, when Issaquah’s Arts Commission and 4Culture will co-sponsor the play for the final show of this year’s “Shakespeare on the Green.”

This year is the second annual Shakespeare on the Green event according to Amy Dukes, arts coordinator for the Arts Commission. Issaquah hosted the event several years ago before Wooden O and Seattle Shakespeare merged; the program restarted last year.

The Arts Commission supports the event because it provides, “free high quality performing arts to the community in a relaxed accessible environment,” Dukes said. Read more

Ladies’ night: ‘The Women’ comes to Issaquah High School

March 16, 2010

By Greg Farrar Sylvia, played by Amanda Thornton, leaps upon Miriam, played by Becca Allen, as other cast members look on during the fistfight scene in a Reno hotel room, from the Issaquah High School drama production of ‘The Women.’

Sylvia, played by Amanda Thornton, leaps upon Miriam, played by Becca Allen, as other cast members look on during the fistfight scene in a Reno hotel room, from the Issaquah High School drama production of ‘The Women.’ By Greg Farrar

Gather your favorite women, grab some dinner and maybe a few mocktails — or cocktails — and head to see Issaquah High School’s production of “The Women,” premiering at 7 p.m. March 18.

“We think it’s a really great show, with a lot of comedic parts,” said sophomore Audrey De Luca, who plays divorcée Countess De Lave. “It should be something everyone can enjoy.”

The production will be at Skyline High School, since Issaquah High’s theater is under construction.

The classic production is Clare Boothe Luce’s famed 1936 play, dramatizing the complex lives and interpersonal relationships among a group of wealthy Manhattan women.

The perceived perfection of their worlds comes crumbling down as scandal, lusty affairs and divorce envelop their lives, forcing them to turn to each other — and on one another.

“Everyone has experienced something like this, gossip and cattiness,” said Emily Berensohn, a sophomore who plays adulteress Crystal Allen. “You turn to your friends to get through it, but not everyone has your best interests in mind.” Read more