Get ready for another summer full of family fun and FREE theater in the great outdoors in Seattle-area parks. GreenStage celebrates its 29th season with Shakespeare in the Park plays The Comedy of Errors and Richard II, and Backyard Bard shows A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. The season runs July 14–August 19, 2017.
The Comedy of Errors is being directed by David Gassner, and seems as relevant as ever. At the center of this slapstick comedy involving two sets of identical twins separated at birth is a story of immigrants in a strange land facing expulsion and possible death at the hands of a tyrannical Duke.
Richard II will be directed by Susannah Rose Woods. King Richard II has a short and troubled reign; he’s often indecisive and at other times abrupt and arbitrary, not always good ways to win friends and allies. His clumsy handling of a dispute between two Dukes, one his cousin, splits the kingdom and sets Richard on the path to downfall. It’s the first play in Shakespeare’s eight-play, double-tetralogy of history plays chronicling the reigns of Richard II, Henry’s IV, V and VI, and culminating with Richard III.
Smaller Shakespeare in the Park for smaller spaces. Two one hour long productions performed by the same four actors, touring to smaller parks in and around Seattle from July 14 through August 19, 2017.