Our 31st season of FREE Shakespeare in the Park!

Get ready for another summer full of family fun and FREE theater in the great outdoors in Seattle-area parks. GreenStage celebrates its 31st season with Shakespeare in the Park plays Henry IV, part 2 and The Taming of the Shrew, and Backyard Bard shows The Merry Wives of Windsor and Measure For Measure. The season runs July 12–August 17, 2019.

 

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Jennifer Crooks
A troupe of Women’s Suffragists perform one of Shakespeare’s earlier comedies as part of a raucous protest demonstration for Women’s Rights. The story of strong-willed, outspoken Katherine and arrogant Petruchio’s attempts to tame her into marriage at the entreaty of the men of Padua makes for rich material as Shakespeare’s Shrews tackle marriage, gender roles, and social hierarchies. But what is a little social commentary without a healthy helping of laughs and a dash of love? 

Henry IV, part 2

Directed by Chris Shea
We pick up where we left off with Henry IV, part 1 last summer, in which the king turns back the rebels at Shrewsbury and Prince Hal defeats Hotspur in battle. Despite this, challenges to the king continue, and Hal’s on-going revelry with Falstaff and the other lowlifes at Eastcheap gives Henry IV serious doubts about his son’s fitness for the crown.

Part 2 is the third play in Shakespeare’s eight-play, double-tetralogy of history plays chronicling the reigns of Richard II, Henrys IV, V and VI, and culminating with Richard III.

 

Don’t miss Backyard Bard!

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 12 through August 17, 2019.