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Shakespeare in two parks, Mt. Vernon's McIntyre Hall
Several Shakespeare shows are going on in the area this weekend.
Along with the Last Leaf Productions' "All's Well that Ends Well," starting at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at Terrace Park in Arlington, the Seattle Shakespeare Company and Wooden O will present "Romeo and Juliet" in the yard behind the Marysville Library.
To top that off, two Lakewood High School graduates are part of two different plays in the Shakespeare Northwest Festival in Mount Vernon.
"We are using McIntyre Hall this year instead of presenting the plays outside," said Miles McGillivray, a 2003 graduate of LHS. He plays Gobbo in "The Merchant of Venice" and an older friend, also of Lakewood, Emmit Brost, plays in "All's Well that Ends Well." Last year they were both involved in "Measure for Measure."
Both plays are being offered in repertory at McIntyre Hall from July 29 to Aug. 10. "All's Well That Ends Well" is presented July 28 through Aug. 9 and "The Merchant of Venice runs July 31 to Aug. 10.
On Aug. 2, Shakespeare Ironman will be presented between the two performances at Skagit Valley College Quad. Also part of the festival, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be presented at the Skagit Valley Fair on Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 along with a performance at Whatcom Community College on Aug. 3 and Aug. 10.
"I love the language of Shakespeare," McGillivray said. "And the director of Shakespeare Northwest, Damon Morris is excellent."
He said he never read the play before this summer but he really likes it.
"It's a classic story of love and war," he said. "Just like all of Shakespeare," he admitted.
McGillivray earned an associates degree in theater at Skagit Valley College and continued his studies at Western Washington University.
This summer, he is recording his first album with a friend using a studio at the Art Institute of Seattle. He and his roommate live in Mukilteo and they both write songs and are working together on their first album of folky blues and rock-and-roll. They perform as Nameless Tennessee at coffeehouses around the area, including the Mirkwood and Shire Cafe in Arlington, Wired and Unplugged in Snohomish and other spots in Mount Vernon and Bellingham.
For details on Shakespeare Northwest, see the Web sites at www.shakesnw.org or www.mcintyrehall.org.
Seattle Shakespeare Company has teamed up with Wooden O Productions to create year-round, indoor and outdoor productions of Shakespeare and classic plays. They are presenting "Romeo and Juliet" in the yard behind the Marysville Library at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Directed by Mount, "Romeo and Juliet" is a timeless clarion call for peace and reconciliation in a conflict-ravaged culture.
Wooden O Productions presents Shakespeare plays in parks throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Admission is free although donations are accepted.
"I'm both proud and humbled that after 15 years, a simple dream to give a gift of free theater to my home town has been embraced and supported by so many generous artists, audiences and benefactors," said George Mount, artistic director for Wooden O and Seattle Shakespeare Company's of Outdoor and Touring Performances.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo and Juliet" are a gift to our audiences," Mount said.
"They are perhaps the two best loved, most popular of all Shakespeare's plays and they pair well together for a summer evening."
Support for the productions is provided by 4Culture, ArtsFund, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Seattle Center, Norcliffe Foundation, and Anne and Mary Arts and Environmental Foundation Fund of the Greater Everett Community Foundation.
For information about Seattle Shakespeare Company's Wooden O productions call 206-733-8222 or go online at www.seattleshakespeare.org.