GreenStage brings Backyard Bard to Rodgers Park with a twist

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

A couple months ago, Shakespeare in the Park plays were scheduled across the city by different theatre troupes, but nothing for Queen Anne. That sad situation has changed however, with local troupe GreenStage bringing Shakespeare in the Park to Queen Anne – and there’s a twist!


Photo courtesy of Ken Holmes, GreenStage

The Backyard Bard series makes Shakespeare fun and accessible with a free one-hour production with only 4 actors. That’s right – 4 actors, 1 hour, tons of fun! Green Stage has been performing Twelfth Night since 2008 as a show-for-hire (think theme parties, community events, actual backyards, etc), and now they’re taking the show on tour to 10 Seattle locations – and for the first time, Queen Anne is on the schedule.

David Rodgers Park will be the stage for the four actors who will perform two of Shakespeare’s comedies with a fast-paced, fun approach.

According to GreenStage:

“It is our hope, and our mission, to take Backyard Bard to all the places where a bit of poetry in the sun might bring new possibilities to new audiences, start new conversations with new friends of GreenStage, and make it even easier for people to… go see a play.”


Photo courtesy of Ken Holmes, GreenStage

So, pack a blanket and snacks and head to Rogers Park this Friday, July 26th at 7pm for Twelfth Night and/or Sunday, August 11th at 3pm for The Merry Wives of Windsor. The plays will be staged in the southeast corner of the park, near the intersection of W. Raye St. and 1st Ave. W.

And, if you’re new to Shakespeare or need a refresher, check out the following synopses from Green Stage:

Twelfth Night – Friday, July 26, 7pm
Shipwrecked in Illyria, separated from her twin brother Sebastian, Viola disguises herself as a man and hides in the court of her nation’s enemy, Duke Orsino, who also happens to be the man of her dreams.  The course of true love ne’er ran less smoothly than in this delightful tale of mistaken identity, passions poetically misdirected, and two or three or four hearts bourne aloft on the clumsy wings of romance.

The Merry Wives of Windsor – Sunday, August 11, 3pm
Falstaff is experiencing an economic downturn.  What better way to refill his empty purse than to woo two wealthy married women he’s only just met?  What could possibly go laughably, horribly wrong for this beloved, famous knight?  Discover the heights to which a noble suitor will pretend to aspire, and the depths to which he’ll also sink, just to win the hearts and coffers of women much, much smarter than he.

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