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Island Shakespeare Festival FAQ

Where can I purchase tickets?
Our performances are "Pay what you Will' to attend! We “pass the hat” after performances and encourage donations. We do not sell tickets. This means that seating is festival-style, and we do sometimes fill to capacity before the play begins.

What is "Pass the Hat"?
After each performance, we gather donations (cash/card/check) at “donation stations” located at the exits. We rely on these donations to help fund our festival and pay our artists. We are proud to to offer professional theater to our audiences regardless of financial situation. Your generosity allows us to provide jobs to theater artists from across the country. If you love what you see, pay what you can and keep our festival alive!

Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we are able to accept credit card purchases at our concessions and merchandise tables, and we also can take credit card "pass the hat" donations!

What time should I arrive?
Our lobby, Henry the Tent, opens one hour prior to curtain, and the house opens 30 minutes before the performance. It is festival seating, however we do have a section reserved for members and guests. Patrons are welcome to arrive when the lobby opens to picnic and enjoy the ambiance.

How long are performances?
Sense & Sensibility: Approximately 2 hours 55 minutes including 15 intermission
Othello: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including intermission
Twelfth Night: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including intermission

Where are you located?
We are located on beautiful Whidbey Island, just a 45-minute drive (and ferry ride link) North of Seattle, Washington. Our address is 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260. View a map HERE . Our venue is an outdoor amphitheater just behind our lobby, a large orange and white canvas circus tent, lovingly known as Henry the Tent, located toward the edge of the field next to South Whidbey Primary School.

Where do I park?
There is a large paved parking lot in front of the field. Park there and walk our promenade to the tent!

Where can I find the performance calendar?
You can view the performance schedule HERE. We run in repertory beginning in July through Labor Day.

What time do your shows begin?
Evening performances (Wednesday-Sunday) begin promptly at 6:00 PM and Sunday Matinees (August Only) begin at 1:00.

What if I arrive after the show begins?
Late seating can present a hazard to both patron and actor as the aisles are sometimes used not only for entrances and exits, but also as an extension of the stage. If you arrive late, you may be seated in the back of the house by an usher, at an appropriate interval, if seats are available.

What do you offer in terms of accessibility?
We make every effort to accommodate the special needs of our patrons. Please notify us by phone, at 360-321-2939 or by emailing us HERE.

May I bring my child?
Children over five years of age are welcome and encouraged to attend. This may vary from production to production, depending on the content and action of the particular play. Out of respect to the actors and to fellow patrons, infants and toddlers are not allowed. For this season’s production of Othello no one under 8 will be admitted, and includes content that may be triggering for some audience members.

May I bring food?
Island Shakespeare Festival is excited to announce our partnership with the South Whidbey Commons this summer, brining you a delightful concessions menu and furthering the work of the commons! The mission of the South Whidbey Commons is to provide an intentional third place for the community to gather. The space, programs, volunteer- and job training opportunities are designed to build community and create connections. It’s a place to meet friends and make new ones.

From South Whidbey Commons Chef, David Phillips: “My students and I are very excited to be working with the Island

Shakespeare Festival this year! As both a Chef and an English teacher, the learning opportunities inherent in this partnership are invaluable. My students and I will be reading Austen and Shakespeare as we design the menu to reflect the era, cuisine, and culture in each work. You can expect the highest of high tea treats, Moorish and Italian influenced cuisine, and the proverbial cakes and ale of 12th Night!”



May I bring alcohol?
No. We are required by state law to prohibit patrons from bringing their own alcoholic beverages for consumption before, during, or after our performances. This policy is strictly enforced. Wine and beer are available for purchase in our lobby.

May I bring my dog?
Only service animals are permitted. All other pets need to be left at home. Our parking lot is in direct sunlight, and leaving pets in cars puts them at great physical risk. If we see an animal alone in a car, the authorities will be notified.

May I take photos?
No. Productions are the intellectual property of Island Shakespeare Festival. It is strictly prohibited to take photos or recording of any part of any production without express, written permission from Island Shakespeare Festival. Use of cameras and phones during the performance is a distraction for actors and audience and can be a potential hazard. We have professional photos taken of every production, by Michael Stadler of Stadler Studio. To request access to these photos, please email marketing@islandshakespearefest.org. If you are with the press, please request a press badge, by emailing the above address.

What should I bring?
Bring some cash, a credit-card, or your checkbook, for “pass the hat!” Bring hats (especially for matinees), layers and blankets--as the summer days get shorter, it can get chilly when the sun starts to set. You’re also welcome to bring a seat cushion! You do not need to bring your own chair.

May I reserve a seat?

We do not offer reserved seating to the general public. We do have a section of reserved seating for members and special guests. See below for details about becoming a member!

How do I become a member?
Please visit our membership page, HERE. Benefits include preferred seating, merchandise discounts, and special event invites, among others.

May I save a seat for a friend?
If you arrive before the rest of your party, you are welcome to hold a seat up until ten minutes before the performance. All saved seats, including member seats, are released ten minutes before curtain.

Where do you find your actors?
As we grow, we are auditioning more and more actors from all corners of the country, and beyond. We hold general auditions in Seattle, and accept video submissions from elsewhere.

Where do you house your actors?
We house actors with wonderful hosts in our community! If you have a spare room, mother-in-law cottage, or camper not in use, and would like more information on how you might host a Shakespearean actor for the summer, please contact us HERE.

How can I audition?
For more information about auditioning click HERE, and please send a headshot and resume with a brief inquiry to casting@islandshakespearefest.org.

How can I make a donation?
You can make a tax deductible contribution to ISF in several ways. To donate online, click HERE. If you’d prefer, you can mail a check to Island Shakespeare Festival, PO Box 1262 Langley, WA, 98260. For other donation inquiries, contact fund development at info@islandshakespearefest.org.

How do I get involved?
For volunteer opportunities, please click HERE.

Can I only see ISF during the summer?
Our main-stage season runs during the summer months, however we now offer an indoor winter production! 2019 will kick off with the return of Scott Kaiser’s Shakespeare’s Other Women, directed by Erin Murray, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ black box, Zech Hall, running three weekends in February.










Island Shakespeare Festival FAQ

Where can I purchase tickets?
Our performances are "Pay what you Will' to attend! We “pass the hat” after performances and encourage donations. We do not sell tickets. This means that seating is festival-style, and we do sometimes fill to capacity before the play begins.

What is "Pass the Hat"?
After each performance, we gather donations (cash/card/check) at “donation stations” located at the exits. We rely on these donations to help fund our festival and pay our artists. We are proud to to offer professional theater to our audiences regardless of financial situation. Your generosity allows us to provide jobs to theater artists from across the country. If you love what you see, pay what you can and keep our festival alive!

Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we are able to accept credit card purchases at our concessions and merchandise tables, and we also can take credit card "pass the hat" donations!

What time should I arrive?
Our lobby, Henry the Tent, opens one hour prior to curtain, and the house opens 30 minutes before the performance. It is festival seating, however we do have a section reserved for members and guests. Patrons are welcome to arrive when the lobby opens to picnic and enjoy the ambiance.

How long are performances?
Sense & Sensibility: Approximately 2 hours 55 minutes including 15 intermission
Othello: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including intermission
Twelfth Night: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including intermission

Where are you located?
We are located on beautiful Whidbey Island, just a 45-minute drive (and ferry ride link) North of Seattle, Washington. Our address is 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260. View a map HERE . Our venue is an outdoor amphitheater just behind our lobby, a large orange and white canvas circus tent, lovingly known as Henry the Tent, located toward the edge of the field next to South Whidbey Primary School.

Where do I park?
There is a large paved parking lot in front of the field. Park there and walk our promenade to the tent!

Where can I find the performance calendar?
You can view the performance schedule HERE. We run in repertory beginning in July through Labor Day.

What time do your shows begin?
Evening performances (Wednesday-Sunday) begin promptly at 6:00 PM and Sunday Matinees (August Only) begin at 1:00.

What if I arrive after the show begins?
Late seating can present a hazard to both patron and actor as the aisles are sometimes used not only for entrances and exits, but also as an extension of the stage. If you arrive late, you may be seated in the back of the house by an usher, at an appropriate interval, if seats are available.

What do you offer in terms of accessibility?
We make every effort to accommodate the special needs of our patrons. Please notify us by phone, at 360-321-2939 or by emailing us HERE.

May I bring my child?
Children over five years of age are welcome and encouraged to attend. This may vary from production to production, depending on the content and action of the particular play. Out of respect to the actors and to fellow patrons, infants and toddlers are not allowed. For this season’s production of Othello no one under 8 will be admitted, and includes content that may be triggering for some audience members.

May I bring food?
Island Shakespeare Festival is excited to announce our partnership with the South Whidbey Commons this summer, brining you a delightful concessions menu and furthering the work of the commons! The mission of the South Whidbey Commons is to provide an intentional third place for the community to gather. The space, programs, volunteer- and job training opportunities are designed to build community and create connections. It’s a place to meet friends and make new ones.

From South Whidbey Commons Chef, David Phillips: “My students and I are very excited to be working with the Island

Shakespeare Festival this year! As both a Chef and an English teacher, the learning opportunities inherent in this partnership are invaluable. My students and I will be reading Austen and Shakespeare as we design the menu to reflect the era, cuisine, and culture in each work. You can expect the highest of high tea treats, Moorish and Italian influenced cuisine, and the proverbial cakes and ale of 12th Night!”

You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy before the show. You’re welcome to bring food and beverages to your seats, though our risers don’t allow space to spread out a picnic.

May I bring alcohol?
No. We are required by state law to prohibit patrons from bringing their own alcoholic beverages for consumption before, during, or after our performances. This policy is strictly enforced. Wine and beer are available for purchase in our lobby.

May I bring my dog?
Only service animals are permitted. All other pets need to be left at home. Our parking lot is in direct sunlight, and leaving pets in cars puts them at great physical risk. If we see an animal alone in a car, the authorities will be notified.

May I take photos?
No. Productions are the intellectual property of Island Shakespeare Festival. It is strictly prohibited to take photos or recording of any part of any production without express, written permission from Island Shakespeare Festival. Use of cameras and phones during the performance is a distraction for actors and audience and can be a potential hazard. We have professional photos taken of every production, by Michael Stadler of Stadler Studio. To request access to these photos, please email marketing@islandshakespearefest.org. If you are with the press, please request a press badge, by emailing the above address.

What should I bring?
Bring some cash, a credit-card, or your checkbook, for “pass the hat!” Bring hats (especially for matinees), layers and blankets--as the summer days get shorter, it can get chilly when the sun starts to set. You’re also welcome to bring a seat cushion! You do not need to bring your own chair.

May I reserve a seat?

We do not offer reserved seating to the general public. We do have a section of reserved seating for members and special guests. See below for details about becoming a member!

How do I become a member?
Please visit our membership page, HERE. Benefits include preferred seating, merchandise discounts, and special event invites, among others.

May I save a seat for a friend?
If you arrive before the rest of your party, you are welcome to hold a seat up until ten minutes before the performance. All saved seats, including member seats, are released ten minutes before curtain.

Where do you find your actors?
As we grow, we are auditioning more and more actors from all corners of the country, and beyond. We hold general auditions in Seattle, and accept video submissions from elsewhere.

Where do you house your actors?
We house actors with wonderful hosts in our community! If you have a spare room, mother-in-law cottage, or camper not in use, and would like more information on how you might host a Shakespearean actor for the summer, please contact us HERE.

How can I audition?
For more information about auditioning click HERE, and please send a headshot and resume with a brief inquiry to casting@islandshakespearefest.org.

How can I make a donation?
You can make a tax deductible contribution to ISF in several ways. To donate online, click HERE. If you’d prefer, you can mail a check to Island Shakespeare Festival, PO Box 1262 Langley, WA, 98260. For other donation inquiries, contact fund development at info@islandshakespearefest.org.

How do I get involved?
For volunteer opportunities, please click HERE.

Can I only see ISF during the summer?
Our main-stage season runs during the summer months, however we now offer an indoor winter production! 2019 will kick off with the return of Scott Kaiser’s Shakespeare’s Other Women, directed by Erin Murray, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ black box, Zech Hall, running three weekends in February.



FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 360-331-2939 or email
July 14-September 3,
Shows Thursday through Sunday at 6:00,
(matinees at 1:00 Sundays in August).
Island Shakespeare Festival is located at 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260 (MAP)
Mailing address:
PO Box 1262
Langley, WA, 98260
Click HERE for the performance schedule.