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As 2018 approaches and we look around us in our communities and our world, it is clear that now is a necessary time for the arts, and in particular, theatre, to carry our stories our voices beyond boundaries and walls. The human experience we share unites us and, as theatre artists, we have the gift and responsibility to remind ourselves and each other of this important reality. With our 2018 season, we intend to do just that.

Continue reading to learn about our first ever winter production and catch a preview of our upcoming 2018 summer repertory season. In addition you can sign up to become a member through our 2018 membership drive, and also discover how to support ISF on Giving Tuesday!

With deep gratitude for the past, present and future,

-Olena Hodges
Artistic Director
Tickets now available for Shakespeare's Other Women

Tickets now available for
Shakespeare's Other Women 




Have you heard the news? In January 2018, ISF will expand its horizon into winter programming with the professional premier of Scott Kaiser’s new play, Shakespeare's Other Women, giving voice to text Shakespeare might have written had he provided more for his female characters to speak.

This timely story weaves together an anthology of 36 new monologues, written in iambic pentameter, in Shakespeare’s vernacular, set in a historical moment upon the completion of Shakespeare’s First Folio of collected works. Shakespeare’s Other Women explores the female experience that exists beneath the surface of Shakespeare’s works, acknowledging the repression of female voices throughout history.

We are thrilled to have Seattle based director Erin Murray at the helm of this production. The cast includes Libby Barnard, Francesca Betancourt, Lexi Chipman, Michelle Lynn Conklin, Meghan Dolby, Deana Duncan, Aida Leguizamon, Kathryn Lynn Morgen, Isis Phoenix, and Gary Taylor. Resident set designer and tech director David Gignac will design the set, and Jody Harrison returns to design costumes.

Shakespeare’s Other Women runs Thursday-Sunday, January 18-28, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ Zech Hall in Langley, WA. Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Will; Friday-Sunday tickets are $15.



Scott Kaiser is the Director of Company Development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where he has been a member of the artistic staff since 1993. While at OSF, Scott has directed, adapted, coached, or performed in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays. Scott is the author of three books on Shakespeare: The Tao of Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Wordcraft, and Mastering Shakespeare: An Acting Class in Seven Scenes. He has also penned four other original plays: Falstaff in Love, an adventure with the young Jack Falstaff; Love’s Labor’s Won, a sequel to Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost; Now This, an exploration of the human consequences of American consumer culture; and Splittin’ the Raft, a retelling of the Huck Finn story through the eyes of African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass. You’ll find Scott’s website online at: ScottKaiserShakespeare.com.

Erin Murray has directed a variety of theatrical productions from opera to new work, but her true passion is Shakespeare. She directed the Seattle Shakespeare Company 2017 Statewide touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and a bilingual (Spanish/Shakespeare) production of The Taming of the Shrew and will return to direct the 2018 touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and a bilingual production of Twelfth Night with Associate Artist Ana Maria Campoy. Additional Shakespeare productions include Loves Labours Lost (Players Theatre, Dublin), The Tempest, and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Short Shakes, SSC). Erin was the staff director for Opera Theatre Company in Dublin, Ireland, for three seasons where she toured six fully staged operas on European tours. Additional directing credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Best Production at the Speigeltent, Winner; Dublin Fringe), The Internationalist (Steppenwolf Garage, Chicago), I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (Redtwist, Chicago; Midwest premiere), All My Sons, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Northwestern University), and Wonderful Life (ArtsWest, Seattle). Erin earned her MFA in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University, and BA from Trinity College Dublin. She is a former Intiman Emerging Artist, Tacoma Spark Grant Recipient, and member of Directors Lab West. ErinMurrayDirects.com

Summer 2018 Season
Othello

We're thrilled to announce that Terri McMahon has joined the team to direct Othello. Recent directing credits include Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), Macbeth (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), and Love's Labors Lost (University of Utah). A veteran actor of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, her 23 seasons have included 19 Shakespeare productions, American classics (Williams, Churchill, and more), world premiers (Ladybird in Robert Schenken's All the Way and The Great Society), and everything in between. She also worked in the education department and with the school visit program, as an actor and director. Other regional theatres include La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Terri holds a BFA from University of Southern California under John Houseman and W. Duncan Ross and recently completed the Lincoln Center Theatre Directing Lab.

Sense & Sensibility

Our 2018 Summer Season will open with Sense & Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill, and directed by Charlie McGrath. Charlie is thrilled to make her Seattle debut with the artistic family at ISF. She is currently an Assistant Director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC (FFA Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, The Secret Garden, Macbeth, School for Lies, Twelfth Night, Noura). BROADWAY: SDCF Observer, A Time to Kill (dir. Ethan McSweeny). REGIONAL: Director: Birmingham Chidlren's Theatre: The Jungle Book: Assistant Director, Goodman Theatre: Smokefall (dir. Anne Kauffman); Court Theatre: A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (dir. David Auburn); Northlight Theatre: Mothers and Sons (dir. Steve Scott). DC: Pointless Theatre: Imogen; Silver Springs Stage: The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence. CHICAGO: Director, The Side Project: Lysistrata; AstonRep Theatre Company: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Dead Writers Theatre Collective: Game of Love and Chance [Remount], House of Mirth; Open Door Repertory Company: Game of Love and Chance, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks; Proud Kate Theatre Project: The Ruby Sunrise, November, Dumb Waiter; G&S Opera Company: HMS Pinafore. She’s a proud member of Directors Lab North and alumnus of Northwestern University and AMDA (NY), a previous Directing Fellow at STC, and a finalist for the SDCF Gielgud Fellowship. Her stagings use symbolism, traces of magical realism and diverse casting to reimagine the classics for a deeper resonance within her audience.

Twelfth Night 

Kristin Clippard, of Cincinnati, will direct Twelfth Night. Kristin holds a BFA from Wright State University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She trained with Shakespeare & Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the former National Conservatory Theatre, and SITI Company. Selected directing credits include Loyalty and Betrayal (a community collaboration based on Julius Caesar), Landless, Collective Amnesia, and Champagne Gods. Favorite classic play projects include Imaginary Invalid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, Pericles, Dr. Faustus and She Stoops to Conquer. Kristin has taught, administered, acted, assisted or directed with over a dozen Shakespeare producing theatre companies and many others. She is also a playwright and enjoys developing new works with writers. Visit her website at www.kristinclippard.com

Now is the perfect time to become a member! 

Now is the perfect time to become a member! The beauty of theatre is its ability to transport the audience to another time and place, to escape from the daily grind, and to have this accessible to all is our commitment to you. Our goal is to AMAZE and inspire audiences with stellar performances as we reimagine the classics. We also hope to inspire the next generation with these performances and through our outreach programs. To do this we need your support. Currently membership constitutes 5% of our budget. Fundraising efforts and grants support the balance. Our goal is to increase membership to help sustain Island Shakespeare Festival all year long. 



With membership comes privilege: stay connected to ISF all year long through performances, member-only events and the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to enrich our community through incredible interpretations of classical theatre. We are expanding our membership to offer even more benefits. If you have already joined for 2018, we thank you. If you would like to join or upgrade your membership go to islandshakespearefest.org.

Consider giving the gift of theatre through a membership purchased in a dear one's name!

In the holiday spirit... 

Giving Tuesday is a "global giving movement" intended to kick off the holiday spirit of philanthropy, buoyed by social media. Following the post-Thanksgiving commercial pushes of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday offers the opportunity to participate in a collective celebration of the spirit of the holidays by giving to our favorite organizations. We encourage you to participate this year, Tuesday, November 28!

 





As 2018 approaches and we look around us in our communities and our world, it is clear that now is a necessary time for the arts, and in particular, theatre, to carry our stories our voices beyond boundaries and walls. The human experience we share unites us and, as theatre artists, we have the gift and responsibility to remind ourselves and each other of this important reality. With our 2018 season, we intend to do just that.

Continue reading to learn about our first ever winter production and catch a preview of our upcoming 2018 summer repertory season. In addition you can sign up to become a member through our 2018 membership drive, and also discover how to support ISF on Giving Tuesday!

With deep gratitude for the past, present and future,

-Olena Hodges
Artistic Director
Tickets now available for Shakespeare's Other Women

Tickets now available for
Shakespeare's Other Women 




Have you heard the news? In January 2018, ISF will expand its horizon into winter programming with the professional premier of Scott Kaiser’s new play, Shakespeare's Other Women, giving voice to text Shakespeare might have written had he provided more for his female characters to speak.

This timely story weaves together an anthology of 36 new monologues, written in iambic pentameter, in Shakespeare’s vernacular, set in a historical moment upon the completion of Shakespeare’s First Folio of collected works. Shakespeare’s Other Women explores the female experience that exists beneath the surface of Shakespeare’s works, acknowledging the repression of female voices throughout history.

We are thrilled to have Seattle based director Erin Murray at the helm of this production. The cast includes Libby Barnard, Francesca Betancourt, Lexi Chipman, Michelle Lynn Conklin, Meghan Dolby, Deana Duncan, Aida Leguizamon, Kathryn Lynn Morgen, Isis Phoenix, and Gary Taylor. Resident set designer and tech director David Gignac will design the set, and Jody Harrison returns to design costumes.

Shakespeare’s Other Women runs Thursday-Sunday, January 18-28, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ Zech Hall in Langley, WA. Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Will; Friday-Sunday tickets are $15.



Scott Kaiser is the Director of Company Development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where he has been a member of the artistic staff since 1993. While at OSF, Scott has directed, adapted, coached, or performed in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays. Scott is the author of three books on Shakespeare: The Tao of Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Wordcraft, and Mastering Shakespeare: An Acting Class in Seven Scenes. He has also penned four other original plays: Falstaff in Love, an adventure with the young Jack Falstaff; Love’s Labor’s Won, a sequel to Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost; Now This, an exploration of the human consequences of American consumer culture; and Splittin’ the Raft, a retelling of the Huck Finn story through the eyes of African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass. You’ll find Scott’s website online at: ScottKaiserShakespeare.com.

Erin Murray has directed a variety of theatrical productions from opera to new work, but her true passion is Shakespeare. She directed the Seattle Shakespeare Company 2017 Statewide touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and a bilingual (Spanish/Shakespeare) production of The Taming of the Shrew and will return to direct the 2018 touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and a bilingual production of Twelfth Night with Associate Artist Ana Maria Campoy. Additional Shakespeare productions include Loves Labours Lost (Players Theatre, Dublin), The Tempest, and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Short Shakes, SSC). Erin was the staff director for Opera Theatre Company in Dublin, Ireland, for three seasons where she toured six fully staged operas on European tours. Additional directing credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Best Production at the Speigeltent, Winner; Dublin Fringe), The Internationalist (Steppenwolf Garage, Chicago), I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (Redtwist, Chicago; Midwest premiere), All My Sons, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Northwestern University), and Wonderful Life (ArtsWest, Seattle). Erin earned her MFA in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University, and BA from Trinity College Dublin. She is a former Intiman Emerging Artist, Tacoma Spark Grant Recipient, and member of Directors Lab West. ErinMurrayDirects.com

Summer 2018 Season
Othello

We're thrilled to announce that Terri McMahon has joined the team to direct Othello. Recent directing credits include Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), Macbeth (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), and Love's Labors Lost (University of Utah). A veteran actor of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, her 23 seasons have included 19 Shakespeare productions, American classics (Williams, Churchill, and more), world premiers (Ladybird in Robert Schenken's All the Way and The Great Society), and everything in between. She also worked in the education department and with the school visit program, as an actor and director. Other regional theatres include La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Terri holds a BFA from University of Southern California under John Houseman and W. Duncan Ross and recently completed the Lincoln Center Theatre Directing Lab.

Sense & Sensibility

Our 2018 Summer Season will open with Sense & Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill, and directed by Charlie McGrath. Charlie is thrilled to make her Seattle debut with the artistic family at ISF. She is currently an Assistant Director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC (FFA Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, The Secret Garden, Macbeth, School for Lies, Twelfth Night, Noura). BROADWAY: SDCF Observer, A Time to Kill (dir. Ethan McSweeny). REGIONAL: Director: Birmingham Chidlren's Theatre: The Jungle Book: Assistant Director, Goodman Theatre: Smokefall (dir. Anne Kauffman); Court Theatre: A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (dir. David Auburn); Northlight Theatre: Mothers and Sons (dir. Steve Scott). DC: Pointless Theatre: Imogen; Silver Springs Stage: The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence. CHICAGO: Director, The Side Project: Lysistrata; AstonRep Theatre Company: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Dead Writers Theatre Collective: Game of Love and Chance [Remount], House of Mirth; Open Door Repertory Company: Game of Love and Chance, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks; Proud Kate Theatre Project: The Ruby Sunrise, November, Dumb Waiter; G&S Opera Company: HMS Pinafore. She’s a proud member of Directors Lab North and alumnus of Northwestern University and AMDA (NY), a previous Directing Fellow at STC, and a finalist for the SDCF Gielgud Fellowship. Her stagings use symbolism, traces of magical realism and diverse casting to reimagine the classics for a deeper resonance within her audience.

Twelfth Night 

Kristin Clippard, of Cincinnati, will direct Twelfth Night. Kristin holds a BFA from Wright State University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She trained with Shakespeare & Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the former National Conservatory Theatre, and SITI Company. Selected directing credits include Loyalty and Betrayal (a community collaboration based on Julius Caesar), Landless, Collective Amnesia, and Champagne Gods. Favorite classic play projects include Imaginary Invalid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, Pericles, Dr. Faustus and She Stoops to Conquer. Kristin has taught, administered, acted, assisted or directed with over a dozen Shakespeare producing theatre companies and many others. She is also a playwright and enjoys developing new works with writers. Visit her website at www.kristinclippard.com

Now is the perfect time to become a member! 

Now is the perfect time to become a member! The beauty of theatre is its ability to transport the audience to another time and place, to escape from the daily grind, and to have this accessible to all is our commitment to you. Our goal is to AMAZE and inspire audiences with stellar performances as we reimagine the classics. We also hope to inspire the next generation with these performances and through our outreach programs. To do this we need your support. Currently membership constitutes 5% of our budget. Fundraising efforts and grants support the balance. Our goal is to increase membership to help sustain Island Shakespeare Festival all year long. 



With membership comes privilege: stay connected to ISF all year long through performances, member-only events and the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to enrich our community through incredible interpretations of classical theatre. We are expanding our membership to offer even more benefits. If you have already joined for 2018, we thank you. If you would like to join or upgrade your membership go to islandshakespearefest.org.

Consider giving the gift of theatre through a membership purchased in a dear one's name!

In the holiday spirit... 

Giving Tuesday is a "global giving movement" intended to kick off the holiday spirit of philanthropy, buoyed by social media. Following the post-Thanksgiving commercial pushes of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday offers the opportunity to participate in a collective celebration of the spirit of the holidays by giving to our favorite organizations. We encourage you to participate this year, Tuesday, November 28!

 



FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 360-331-2939 or email
July 14-September 3,
Shows Thursday through Sunday at 6:00,
(matinees at 1:00 Saturdays 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.