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Wow! Here we are almost through July! We're intensely proud of the season we've built, and are so enjoying sharing these stories with ardent audiences! We've got a bold and boundary-pushing season we know will surprise, delight, challenge, provoke, and inspire. We investigate the depths of discomfiting themes in Othello, and bring to light some of the many reasons this story resonates at this time in our world. We use non-traditional casting in all three shows, reflecting different perspectives in surprising ways. Sense & Sensibility proves refreshing and has surprised audiences with its humor and irreverence. Twelfth Night follows suit with a cast full of clowns finding their way to love.

Whether you go to the theatre for escape, entertainment, enlightenment, enrichment, or equality, we know you'll find something you're looking for at ISF this season. Please note, due to adult themes and violence, we recommend parents use discretion in bringing children under 14 to our production of Othello.

Click the calendar button below to plan your trip!

Olena Hodges
Artistic Director


Pictured: Madison McKenzie Scott (Elinor) and Renea S. Brown (Marianne); Jason Sanford (Othello) and Kevin Kantor [They/Them] (Iago); Helen Roundhill (Viola)  

Our season has opened to terrific applause! Here's what our audiences are saying:

"Don’t miss Sense & Sensibility, the first play of the season! A delightfully fun and fast paced performance in a great outside venue. Bring your hat and your picnic dinner or buy snacks and drinks in the tent." -Ann Emery

"Great cast. Production perfect. Sly humor." -Sharon Collver (on Sense & Sensibility) "I can't speak enough about how *lucky* we are to have Island Shakespeare Festival! They are AMAZING! Enjoyed a preview tonight of Othello! Fabulous! Twelfth Night and Sense & Sensibility are next! Paraphrasing their words: Classics demystified ... relevant - raw - visceral!" -The Quintessa 

Special "Industry Night" performance of Twelfth Night on Monday, July 30!

We're so grateful to our lovely sponsors and know they're working hard all summer to keep visitors happy. That means they rarely get to attend our weekend performances, so we thought we'd add a Monday night to make things easier!

Whether you're in the service industry, theatre industry, or just want to see a play on a Monday evening (the ferry line will be less intimidating!), you're invited to join us!

Our Concessions Levels Up!  

New this season, we're partnering with the South Whidbey Commons for box picnics available in the tent! Chef David has created tailored menus for each production featuring flavors that enhance the experience: tea sandwiches and Beef Wellington for Sense & Sensibility, Moorish Paella for Othello, and delicious Croatian inspired bites for Twelfth Night. Save room for dessert! Director Charlie McGrath (Sense & Sensibility) said "I live in Washington D.C. and this is the best food I've had since March!" 

First Read Lab Returns 

Join us for two play readings this summer, with the return of our First Read Lab series. While ISF focuses on the classics, we also believe in growing the contemporary canon with new work. We bridge this mission with our "New Works from Old Words" program, which originated with our 2015 commissioned adaptation of The Three Musketeers by Gordon Carpenter, onstage this summer at Greenstage in Seattle!

First up, we'll present a reading of Scott Kaiser's new play, Falstaff in Love, commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Kaiser returns to ISF after our winter production of his play Shakespeare's Other Women (returning to the Zech Hall Stage in February next year).

Falstaff in Love expands on one of the monologues included in Other Women, that of Nell, the kitchen wench in love with Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is a favorite character in the canon, first appearing in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and then driving the action of the Merry Wives of Windsor. In this brilliant new play, Mr. Kaiser further develops Falstaff's arc with more hilarity and fun. Join us Saturday, August 4, at 1:00 PM in Henry the tent!

Up next, we're excited to continue development of our upcoming commissioned play, an adaptation of Dante's Inferno to be produced next year as part of our 2019 season. We began workshopping Inferno last summer, and we're looking forward to a workshop with playwright Bryan Burch and director Lisa Wilson this August. We will spend a week working on Bryan's latest draft, culminating in a public reading at. 1:00 PM on August 15. (Pictured: ISF First Read Lab Readers in 2016)

Tent Talks 

This season we introduce "Tent Talks," a series of pre-show chats with company members as an introduction to the show you're about to see. These "Tent Talks" will occur for each performance beginning Wednesday, August 1. They will be held at 5:05 (12:05 for matinees Sundays in August) in Henry the Tent. Learn about this season's themes, characters, plots, contexts, and more. Plus, what a fun way to connect with some of the acting company! They might even give a little insider info about their own performance. 

Thank you to our members! 

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. Our goal is to inspire your investment in Island Shakespeare Festival all year long by increasing our membership.

Damien Cortez as Mercutio and David Mayer as Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet, 2011 

Membership begets Beneficence! Stay connected to ISF all year long with performances, member-only events, and the knowledge that you are enriching our entire community by supporting innovative and accessible interpretations of classic stories. We always seek to enhance our membership to offer even more privileges. Join today or upgrade your membership online at islandshakespearefest.org. And if you are already part of our family for 2018, we thank you!

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


Our season could not happen without our volunteers! Our deepest thanks to those who've already committed their time to helping us. From ushering to housing to set construction, there are lots of ways to get involved with the ISF family. Click below for more info and to sign up!

Save the Date! 

Shakespeare on the Halfshell
A Sea to Stage Event
Saturday, September 22
To begin at 3 pm, until the stars come out!

Lone Lake Barn
2798 Murdock Rd
Langley, WA 98260

Join us for a Barn Party
Feast on oysters, mussels, salmon
and other local fare!

Celebrate the conclusion of an incredible season and help us usher in our 10th year! With some very exciting announcements about our next steps into our future.
Tickets available soon!

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2017 Photos by Michael Stadler


Wow! Here we are almost through July! We're intensely proud of the season we've built, and are so enjoying sharing these stories with ardent audiences! We've got a bold and boundary-pushing season we know will surprise, delight, challenge, provoke, and inspire. We investigate the depths of discomfiting themes in Othello, and bring to light some of the many reasons this story resonates at this time in our world. We use non-traditional casting in all three shows, reflecting different perspectives in surprising ways. Sense & Sensibility proves refreshing and has surprised audiences with its humor and irreverence. Twelfth Night follows suit with a cast full of clowns finding their way to love.

Whether you go to the theatre for escape, entertainment, enlightenment, enrichment, or equality, we know you'll find something you're looking for at ISF this season. Please note, due to adult themes and violence, we recommend parents use discretion in bringing children under 14 to our production of Othello.

Click the calendar button below to plan your trip!

Olena Hodges
Artistic Director


Pictured: Madison McKenzie Scott (Elinor) and Renea S. Brown (Marianne); Jason Sanford (Othello) and Kevin Kantor [They/Them] (Iago); Helen Roundhill (Viola)  

Our season has opened to terrific applause! Here's what our audiences are saying:

"Don’t miss Sense & Sensibility, the first play of the season! A delightfully fun and fast paced performance in a great outside venue. Bring your hat and your picnic dinner or buy snacks and drinks in the tent." -Ann Emery

"Great cast. Production perfect. Sly humor." -Sharon Collver (on Sense & Sensibility) "I can't speak enough about how *lucky* we are to have Island Shakespeare Festival! They are AMAZING! Enjoyed a preview tonight of Othello! Fabulous! Twelfth Night and Sense & Sensibility are next! Paraphrasing their words: Classics demystified ... relevant - raw - visceral!" -The Quintessa 

Special "Industry Night" performance of Twelfth Night on Monday, July 30!

We're so grateful to our lovely sponsors and know they're working hard all summer to keep visitors happy. That means they rarely get to attend our weekend performances, so we thought we'd add a Monday night to make things easier!

Whether you're in the service industry, theatre industry, or just want to see a play on a Monday evening (the ferry line will be less intimidating!), you're invited to join us!

Our Concessions Levels Up!  

New this season, we're partnering with the South Whidbey Commons for box picnics available in the tent! Chef David has created tailored menus for each production featuring flavors that enhance the experience: tea sandwiches and Beef Wellington for Sense & Sensibility, Moorish Paella for Othello, and delicious Croatian inspired bites for Twelfth Night. Save room for dessert! Director Charlie McGrath (Sense & Sensibility) said "I live in Washington D.C. and this is the best food I've had since March!" 

First Read Lab Returns 

Join us for two play readings this summer, with the return of our First Read Lab series. While ISF focuses on the classics, we also believe in growing the contemporary canon with new work. We bridge this mission with our "New Works from Old Words" program, which originated with our 2015 commissioned adaptation of The Three Musketeers by Gordon Carpenter, onstage this summer at Greenstage in Seattle!

First up, we'll present a reading of Scott Kaiser's new play, Falstaff in Love, commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Kaiser returns to ISF after our winter production of his play Shakespeare's Other Women (returning to the Zech Hall Stage in February next year).

Falstaff in Love expands on one of the monologues included in Other Women, that of Nell, the kitchen wench in love with Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is a favorite character in the canon, first appearing in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and then driving the action of the Merry Wives of Windsor. In this brilliant new play, Mr. Kaiser further develops Falstaff's arc with more hilarity and fun. Join us Saturday, August 4, at 1:00 PM in Henry the tent!

Up next, we're excited to continue development of our upcoming commissioned play, an adaptation of Dante's Inferno to be produced next year as part of our 2019 season. We began workshopping Inferno last summer, and we're looking forward to a workshop with playwright Bryan Burch and director Lisa Wilson this August. We will spend a week working on Bryan's latest draft, culminating in a public reading at. 1:00 PM on August 15. (Pictured: ISF First Read Lab Readers in 2016)

Tent Talks 

This season we introduce "Tent Talks," a series of pre-show chats with company members as an introduction to the show you're about to see. These "Tent Talks" will occur for each performance beginning Wednesday, August 1. They will be held at 5:05 (12:05 for matinees Sundays in August) in Henry the Tent. Learn about this season's themes, characters, plots, contexts, and more. Plus, what a fun way to connect with some of the acting company! They might even give a little insider info about their own performance. 

Thank you to our members! 

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. Our goal is to inspire your investment in Island Shakespeare Festival all year long by increasing our membership.

Damien Cortez as Mercutio and David Mayer as Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet, 2011 

Membership begets Beneficence! Stay connected to ISF all year long with performances, member-only events, and the knowledge that you are enriching our entire community by supporting innovative and accessible interpretations of classic stories. We always seek to enhance our membership to offer even more privileges. Join today or upgrade your membership online at islandshakespearefest.org. And if you are already part of our family for 2018, we thank you!

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


Our season could not happen without our volunteers! Our deepest thanks to those who've already committed their time to helping us. From ushering to housing to set construction, there are lots of ways to get involved with the ISF family. Click below for more info and to sign up!

Save the Date! 

Shakespeare on the Halfshell
A Sea to Stage Event
Saturday, September 22
To begin at 3 pm, until the stars come out!

Lone Lake Barn
2798 Murdock Rd
Langley, WA 98260

Join us for a Barn Party
Feast on oysters, mussels, salmon
and other local fare!

Celebrate the conclusion of an incredible season and help us usher in our 10th year! With some very exciting announcements about our next steps into our future.
Tickets available soon!

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.