The Season



















From the Artistic Director

2017 is another year of astounding momentum for Island Shakespeare Festival. We are in the midst of transition, but with transition come transformation and growth. The season productions were chosen before transition came upon us, however the themes that these three stories share seem serendipitously poignant as we move into a new phase for our organization, especially those of rebirth, reunion, change. Hamlet, Seagull, and The Comedy of Errors also closely examine the ambiguities of family relationships, madness, and mortality. Many characters in Seagull find parallels in Hamlet, and there is a clear mirror in the themes mentioned. The Comedy of Errors highlights the humorous side of these darker motifs, yet still allows the humanity to be expressed and experienced. I look forward to continuing to find the comparisons among all three stories.

We are thrilled to welcome three fantastic directors with diverse expertise and visions. Jackie Apodaca (Dir. The Taming of the Shrew, 2014) returns to direct an adaptation of the Chekhovian favorite, Seagull, by Libby Appel (Artistic Director Emeritus of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival), with the literal translation by .? Appel’s adaptation highlights the tragic comedy of Chekhov’s characters in crisis. With a deep passion for Chekhov, Jackie brings an ability to enhance dark comedy and an understanding that will complement the tone of the play.

A veteran of our stage, Andrew Fling (Actor: 2012, 2015; Assistant Director: 2016) will blend a career based in comedy and improvisation with his love of Shakespearean text. The Comedy of Errors will come to life in a way that will highlight the poignancy of the characters’ emotional life along with the hilarity of the circumstances in which they find themselves.

New to ISF, Kyle Haden brings innovative ideas about the relevance of Shakespeare along with a deep commitment to the central importance of the text. This production will offer clear parallels to our modern world and will remove the assumptions we have about Hamlet to shed new light on the characters, relationships, and story inherent to the text.

Producing three plays on one stage in rotating repertory requires collaboration, communication, and a sharing of vision. Rehearsal time is shared, actors are shared, a set is shared, and the season is shared. These three directors offer a unique balance of ideas, skills, and styles, and will come together to create a season that is complete as a whole with three complimentary productions. We look forward to sharing it with you!














From the Artistic Director

2017 is another year of astounding momentum for Island Shakespeare Festival. We are in the midst of transition, but with transition come transformation and growth. The season productions were chosen before transition came upon us, however the themes that these three stories share seem serendipitously poignant as we move into a new phase for our organization, especially those of rebirth, reunion, change. Hamlet, Seagull, and The Comedy of Errors also closely examine the ambiguities of family relationships, madness, and mortality. Many characters in Seagull find parallels in Hamlet, and there is a clear mirror in the themes mentioned. The Comedy of Errors highlights the humorous side of these darker motifs, yet still allows the humanity to be expressed and experienced. I look forward to continuing to find the comparisons among all three stories.

We are thrilled to welcome three fantastic directors with diverse expertise and visions. Jackie Apodaca (Dir. The Taming of the Shrew, 2014) returns to direct an adaptation of the Chekhovian favorite, Seagull, by Libby Appel (Artistic Director Emeritus of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival), with the literal translation by Allison Horsley. Appel’s adaptation highlights the tragic comedy of Chekhov’s characters in crisis. With a deep passion for Chekhov, Jackie brings an ability to enhance dark comedy and an understanding that will complement the tone of the play.

A veteran of our stage, Andrew Fling (Actor: 2012, 2015; Assistant Director: 2016) will blend a career based in comedy and improvisation with his love of Shakespearean text. The Comedy of Errors will come to life in a way that will highlight the poignancy of the characters’ emotional life along with the hilarity of the circumstances in which they find themselves.

New to ISF, Kyle Haden brings innovative ideas about the relevance of Shakespeare along with a deep commitment to the central importance of the text. This production will offer clear parallels to our modern world and will remove the assumptions we have about Hamlet to shed new light on the characters, relationships, and story inherent to the text.

Producing three plays on one stage in rotating repertory requires collaboration, communication, and a sharing of vision. Rehearsal time is shared, actors are shared, a set is shared, and the season is shared. These three directors offer a unique balance of ideas, skills, and styles, and will come together to create a season that is complete as a whole with three complimentary productions. We look forward to sharing it with you!

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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
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