2019 Season

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The Winter's Tale

By William Shakespeare


Cast

Anasazi Bhakti  Autolycus/Lady 
Rosaletta Curry  Hermione 
Gavin Douglas  Leontes 
Cameron Gray  Lord 
Candice Handy*  Paulina 
J. Tyler Jones  Polixenes 
Dominique Knight  Perdita 
Arthur Langlie  Florizel/Jailer/Officer 
Stefani Potter  Dorcus 
Abbey Rhyne  Mamillius/Time 
Andrés Rodriguez  Camillo/Mariner 
Nolan Sanchez  Dion 
Madison McKenzie Scott  Mopsa 
Jim Snowden  Old Shepherd/Servant 
Samuel L. Wick  Antigonus/Gentleman 
Andrew Yabroff  Clown/Servant  
* Appears through special arrangement with Actor's Equity Association; + Youth Performer

Artistic Team  

Director  Kyle Haden 
Stage Manager  Olivia Tymon 
Assistant Stage Manager  Carolina Stevens 
Production Assistant  Chris Colbourn 
Costume Designer  Jody Harrison  
Set Designer  Suzi Tucker 
Prop Master  Wallace Ming Yan 
Composer/Sound Designer  Stewart Blackwood 
Fight Director/Captain  J. Tyler Jones 
Choreographer  Megan LeMay 

From Kyle Haden, Director

It is required you do awake your faith…

When I think of The Winter’s Tale, I always think of this line: it’s spoken by Paulina, coming almost at the end of the play, and it elicits an emotional reaction from me every time. I’m not quite sure why it affects me the way it does, but it does.

It’s especially ironic because I’ve never believed in the magic of the piece.

People wax poetic about the events of the play, and I’ve just never bought it. There are rational explanations for everything that happens, I thought. So when Olena offered this to me last spring, and we started talking about the play, I literally scoffed at the idea of magic (which deeply disappointed her). But I was intrigued by the story of one character whose story feels neglected, and I was excited at the opportunity to return to Whidbey and ISF after my wonderful time directing Hamlet two years ago, and I do love this play, so I said yes and decided I would prove my point by focusing on Mamillius, the young prince of Sicilia.

The design team and I rolled up our sleeves and got to work on this non-magical interpretation. And I jumped in with both feet and embraced the non-magic enthusiastically. But a week or two before rehearsal started, something strange happened. I don’t know quite how to describe it, but I woke up one morning and, all of a sudden, I could see the magic of the play working. It’s hard to describe, but the path, the way forward, was just…lit up for me. I sheepishly confessed my conversion to our design team – and to Olena, who was very gracious about it – and to their great credit, they went with it.

The inspiration for our production is Alice Sebold’s 2002 novel, “The Lovely Bones”. In this book, fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon watches from her personal Heaven as her friends and family struggle to move on after her sudden disappearance. In our play, Mamillius is our narrator and guide, and he will facilitate our journey from Sicilia to Bohemia and back again.

Shakespeare’s written a really strange play. It takes random twists and turns; it jumps through time; a bear suddenly appears on a beach during a thunderstorm. We’re focusing on a character that usually appears in two scenes. We’re basing this on an early 21st century novel set in suburban Pennsylvania. There’s no earthly reason why this should all work…and, yet, somehow it does. Trust me.

"It is required you do awake your faith…"

Run time: 2 hours 35 minutes, including intermission  

If you have seen any of our productions this season, please take a few moments to fill our "Make a Difference Meter" and let us know the impact our play had on you. This information will help us with season planning.
Click HERE.
Thanks!

The Winter's Tale

By William Shakespeare

Cast

Anasazi Bhakti  Autolycus/Lady 
Rosaletta Curry  Hermione 
Gavin Douglas  Leontes 
Cameron Gray  Lord 
Candice Handy*  Paulina 
J. Tyler Jones  Polixenes 
Dominique Knight  Perdita 
Arthur Langlie  Florizel/Jailer/Officer 
Stefani Potter  Dorcus 
Abbey Rhyne  Mamillius/Time 
Andrés Rodriguez  Camillo/Mariner 
Nolan Sanchez  Dion 
Madison McKenzie Scott  Mopsa 
Jim Snowden  Old Shepherd/Servant 
Samuel L. Wick  Antigonus/Gentleman 
Andrew Yabroff  Clown/Servant  
* Appears through special arrangement with Actor's Equity Association; + Youth Performer

Artistic Team  

Director  Kyle Haden 
Stage Manager  Olivia Tymon 
Assistant Stage Manager  Carolina Stevens 
Production Assistant  Chris Colbourn 
Costume Designer  Jody Harrison  
Set Designer  Suzi Tucker 
Prop Master  Wallace Ming Yan 
Composer/Sound Designer  Stewart Blackwood 
Fight Director/Captain  J. Tyler Jones 
Choreographer  Megan LeMay 

From Kyle Haden, Director

It is required you do awake your faith…

When I think of The Winter’s Tale, I always think of this line: it’s spoken by Paulina, coming almost at the end of the play, and it elicits an emotional reaction from me every time. I’m not quite sure why it affects me the way it does, but it does.

It’s especially ironic because I’ve never believed in the magic of the piece.

People wax poetic about the events of the play, and I’ve just never bought it. There are rational explanations for everything that happens, I thought. So when Olena offered this to me last spring, and we started talking about the play, I literally scoffed at the idea of magic (which deeply disappointed her). But I was intrigued by the story of one character whose story feels neglected, and I was excited at the opportunity to return to Whidbey and ISF after my wonderful time directing Hamlet two years ago, and I do love this play, so I said yes and decided I would prove my point by focusing on Mamillius, the young prince of Sicilia.

The design team and I rolled up our sleeves and got to work on this non-magical interpretation. And I jumped in with both feet and embraced the non-magic enthusiastically. But a week or two before rehearsal started, something strange happened. I don’t know quite how to describe it, but I woke up one morning and, all of a sudden, I could see the magic of the play working. It’s hard to describe, but the path, the way forward, was just…lit up for me. I sheepishly confessed my conversion to our design team – and to Olena, who was very gracious about it – and to their great credit, they went with it.

The inspiration for our production is Alice Sebold’s 2002 novel, “The Lovely Bones”. In this book, fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon watches from her personal Heaven as her friends and family struggle to move on after her sudden disappearance. In our play, Mamillius is our narrator and guide, and he will facilitate our journey from Sicilia to Bohemia and back again.

Shakespeare’s written a really strange play. It takes random twists and turns; it jumps through time; a bear suddenly appears on a beach during a thunderstorm. We’re focusing on a character that usually appears in two scenes. We’re basing this on an early 21st century novel set in suburban Pennsylvania. There’s no earthly reason why this should all work…and, yet, somehow it does. Trust me.

"It is required you do awake your faith…"

Run time: 2 hours 35 minutes, including intermission  

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 360-331-2939 or managing.director@islandshakespearefest.org
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
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