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Summer means outdoor theater and Shakespeare in Seattle

It is summer and outdoor-theater season again in the Puget Sound region. That means a lot of Shakespeare plays in the open air, and plenty more.  There are more than a dozen theatrical offerings you can patronize in July and August — most of them with no admission charge.  In the summer of 2012 the area’s longest-running Shakespeare troupes are back, with free shows scheduled in parks from Seattle to Issaquah, Port Townsend to Burien, on dates in July and August.

Among the freebies: Wooden O (a program of Seattle Shakespeare Company) will be stirring up toil and trouble in Lynnwood, Mercer Island and Seattle parks with “Macbeth,” featuring noted local actor Reginald Jackson in the lead, and “The Comedy of Errors”. Meanwhile, Greenstage takes on the Bard’s sexy war drama “Antony and Cleopatra” and his fantastical swan song, “The Tempest”. Click Wooden O, or Greenstage for their summer 2012 schedules and their websites with full information.

Catering mainly to the Eastside, Last Leaf Productions will romp through “As You Like It” and get serious with “The Merchant of Venice.”  And The Wrecking Crew troupe will encore its imaginative interpretation of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park in Seattle’s Central District, as part of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center’s new Summer Series (for more information call 206-684-5741). The Skagit Valley Shakespeare Festival is toting “Richard III,” the romantic roundelay “As You Like It” and the anthology “Shakespeare’s Fools” in Skagit and Whatcom county parks.  Click Skagitt Valley Shakespeare Festival for performance times, etc. The Key City Public Theatre will brew up “Macbeth” at Chetemoka Park in Port Townsend.  You can get more complete information by calling 360-385-7396 or click Key City Public Theatre.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, and most of it is free.

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