Shakespeare in the Park is coming to Mercer Island this July! The Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O Theatre will be performing Much Ado About Nothing and Othello at the Luther Burbank Park amphitheatre from July 8th – 31st.
Wooden O Theatre got its start in 1994 by staging its first production exclusively at Luther Burbank Park. In the 15 years since, Wooden O has expanded to produce two plays each summer that are performed throughout King County’s many parks. Despite their growth, Wooden O has remained true to its roots and continues to return to Mercer Island each summer to stage over a dozen performances of their current productions before an eager audience of new and returning fans.
Luther Burbank Park’s amphitheatre makes Mercer Island a unique place to enjoy outdoor summer plays. Conveniently located near the park’s northern parking lot, the amphitheatre is cleverly designed to blend into the natural landscape. The amphitheatre consists of one simple, wooden wall and a raised, grassy stage. Beyond the amphitheatre a dense forest provides a lush, green backdrop to the performance. The open seating area consists of three grassy tiers and a hill that rises gently away from the stage. Audience members are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets to enjoy a picnic with family and friends during the show.
This summer’s plays showcase the range of Shakespeare’s talent, from Much Ado About Nothing, a lighthearted romantic comedy, to Othello, a tragic tale of vengeance and murder.
Much Ado About Nothing will be performed at 7 PM in Luther Burbank Park on July 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th and 17th. It will also be performed at 2 PM on July 10th as a special part of Summer Celebration. The final show on July 18th is also at 2 PM, and is part of a double feature.
Othello begins its run at 7 PM on July 18th after the last performance of Much Ado About Nothing earlier in the day. It continues its 7 PM show time for its other performances on July 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th and 31st.
All Shakespeare in the Park productions at Luther Burbank Park are free.