Coriolanus in Cheney, perhaps. Richard II in Richland. Othello in Othello. Maybe one day! Seattle Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Walla Walla are embarking on a partnership to bring professional classical theatre productions to Eastern Washington.
Starting with Seattle Shakespeare’s production of Richard II, recently discussed here, and continuing on with the company’s coming production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Seattle Shakespeare is proud to return to Eastern Washington. In the summer of 2008, Seattle Shakespeare Company transferred its outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Walla Walla to play at the Fort Walla Walla Ampitheatre and out of that initial effort Shakespeare Walla Walla was created.
Since then the indoor performing arts venue, Gesa Power House Theatre, was built and opened in Walla Walla, housing all sorts of theatre performances. In addition to the upcoming performances by Seattle Shakespeare, the Walla Walla venue will also soon welcome “Such Sweet Thunder Suite,” Duke Ellington’s 12-part suite inspired by Shakespeare’s works, with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
Richard II will play February 6-9. The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed April 16-20. “Such Sweet Thunder Suite” performance dates have yet to be determined.