The Winter's Tale (2017)

A Winter's Tale - poster image

July 28-30: Shakespeare Walla Walla presents "The Winter's Tale" by William Shakespeare - performed at the Whitman College Outdoor Amphitheater with FREE performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. Seating is festival-style on the lawn. Blankets are recommended. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Picnic dinners are encouraged. 

About the Play:

Shakespeare's dramatic tale of madness and compassion, loss and reconciliation, and the conquering spirit of love, presented in a witty, sparkling, modern adaptation. Set in 1950s and 60s America, "The Winter's Tale" tells the tale of Leontes, a great man who banishes his family wrongfully, and is taught the meaning of forgiveness through the inspired plan of a wise, loyal woman. Set outdoors in the beautiful Whitman College Amphitheater, under the stars.

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Timothy Golden, Brandon Pierce, Kathryn Bogley, Kathleen McKeegan, Clint Bidwell, Kristina Roy, Ludi da Brito, Sara Staven, Micah Hall, Jordon Calhoun, Jeremy Reed, Abby Wissink, Rande Moss, Thomas Beebe, and Theo Gryler.

About the Director:

Kenn Watt is the founder and artistic director of New York- and San Francisco-based Fifth Floor, His work with Fifth Floor have garnered Dramalogue, Black Box, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and Goldie awards in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and has been supported by the California Arts Council, the Creative Work Fund of the Haas Foundation, the Flintridge Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Fund, and many others. He has also directed for HERE Arts Center, the Flea theatre, the Prelude festival, and California Shakespeare Festival, Eureka Theatre, Encore Theatre, Life on the Water, American Conservatory Theatre, and the Magic Theatre. He directed an original opera, Fight Cherries with poet Anne Carson and composer Guillermo Galinda at the California College of Arts and Crafts. He has worked with Francesco Zambello, Richard Foreman, The Wooster Group, and Anne Bogart and has directed Theatre for Social Change projects with at-risk youth in Harlem and survivors of sex trafficking in Bangladesh. Mr. Watt is also an actor, having appeared with the Wooster Group and many other companies and has taught at City College of New York, Lehman College, Colgate University, San Francisco State University, University of California, Santa Cruz, and the American Conservatory Theatre, Currently he os faculty at Whitman College. He was a recipient of the TCG/NEA Directing Fellowship, the TCG/PEW National Theatre Artist Residency Award (with Chuck Mee), and a National Corporate Theatre Fund grant.  From 2000-2002, he was the Associate Artistic Director of the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, which commissioned new work as both writer and director. He has appeared on panels for CUNY, HERE,Theatre Bay Area, Intersection for the Arts, Tufts University.  Mr. Watt is a graduate of Tufts University, Trinity College, Dublin, and the American Conservatory Theatre Advanced Training Program.  He received his PhD from the Graduate Program at the City University of New York, and is working on a book about experimental environmental participatory theatre. He has presented at ASTR, ATHE, and PSI, and published in Theatre magazine, Theatre Journal, PAJ, and on Howlround.

Directions to the Amphitheatre:

Please note: E Isaacs Ave. is closed for reconstruction between the Rose St. intersection and N. Clinton St.

From downtown Walla Walla, head east on Boyer Ave. from the 5-way intersection at E Main St. & S Palouse St. Parking may be found by turning left on S Park St. and then turning right into the Baker St. parking area. Limited parking may also be found by turning left on Stanton St. and right on University St. The performance will be in the Whitman College Amphitheater just off the corner of Stanton St & University St. Link to map on Google.

Available Parking:

Parking in the Whitman College Baker St. parking lot, between S Park St. & E Isaacs Ave. Street parking on Stanton St., University St., and the surrounding area.