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Expect unexpected Wooden O casting this summer

Seattle Shakespeare’s outdoor performing company, Wooden O, takes to Northwest parks with two gender-bending productions this summer. For 2019, they will present an all-male Twelfth Night and a Romeo and Juliet comprised of female and non-binary artists.

For five weeks starting July 11, both shows will travel to 16 different park venues to offer 43 free performances in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Last summer the Wooden O shows were seen by nearly 12,000 individuals and families.

Director Mary Machala gave personal reasons for her casting choices in Twelfth Night. “I have many reasons why I wanted to do this show as an all-male cast, but the main reason is that I have a 24-year-old son, and I think men have taken it on the chops for the last couple of years,” said Machala. “I think a lot of young men in their 20s are kind of lost and they kind of don’t know what foot to stand on. And so, quite frankly, I’m doing this show for my son.”

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