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GreenStage artistic director Ken Holmes amazed by 21 years of free Shakespeare in the park

Author note: Ken's another guy that I know I've interviewed more than once. After all, he's a major part of Seattle's great tradition of Shakespeare in the parks. He gave me so many great answers that I ended up turning this into two articles.
GreenStage begins their twenty-first season next month, presenting Shakespeare for free in Seattle's parks. The company's producing artistic director Ken Holmes was more than happy to discuss the company's two-decade history of performing the Bard's work outside.Congratulations on GreenStage turning twenty-one. How long have you been with the company?I got involved with GreenStage way back in 1993, acting in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At that point, the company was called Shakespeare Northwest and was based in Pierce County. At the end of that summer the board of directors was going to disband the company, so the actors took it over. The following year, we partnered with Seattle Parks a…

The working actor's life: kung fu movie, chipmunk ears, and a trip to Siberia

Author's note: although I'd interviewed Tim before, this was the first time I heard about the kung-fu movie.
If you go to the theater frequently in Seattle, then you’ve seen Tim Hyland. He’s that quintessential working man actor who can fill any role with panache or pathos. Currently, he is playing Leo Herman, a desperate and needy clown in Herb Gardner’s One Thousand Clowns at Intiman. And, as Hyland plays him, chipmunk ears and all, he’s the guy who gets the biggest belly laughs at the end of evening.With thirty credits at Bathhouse, twenty-one at SCT, and countless more around town, you're one of a handful of Seattle regulars on the stage. What does it take to make a living as an actor here? I don't know. Being kind, being tolerable, and being lucky.Your program bio lists a kung fu movie role. When did that happen and how was that as an acting experience?I love having that on my resume. I did it in Vancouver B.C. in 1988. The director, Yuen Woo-Ping, …

Seattle couple flies high at Teatro ZinZanni

Author's note: so I'm sitting in the green room of Teatro Zinzanni and this amazing couple walk in. You could stick them on the cover of a Harlequin: just that charming. I love their story: running away from science careers to join the circus. Go back a little earlier, and he taught himself trapeze because she loved circus arts. Later, I got a chance to see them perform. Again, simply amazing.
He is a dashing young gypsy who has invaded her restaurant. She's the pretty waitress darting between tables who has captured his heart. They exchange glances. By evening's end, this couple is flying high above the diners.That's the nearly wordless story behind the performance of one real-life Seattle couple in Tetro Zinzanni's Under the Gypsy Moon. Ben Wendel and Rachel Nehmer met in college, moved to Seattle for "regular" jobs in science, and ended up spending so much of their time practicing on the trapeze that they decided to make it their career.…