Letters to the Editor

Thank you to Community Fund

The Seattle Shakespeare Company is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of a grant from the Mercer Island Community Fund in the amount of $2,000 in support of our 16th Annual Wooden O Free Shakespeare in the Parks series. This summer, our productions will be “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Richard III.” Since 1994, Wooden O Productions has brought free Shakespeare in the Parks to Luther Burbank Park, providing the people of Mercer Island and the surrounding region with one of the cultural high marks of the summer. The Mercer Island Community Fund has had a role in funding our performances from as early as 1997, and we are grateful for their continued support.

Wooden O Productions has developed a strong reputation in the region as one of the premier theater arts organizations presenting the works of William Shakespeare. Each summer, we attract many of the area’s best theater artists and craft Shakespeare performances that have impressed audiences and critics alike. That we are able to do so free of charge is a testament to the great support we get from organizations like the Mercer Island Community Fund.

Last year, Wooden O merged with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, and we have become Washington state’s largest theater organization devoted to classical theater. Our Wooden O Productions bring free Shakespeare in the Parks to cities like Federal Way, Lynnwood, Redmond and Shoreline. However, Mercer Island continues to be the key partner in our efforts. Our 2009 Wooden O performances include 14 performances at Luther Burbank, including one as part of the Summer Celebration festivities.

Wooden O was founded by me, a Mercer Island High School graduate. I continue to lead the outdoor performances as a part of the Seattle Shakespeare Company. We continue to work closely with the Mercer Island Arts Council, Parks and Recreation and other local civic funders to bring outstanding productions to the Island. We are very grateful for the support of the Mercer Island Community Fund and thank them for their recognition of our efforts.

George Mount

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