The Winter's Tale

48h Annual Shakespeare-in-the-Parks opens July 28th

Our 48th consectuive season of free Shakespeare-in-the-Parks contnues with The Winter’s Tale.

All performances are free to the public, and depend greatly upon free-will audience donations. Runs July 28 – Labor Day at various locations.  Specific show dates and times will be on the calendar shortly.

Cast and Crew:
Polixenes – Shaun Hennessy
Leontes – Ben Roberts
Hermione – Lalanya Gunn
Mamillius/Perdita – Elizabeth Gibbs
Camillo/Servant – Carlyn Blount
Lady/Dorcas – Laine Wagner
Emilia/Mopsa – Jacquelle Davis
Lord/Autolycus – Sarah Aldrich
Antigonus/Clown – Bryan Smith
Paulina/Shepherdess – Maryanne Glazebrook
Jailer/Florizel – Nicholas Babson

Director – Kristin Heller
Stage Manager – Abby Filiaggi
Costume Designer – Heather Nunn

Photos by Gary Norman

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Find specific dates and times for performances, RSVP, and get more information

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Director Kristin Heller

​Originally from Ohio, Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts and Communications in Theater Arts from Bowling Green State University. She moved from Ohio to Chicago, IL and began working in various theaters across the city.  While in Chicago she was Artistic Director of a non-profit theater company that focused on new play development.

In 2009, she moved to Portland, OR to pursue her Master in Theatre, graduating in 2011. Kristin has apprenticed under world renowned directors such as Tito Capobianco, David Edwards and Elizabeth Bachman. She has worked as Acting and Dance faculty for the Tyrolean Opera Program in Maurach Austria and the Napa Music Festival in California.

Her most recent work includes: Stage Director and Co-Choreographer for “Anything Goes”, and Music Director and Choreographer for “The Phantom Tollbooth”.

She will be directing “Once Upon a Mattress” with Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy this fall and “The Odd Couple” with Sherwood Foundation of the Arts this Winter.

Currently she privately coaches voice, flute, acting, acting for singers, public speaking, and tap dance as well as instructs larger Master classes on Auditioning and Acting.

A Note from the Director

The Winter’s Tale is normally talked about in the terms of one of Shakespeare’s problem plays. Most people only know the text as Shakespeare’s only real line of stage directions: “Exit pursued by bear”  I fact David Tenant stated that the line is ‘the most famous direction in theatrical history’ in a Radio 4 broadcast in 2015. However, this “Problem Play” or “The play with the Bear” is about so much more than just the stage direction it is known for.   Two leaders, the best of friends, cultivated by family, fidelity, and fraternity .  Torn apart by misunderstanding, quick temper, and alternative facts. Reconnected by the healing power of time,  friendship, and the strength to forgive.

This play is two in one, two lands, two leaders, two completely different styles. This play is not logical.  Its forward momentum comes from the raw emotions of the characters.  Our feelings in hard situations are not always justified without knowing all the facts, people will see what they want to see and jump to the conclusions that they have determined exist, whether they do or not.  These conclusions have consequences.  Humanity thrives when if after the consequences we can still have enough humility to ask for forgiveness. After great loss, can we still find hope and redemption.