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Published: Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

‘Know thyself’ theme for Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s season

The Seattle Shakespeare Company has set its 2012-13 indoor season, and each of the four shows features the flaw of a loss of self-awareness.
Knowing thy self would be "considered a good piece of advice," for the characters in these plays, said the company's artistic director George Mount.
Those characters include two warring lovers in "Much Ado About Nothing," a vainglorious monarch in "Richard II," two suitors striving to be something they are not in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" and the unknowing and tragic "King Lear."
The full lineup:
"Much Ado About Nothing": Oct. 23 to Nov. 17. In this Shakespeare comedy, Beatrice and Benedick were meant for each other -- if only they knew that as well. Too busy fighting to see their true love, these two are finally brought together when they resolve to redeem a young girl's honor.
"Richard II": Jan. 8 to Feb. 2. Shakespeare's historical piece has Richard II ill-suited for his role as monarch and preyed upon by those who would overthrow him, such as his cunning cousin.
"The Importance of Being Earnest": March 19 to April 13. This clever Oscar Wilde comedy has Jack Worthing and Algernon, his compatriot, falling in love with two women who both seek to marry a man named Ernest. Thus kicks off a deception, that grows and grows, until Lady Bracknell starts sleuthing.
"King Lear": April 24 to May 11. This Shakespeare drama has Lear falling into madness and blinded by the unhealthy motives of those around him while he tries to split up his lands among his three daughters.
Seattle Shakespeare Company is a year-round, professional, classical theater dedicated to producing the work of William Shakespeare and other classic playwrights, according to a press release.
Most of the company's performances are at Seattle's Center House Theatre, 305 Harrison St.
Season subscription packages range from $72 to $152 for all four shows. Single tickets go on sale in September.
For season tickets call 206-733-8222 or go to www.seattleshakespeare.org.
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