Third Annual Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival

You are invited to come enjoy our Shakespeare Festival on Orcas Island, featuring costumed performers, an Eastsound Parade, street theater, and a performance of ‘Othello’ by The Seattle Shakespeare Company. Clear your schedule for March 19 – 22, 2014.

The Stage on the Green, located in the heart of the island, will be home to numerous festival activities all day Saturday, March 22, including stage performances and music of the period. That evening, a performance of ‘Othello’ will be presented at the island’s version of “The Globe” – the 200-seat Orcas Center, the community’s performing arts facility.

If you have any questions, please email or call (360-376-2273) the Chamber of Commerce

Festival Event Schedule

Thursday, March 20

  • Dinner at Sazio di Notte with the Seattle Shakespeare Company. Chef Bill Patterson has created a meal fit for The Bard himself! 6 pm – 9 pm. $125 per person (wine included; wine list available).
      • Ceci con Gramberi (warm chick Peas with Prawns)
      • Panzanella (Tuscan Grilled Bread Salad)
      • Tagliatelle Pastore (Shepherds Pasta)
      • Polenta al Forno (Baked Polenta with Cauliflower and Gorgonzola)
      • Cinghiale (Wild Boar)
      • Tiramisu

    Reservations made at Sazio (360-376-6394), The Office Cupboard (360-376-2378), or at the Chamber of Commerce (360-376-2273) and at Brown Paper Tickets.

Orcas Crossroads

Friday, March 21

    • ‘Crossroads Lecture Series: Othello in the 21st Century – To Perform or Not to Perform?’
      Ayanna Thompson
      7:30 pm at Ocas Center. George Washington University Professor Ayanna Thompson presents a most relevant topic. Othello is the best-known black character in Shakespeare’s plays, a traditional role of dignity for black actors. But racial stereotypes of the 17th century create some discomfort among 21st century audiences. Tickets for this talk are $10 and are available at the Orcas Crossroads website, Darvill’s Bookstore in Eastsound, and through Brown Paper Tickets (website).

Orcas Crossroads
Saturday, March 22:

All-day Shakespeare Festival on Orcas Island, featuring street performances, a parade, performers from the Bellingham Circus Guild, a performance of ‘The Tempest’ by Spring Street School students, a farmers market & much more!

  • 10 am – 3 pm: Farmers Market & Vendors on Village Green … games for everyone to play… and so much more!
  • 11 am: Parade through Eastsound, ending on the Village Green
  • 7:30 pm: ‘Othello’ performance at Orcas Center


‘Othello’ Performance at Orcas Center

Tickets for the March 22 performance of ‘Othello’ by the Seattle Shakespeare Company are on sale now, and are available through the Orcas Center Box Office (360-376-2281) or its website. Tickets are also available at the Brown Paper Tickets website.

Synopsis: After the high-ranking general Othello bypasses Iago for a promotion, the cunning manipulator enacts his revenge. By playing on the Moor’s insecurities, Iago paints a false vision of Othello’s faithful wife, Desdemona, which leads to a murderous fit of jealousy..

Othello Tickets

Our Sponsors

The Shakespeare Festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of businesses and individuals on Orcas Island.  Please thank them for making it all possible.

  • Islander’s Bank
  • The Island Market
  • Orcas Lodging Association
  • Kenmore Air
  • Sazio di Notte Restaurant
  • SeaStar Lofts
  • Barbara Bedell
  • Jonathan White
  • Orcas Events
  • The Office Cupboard

Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands, is famous for its natural beauty, and is often referred to as the “Gem of the San Juans.”

“The Chamber of Commerce is working with our business community to take part in the fun,” said Orcas Island Chamber Board President Michell Marshall. “Orcas Island will be transformed into a Salish Sea version of Stratford-upon-Avon. With an amazing variety of talented local artists, Orcas has earned the reputation as an ‘Island for the Arts,’ and this year’s Shakespeare Festival will only add to that reputation. And it doesn’t hurt we have our own William Shakespeare for the event,” Marshall said.

Shakespeare Festival