Emboldened: The Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First with Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz: A Live Installation, 2015
Henry IV, 2014
King Lear, 2012
Pericles, 2011
Julius Caesar, 2010
Othello, 2009
Cymbeline, 2007
Merchant of Venice, 2006
The Winters Tale, 2005

Engaged Theatre Tour

Shakespearean Summer Tour

Last summer we were grateful to share Emboldened: The Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First with Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz: A Live Installation.  Performances ran from July 23 - August 3 at Theatre Off Jackson as well as touring to the Washington Corrections Center for Women and Monroe Corrections Center for Men.

We were excited to perform The Flower of England's Face: William Shakespeare's Henry IV in the summer of 2014. The performances ran from July 12 - 20 at the University of Washington Penthouse Theatre.

In 2012, we were privileged to perform King Lear for our unique partner organizations, the Washington Corrections Center for Women, the Monroe Correctional Center for Men, Echo Glen Children's Center, Harboview Trauma Center, Joint Base Lewis McChord.

Watch Jose Gonzales talk (above) about preparing for his role in King Lear.

We keep coming back to Shakespeare because his characters are complex, conflicted, contradictory human beings, in worlds that are every bit as challenging as our own. Our audiences tell us that watching the tragic struggles of Shakespeare’s characters makes them feel less alienated from society; less the sum of their mistakes and more respected as complex human beings.

A number of Seattle’s most talented theatre professionals return year after year to participate with us in Freehold's Engaged Theatre tour. Actor Reginald Andre Jackson, who performed as Brutus in our 2010 production of Julius Caesar and a veteran of Engaged Theatre with five past productions under his belt says,

“People who ask me about Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Program always extol the work we do, while often expressing a strong reluctance to enter the environments we visit. The truth is there is no better audience. While playing an unethical character, a Shakespearean villain absorbed in the contemplation of a dark and dastardly act, an entire audience vocally inserted themselves into the piece with shouts of, “Don’t do it!”, “Seven years.”, “You don’t want to end up in that ward!” This was not the assault of angry hecklers, or bored and unruly school children. This was a group of incarcerated men desperately advising someone to make a better choice. It all took place in a matter of seconds and came from a place of true compassion. In the end, it is they who engage us.”

Poster Images by: Annya Uslontseva

Past Tour Productions

2015 - Enboldened: The Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First
2015 - Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz: A Live Installation
2014 - Henry IV (Full Production)
2013 - Henry IV (workshop/laboratory investigation)
2012 - King Lear
2011 -  Pericles
2010 -  Julius Caesar
2009Othello
2007Cymbeline
2006 Merchant of Venice
2005The Winter's Tale
2004 Veronika Falling
2003 -  The Tempest

Emboldened: The Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First by Reginald Andre Jackson, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, Cast: Earl Alexander, Treavor Boykin, Tracy Hughes, Reginald Andre Jackson, Aishe Keita, Felicia Loud, Richard Sloniker, Kevin Warren, Music scored by D'Vonne Lewis, Musicians: Ahamefule Oluo, Geoff Cooke

Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz: A Live Installation 
Writers: Daemond Arrindell, Sandra Boas-DuPree, Linda Holden Givens, Company: Jonte Ausler, Isaiah Barnett, Sandra Boas-DuPree, Andrew Lee Creech, Lauren DuPree, Rick DuPree, Linda Holden Givens, Jacob Henthorn, James Kelly, Lake Lewis, Felicia Loud, Merri Ann Osborne, Kevin Warren, Taylor Westerlund, Sharon Nyree Williams, Connor Zaft, dramaturgy by Victoria McNaughton, Filmmaker: John Helde 

Henry IV by William Shakespeare, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, Cast: Tony Pasqualini, Reginald Andre Jackson, Andrew McGinn, Christine Marie Brown, Sarah Brooke, Rhonda J. Soikowski, Geoffrey Alm, Peter Dylan O'Connor, Jim Lapan, Grace Carmack, Joe Cummings, Aishe Keita, Kate Sumpter, Erin Gray, Ronnie Hill, Chesa Greene, Ariel Burke, Music scored by Gino Srdjan Yevdjevich, Musicians: Beth Fleenor, Whitney Lyman

King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, Cast: Eric Ray Anderson, Christine Marie Brown, Erwin Galan, Jose J. Gonzales, Sarah Harlett, Joshua Holguin, Reginald Andre Jackson, Robret Keene, Shanelle Leonard, Kevin McKeon, Andre Nelson, Anthony Pasqualini, Luisa de Paula, Jesse Sherfey-Hinds, Annette Toutonghi, Kayla Walker.  Music scored by Gino Srdjan Yevdjevich, Musicians: Beth Fleenor and Michael Owcharuk, puppets by Annett Mateo.

Pericles by William Shakespeare, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, Cast:  Monica Chilton, Kevin Dailey, Elizabeth Deutsch, Lori Evans, Luisa de Paula, Anthony Leahy, Parker Matthews, Phillip Mitchell, Jonathan Nawn, Riley Neldam, Caleb Slavens, Lance McQueen, Melissa Topscher, Amy Wason, Kiki Yeung. Musicians:  Gino Yevdjevich, Beth Fleenor, Paris Hurley.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, Cast:  Eva Abram, Kjerstine Rose Anderson, Shawn Belyea, Susanna Burney, Kevin Cavanah, Luisa De Paula, Sarah Harlett, Trina Harris, Reginald Andre Jackson, Sylvester Kamara, David Brown King, Kevin McKeon, Kirsten McCory, Lisa Norman, Kate Parker, Lori Evans, Hal Ryder. Music composed by:  Gino Yevdjevich, Musicians:  Beth Fleenor and Whitney Lyman.

Othello, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, Cast: CT Doescher, Laura Fager, Jose J. Gonzales, Sarah Harlett, Reginald Andre Jackson, Sylvester Kamara, David Kubiczky, Carter Rodriguez, Annette Toutonghi, Kathryn Van Meter and music with Reshard Radford and Gino Yevdjevich, Movement Director: George Lewis.

Cymbeline, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, Cast:  Norah Benezra, Precious Butiu, Lauren Herrick, Richard Hesik, Reggie Jackson, Marya Sea Kaminski, Lara Lihiya, Kevin Moore, Gabe Smith, Lance Spencer, Katt Tait, Beverly Ann Thompson, Amy Thone, Gino Yevdjevich (music).

Mechant of Venice, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, Cast: David Friedt, Derek Kavan, Trina Harris, Robert Dale Walker, Demone Gore, Scott Maddock, Don Carter, Ben Cournoyer, Tony Pasqualini, Precious Butiu, Sarah Rucker Thiessen, Amber Cutlip, Alexandra Scott, Lori Stein, Kirsten McCory, Shamar Larkin, Michelle Kamberger, Music: Gino Yevdjevich, Ambrose Norness, Matty Noble, Felicia Loud, Kate Ryan

Veronika Falling, directed by Robin Lynn Smith. Adaptation of Veronika Decides to Die by Amy Wheeler.  Cast included: Marie Broderick, Dave Elvin, Reginald Andre Jackson, Jodie Knowles, George Lewis, Nicole Pearson, Danielle Slavick, Gabe Smith, Dani Suder, Elissa Walstead, Kate Wisniewski, Amber Zipperer, Music: Gino Yevdjevich, Dani Suder, Joy Brooke Fairfield, Danielle Slavick.