Arts and Entertainment

Islander directs Shakespeare show

The upcoming summer tour of Freehold Theatre’s “The Flower of England’s Face: William Shakespeare’s Henry IV,” directed by longtime Bainbridge Island resident Robin Lynn Smith, will run at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12 to Saturday, July 19 (there will be no show on July 15) and at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13 and Sunday, July 20 at the University of Washington’s Penthouse Theatre (NE 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE).

Since 2003, in addition to public performances, Freehold has toured their summer productions to extraordinary communities and non-traditional sites. This year the tour sites include the Washington Corrections Center for Women, Washington Correctional Complex, Harborview Medical Center, Echo Glen Children’s Center and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

“The Flower of England’s Face: William Shakespeare’s Henry IV” looks at the human ability and necessity to reinvent ourselves; and the human resilience and courage it takes to break out of conventional expectations.

“I am continually surprised somehow that at every stage of our lives we are challenged to crash [and] burn and start over in a new, uncertain phase,” Smith said. “I keep thinking I should be finished! Aging, loss [and] grief are great and formidable teachers. In ‘Henry IV,’ both the public and private worlds are going through ground shaking transition. The Kingdom, coming off of revolt and civil war, is in a very precarious state; just as the characters are facing individual instability, and having to reinvent themselves.”

Tickets are available at “pay what you can” price variances at


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