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A Shakespeare Season and a Twinkie

Seattle theatre gives away coveted treat to first 2013 season subscribers

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A Shakespeare Season and a Twinkie

Act fast enough, and you'll get a creamy, delicious, doomed Twinkie with a subscription to the Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013.

Photo by Christian Cable [Flickr]

Is this a Twinkie you see before you?

If you're lucky, it just might be. If you're in the Seattle area, and are still distraught over the impending possibility of a world without Hostess Twinkies, The Seattle Shakespeare Company has an offer for you: Purchase a subscription to Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2012-2013 season, and if you do it fast enough, you'll also receive a free Hostess Twinkie snack cake. As of November 18, the organization is giving away a Hostess Twinkie to the first 90 people who subscribe to the theatre’s 2012-2013 season.

"Although this is the end of an era, we thought it appropriate and kind of fun to celebrate two enduring classics: Shakespeare and Twinkies," said Artistic Director George Mount.

Combining Timeless Works with Scrumptious Snack Cakes

With the recent closure of the Hostess Company it’s possible that the Twinkie and other Hostess products will become valuable collector’s items. Seattle Shakespeare Company was actually only able to make the offer to the first 90 patrons because it was unable to source any more of the snack cakes in the local area. A grocery clerk at the Safeway in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood stated that the last delivery of Hostess products would be on Monday, November 20, 2012.

Although the Twinkie has not been around as long as Shakespeare’s works, urban legend does claim that it may have an infinite shelf life. "We’re lucky that Shakespeare’s plays can be enjoyed by all the world and will continue to live on, [however] unfortunately we may not be able to say that about the Twinkie," said Mount. “While I can’t imagine a world where kids won’t grow up with Shakespeare, we actually may have to face a world where kids won’t know or experience a Twinkie."

However, a life without experiencing the words of William Shakespeare would surely be a greater tragedy, and a subscription to the Seattle Shakespeare Company will definitely offer an easy way to alleviate it: Three-play subscriptions to Seattle Shakespeare Company range from $54 to $105 and can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 206-733-8222 or online at www.seattleshakespeare.org.

The company's 2012-2013 indoor season still to come will include A Doll’s House, Love’s Labours Lost, and The Taming of the Shrew, plus two touring productions in Spring 2013 -- Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet (tour).

Celebrating the World's Best-Known Playwright

Seattle Shakespeare Company is the Puget Sound region’s only year-round professional, classical theatre dedicated to producing the work of Shakespeare, along with other celebrated enduring stage classics. The Company’s growing success stems from a deep belief in the power and vibrancy of Shakespeare’s words and ideas along with a commitment to artistic excellence on the stage. The results have been provocative performances that both challenge and delight audiences while fostering an appreciation for the greatest playwright the world has ever known.

The company's 90-minute touring productions, meanwhile, offer a unique opportunity to bring the beauty of Shakespeare’s language to audiences outside of the theatre, and to introduce Shakespeare's dynamic stories in fresh, accessible productions for students across Washington State. In each touring production, small-cast ensembles play multiple parts, with quick changes and distinctive character choices that make for a showcase of great acting.

From Cleopatra's Palace to 'A Doll's House'

Seattle Shakespeare Company’s current production of Antony and Cleopatra closed on Sunday, November 18, and its next production, Henrik Ibsen's classic A Doll's House, will begin previews in late December, 2012, and will open on January 4, 2013.

Learn more about the Seattle Shakespeare Company at its website, at http://www.seattleshakespeare.org.

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