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Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

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Island Stage Left brings Shakespeare’s most controversial play to San Juan Island:

"The Merchant of Venice"

The Jewish moneylender Shylock has been spat upon, cursed, beaten, robbed – and his chief persecutor is suddenly in his power. Shylock demands a savage enforcement of justice. Or is it revenge? How should viciousness be punished? Must Shylock pay back racial hatred with mercy? As the high-stakes plot builds to its famous pound-of-flesh climax, Shakespeare weaves in a romance that brings the wealthy heiress Portia to the aid of Shylock’s enemy. 

This is a play for today. The powerful forces driving it could be drawn from the daily news – including the cross-dressing heroine’s brilliant yet merciless legal gambit.

Prominent actors from Seattle and California join ISL in a new production directed by Helen Machin-Smith, who transposes the play to the Venice of the 1930s, with Nazism on the rise and Europe heading toward World War II.

The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, July 11-August...

A story, told with humor and sensitivity, about the friendship between a reclusive uncle and his teenage niece as they navigate the delicate regions of guilt, innocence and truth. 

Becky, a seventeen year old, has fled to her hermitic uncle’s retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to escape the aftermath of a terrible accident. The week they spend together forces them both to confront who they are and what they are running from.

We see the many ways tragedy can unmoor a life and the power of family to both wound and heal. It is an engaging and compassionate story, and, as it reveals itself, the play touchingly charts the loving

complexities of families.

Twenty years ago ISL performed Shakespeare’s magical play about forgiveness as its opening production. With magic, spirits, love, treachery and forgiveness, this is Shakespeare’s last solo work and one that has delighted and inspired all audiences, no matter what their age or background. It speaks to what is best and worst in us all, but forgiveness and love are at its core.

Prospero is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. He is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his

enemies up on the shore. When

they wake they find themselves lost

on a fantastical island where nothing

is as it seems.

Orcas Island Doe Bay Resort 11th July

Lopez Island Vineyards 13th, 14th July 

Shaw Island Community ball-field 15th July

San Juan Island at 1062 Wold Rd

Thursdays through Sundays  July 19 -...

An island holiday tradition.

An evening of music, poetry and stories to tickle the funny bone and warm the soul.

December 15,16,17  
Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 4:00 PM

December 20-23       
Wed, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 PM

December 24th   (Two Shows Christmas Eve)

Sunday at 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Performances at the Marie Boe Building
SJC Fairgrounds

Reservations are strongly recommended for both Christmas Eve performances

RSVP or (360) 378-5649

Free admission - Donations appreciated

*** NOW OPEN***

Four Weeks Only

“Compelling, laugh-out-loud funny, moving, devastating, and hopeful. It is a tour de force for two outstanding actors, and an absolute joy to witness.”


At the San Juan County Fairgrounds

Marie Boe Building 


November 9-Dec3

Thurs-Saturdays 7:30 pm

Sundays 4 pm

Closed Thanksgiving.

Two shows on Saturday, November 25

2:00 pm and 7:30 pm


JULY 14th, and 15th at 8:00 pm

Call 360 468 3644 for tickets

Set in an English garden, this play is replete with beekeeping and astrophysics. Imbued with heartbreak and wit, full of large questions about the universe and smaller questions about family dynamics, it is moving, sad and tremendously funny.

A timid, bumbling Cambridge astrophysicist is in search of the elusive Theory of Everything. After the sudden death of his father, he returns to the family home in the English countryside and is forced to acknowledge that his search for unity must include his own chaotic life. A climactic summer supper party brings tensions to a boil, in a scene that is both hilarious and heart-breaking.

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