Island Stage Left
1062 Wold Road
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Phone: (360) 378-5649
- Theatre performances
Hours of OperationDepends on the current production
Stage Left is a non-profit theatre company founded by Daniel Mayes and Helen Machin-Smith to provide free professional quality theatre to the residents of the San Juan Islands and to its visitors. Each summer in July and August, Stage Left, in a stunning outdoor setting, presents another production in its continuing series "Shakespeare under the Stars". In the fall, winter and spring the company produces a wide range of plays both old and new written by playwrights at the top of their profession. We continually strive to attain an artistic vision that illuminates and questions the human condition.
Funding is entirely from voluntary contributions. Production design elements are kept deliberately simple and the concentration is on acting and interpretation. In this way the company is able to focus on the art rather than the administration, and on serving the island community of which it is a part.
After many years earning their living in professional theatre, Island Stage Left co-founders Helen Machin-Smith and Daniel Mayes moved to San Juan Island to fulfill their dream of creating their own theatre company, and bringing the performing arts to a small, close-knit community in a beautiful place.
Photography by John Sinclair at concepia.com