Artistic Director George Mount announced the two comedic and two dramatic plays that will make up the Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013/14 season. Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing will open the season at the Center Theatre, running from October 23-November 17 under Mount's direction. It will be followed by a production of the Shakespearean history Richard II, directed by Rosa Joshi, who will be making her directorial debut with the company. The play will kick off the new year, running from January 8-February 2, 2014. Oscar Wilde's drawing room comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, will follow with a run from March 19-April 13. Victor Pappas will direct in what will be his Seattle Shakespeare Company debut as well. Shakespeare's King Lear, directed by the returning Sheila Daniels, will conclude the season with a run from April 24—May 11.
Mount claims to have made the season's selections based on the theme, "know thy self." He says, "The stories, themes or characters in each of the four shows next season illustrate either a lack of, or a loss of self-awareness, and in some, the concept could be considered a good piece of advice."