PORT ANGELES — Local actors Emma Easton and Benjamin G. Komar are about to tie the knot in an unusual way.
The Port Angeles couple are appearing as Claudio and his sweetheart, Hero, in “Much Ado About Nothing,” Shakespeare’s romantic comedy playing in the Webster’s Woods art park at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.
Admission is free to the picnic-style Shakespeare in the Woods production.
And in one of the three performances this coming weekend — the one Friday evening — Easton and Komar will actually marry, announced “Much” director Anna Andersen.
“How cool is that?” said Andersen, who is certified to serve as wedding officiant.
The nuptials will cap the performance of “Much Ado about Nothing,” the third annual Shakespeare in the Woods production in Webster’s Woods at the fine arts center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
The show, this time set in the 1950s, follows two couples, Claudio and Hero and Benedick and Beatrice, as they walk a twisting, turning path to love.
A short introduction, with a lighthearted, modern English look at the characters and story, starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday each weekend through Aug. 6.
The play starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs about two hours. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs and warm clothes.
Treats and coffee will be available at the concession stand.
Easton and Komar met Jan. 28, 2011, and began stockpiling cats together. Earlier this year, they played another loving couple, Cecile and Algernon, in “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Sequim’s Olympic Theatre Arts.
On Friday, the pair will one-up that performance by getting married, for real, on stage.
If you must throw rice, Komar and Easton say, please make it the whole-grain kind and leave it in the bag. This satisfies their love of thrift and good health.
The setting for the wedding — and the play — is the meadow in the 5-acre woods beside the fine arts center.
For more information, see www.PAFAC.org, find “PAFAC Shakespeare Festival” on Facebook or phone 360-457-3532.