THIS WEEK AT ECLECTIC THEATER: (longer) One-Act Play Fest, The Good Fun Show and Coming Soon!

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http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384

On the heels of the well-attended 10-minute play festival the past two summers running, Eclectic Theater presents an expansion on the construct: what happens when you offer playwrights a longer time slot to present their vision? (longer) One-Act Play Fest will answer that question: each evening exhibits a different combination of four slightly longer plays (up to 30 min apiece) by 7 different playwright/producers. Each team puts a production together without constraint of theme or style to see what can be created beyond the typical 10-minute boundary.

If you prefer a little slapstick with your ghostly black comedy or relish a little reimagining with your Shakespeare – if you’ve ever participated in marriage counseling or lived in an apartment there’s something here to pique your curiosity. From a dare at the top of a waterfall to a life change via a card game to the needle at the end of a tattoo gun, this play festival has it all in this Do-It-Yourself theatrical extravaganza!

Eclectic Theater’s (longer) One-Act Play Festival features plays by Lenore Bensinger,Mandy Canales, Len Goodisman, David Gordon, Chelsea LeValleyDan Niven, and Carolynne Wilcox and additionally, the talents of Lauren Anderson, Michael Ryan Blackwood, Molly Blades, David Booker, Stephen Bucheit, Karen Demasters, Tina Devrin, Kim Douthit, Jazzy Ducay, Ralph Fontaine, Alice Ghosti, Rhys Henley, Allison Irvine, Eva Jane, Isis KingJoanne KleinStephanie Mallard Couch, Conner Nedderson, Kendra PhillipsJane Ryan*,  Jessica Severance, Margie Slovan, Tom SpangenbergHannah Specter, Tom Stewart, Alex Trewain, Amber Zipperer and more!

The festival runs December 11-13 & 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 online at Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door. Free to AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members with card.

Eclectic Theater is located at 1214 10th Ave

(the south end of Capitol Hill)

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384 . 1-800-838-3006.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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THE GOOD FUN SHOW is a monthly, late night comedy showcase that takes place every third Saturday of the month at (new location!) Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill and features a small, curated line-up of both local greats and special out of town guests performing longer sets!

Featuring this month:
FINN COTTOM
(Comedy Womb, Put A Rainbow On It)
ISABELA COMERFORD
(Live Girls! Theater, Wine Shots)
and headliner
LEAH MANSFIELD
(Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SLO Comedy Fest)

Hosted by ELICIA SANCHEZ

Show starts at NEW TIME! 10:30 PM
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Buy advance tickets here!: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/993693]

Produced by Elicia Sanchez

JUST ADDED!! Comedian, filmmaker, one half of Kevin and Travis and my co-host for The Enematic Cinematic LIVES!!, Kevin Clarke will be doing a special guest set!

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COMING SOON in 2015:

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Winter Bird

A Gothic Fantasy in Three Acts written by Steve Treacy

Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2pm through February 7.

See how many librarians and physicians (colleagues of Peter), Irish folk (friends of Sean), and goths (minions of Thiera) you can spot in the lobby.

Previous draft received Honorable Mention:
Virtual Theatre Project’s 2008-2009
The Pen Is A Mighty Sword.

A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*! Starring Margaret Bicknell*, James Kelly*, Rik Deskin*, Jeremy Adams, Buddy Todd, Lara Fox and Christina Naficy*! With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis! Sound Design by Bob Blumenthal! Stage-Managed by Barbara Cawley!

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Tickets are $20 online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/962540. $25 at the door.

$20 for TPS members. $15 for Military/Union/Veterans. $12 for Students/Seniors. FREE for AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members that are current and have their Member card.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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“Seattle’s current best bet for the future of local comedy.” – City Arts Magazine

Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10:30pm.

More info soon!

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The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson (U.S. Premiere)

Produced by Arouet

http://arouet.us/

February 27-March 14, 2015
Eclectic Theater
Directed by Zandi Carlson

In the aftermath of Danny’s pointless murder, his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. A hearbreaking journey to forgiveness, this topical play digs deeper than the headlines. Stephenson spent many hours talking with victims and perpertrators of violent crime, visiting prisons and collaborating with the Forgiveness Project, a charity working in the fields of reconciliation and restorative justice. The result is an astonishingly ran and affecting play intent on opening the hearts and minds without ever becoming preachy. (source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

All performances at Eclectic Theater at 7:30PM on the dates below:
Friday February 27
Saturday February 28
Monday March 2
Thursday March 5
Friday March 6
Saturday March 7
Thursday March 12
Friday March 13
Saturday March 14

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Cornish Grad Shauna Freidenberger has a theatre project to be named that will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays, March 10-April 1, 2015. More info soon!

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Thu-Sat, March 19-April 4, 2015.

Advanced Tickets are available here: http://newshakespearience.brownpapertickets.com/

Robert Downing performs scenes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and tells you what to think about it.

This interactive show plunges deep into the guts of a great political tragedy and its enduring relevance.

A live theatrical performance of maximum rhetorical mayhem!

My 90-minute, one-person show combines an original monologue about how Shakespeare’s tragedy parallels my career as a union organizer with scenes from the play. The audience plays a substantial role in the performance by voicing the lines–projected onto a screen behind me–of the Roman mob during key scenes. The result is funny, provocative, and “the first time I’ve ever enjoyed Shakespeare”, according to some audience members.

I draw from my experience as a union organizer to answer the question, “just how DO you organize a political conspiracy, anyway?” We consider the strategies used by the organizer, Cassius, to recruit Brutus (the “IP” or “influential person”) into the gang of assassins: from flattery, to mirroring, to finally calling the question. The frisson in the audience is palpable as they are compelled to consider the conspirators’ point of view. The energy in the room reaches a fever pitch during Mark Antony’s funeral speech, as the audience is made to jeer, sob, and roar with rage at Antony’s rhetorical masterstroke. There are also more than a few laughs at the recognition of his brazenly ironic manipulation of Roman emotions.

This show surprises by knocking Shakespeare off of his hallowed pedestal and forcing audience members to wrestle with the ideas behind the play: republicanism vs. monarchy, principle vs. loyalty, and justice vs. ambition. The New Shakespearience Presents Julius Caesar is completely unique: a mixture of stand-up comedy, ancient history lesson, TED talk on the theory and practice of organizing, and gripping scenes from a great Elizabethan tragedy.

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Seattle Fringe 2015

Wednesday, September 16- Sunday September 20, 2015.

The Seattle Fringe Festival is a 5-day annual theater festival featuring an eclectic mix of artists, from raw and untested to perfectly executed, in a variety of genres and styles. Originally existing from 1991 to 2003, the new Seattle Fringe Festival was reborn and debuted September 19th-23rd, 2012.

The fest features a mix of local and visiting artists, representing a huge variety of genres, all performing on some of the most prominent fringe theatre stages in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood.

Visit our website (seattlefringefestival.org) for more details and performer applications. And keep an eye on this page for all the latest news from the fest, our venues, performers and fans!

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THIS WEEK AT ECLECTIC THEATER: (longer) One-Act Play Fest, Henrietta and The Good Fun Show! Plus Coming Soon!

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Thursday-Saturday, December 11-13 and Thursday December 18 at 7:30pm.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384

On the heels of the well-attended 10-minute play festival the past two summers running, Eclectic Theater presents an expansion on the construct: what happens when you offer playwrights a longer time slot to present their vision? (longer) One-Act Play Fest will answer that question: each evening exhibits a different combination of four slightly longer plays (up to 30 min apiece) by 7 different playwright/producers. Each team puts a production together without constraint of theme or style to see what can be created beyond the typical 10-minute boundary.

If you prefer a little slapstick with your ghostly black comedy or relish a little reimagining with your Shakespeare – if you’ve ever participated in marriage counseling or lived in an apartment there’s something here to pique your curiosity. From a dare at the top of a waterfall to a life change via a card game to the needle at the end of a tattoo gun, this play festival has it all in this Do-It-Yourself theatrical extravaganza!

Eclectic Theater’s (longer) One-Act Play Festival features plays by Lenore Bensinger,Mandy Canales, Len Goodisman, David Gordon, Chelsea LeValley,Dan Niven, and Carolynne Wilcox and additionally, the talents of Lauren Anderson, Michael Ryan Blackwood, Molly Blades, David Booker, Stephen Bucheit, Karen Demasters, Tina Devrin, Kim Douthit, Jazzy Ducay, Ralph Fontaine, Alice Ghosti, Rhys Henley, Allison Irvine, Eva Jane, Isis King,Joanne Klein,Stephanie Mallard Couch, Conner Nedderson, Kendra Phillips,Jane Ryan*,Jessica Severance, Margie Slovan, Tom Spangenberg, Hannah Specter, Tom Stewart, Alex Trewain, Amber Zipperer and more!

The festival runs December 11-13 & 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 online at Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door. Free to AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members with card.

Eclectic Theater is located at 1214 10th Ave

(the south end of Capitol Hill)

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384 . 1-800-838-3006.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Saturday, December 13 at 10:30pm.

Henrietta is a monthly comedy show that provides comedians with a chance to showcase the heart of their act in a curated and intimate environment.
This month we bring you headliner Emmett Montgomery, along with Elicia Sanchez, andRyan Casey.
Get your tickets early here: http://m.bpt.me/event/953839

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good fun show LINE UP2

THE GOOD FUN SHOW is a monthly, late night comedy showcase that takes place every third Saturday of the month at (new location!) Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill and features a small, curated line-up of both local greats and special out of town guests performing longer sets!

Featuring this month:
FINN COTTOM
(Comedy Womb, Put A Rainbow On It)
ISABELA COMERFORD
(Live Girls! Theater, Wine Shots)
and headliner
LEAH MANSFIELD
(Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SLO Comedy Fest)

Hosted by ELICIA SANCHEZ

Show starts at NEW TIME! 10:30 PM
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Buy advance tickets here!: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/993693]

Produced by Elicia Sanchez

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Winter Bird

A Gothic Fantasy in Three Acts written by Steve Treacy

Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2pm through February 7.

See how many librarians and physicians (colleagues of Peter), Irish folk (friends of Sean), and goths (minions of Thiera) you can spot in the lobby.

Previous draft received Honorable Mention:
Virtual Theatre Project’s 2008-2009
The Pen Is A Mighty Sword.

A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*! Starring Margaret Bicknell*, James Kelly*, TBA, Jeremy Adams, TBA, Buddy Todd, Lara Fox and Christina Naficy*! With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis! Scenic Design by Meg Tierney! Sound Design by Bob Blumenthal! Stage managed by Barbara Cawley!

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Tickets are $20 online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/962540. $25 at the door.

$20 for TPS members. $15 for Military/Union/Veterans. $12 for Students/Seniors. FREE for AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members that are current and have their Member card.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson (U.S. Premiere)

Produced by Arouet

http://arouet.us/

February 27-March 14, 2015
Eclectic Theater
Directed by Zandi Carlson

In the aftermath of Danny’s pointless murder, his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. A hearbreaking journey to forgiveness, this topical play digs deeper than the headlines. Stephenson spent many hours talking with victims and perpertrators of violent crime, visiting prisons and collaborating with the Forgiveness Project, a charity working in the fields of reconciliation and restorative justice. The result is an astonishingly ran and affecting play intent on opening the hearts and minds without ever becoming preachy. (source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

All performances at Eclectic Theater at 7:30PM on the dates below:
Friday February 27
Saturday February 28
Monday March 2
Thursday March 5
Friday March 6
Saturday March 7
Thursday March 12
Friday March 13
Saturday March 14

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Cornish Grad Shauna Freidenberger has a theatre project to be named that will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays, March 10-April 1, 2015. More info soon!

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Thu-Sat, March 19-April 4, 2015. More info coming soon!

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Seattle Fringe 2015

Wednesday, September 16- Sunday September 20, 2015.

For more info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/

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THIS WEEK AT ECLECTIC THEATER: Fangs Closes! (longer) One-Act Play Fest, and Henrietta! Plus Coming Soon!

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FANGS

by Jim Moran

Thursday-Saturday at 8pm.

Runs through December 6.

Tickets are $25. $20 here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/900758

$20 for TPS Members. $15 for Union/Military/Veterans. $12 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members.

From Drama In The Hood:

“One of the best subjects for humor in life as in comedy is hypocrisy.  One of the most embarrassing situations for politicians, espousing the right-wing social agenda, is the behavior of their children, which can seriously derail their careers.  Written by Jim Moran, Fangs, which opened at Eclectic Theater on Thursday, exploits this subject with humor and a certain amount ofWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe style alcohol-induced aggression.

Using Eclectic theater’s small space to best effect, Fangs takes place in a cabin in the mountains of Idaho in the middle of a blizzard, as Riley Perkins, an ambitious state senator is holed up with his second wife, Karen and Tobey,  his Mormon chief of staff  (NB.  The Mormon population of Idaho is 60 % and our “hero” is Roman Catholic)

Instead of relaxing, the handsome and manly-looking Riley, is on the telephone making deals,  trying to set up interviews with the RNC to run for the U.S. Senate, when who should walk in, but Madison,  his 19 year-old daughter from his first marriage.  Having hitched a ride with the local Animal Control and Wildlife Officer, Ed Ledbetter, she introduces a down-to-earth local into the mix of toxic resentment.

A right-wing politician’s version of hell breaks out, as his daughter threatens to “out” him by revealing both her secret past, as well as  his participation in it, thereby derailing career.  Bickering ensues, all in front of non-family members, who could potentially squeal to the political hierarchy, or even worse to the media.

The dialogue was incredibly funny, with a lot of witty remarks, and jokes about family tension, politics, and the pathetic nature of news reporting.  Rachel Anne Godbe’s performance as Madison, was reminiscent of something out of the generational conflicts of the 1960’s.  She did not let one opportunity slip to annoy her father, challenge his values, rub her mistakes in his nose and antagonize her stepmother.  All of this was delivered with excellent comic timing, wit and endearing adolescent energy.   As a family, none of them seemed to have heard of the concepts of tolerance, detachment or selective deafness.

Shane Regan, TPS’s much loved web-wallah, played Toby, with great comedic ability, his facial expression and comic timing were superb.  Ashley Bagwell, as Ed Ledbetter, the backwoods Animal Control officer, was the deadpan comedian who stole many scenes with his dry wit and outsider’s perception ( and misperceptions).”

And from Acropolis Performance Lab:

“One thing I appreciate in FANGS is Jim’s excellence at crafting simple, inherently comedic characters — ably balancing text and space so the actors can really crack them open — with a more subtle approach to humor that yields the biggest laughs… every time. In this production, Ashley Bagwell takes the already wonderfully quirky character of Ed and develops him with such a fullness of presence and action that it’s hard not to walk away without feeling that this smaller role actually anchors the entire show. And Shane Regan takes Toby from his unassuming, uptight beginnings through a complete unraveling that… you should see for yourself. Jim has less success with the other characters, whose banter or attitudes are “trying” to be witty or funny, and through them we feel the playwright trying a bit too hard: these larger characters, ironically, become reduced in such a way that they never transcend caricature. That said, while Joseph and I have endured many a “funny” play of late that delivered few real laughs at all from anyone other than friends/family of the production, Jim’s FANGS succeeded in making us laugh a lot. The character of Ed alone — LMFAO!!!”

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Thursday-Saturday, December 11-13 and Thursday December 18 at 7:30pm.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384

On the heels of the well-attended 10-minute play festival the past two summers running, Eclectic Theater presents an expansion on the construct: what happens when you offer playwrights a longer time slot to present their vision? (longer) One-Act Play Fest will answer that question: each evening exhibits a different combination of four slightly longer plays (up to 30 min apiece) by 7 different playwright/producers. Each team puts a production together without constraint of theme or style to see what can be created beyond the typical 10-minute boundary.

If you prefer a little slapstick with your ghostly black comedy or relish a little reimagining with your Shakespeare – if you’ve ever participated in marriage counseling or lived in an apartment there’s something here to pique your curiosity. From a dare at the top of a waterfall to a life change via a card game to the needle at the end of a tattoo gun, this play festival has it all in this Do-It-Yourself theatrical extravaganza!

Eclectic Theater’s (longer) One-Act Play Festival features plays by Lenore Bensinger,Mandy Canales, Len Goodisman, David Gordon, Chelsea LeValley, Dan Niven, and Carolynne Wilcox and additionally, the talents of Lauren Anderson, Michael Ryan Blackwood, Molly Blades, David Booker, Stephen Bucheit, Karen Demasters, Tina Devrin, Kim Douthit, Jazzy Ducay, Ralph Fontaine, Alice Ghosti, Rhys Henley, Allison Irvine, Eva Jane, Isis King, Joanne Klein,Stephanie Mallard Couch, Conner Nedderson, Kendra Phillips, Jane Ryan*,Jessica Severance, Margie Slovan, Tom Spangenberg, Hannah Specter, Tom Stewart, Alex Trewain, Amber Zipperer and more!

The festival runs December 11-13 & 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 online at Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door. Free to AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members with card.

Eclectic Theater is located at 1214 10th Ave

(the south end of Capitol Hill)

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384 . 1-800-838-3006.

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Saturday, December 13 at 10:30pm.

Henrietta is a monthly comedy show that provides comedians with a chance to showcase the heart of their act in a curated and intimate environment.
This month we bring you headliner Emmett Montgomery, along with Elicia Sanchez, and Ryan Casey.
Get your tickets early here: http://m.bpt.me/event/953839

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good fun show LINE UP2

THE GOOD FUN SHOW is a monthly, late night comedy showcase that takes place every third Saturday of the month at (new location!) Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill and features a small, curated line-up of both local greats and special out of town guests performing longer sets!

Featuring this month:
FINN COTTOM
(Comedy Womb, Put A Rainbow On It)
ISABELA COMERFORD
(Live Girls! Theater, Wine Shots)
and headliner
LEAH MANSFIELD
(Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SLO Comedy Fest)

Hosted by ELICIA SANCHEZ

Show starts at NEW TIME! 10:30 PM
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Buy advance tickets here!: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/993693]

Produced by Elicia Sanchez

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Owlpaint

Winter Bird

A Gothic Fantasy in Three Acts written by Steve Treacy

Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2pm through February 7.

See how many librarians and physicians (colleagues of Peter), Irish folk (friends of Sean), and goths (minions of Thiera) you can spot in the lobby.

Previous draft received Honorable Mention:
Virtual Theatre Project’s 2008-2009
The Pen Is A Mighty Sword.

A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*! Starring Margaret Bicknell*, James Kelly*, TBA, Jeremy Adams, Benito Vasquez, Buddy Todd, Lara Fox and TBA. With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis!

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Tickets are $20 online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/962540. $25 at the door.

$20 for TPS members. $15 for Military/Union/Veterans. $12 for Students/Seniors. FREE for AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members that are current and have their Member card.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson (U.S. Premiere)

Produced by Arouet

http://arouet.us/

February 27-March 14, 2015
Eclectic Theater
Directed by Zandi Carlson

In the aftermath of Danny’s pointless murder, his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. A hearbreaking journey to forgiveness, this topical play digs deeper than the headlines. Stephenson spent many hours talking with victims and perpertrators of violent crime, visiting prisons and collaborating with the Forgiveness Project, a charity working in the fields of reconciliation and restorative justice. The result is an astonishingly ran and affecting play intent on opening the hearts and minds without ever becoming preachy. (source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

All performances at Eclectic Theater at 7:30PM on the dates below:
Friday February 27
Saturday February 28
Monday March 2
Thursday March 5
Friday March 6
Saturday March 7
Thursday March 12
Friday March 13
Saturday March 14

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Thu-Sat, March 19-April 4, 2015. More info coming soon!

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THIS WEEK AT ECLECTIC THEATER: Fangs Review #4, Longer One-Act Play Festival, Henrietta and The Good Fun Show Plus Coming Soon!

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by Jim Moran

Friday-Saturday at 8pm. Sun at 2pm. Monday at 8pm!

Runs through December 6. No performance on Thanksgiving.

Tickets are $25. $20 here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/900758

$20 for TPS Members. $15 for Union/Military/Veterans. $12 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members.

From Miryam Gordon:

“Fangs” pulls Reality into Farce

Eclectic Theater

Through December 6, 2014

“A new play, Fangs, by local playwright Jim Moran is being presented at Eclectic Theater. It has an interesting political slant, showing a Republican state lawmaker in the middle of a campaign when his daughter charges him with hypocrisy. It’s comedic reality until it becomes farce.

Moran sets up a solid confrontation in a cabin in the woods during a snow storm. Riley Perkins (Chris Macdonald) and his aide, Toby Beale (Shane Regan), continue to work the phones on state business and campaign issues. They wheel and deal while Riley’s wife (Samantha Routh) gets drunk and snow falls.

Suddenly, Riley’s daughter, Madison (Rachel Anne Godbe), arrives after hitching a ride with a state wildlife official (Ashley Bagwell). She’s come to remind her father that she had an abortion when she was 16, and she thinks his stance against abortion is hypocritical, since he helped her obtain hers but would legislate against others doing so.

There is a fair amount of credible dialogue in the first part of the play. It’s labeled Act One, though there is not much that demands this short piece to have an intermission. The situation is mined for laughs, especially adding the odd wildlife guy, but we’ve certainly had our share of hypocritical legislators in the news. At the midpoint, Moran’s construct is poised to go in many directions, plausibly.

However, his choice is to let what he’s built go completely farcical, dissipating any real revelations and resolutions: the focus becomes a mountain lion close to the cabin and what’s to be done about it, while step-mother Karen gets out-of-her-mind drunk and flirtatious (for no reason) with the wildlife guy.

If you like outrageous farce, then you will love the direction Moran takes with this piece. I think he kind of squandered an interesting set-up and may not have challenged himself to grapple with and deepen the family conflict and the political interweaving.

The cast overall does good work with the characters, especially Macdonald and Godbe who have good interplay as father and daughter. Godbe has the right level of strident, self-righteous young woman, filled with ideals and clear notions of right versus wrong. Macdonald handles her confrontation with the strength of a father who believes in himself and is capable of answering her charges with real reasons.

Bagwell is funny throughout, and delivers ridiculous lines with total gravity.

Moran directed his own play. I wonder what another director might have done with it. Moran has made the decision to direct his own work, often, and while that allows him to keep his vision clear, it also means that he doesn’t have another critical eye helping him develop his plays with perhaps some hard questions. It may be a personal bias that I believe playwrights should work with directors, but many other theater practitioners advocate for that, as well.”

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On the heels of the well-attended 10-minute play festival the past two summers running, Eclectic Theater presents an expansion on the construct: what happens when you offer playwrights a longer time slot to present their vision? (longer) One-Act Play Fest will answer that question: each evening exhibits a different combination of four slightly longer plays (up to 30 min apiece) by 7 different playwright/producers. Each team puts a production together without constraint of theme or style to see what can be created beyond the typical 10-minute boundary.

If you prefer a little slapstick with your ghostly black comedy or relish a little reimagining with your Shakespeare – if you’ve ever participated in marriage counseling or lived in an apartment there’s something here to pique your curiosity. From a dare at the top of a waterfall to a life change via a card game to the needle at the end of a tattoo gun, this play festival has it all in this Do-It-Yourself theatrical extravaganza!

Eclectic Theater’s (longer) One-Act Play Festival features plays by Lenore Bensinger, Mandy Canales, Len Goodisman, David Gordon, Chelsea LeValley, Dan Niven, and Carolynne Wilcox and additionally, the talents of Lauren Anderson, Michael Ryan Blackwood, Molly Blades, David Booker, Stephen Bucheit, Karen Demasters, Tina Devrin, Kim Douthit, Jazzy Ducay, Ralph Fontaine, Alice Ghosti, Rhys Henley, Allison Irvine, Eva Jane, Isis King, Joanne Klein, Stephanie Mallard Couch, Conner Nedderson, Kendra Phillips, Jane Ryan*, Jessica Severance, Margie Slovan, Tom Spangenberg, Hannah Specter, Tom Stewart, Alex Trewain, Amber Zipperer and more!

The festival runs December 11-13 & 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 online at Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door. Free to AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members with card.

Eclectic Theater is located at 1214 10th Ave

(the south end of Capitol Hill)

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384 . 1-800-838-3006.

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Henrietta is a monthly comedy show that provides comedians with a chance to showcase the heart of their act in a curated and intimate environment.

This month we bring you headliner Emmett Montgomery, along with Elicia Sanchez, andRyan Casey.

Get your tickets early here: http://m.bpt.me/event/953839

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THE GOOD FUN SHOW is a monthly, late night comedy showcase that takes place every third Saturday of the month at (new location!) Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill and features a small, curated line-up of both local greats and special out of town guests performing longer sets!

Featuring this month:
FINN COTTOM
(Comedy Womb, Reel Queer Youth)
ISABELA COMERFORD
(Live Girls! Theater, Wine Shots)
and headliner
LEAH MANSFIELD
(Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SLO Comedy Fest)

Hosted by ELICIA SANCHEZ

Show starts at NEW TIME! 10:30 PM
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Buy advance tickets here!: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/993693

Produced by Elicia Sanchez

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Winter Bird 

written by Steve Treacy

Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm through February 7.

See how many librarians and physicians (colleagues of Peter), Irish folk (friends of Sean), and goths (minions of Thiera) you can spot in the lobby.

A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*!  Starring Margaret Bicknell* and more TBA. With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis!

There will be a Post-Play Discussion with the Playwright on Sunday, January 18 after the matinee.

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Tickets are $20 online:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/962540. $25 at the door.

$20 for TPS members. $15 for Military/Union/Veterans. $12 for Students/Seniors. FREE for AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members that are current and have their Member card.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson (U.S. Premiere)

Produced by Arouet

http://arouet.us/

February 27-March 14, 2015
Eclectic Theater
Directed by Zandi Carlson

In the aftermath of Danny’s pointless murder, his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. A hearbreaking journey to forgiveness, this topical play digs deeper than the headlines. Stephenson spent many hours talking with victims and perpertrators of violent crime, visiting prisons and collaborating with the Forgiveness Project, a charity working in the fields of reconciliation and restorative justice. The result is an astonishingly ran and affecting play intent on opening the hearts and minds without ever becoming preachy. (source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

All performances at Eclectic Theater at 7:30PM on the dates below:
Friday February 27
Saturday February 28
Monday March 2
Thursday March 5
Friday March 6
Saturday March 7
Thursday March 12
Friday March 13
Saturday March 14

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Thu-Sat, March 19-April 4, 2015. More info coming soon!

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This Week At Eclectic Theater: Fangs! Plus First Review And Coming Soon!

From L to R: Ashley Bagwell, Chris Macdonald, and Samantha Routh.

From L to R: Ashley Bagwell, Chris Macdonald, and Samantha Routh.

FANGS

by Jim Moran

Thursday-Saturday at 8pm. Sun at 2pm.

Runs through December 6. No performance on Thanksgiving.

Tickets are $25. $20 here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/900758

$20 for TPS Members. $15 for Union/Military/Veterans. $12 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members.

From Drama In The Hood:

“One of the best subjects for humor in life as in comedy is hypocrisy.  One of the most embarrassing situations for politicians, espousing the right-wing social agenda, is the behavior of their children, which can seriously derail their careers.  Written by Jim Moran, Fangs, which opened at Eclectic Theater on Thursday, exploits this subject with humor and a certain amount ofWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe style alcohol-induced aggression.

Using Eclectic theater’s small space to best effect, Fangs takes place in a cabin in the mountains of Idaho in the middle of a blizzard, as Riley Perkins, an ambitious state senator is holed up with his second wife, Karen and Tobey,  his Mormon chief of staff  (NB.  The Mormon population of Idaho is 60 % and our “hero” is Roman Catholic)

Instead of relaxing, the handsome and manly-looking Riley, is on the telephone making deals,  trying to set up interviews with the RNC to run for the U.S. Senate, when who should walk in, but Madison,  his 19 year-old daughter from his first marriage.  Having hitched a ride with the local Animal Control and Wildlife Officer, Ed Ledbetter, she introduces a down-to-earth local into the mix of toxic resentment.

A right-wing politician’s version of hell breaks out, as his daughter threatens to “out” him by revealing both her secret past, as well as  his participation in it, thereby derailing career.  Bickering ensues, all in front of non-family members, who could potentially squeal to the political hierarchy, or even worse to the media.

The dialogue was incredibly funny, with a lot of witty remarks, and jokes about family tension, politics, and the pathetic nature of news reporting.  Rachel Anne Godbe’s performance as Madison, was reminiscent of something out of the generational conflicts of the 1960’s.  She did not let one opportunity slip to annoy her father, challenge his values, rub her mistakes in his nose and antagonize her stepmother.  All of this was delivered with excellent comic timing, wit and endearing adolescent energy.   As a family, none of them seemed to have heard of the concepts of tolerance, detachment or selective deafness.

Shane Regan, TPS’s much loved web-wallah, played Toby, with great comedic ability, his facial expression and comic timing were superb.  Ashley Bagwell, as Ed Ledbetter, the backwoods Animal Control officer, was the deadpan comedian who stole many scenes with his dry wit and outsider’s perception ( and misperceptions).”

And from Acropolis Performance Lab:

“One thing I appreciate in FANGS is Jim’s excellence at crafting simple, inherently comedic characters — ably balancing text and space so the actors can really crack them open — with a more subtle approach to humor that yields the biggest laughs… every time. In this production, Ashley Bagwell takes the already wonderfully quirky character of Ed and develops him with such a fullness of presence and action that it’s hard not to walk away without feeling that this smaller role actually anchors the entire show. And Shane Regan takes Toby from his unassuming, uptight beginnings through a complete unraveling that… you should see for yourself. Jim has less success with the other characters, whose banter or attitudes are “trying” to be witty or funny, and through them we feel the playwright trying a bit too hard: these larger characters, ironically, become reduced in such a way that they never transcend caricature. That said, while Joseph and I have endured many a “funny” play of late that delivered few real laughs at all from anyone other than friends/family of the production, Jim’s FANGS succeeded in making us laugh a lot. The character of Ed alone — LMFAO!!!”

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Eclectic Theater is located at 1214 10th Ave

(the south end of Capitol Hill)

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384 . 1-800-838-3006.

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Henrietta is a monthly comedy show that provides comedians with a chance to showcase the heart of their act in a curated and intimate environment.

This month we bring you headliner Emmett Montgomery, along with Elicia Sanchez, and Ryan Casey.

Get your tickets early here: http://m.bpt.me/event/953839

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Winter Bird 

written by Steve Treacy

Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm through February 7.

See how many librarians and physicians (colleagues of Peter), Irish folk (friends of Sean), and goths (minions of Thiera) you can spot in the lobby.

A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*!  Starring Margaret Bicknell* and more TBA. With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis!

There will be a Post-Play Discussion with the Playwright on Sunday, January 18 after the matinee.

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Tickets are $20 online:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/962540. $25 at the door.

$20 for TPS members. $15 for Military/Union/Veterans. $12 for Students/Seniors. FREE for AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members that are current and have their Member card.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson (U.S. Premiere)

Produced by Arouet

http://arouet.us/

February 27-March 14, 2015
Eclectic Theater
Directed by Zandi Carlson

In the aftermath of Danny’s pointless murder, his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. A hearbreaking journey to forgiveness, this topical play digs deeper than the headlines. Stephenson spent many hours talking with victims and perpertrators of violent crime, visiting prisons and collaborating with the Forgiveness Project, a charity working in the fields of reconciliation and restorative justice. The result is an astonishingly ran and affecting play intent on opening the hearts and minds without ever becoming preachy. (source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

All performances at Eclectic Theater at 7:30PM on the dates below:
Friday February 27
Saturday February 28
Monday March 2
Thursday March 5
Friday March 6
Saturday March 7
Thursday March 12
Friday March 13
Saturday March 14

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This Week At Eclectic Theater: Fangs Opens! Plus Coming Soon!

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A World Premiere written and directed by Jim Moran!

Riley Perkins is an Idaho State Senator who plays deal-maker and chess-master to pass an anti-abortion bill while residing in the sanctuary of his winter cabin with a wireless mobile hot spot, away from the bustle of Boise. While a snowstorm rages outside and a ferocious mountain lion is on the loose, Riley gets an unexpected visit from his daughter, Madison, accompanied by an eccentric animal control officer. Madison arrives through the snow to throw a wrinkle into her father’s legislative plans…she threatens to go public with her own abortion. An intense, macabre comedy plays out in this cabin-in-the-woods styled melodrama, and soon Riley faces the awful truth of who he really is.

Featuring Chris Macdonald, Shane Regan, Samantha Routh, Rachel A Godbe, and Ashley Bagwell.

Thur-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm. Opens November 13 and runs through December 6.

Tickets are $25 at the door. $20 online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/900758

$20 for TPS Members. $15 for Union/Military/Veterans. $12 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members. Must show current cards.

Coming Soon

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If you think what happens on screen is exciting, wait until you see that drama behind the scenes! Each night we create a never before seen soap opera and show you everything that goes on in front of and behind the screen.

Sunday, November 16th at 7:00 at Eclectic Theater.

$10 Online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/920305. $12 at the door.

Rumor has it that Improv Conspiracy consists of John Araya, Alex Choi, Thad Hitchcock, Elizabeth Oder, Kara Pomeroy, and Parker Thompson.

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SEATTLE: Hari Kondabolu’s New Material Nights at Eclectic Theater 11/17-11/18

Hari Kondabolu returns to Seattle for FOUR New Material shows at Eclectic Theater (1214 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) on Monday 11/17 and Tuesday 11/18! Watch Hari work on new material in his favorite city! Expect a night of mixed reactions, near disasters and genuinely funny improvised moments for a more than reasonable price!

PLEASE NOTE: ALL SHOWS are SOLD-OUT!

Shows at 7 & 9pm each night.

$7 advance and $10 at the door.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/914404

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Midnight Mystery Theater

Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30pm.

Live Mystery Comedy Radio shows!

THE FOURTH ANNUAL MMT WOMEN’S SHOW

THE CASE OF THE MISSING HOMEWORK-
Nancy Doo has her “theme” homework stolen before turning it in
which would disqualify her from competing in the water polo championship
against Esther Williams Vocational, forcing the alumni at Mrs. Butterworth-Tunawhistle’s Academy
For Snobby White Girls to sell the school to a company which makes Halloween hats for dogs.
Rachelle Henry stars as Nancy Doo as she and her pals are on the case!
THE CASE OF THE MISSING EXTRA
Helena Handbasket; Hollywood private eye-gets a visit from her long lost sister who is also a
private eye, to help her locate an extra who disappeared on the set of  “The Godfather”
sequel to the sequels; Francine Ford Pickup Crapolla’s “The Godmother”. Gail Wamba as
Helena Handbasket and Susan Connors as Imma Handbasket-Case co-star as the two
detectives encounter a ring of has-been actors from the silent era.
Also starring- Amy Adair, Lisa Duke, Rachelle Henry, Jane Taylor, Bonnie Van Gemmert, Josie DeLellis,
Chris Mathews with sound effects and Rick Springer with music.

Tickets will be on sale soon for $10 Online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/922972. $12 at the door.

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Eclectic Theater is located at 1214 10th Ave

(the south end of Capitol Hill)

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384 . 1-800-838-3006.

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Winter Bird 

written by Steve Treacy

Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm through February 7.

See how many librarians and physicians (colleagues of Peter), Irish folk (friends of Sean), and goths (minions of Thiera) you can spot in the lobby.

A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*!  Starring Margaret Bicknell* and more TBA. With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis!

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Tickets are $20 online:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/962540. $25 at the door.

$20 for TPS members. $15 for Military/Union/Veterans. $12 for Students/Seniors. FREE for AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members that are current and have their Member card.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

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This Week At Eclectic Theater: Previews of Fangs! Plus Coming Soon!

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A World Premiere written and directed by Jim Moran!

Riley Perkins is an Idaho State Senator who plays deal-maker and chess-master to pass an anti-abortion bill while residing in the sanctuary of his winter cabin with a wireless mobile hot spot, away from the bustle of Boise. While a snowstorm rages outside and a ferocious mountain lion is on the loose, Riley gets an unexpected visit from his daughter, Madison, accompanied by an eccentric animal control officer. Madison arrives through the snow to throw a wrinkle into her father’s legislative plans…she threatens to go public with her own abortion. An intense, macabre comedy plays out in this cabin-in-the-woods styled melodrama, and soon Riley faces the awful truth of who he really is.

Featuring Chris Macdonald, Shane Regan, Samantha Routh, Rachel A Godbe, and Ashley Bagwell.

Previews Friday, November 7 and 8 at 8pm and Sun at 2pm. Opens November 13 and runs through December 6. Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Friday, November 7!

Tickets are $25 at the door. $20 online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/900758

$20 for TPS Members. $15 for Union/Military/Veterans. $12 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members. Must show current cards.

Coming Soon

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If you think what happens on screen is exciting, wait until you see that drama behind the scenes! Each night we create a never before seen soap opera and show you everything that goes on in front of and behind the screen.

Sunday, November 16th at 7:00 at Eclectic Theater.

$10 Online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/920305. $12 at the door.

Rumor has it that Improv Conspiracy consists of John Araya, Alex Choi, Thad Hitchcock, Elizabeth Oder, Kara Pomeroy, and Parker Thompson.

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SEATTLE: Hari Kondabolu’s New Material Nights at Eclectic Theater 11/17-11/18

Hari Kondabolu returns to Seattle for FOUR New Material shows at Eclectic Theater (1214 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) on Monday 11/17 and Tuesday 11/18! Watch Hari work on new material in his favorite city! Expect a night of mixed reactions, near disasters and genuinely funny improvised moments for a more than reasonable price!

PLEASE NOTE: The 7pm show on Monday the 17th is now SOLD-OUT!

Shows at 7 & 9pm each night.

$7 advance and $10 at the door.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/914404

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Midnight Mystery Theater

Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30pm.

Live Mystery Comedy Radio shows!

THE FOURTH ANNUAL MMT WOMEN’S SHOW

THE CASE OF THE MISSING HOMEWORK-
Nancy Doo has her “theme” homework stolen before turning it in
which would disqualify her from competing in the water polo championship
against Esther Williams Vocational, forcing the alumni at Mrs. Butterworth-Tunawhistle’s Academy
For Snobby White Girls to sell the school to a company which makes Halloween hats for dogs.
Rachelle Henry stars as Nancy Doo as she and her pals are on the case!
THE CASE OF THE MISSING EXTRA
Helena Handbasket; Hollywood private eye-gets a visit from her long lost sister who is also a
private eye, to help her locate an extra who disappeared on the set of  “The Godfather”
sequel to the sequels; Francine Ford Pickup Crapolla’s “The Godmother”. Gail Wamba as
Helena Handbasket and Susan Connors as Imma Handbasket-Case co-star as the two
detectives encounter a ring of has-been actors from the silent era.
Also starring- Amy Adair, Lisa Duke, Rachelle Henry, Jane Taylor, Bonnie Van Gemmert, Josie DeLellis,
Chris Mathews with sound effects and Rick Springer with music.

Tickets will be on sale soon for $10 Online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/922972. $12 at the door.

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Eclectic Theater is located at 1214 10th Ave

(the south end of Capitol Hill)

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384 . 1-800-838-3006.

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winter-bird-slider-home

Winter Bird 

written by Steve Treacy

Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm through February 7.

See how many librarians and physicians (colleagues of Peter), Irish folk (friends of Sean), and goths (minions of Thiera) you can spot in the lobby.

A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*!  With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis! This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Tickets will be $20 online (available soon). $25 at the door.

$20 for TPS members. $15 for Military/Union/Veterans. $12 for Students/Seniors. FREE for AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members that are current and have their Member card.

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