THIS WEEK AT ECLECTIC THEATER: The Improvinati, Travels Of A Broad, and Not Too Late with Elicia Sanchez! Plus Coming Soon!

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The Improvinati

Friday, February 20 at 8pm.

Brothers and Sisters, it is time to gather once again for another meeting of the Improvinati! As your elected council we are here to enact a comedic ritual to find the conspiracy between the darkness pervading our world and blah blah blah–you get the point. The Improvinati consists of Justin Lund, Thomas Roe, Emily McMahon, John Stevens, and Kelsey Todd.

$10 online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1280267. $12 at the door.

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Travels Of A Broad
A one woman show by Laura O’Neal.

Pee in a Box. Korean Spa. Sky Diving. “Plus other stuff I will make up as we go!”

$10 Advanced at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1267439. $12 at the door.

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Saturday, February 21 at 10:30pm

Welcome to NOT TOO LATE WITH ELICIA SANCHEZ! A late night talk and variety show hosted by, well, comedian Elicia Sanchez and her lovely and talented co-host/band leader, comedian/non-musician Nick Sahoyah! Each month NTL brings you a variety of performers, stunts, comedians, special guests, musical acts, random weirdness and general late night antics to thrill, surprise and mostly entertain you!

We are kicking off the inaugural NTL with the comedic talents of local likables,  and SCOTT LOSSE! As well as some special guests, including: A tamer of the Animal Kingdom! The Original Gak Band! Feats of Strength with a real life Seattle Superhero! And a closing comedy performance by Portland treasure, the amazing BRI PRUETT!

Tickets are $10 in advance (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1226670), $12 at the door!
Doors are at 10:00 PM, Show starts at 10:30 PM!
Beer and cocktails will be available in the theater lobby!

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COMING 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/)

Meet the cast and crew of The Long Road.

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Two women held in a life-threatening situation and the mind games they play to keep one another alive. Held in a room and chained apart, their only currency is words, and balance of power is everything when a single word becomes the hanging point between life and death. A full scope of emotions is played out in their competitions, which are alternately funny, fragile & fierce. It illuminates the strength of the human spirit, and the psychological cost of survival.

Nine is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Meet the cast and crew of NINE.

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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March 15 at 6pm.

We work behind the scenes to control the nations of the world and use their power to bring you hilarious unscripted theater. Rumor has it that Improv Conspiracy consists of John Araya, Alex Choi, Thad Hitchcock, Elizabeth Oder, Kara Pomeroy, and Parker Thompson.

$10 Advanced (Link Coming Soon). $12 at the door.

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

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

Coming in March, Robert Downing performs scenes from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and tells you what to think about it!
This one-person show plunges deep into the guts of a great political tragedy and its enduring relevance.
“The New Shakespearience Presents Julius Caesar” is a 90-minute performance combining an original monologue about Shakespeare’s play with scenes from the actual play. The audience takes a key role in the show by voicing the lines–projected onto a screen–of the Roman mob. The energy in the room reaches a fever pitch during Mark Antony’s funeral speech, as the audience jeers, sobs, and roars with rage at Antony’s rhetorical masterpiece. The result is funny, provocative, and “the first time I’ve ever enjoyed Shakespeare”, according to some audience members.
Writer-actor Robert Downing draws from his experience as a union organizer to answer the question, “just how DO you organize a political conspiracy, anyway?” He explains the strategies Cassius uses to recruit Brutus into the conspiracy, and how he finally screws it up. The clash of political ideas comes to life on stage: 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 Roman tragedy. You don’t want to miss it!
more information at thenewshakespearience.com

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Che and the Gate 

by Leonard Goodisman

April 9-May 10, 2015

Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm.

A black GI in Korea falls in love with a pregnant Korean girl and wants to marry her, despite the most “well-intentioned” objections of their families and the army. The couple marries and moves to the States, bringing a bit of Korea along with them. Cultural misunderstandings continue to pursue them, but their quiet love and mutual respect eventually triumphs.

$25 General Admission. $20 TPS and Online (Link available soon). $15 for Military/Veteran/Union. $12 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members.

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Above The Timberline by Jorj Savage and The Last Cat of Big Moon Canyon by John Ruoff

Two One-Acts by Seattle Playwrights set in the old West!

Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sun at 2pm. May 21-June 20, 2015.

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Midnight Mystery Theater

Live Mystery Comedy Radio shows!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7:30pm

$10 online (link available soon), $12 at the door.

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Eclectic Theater One-Act Play Festival

Friday & Saturday, June 26-27, 2015 at 8pm.

$10 online (link available soon), $12 at the door.

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Seattle Fringe 2015

Thursday, September 16- Sunday September 26, 2015.

The Seattle Fringe Festival is a 6-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. No connection between the two festivals.

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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Owlpaint
Winter Bird

A Gothic Fantasy written by Steve Treacy

October 1-30, 2015

Thu-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm.

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 produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*!

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

Tickets are $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: Acting On Camera Classes plus Coming Soon!

Acting On Camera Classes in Capitol Hill by STS Film Academy in Collaboration with Seattle’s Eclectic Theater

January 24, 2015 (Seattle, Washington)

STS Film Academy will join forces with Eclectic Theater to offer a brand new series of on-camera acting classes focused on preparing local, working actors for upcoming film, television, commercial and new media projects in the greater Seattle area.

For many years STS Film Academy has successfully empowered actors of all levels with the tools and confidence necessary for acting on-camera. Eclectic Theater has been an artistic incubator for many theatre and film actors for over a decade. Its edgy but intimate space in the heart of Capitol Hill provides the perfect stage for a dynamic acting class that delivers quality on-camera training and professional experience in a safe and nurturing environment.

Beginning February 21st, actors will have the opportunity to develop their on-camera acting skills and techniques though classes exploring Meisner’s definition of acting: Living Truthfully under Imaginary Circumstances.

Acting on Camera I: Living Truthfully is a foundational acting class that focuses on performing believably in front of the camera. How can you be naturally dynamic in front of the camera? What are the core differences between acting on stage and on camera? What on-camera techniques are necessary for the actor? What does it mean to act in different framing? This is the perfect class for beginners or stage actors looking to develop fundamental on-camera acting skills and gain essential performance experience in front of the camera. This class will meet Saturdays, 11am-2pm, beginning February 21st – March 14th. Rates: $225.00. Capacity: 8-12 students. To sign up, please visit: www.stsfilmacademy.com/aoc1.

Acting on Camera II: Imaginary Circumstances is an intermediate class that focuses on developing and utilizing the imaginary world of the story to enhance the actor’s on-camera performance. Using text analysis, character profiles, acting exercises and on-camera techniques, actors will bring their scenes to life with dynamic characters, who have complete freedom within the form of the multiple camera shots. Participation in this class is audition-based to ensure readiness for the class material. This class will meet Saturdays, 3pm-6pm, beginning February 21st – March 14th. Rates: $225.00. Capacity: 8-12 students. To schedule an audition, please contact: Joseph Yang at jyang@storytownstudios.com

Instructors, Joseph Steven Yang and Anya-Maria Ruoss, are working actors with many years of professional experience. They’ve worked with Pulitzer and Tony award winning writers, world renowned directors, and an Academy Award winning actor for production companies such as 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Microsoft, Skype, Verizon, WA Lottery, Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, WET, Village Theater and many more. After earning MFA degrees in acting from the prestigious University of Washington, they taught acting classes at both the University and the Hollywood studio levels, private coached professional actors in Los Angeles & Seattle and provided innovative, online acting classes with STS Film Academy.

Rik Deskin, Eclectic Theater’s Managing Artistic Director, is an actor and director with 28 years of professional experience. As a member of both SAG-AFTRA and AEA, he’s worked for production companies such as Oracle Films, Veer West Pictures, ACT, OTB, Book-It, TAG and many more. He is also a board member for the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local and a part of the Sandbox Artists Collective. Leonard D. Goodisman, Eclectic Theater’s Development Director, is a resident playwright whose work has been frequently produced in Seattle and New York. As strong advocates for actors and artists, they are especially interested in providing local actors access to professional-level training to help them prepare for the ever-growing on-camera performance opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.

Anya Ruoss

STS Marketing Director

(206) 486-4248

aruoss@storytownstudios.com

 

Leonard Goodisman

ET Development Director

(206) 353-1636

leonardgoodisman@gmail.com

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COMING SOON

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Saturday, February 14 at 10:30pm! Wilfred Padua (opened for Michael Ian Black)Brent Flyberg (Bridgetown Comedy Festival) and Tanner Hodgeson (Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival)

$10 Online (link available soon), $12 at the door.

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

Bringing you great National and local comedy to venues all over Seattle.

https://twitter.com/HenriettaComedy

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Saturday, February 21 at 10:30pm

Welcome to NOT TOO LATE WITH ELICIA SANCHEZ! A late night talk and variety show hosted by, well, comedian Elicia Sanchez and her lovely and talented co-host/band leader, comedian/non-musician Nick Sahoyah! Each month NTL brings you a variety of performers, stunts, comedians, special guests, musical acts, random weirdness and general late night antics to thrill, surprise and mostly entertain you!

We are kicking off the inaugural NTL with the comedic talents of local likables,  and SCOTT LOSSE! As well as some special guests, including: A tamer of the Animal Kingdom! The Original Gak Band! Feats of Strength with a real life Seattle Superhero! And a closing comedy performance by Portland treasure, the amazing BRI PRUETT!

Tickets are $10 in advance (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1226670), $12 at the door!
Doors are at 10:00 PM, Show starts at 10:30 PM!
Beer and cocktails will be available in the theater lobby!

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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/)

Meet the cast and crew of The Long Road.

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Two women held in a life-threatening situation and the mind games they play to keep one another alive. Held in a room and chained apart, their only currency is words, and balance of power is everything when a single word becomes the hanging point between life and death. A full scope of emotions is played out in their competitions, which are alternately funny, fragile & fierce. It illuminates the strength of the human spirit, and the psychological cost of survival.

Nine is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Meet the cast and crew of NINE.

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

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

Coming in March, Robert Downing performs scenes from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and tells you what to think about it!
This one-person show plunges deep into the guts of a great political tragedy and its enduring relevance.
“The New Shakespearience Presents Julius Caesar” is a 90-minute performance combining an original monologue about Shakespeare’s play with scenes from the actual play. The audience takes a key role in the show by voicing the lines–projected onto a screen–of the Roman mob. The energy in the room reaches a fever pitch during Mark Antony’s funeral speech, as the audience jeers, sobs, and roars with rage at Antony’s rhetorical masterpiece. The result is funny, provocative, and “the first time I’ve ever enjoyed Shakespeare”, according to some audience members.
Writer-actor Robert Downing draws from his experience as a union organizer to answer the question, “just how DO you organize a political conspiracy, anyway?” He explains the strategies Cassius uses to recruit Brutus into the conspiracy, and how he finally screws it up. The clash of political ideas comes to life on stage: 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 Roman tragedy. You don’t want to miss it!
more information at thenewshakespearience.com

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Che and the Gate 

by Leonard Goodisman

April 9-May 10, 2015

Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm.

A black GI in Korea falls in love with a pregnant Korean girl and wants to marry her, despite the most “well-intentioned” objections of their families and the army. The couple marries and moves to the States, bringing a bit of Korea along with them. Cultural misunderstandings continue to pursue them, but their quiet love and mutual respect eventually triumphs.

$25 General Admission. $20 TPS and Online (Link available soon). $15 for Military/Veteran/Union. $12 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members.

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Above The Timberline by Jorj Savage and The Last Cat of Big Moon Canyon by John Ruoff

Two One-Acts by Seattle Playwrights set in the old West!

Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sun at 2pm. May 21-June 20, 2015.

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Midnight Mystery Theater

Live Mystery Comedy Radio shows!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7:30pm

$10 online (link available soon), $12 at the door.

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Eclectic Theater One-Act Play Festival

Friday & Saturday, June 26-27, 2015 at 8pm.

$10 online (link available soon), $12 at the door.

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Seattle Fringe 2015

Thursday, September 16- Sunday September 26, 2015.

The Seattle Fringe Festival is a 6-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. No connection between the two festivals.

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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Owlpaint
Winter Bird

A Gothic Fantasy written by Steve Treacy

October 1-30, 2015

Thu-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm.

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 produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*!

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

Tickets are $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: Casting for Senior Escape and The Gate! Plus Coming Soon!

 

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 CASTING NOTICE for promotional video for a feature film.

Saturday, January 24, 9am-4pm

We are looking for “Alaskan Blackwoods Thieves”.
Female or Male | Any Ethnicity | Age: 18 – 65. Come dressed to impress as your best Hillbilly Thief and your audition could possibly land you a featured part in the Senior Escape Movie.

Blackwood Thieves (Any gender, Females are encourage to apply.)
RICKY FARLEY, EDDIE HARDY and DALE are small town grungy rednecks, known by locals as harmless petty thieves. They live together in a small shack in the woods just off the shore on Adak Island. The three ran away as small children to become squirrel hunters, which did not work out so well. Now stuck with a ton of pelts, they eat beans and search for any speck of gold to sell to Buck Anderson.

BUCK ANDERSON’S ship went down off the shores of Adak Island more than a decade ago. He has been hunting for the missing Alaska Treasure ever since. Self-obsessed and wrapped in his own weirdness, Buck barters, sells and trades gold. His best customers are the Blackwood Thieves.

All people auditioning for the promotional video should be able to move well. When you attend the Open Call, you will be asked to complete an audition form and identify if you are a SAG-AFTRA member. We are accepting union and non-union actors at this time. Upon selection, production dates, script and location will be disclosed. If selected, Actors will be paid.

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The Gate 

by Leonard David Goodisman

Choi Sook Sook: a shy Korean woman who marries an American soldier despite her family’s objections. This character ages 25 years in the course of the play (20 – 45)

Park Joong San: Choi’s father, a traditional Korean man. This character ages 25 years in the course of the play (40 – 65)

Nam Min Mi: Choi’s mother, a loving but obedient Korean wife. This character ages 25 years in the course of the play (40 – 65)

Captain/Minister/Bob Large: We are seeking one versatile middle-aged Caucasian actor to play all of these roles.

General Auditions will be Saturday, January 24 from 4-6pm and Sun, January 25, 1-4pm.

For more info and to submit: http://tpsonline.org/auditions/auddb.php?Aud_ID=24220

A black GI in Korea falls in love with a pregnant Korean girl and wants to marry her, despite the most “well-intentioned” objections of their families and the army. The couple marries and moves to the States, bringing a bit of Korea along with them. Cultural misunderstandings continue to pursue them, but their quiet love and mutual respect eventually triumphs.

This one-act play previews Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sun at 2pm , April 9 – April 12 and runs through May 9, 2015

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Saturday, February 14 at 10:30pm! Wilfred Padua (opened for Michael Ian Black) Brent Flyberg (Bridgetown Comedy Festival) and Tanner Hodgeson (Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival)

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

Bringing you great National and local comedy to venues all over Seattle.

https://twitter.com/HenriettaComedy

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Saturday, February 21 at 10:30pm

Welcome to NOT TOO LATE WITH ELICIA SANCHEZ! A late night talk and variety show hosted by, well, comedian Elicia Sanchez and her lovely and talented co-host/band leader, comedian/non-musician Nick Sahoyah! Each month NTL brings you a variety of performers, stunts, comedians, special guests, musical acts, random weirdness and general late night antics to thrill, surprise and mostly entertain you!

We are kicking off the inaugural NTL with the comedic talents of local likables,  and SCOTT LOSSE! As well as some special guests, including: A tamer of the Animal Kingdom! The Original Gak Band! Feats of Strength with a real life Seattle Superhero! And a closing comedy performance by Portland treasure, the amazing BRI PRUETT!

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door!
Doors are at 10:00 PM, Show starts at 10:30 PM!
Beer and cocktails will be available in the theater lobby!

###

website_TLR_388x600REV

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/)

Meet the cast and crew of The Long Road.

website_9_388x388

Two women held in a life-threatening situation and the mind games they play to keep one another alive. Held in a room and chained apart, their only currency is words, and balance of power is everything when a single word becomes the hanging point between life and death. A full scope of emotions is played out in their competitions, which are alternately funny, fragile & fierce. It illuminates the strength of the human spirit, and the psychological cost of survival.

Nine is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Meet the cast and crew of NINE.

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

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

Coming in March, Robert Downing performs scenes from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and tells you what to think about it!
This one-person show plunges deep into the guts of a great political tragedy and its enduring relevance.
“The New Shakespearience Presents Julius Caesar” is a 90-minute performance combining an original monologue about Shakespeare’s play with scenes from the actual play. The audience takes a key role in the show by voicing the lines–projected onto a screen–of the Roman mob. The energy in the room reaches a fever pitch during Mark Antony’s funeral speech, as the audience jeers, sobs, and roars with rage at Antony’s rhetorical masterpiece. The result is funny, provocative, and “the first time I’ve ever enjoyed Shakespeare”, according to some audience members.
Writer-actor Robert Downing draws from his experience as a union organizer to answer the question, “just how DO you organize a political conspiracy, anyway?” He explains the strategies Cassius uses to recruit Brutus into the conspiracy, and how he finally screws it up. The clash of political ideas comes to life on stage: 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 Roman tragedy. You don’t want to miss it!
more information at thenewshakespearience.com

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gate

Che and the Gate 

by Leonard Goodisman

April 9-May 10, 2015

Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm.

A black GI in Korea falls in love with a pregnant Korean girl and wants to marry her, despite the most “well-intentioned” objections of their families and the army. The couple marries and moves to the States, bringing a bit of Korea along with them. Cultural misunderstandings continue to pursue them, but their quiet love and mutual respect eventually triumphs.

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Above The Timberline by Jorj Savage and The Last Cat of Big Moon Canyon by John Ruoff

Thursday-Saturday  at 8pm and Sun at 2pm. May 21-June 20, 2015

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Seattle Fringe 2015

Thursday, 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. No connection between the two festivals.

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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Owlpaint
Winter Bird

A Gothic Fantasy written by Steve Treacy

October 1-30, 2015

Thu-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm.

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 produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*!

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

Tickets are $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: The Good Fun Show With Anthony Lopez and Coming Soon!

good fun show Jan 2015 THE GOOD FUN SHOW is a monthly, late night comedy showcase that takes place every third Saturday of the month at 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, some of Portland’s finest!:
BECKY BRAUNSTEIN
(Lez Stand Up)
JON WASHINGTON
(Spicy News, Jon Reads the Paper)
and headliner
ANTHONY LOPEZ
(Bumbershoot, Bridgetown Comedy Festival)

Hosted by ELICIA SANCHEZ

Doors at 10 PM, Show starts at 10:30 PM
Tickets $10 in advance and are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1143262 , $12 at the door

Produced by Elicia Sanchez

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onenightseattle

For one night only, Eclectic Theater hosts a hilarious stand-up comedy show with comedians seen on Bite TV, XM Radio, Hulu, Sacramento Comedy Festival and Comedy Time TV.

Line up includes Silas Lindenstein (Sacramento Comedy Festival), Damian Johnson,Hans Kim (Tri-City Joke Off Competition Winner), and Ed Hill (Bite TV, XM Radio, Hulu, Comedy Time TV).

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are only $10 in advance! $12 at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1113114

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Saturday, February 14 at 10:30pm! More info soon!

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

Bringing you great National and local comedy to venues all over Seattle.

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February 21, 2015 at 10:30pm.

THE GOOD FUN SHOW is a monthly, late night comedy showcase that takes place every third Saturday of the month at 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!

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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Che and the Gate 

by Leonard Goodisman

April 9-May 10, 2015

Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm.

More info soon!

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Seattle Fringe 2015

Thursday, 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. No connection between the two festivals.

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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Owlpaint
Winter Bird

A Gothic Fantasy written by Steve Treacy

October 1-30, 2015

Thu-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm.

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*, Rik Deskin*, Jeremy Adams, Buddy Todd, and Lara Fox! 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 $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: Year End Giving and Schedule Update for 2015!

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Rik Deskin, Artistic Director

Hello Friends,

As the Artistic Director of Eclectic Theater, I get to oversee all of the Plays, Play Readings, Screenplay Readings, Improv, and Stand-up Comedy shows presented year-round, plus the various rental shows, rehearsals, auditions and meetings that book our venue.

Our year-end box office was $16, 263. That is a $4,061 increase in ticket sales! Add to this our rental income, Sustained Support Grant from 4Culture, and Individual contributions by November 30 equals $24,740.64. Aside from rent we do have basic costs just to operate plus $4, 652.87 (after paying Shunpike 10%, we then pay all Theatre Artists 50% of the remaining box office) paid out to various Theatre Artists means that we had spent $21,798.59 by November 30. Which leaves us with $2942.o5 going in to December.

Why all the hub-bub about the numbers you might ask? We still are unable to pay anyone a living wage yet. We are currently a volunteer organization with an IATSE Contract built into our rental contracts (4 hour minimum) and have paid out as much as $141.25 stipends per show for performers. That is not a a huge amount. It is larger than previous years but I know we can do better.

That is why I am asking you, my friends, family, and colleagues to make a tax deductible Individual Contribution of any amount that you can afford here to help support our programming: https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=56490

I am looking forward to all of the programming in 2015 and I hope that you will join me,

Rik Deskin
Artistic Director, Eclectic Theater

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COMING SOON in 2015

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Saturday, January 10 at 10:30pm! More info soon!

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

Bringing you great National and local comedy to venues all over Seattle.

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Saturday, January 17 at 10:30pm.

A monthly comedy showcase featuring local greats and special guests, every 3rd Saturday of the month at Eclectic Theater in Seattle. More info coming soon!

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onenightseattle

For one night only, Eclectic Theater hosts a hilarious stand-up comedy show with comedians seen on Bite TV, XM Radio, Hulu, Sacramento Comedy Festival and Comedy Time TV.

Line up includes Silas Lindenstein (Sacramento Comedy Festival), Damian Johnson, Hans Kim (Tri-City Joke Off Competition Winner), and Ed Hill (Bite TV, XM Radio, Hulu, Comedy Time TV).

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are only $10 in advance! $12 at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1113114

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Saturday, February 14 at 10:30pm! More info soon!

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

Bringing you great National and local comedy to venues all over Seattle.

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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. No connection between the two festivals.

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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Owlpaint
Winter Bird

A Gothic Fantasy written by Steve Treacy

This show has been postponed to a date possibly in the Fall of 2015.

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*, Rik Deskin*, Jeremy Adams, Buddy Todd, and Lara Fox! 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 $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: (longer) One-Act Play Fest, The Good Fun Show and Coming Soon!

10460638_10205296865240708_7368675757386486161_oThursday 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 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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