Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dog Days of August still have plenty of theatrical openings

The Passion As Told by Antigona Perez,  (photo by Marquicia Domingue)

Here's a list of theater productions opening in August.

RASHOMON: Reloaded, Recession Era Broke-Ass Theatre  (REBATE)nsemble Theatre Group, 8/1-9/2015
(at 3320 Fuhrman Ave E, 98102, on the south side of University Bridge off Eastlake)
An original theater adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's legendary film, Rashomon. Re-imagined in Kabuki style, set in present day, the show is site specific in South Passage Point Park.

Love Song, Porcupine and Poet Productions, 8/1-8/2015 (at Stone Soup)
Oddball Beane gets burgled and his well-meaning sister, Joan, is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy. John Kolvenbach's offbeat comedy is a rhapsody to the power of love in all its forms. (Adult content)

Zig Zag Festival, Annex Theatre, 8/4-19/15 (Tuesday/Wednesday nights)
6 female playwrights write a play, direct a play and advise a play. Shorts in a range of topics.

Paper Angels, SiS Productions, 8/20-31/15 (at INScape)
In 1915, eager and hopeful Chinese immigrants await permission to enter the United States at the West Coast immigration center located at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay.


Indian Ink, Sound Theatre Company, 8/13-30/15 (at the Seattle Center Armory)
Tom Stoppard loves to work on more than one level. Here, he introduces a poet travelling through India in the 1930s and her sister, in the ‘80s in England trying to preserve her legacy. The surprising story of two people whose connection lives on through art, Indian Ink is an evocative portrait of love and loss while crossing cultural divides and a quest for divine sensuality. (Contains nudity.)

The Tumbleweed Zephyr, Pork Filled Productions, 8/14-29/15 (at 12th Ave Arts)
Two brothers climb aboard the Tumbleweed Zephyr, a transcontinental train headed out of New Providence for the wilds of the Western Territories. But what starts as a simple rail journey takes unexpected turns, with airship bandit raids, twists of fate, wayward romance and the lonely call of a train whistle echoing across a clear desert sky. So grab your satchel and dust off your best traveling hat for this epic new summer adventure!

The Passion As Told by Antigona Perez, Thriving Artists, 8/14-30/15 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
A new company and a new translation of Puerto Rican playwright Luis Rafael Sanchez brings the Greek classic to modern day. A multitude of new reporters for online news and citizens who tweet and update Facebook. The discrepancy between perception and reality in the era of global information is explored.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical, STAGEright (at Richard Hugo House) 8/14-29/15
This rock and roll country musical explores the relationships between the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Florida, particularly between Pippi, "the stripper on the run," the Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic Jeannie, and Jeannie's tollbooth-collector husband Norbert.

John Baxter is a Switch Hitter, Intiman Theatre, 8/18/15-9/27/15, (at Cornish Playhouse)
When one Gay softball team claims their opponent has too many “straight ringers” in the championship game, the accused players must publicly defend themselves—and their sexual past—before an impromptu tribunal. A comic, modern-day witch hunt inspired by an outlandishly true Seattle story.

Matilda the Musical, National Touring Company at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 8/18/15-9/6/15
Winner of four Tony Awards, Matilda The Musical, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, is about Matilda Wormwood, an extraordinarily imaginative and intelligent little girl with spectacularly bad parents.  The Wormwoods may be awful, but the headmistress of Matilda’s school, Miss Trunchbull, is even worse!  Will Matilda find happiness with a real family that values her special qualities? Will her schoolmates escape from the tyranny of Miss Trunchbull?

The Lion in Winter, SecondStory Repertory, 8/21/15-9/6/15
In James Goldman's scathing drama of strategic manipulation, The Lion in Winter, King Henry II fights with Eleanor of Aquitaine, his estranged wife, about choosing one of his three conniving sons for an heir. Each family member schemes after his or her own agenda.