|Part of the cast of Bernie's Apt. (Maryssa Lagervall)|
There are some “big” shows opening this month. A sprawling adaptation of a sprawling The Brothers K at Book-It, and a huge effort for Billy Elliot at Village… Intiman’s festival kicks off… and plenty more. May is coming for ya!
The Brothers K, Part One: Strike Zones and Part Two: The Left Stuff, Book-It Repertory Theatre, 5/3/16-6/26/16 (in repertory)
This two-part adaptation (similar to Book-It’s work last year on Kavalier and Clay) encapsulates the sprawling tale of four brothers, influenced by a strong father, that spans the middle decades of the 20th century. The Chance family in Camas, Washington is baseball-immersed, but the story includes the interplay of faith and spirituality, war and politics, family, and love. The title also refers to notifying a ball thrown as a strike, with either a forward or backward “K”. A cast of 26 actors play 83 roles in two full-length parts. (Options for seeing both parts in one day are available.)
Romeo and Juliet, Seattle Shakespeare Company, 5/4-22/16 (at Cornish Playhouse)
You know Shakespeare’s doomed lovers. For a new take, Seattle Shakespeare Company will construct a playing space on the stage with audience members on both sides watching the game/play unfold. Director Vanessa Miller has added two characters to the production: Fate and Dream who operate outside the “game,” manipulating the action on the stage and serving as game masters.