Friday, July 28, 2017

Check Out What’s Opening in August

Cast of Goblin Market at Sound Theatre Company (Julia Nardin)
There are still plenty of shows to see in August, especially in neighborhood parks, but only a few debuting this month. Including a show that didn’t make the July cut off, here is a list of productions opening in August.

American Archipelago, Pony World Theatre, July 27-August 12 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
This new play examines the joys and heartaches of being an American today. The script was collaboratively composed by Holly Arsenault, Kelleen C. Blanchard, Tré Calhoun, Vincent Delaney, Brendan Healy, Maggie Lee, Sara Porkalob, and Seayoung Yim. We welcome you to a quaint little neighborhood called the United States of America. Upscale and working class, where suburban streets wind through packed city blocks, this neighborhood feels like a community - and a powder keg. White picket fences will blur and the American tapestry will start to unravel. Eight next door neighbors from Nashville and New York and Montana and San Francisco will gather at the big block party cookout to grill hotdogs, share recipes, fall in love, murder chickens, and finally tell each other what they think. 

Over & Under, Annex Theatre, August 1-16 (Tue/Wed nites)
Playwrights Bret Fetzer and Juliet Waller Pruzan present two intricate one-act plays. Cumulus begins on an airplane, where conversations between strangers reveal the passengers' complex lives; Turnstile begins on a subway car where a young girl, riding alone for the first time, finds her imagination sparked by overheard conversations. Both plays spin off into alternative lives, some mundane, some dramatic, some completely fantastical.

Goblin Market, Sound Theatre Company, August 10-27 (Seattle Armory)
Based on the poem by Victorian Era poet Christina Rosetti, this musical blends music, poetry and imagery to journey through the psyches of two sisters. The siblings, Laura and Lizzie, return to their old nursery and unlock the women’s shared past in a child’s game of make-believe. The
nursery magically becomes a woodland glen of menacing “goblin fruit merchant men” and one sister Laura, is enticed by the magical goblins and their luscious fruits and promises of unimagined ecstasies. The other sister, Lizzie, bargains anxiously with the goblins to save her sister from forever falling under their spell. This market of goblins forces the sisters to explore and question the present Victorian world they inhabit as women and reconcile that with the erotic yearnings of their adolescence.

Proof, Proof Porch Project, various porches, all performances 6:00p.m.
Beacon Hill: 3820 13th Ave S, 98108 (August 11-13)
North Seattle: 13519 23rd Ave NE, 98125 (August 18-20)
Burien: 12827 3rd Ave S, 98168 (August 25-27)
Proof introduces a brilliant mathematical father and two daughters who struggle with his mental illness and a suspicion that one daughter has perhaps inherited her father’s condition. Proof Porch Project is presenting it free of charge in a bilingual English-Spanish format. They  believe that viewing it through a Latinx lens adds extra layers to the play’s already complex character relationships, which are not only affected by mental illness, but also by language and their ability to identify with their household culture.
Much Better, Really-Really Theatre Group, August 18-September 2 (12th Avenue Arts)
A new play by Elisabeth Frankel, Much Better, was a semi-finalist for the 2017 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. In an overconnected, information-saturated world, Ashley is diagnosed with a condition known as hyper-empathy. She finds it difficult to hold a job, maintain relationships, and otherwise cope with the emotional demands of her everyday life. When Ashley is introduced to a new medical procedure known as Neuroclear, she sees a chance to create a new, better version of herself. A fresh look into our relationships with the world, technology and our best self, and the ethical limits of the use of technology as means for self-improvement.

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