Monday, October 01, 2018

Chills, Thrills and More – On Stage in October

The cast of OSLO at ACT Theatre (Rosemary Dai Ross)
Link to the original cast performance of Welcome to the Rock from Come From Away:

There are indeed a few scary offerings for this month, but the range of topics and presentations in the coming weeks is a bit awe-inspiring! Come From Away is returning to town, along with opportunities to see 2017 Tony winner, OSLO, the return of Mike Daisey, and many productions with ethnic diversity of both subjects and casts! Check it out:

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Seattle Repertory Theatre and American Conservatory Theater, 10/5/18-11/10/18 (opens 10/10)
Based on the sweeping, internationally best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the tale of the unlikely connection that blossoms between two Afghan women in war-torn Kabul. As rockets shriek down from the heavens, the friendship of Laila and Mariam develops into an iron-bound rapport, forged by their defiance of a life of senseless tyranny. Secrets, lies, and pacts are made in this harrowing yet ultimately beautiful piece about the true cost of sacrifice.

Honey Noble’s Last Show Ever, Cheat Day, 10/5-14/18 (at Nii Modo, 4455 Stone Way N)
An interdisciplinary meta-exploration of the many identities of the lead singer of a band, this performance features a five person band, dancers, actors, and tons of original content from music to theatre to everything in between.  Real life band Honey Noble performs their final set in Seattle before KT has to move off to New York, but things do not go as planned and the audience is whisked down a rabbit hole of family, mystery, epic rock shows, violent conflicts with identity and awkward company cocktail parties.

Little Shop of Horrors, Shoreline Community College, 10/5-14/18
Seymour, a meek flower shop assistant stumbles across a strange plant he names “Audrey II,” after his co-worker crush. This foul-mouthed carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it – blood. This production of Little Shop will feature custom-built puppets – (Avenue Q / “Sesame Street”-style). Both puppet and puppet-performers will perform in full view of the audience.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Thistle Theatre, 10/6-21/18 (various locations)
The three bears load up their trailer and leave Yellowstone Park for a vacation in Hollywood, California. When Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear take a walk, Goldilocks and her pet duck stumble upon their campsite where the porridge is hot and the bed is just right! Songwriter Sue Ennis has written ‘50s rock, country and pop tunes for this classic story with a modern twist.
Amy Escobar, Andre Nelson and Zane Exactly are the puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap with puppets designed and built by Brian Kooser.

Come From Away, 5th Ave Theatre, 10/9/18-11/4/18
The Seattle-to-Broadway-back-to-Seattle hit tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. National tour.

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 10/11/18-11/25/18
Idris Goodwin writes about how, long before he was Muhammad Ali, 12-year-old Cassius Clay knew he would be a hero someday, no matter what anyone else had to say. In the nation’s dark time of Jim Crow racism and violence, Cassius— with the support of his family, training from Officer Joe Martin, and his own hard work—fought his way onto the gold-medal stand and into the history books.

Brainpeople, Latino Theatre Projects, 10/11/18-11/3/18 (at Theatre Off Jackson)
Brainpeople is a deeply psychological story of three women and the life events that haunt them. A wealthy Puerto Rican woman who is still obsessively grieving the parents she lost at age eight sends her armored limousine out into a violent, dystopian Los Angeles to pick up two complete strangers and bring them back to her home for an exotic feast and deep conversation. A mixture of comedy and chaos ensues when one of the guests, who suffers Dissociative Identity Disorder, brings along her crew of "brainpeople" and the other, a nervous, intelligent Armenian woman, reveals the source of her distrust of all people. The meal turns into an evening of brutal honesty and terrifying introspection.

Fade, Seattle Public Theater, 10/12/18-11/4/18
In this witty, true-to-life new comedy, Mexican-born Lucia is hired to write for a ruthless Hollywood studio. She soon discovers that the studio’s Mexican American custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas -- but as their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers, leading to unexpected consequences.

Legally Blonde the Musical, Seattle Musical Theatre, 10/12-28/18
Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of the famously perky Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dream fella. Ultimately, she defies expectations, quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world while staying true to her delightfully pink personality. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

OSLO, ACT Theatre, 10/12/18-11/11/18 (opens 10/18)
2017 Tony Award for Best Play.  OSLO tells the true—albeit little known—story of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen, who together coordinated top-secret peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat in the early 1990s. Their efforts culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. A deeply personal story set against the background of a high stakes political thriller about the individuals behind world history and their all-too-human ambitions.

The White Snake, ReAct Theatre, 10/13/18-11/18/18 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
Mary Zimmerman reimagines an ancient Chinese legend in which a snake spirit transforms herself into a beautiful woman in order to experience the human world. Adventuring down her mountainside with her companion, Green Snake, White Snake meets and falls in love with the humble, virtuous Xu Xian and convinces him to marry her. Together, the three friends open a pharmacy, but soon the remarkable healing powers of White Snake draw the attention of a treacherous monk, Fa Hai. Outraged at the union between a mortal and a snake spirit, Fa Hai takes it upon himself to destroy it.

A People's History, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 10/17/18-11/25/18
Master storyteller, author, and actor Mike Daisey returns to the Rep with the autobiographical story of when Daisey comes across a battered copy of his high school U.S. history textbook and decides, in true Daisey fashion, to contrast it with something wildly different: Howard Zinn's electrifying “A People's History of the United States.” In this series of 18 stand-alone monologues, Daisey explores a history of the U.S. not typically taught in schools.

The Night Parade, REBATEnsemble and Pork Filled Productions, 10/17/18-11/3/18 (mystery location)Based on the the Japanese folk tale of “Night of a Hundred Demons,” written by Kendall Uyeji, this is an immersive horror story. Brilliant, innovative and deeply troubled, Shunkuno Arashi was a pioneer of Japanese art who was unknown to the world until the last decade. Her legacy spans one hundred pieces; all attributed to the theme of demons. When an art show featuring her work arrives in town, mysterious happenings take place. The walls begin to move and shadows take form.

I and You, Theater Schmeater and Pratidhwani, 10/18/18-11/3/18
Playwright Lauren Gunderson has had a number of local productions here. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. Anthony arrives unexpectedly at Caroline's door bearing an urgent homework assignment. She hasn't been to school in months due to illness. As these two sparring, sparking, high school students share their secrets, they unlock a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. 

Ghost Game XII: Into The Dark, The Cabiri, 10/18/18-11/3/18 (Arcadia, 943 NW 50th St.)
An intimate, immersive theater experience that includes acrobatic theater, aerial dance, puppetry, and terrifying tales from myth and folklore as only the Cabiri can present. Into the Dark explores how humans draw darkness upon themselves, the actions of their lives invoking darkness from the supernal realms.

Hostages, Radial Theater Project, 10/19/18-11/3/18 (at 18th & Union)
Playwright Yussef El Guindi crafts a play about two college professors who leave their homeland for a war zone. They are there on a mission of peace, but peace is hard to find when you're chained to a radiator. Hostages explores how human beings cope when they’re deprived of personal contact and torn from the pleasantries of everyday life.

[title of show], SecondStory Repertory, 10/19/18-11/4/18
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theater festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry. Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about and eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival's deadline and dream about the show changing their lives.

Ghost Party, Dacha Theatre, 10/20/18-11/4/18 (at the Russian Community Center)
You live, you die, you move on – that's how it's supposed to go. When an unlucky subset of the dead have been reliving the same ill-fated party over and over for decades, it's up to you to try find a way to change their fates. In Ghost Party’s immersive environment, you will interact with its diverse inhabitants. You might dive deep into one ghost's tragic past and find a way to set them free – or you might try and meet as many spirits as you can. But be careful, upsetting the delicate balance these poor spirits have been in for centuries may have consequences – for both the dead and the living.

Arms and the Man, Seattle Shakespeare Company, 10/23/18-11/18/18 (Seattle Center Armory Theatre)
Raina Petkoff is young, beautiful, and filled with romantic notions about love. She’s all set to marry war hero Major Saranoff, but then the combat crashes through her window in the form of a soldier fighting for the opposing side. Intrigued, Raina agrees to hide him, but only after learning he carries chocolates instead of bullets. After the war ends, both rival soldiers return for their love, and that’s when the real battle for Raina’s heart begins. It’s George Bernard Shaw’s classic play.

On Your Feet, Paramount Theatre, 10/23-28/18
The story of Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, two people who—through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream—showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. The musical is set to Gloria’s chart-topping, smash hits.

A Bright Room Called Day, The Williams Project, 10/25/18-11/18/18 (at Hillman City Collaboratory)
Tony Kushner’s play starts with a new president just come to power by the slimmest of margins. Though his rhetoric is alarming, democratic institutions are strong and the opposition is looking good heading into the next election. This is Berlin, in 1932. In Agnes Eggling’s apartment, a group of artists and activists struggle between their conscience and their comfort, trying to decide how much they are willing to sacrifice for their beliefs. First produced in 1985, this prophetic play is a wake-up call for contemporary America, posing timely questions about citizenship, resistance, and complicity.

Lonely Planet, West of Lenin, 10/25/18-11/18/18
An intimate portrait of two friends at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Steven Dietz's Lonely Planet is set in small map shop on the oldest street in an American city. Growing increasingly fearful of the outside world, Jody, the shop owner, retreats inside his store and refuses to leave. Jody’s quiet denial is in sharp contrast to his fantastical and extroverted friend Carl, who repeatedly urges Jody to leave the store. Through Carl's surreal extravagance, the friends are forced to confront their lives and a vanishing community and come to terms with their place in a changing world. This 25th anniversary production is directed by playwright Steven Dietz.

Anansi and the Halfling, Annex Theatre, 10/26/18-11/17/18 (world premiere)
Written by Madison Jade Jones, Anansi and the Halfling is a mystical journey of discovered identity, ancient truth, and incredible fun told through the lens of a young black woman desperate to find herself. Ancient African wisdoms were passed down through song, dance and (often comical) metaphorical re-tellings. This telling, with a modern twist, snakes through a college classroom, a mystical story realm, and the home of the gods themselves, with puppetry, drumming, and movement. Our heroine strives to learn that in order to know where you're going, you have to know where you came from. . . even when the past is painful.

Parliament Square, Pony World, 10/26/18-11/17/18 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
Kat leaves her family one morning to commit an act of protest that she hopes will change the world. But her attempt is spoiled by a well-meaning stranger. Though she fails to change the world, she does forever change her life and the lives of her family. And now she must deal with the consequences.

Peggy: The Plumber Who Saved the Galaxy, Annex Theatre, 10/30/18-11/14/18 (Tue/Wed)
Marcus Gorman and Jake Farley have written a science-fiction comedy adventure about a plumber, an AWOL pilot, and a galaxy in crisis. The year is 3732. Peggy—a Plumbing Specialist First Class at the prestigious Universe University—unexpectedly finds herself trapped in a galactic conflict between worlds. As she and an AWOL female military pilot named Rogen bounce across the far reaches and strange planets of the galaxy looking to stay alive, they become key in the means to achieve peace and save the day.

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