Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sing Out, November! (Theater Openings)

Y York's play Framed (Tom Chargin)

Somehow, November programming seems to be primarily MUSICALS. If you love musicals, you’ll be really happy this month!

Lonely Planet, West of Lenin, 10/24/18-11/18/18
An intimate portrait of two friends at the height of the AIDS epidemic, 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.         “Lonely Planet was born in Seattle and written in Seattle, dedicated to two of Seattle’s finest actors [Laurence Ballard & Michael Winters],” states playwright and director Steven Dietz. “I am delighted to have the chance to bring it back home to Seattle.”

Juan Palmieri, Thriving Artists, 11/1-18/18 (at ACT Theatre)
This play is newly translated and directed by Arlene Martínez-Vázquez. The play tells the story of a young revolutionary, Juan Palmieri, through the eyes of his mother, Carmen, during the Tupamaro movement in Uruguay in the 1960s. Following in the footsteps of Che Guevara, the movement protested capitalism and imperialism, and sought to redistribute the wealth of an economy in crisis. In Uruguay – as in many other countries – these protests were met with extreme police violence and government persecution, leading to the incarceration, death, or disappearance of approximately 10,000 people from 1968-1985.

Teatro ZinZanni: Hollywood & Vine, 11/1/18-4/28/19 (former Red Hook Brewery, Woodinville)
Madame Zinzanni in this iteration is Christine Deaver. Also starring hoop aerialist Arianna Lallone, rock vocalist Jen Ayers, Parisian acrobat Domitil Aillot, and more in this dinner, cabaret extravaganza.

The Velveteen Rabbit, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 11/1/18-12/30/18
This lovely children’s play focuses on a friendship between an unlikely toy and the child who owns him. Together, the Boy and the Rabbit go on extraordinary adventures and visit the ends of the earth. The contemporary imagining of the beloved classic tells the story of first true love, and of the sweetness and pain of growing up. This adaptation arrives at SCT following four successful runs at the Unicorn Theatre in London - the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences.

The Liberation, 14/48 Projects and Ghost Light Theatricals, 11/2-17/18 (world premiere)
Set against the background of terrorist attacks in Paris, The Liberation asks how far women have come from the sexual double standards of the past. After a scandal forces her out of her position as a history professor at a prestigious university, Marianne moves to Paris to reinvent herself. When a bright young assistant and the son of her lover from graduate school each appear, full of hope, on Marianne’s doorstep, she’s forced to wrestle with who she is and how she can move forward.

REPRESENT! Multicultural Playwrights Festival, Hansberry Project, eSe Teatro: Seattle Latinos Taking Stage, SIS Productions and Pratidhwani, 11/4/18-11/9/18 (at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute)
This annual presentation of short and longer pieces brings four theater companies together to showcase new and developing plays from diverse playwrights. as we present both length readings and an evening of excerpts from brand new pieces. This year both of Hansberry’s writers are based here in Seattle.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, Village Theatre, Issaquah: 11/8/18-12/30/18, Everett: 1/4/19-2/3/19
Roald Dahl’s beloved magical misfit comes to Village Theatre’s stage. Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl genius armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. With the help of her kindly teacher (and a little magic), this miraculous girl proves that everyone has the power to change their story – and that sometimes, you have to be a little bit naughty.

Framed, Snowflake Avalanche, 11/9-25/18 (at 18th & Union)
An ambitious artist, married to a local crime boss, tangles with a young, natural talent – whose husband, in turn, is desperate to ingratiate himself with the mob. Both marriages are tested on the rocks of respect, intimacy and, of all things, art criticism. Written by nationally-known local  playwright Y York.

Jane Eyre – The Musical, ArtsWest, 11/15/18-12/23/18
ArtsWest presents a new 10-person Chamber version of this classic story. When a spirited young orphan finds an unexpected home with a wealthy family, she also - against all odds and expectations - finds love. But strange voices from the attic and dark secrets from the past spark flames of fate that could consume them all. With sweeping music in a new chamber version of the celebrated musical, Charlotte Brontë's classic love story soars to life and introduces this trailblazing heroine to a new generation.

The Twilight Zone: Live!, Theater Schmeater, 11/16/18-12/15/18
Four episodes done exactly as written in the annual outing at Theater Schmeater. It usually sells out.

Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley, Taproot Theatre, 11/21/18-12/19/18
In this witty sequel to Pride and Prejudice, bookish middle-sister Mary pounds her pianoforte alone until a curious visitor drops hints of being her intellectual match. Seizing the opportunity to be the heroine of her own story, Mary pursues her equal. This funny, smart and romantic comedy makes for a most stylish holiday outing, written by nationally-known Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.

Annie, 5th Avenue Theatre, 11/23/18-12/30/18 (opens 11/30)
A specially “diverse” version of Annie, directed by Billie Wildrick, will star Timothy McCuen Piggee as Daddy Warbucks and Cynthia Jones as Miss Hannigan. This “Tomorrow”-looking young orphan will capture your heart with her adorable heart-stealing dog and have you rooting for all the orphans.

In the Heights, Seattle Repertory Theatre with Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 11/23/18-12/30/18 (tour)
This is the story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood-a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. The first hit for Lin-Manuel Miranda!

My Ántonia, Book-It Repertory Theatre, 11/29/18-12/30/18
Adapted and directed by Annie Lareau, this play premiered at Book-It in 2008. The childhood memories of narrator Jim Burden in Blackhawk, Nebraska are woven together with the struggles of his beloved neighbor, a newly-arrived immigrant girl from Bohemia, Ántonia Shimerda. The story of their friendship outlines the determination, hardship, and resilience of Great Plains life at the turn of the 20th century in this enchanting American classic that is a tribute to the human spirit.

Our Great Tchaikovsky, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 11/29/18-12/16/18
Hershey Felder does Pyotr Tchaikovsky as he revisits Seattle with his talent and his solo performing magic. Brilliant composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky springs to life exploring the mystery surrounding some of the greatest music ever written. From the unforgettable ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker, this musical tribute travels to Czarist times to ponder the inevitable enigma of genius.

Veils, Macha Theatre Works, 11/30/18-12/16/18 (at West of Lenin)
Intisar, a veiled African-American Muslim student, thought she might finally fit in when she enrolled for a year abroad at the American Egyptian University in Cairo. Samar, her non-veiled Egyptian Muslim roommate, enlists Intisar’s help in creating an internet blog about the practice of wearing veils (or not), in hopes of challenging Western assumptions of Muslim culture and bridging the gap between the West and the Middle East. As Egypt hurtles toward revolution, Intisar and Samar are surprised to find themselves on opposite sides of a bitter cultural divide.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seattle Musical Theatre, 11/30/18-12/16/18
In the biblical land of Caanan, Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, is blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph endures a series of adventures, including befriending a hilariously Elvis-like Pharaoh before ultimately confronting and revealing himself to his brothers. From the powerhouse team that brought us Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

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