Wednesday, September 04, 2019

September “Back to Stage” Edition!

A moment from Blood Water Paint (Joe Iano)
September means “back to theater” as many companies launch their new seasons. There are some very exciting world premieres and major productions happening this month. Options abound for young children to old young-at-hearts! Check out this great list and mark your calendars!

My Son The Waiter – A Jewish Tragedy, Kirkland Performance Center, 9/5-29/19
Actor/comedian Brad Zimmerman’s story about the grit and passion required to ‘make it’ as an artist and the sweet rewards that come from never giving up on your dream. Specifically, Brad moved to New York City and “temporarily” waited tables for 29 years, while continuing to pursue his dream of comedic acting.

People of the Book, ACT Theatre, 9/6-29/19 (world premiere)
Playwright Yussef El Guindi’s new play mixes lust, jealousy, and post-traumatic stress bringing things between old friends to a boil. Jason is a veteran of the Iraq War who returns home to literary glory after writing an international best-seller, a heroic account of his wartime experience. His celebrity is underscored by his marriage to Madeeha, an Iraqi woman he saved in a house-to-house raid. When he reunites with old friends, Amir and Lynn, questions start to emerge about the veracity of the book and its particular patriotic American gaze.

Washer/Dryer, Pratidhwani and SiS Productions, 9/6-22/19 (at Theater Off Jackson)
Here’s a rom-com about “Crazy Poor Asians.” This contemporary comedy introduces an Indian-American woman who elopes with a Chinese-American man only to realize that happily-ever-after is much more challenging when you’re living on an actor’s salary. Luckily, their apartment that has the most coveted of amenities – its own washer/dryer. A colorful cast of nosy neighbors and a disapproving mother-in-law take the dual-ethnicity couple for a spin. They discover that they haven’t been entirely honest with each other or themselves, and must decide if all is really fair in love and real estate.

As You Like It, Seattle Repertory Public Works, 9/6-8/19
Seattle Rep's Public Works family of community and professional actors join together in their second annual outing to bring Shakespeare's As You Like It to life in a fantastical tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and nefarious suitors. All the world's a stage for our Public Works family and you are invited to run away with us into the wild.

Is God Is, Washington Ensemble Theatre and The Hansberry Project, 9/6-23/19
Aleshea Harris’s quasi-fable that embraces the indomitable power of women scorned. Inspired by Spaghetti Westerns and Afro-punk, this electrifying play follows twin sisters who go on a killing spree to exact revenge on their creator.

Everything Is Illuminated, Book-It Repertory Theatre, 9/11/19-10/6/19 (open 9/14)
Jonathan treks to Ukraine to uncover the truth of a family legend—what happened to the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis? With the help of Alex, his less-than-fluent translator, and Alex’s grandfather, Jonathan’s journey leads him back in time and deep into his own imagination. The trio squabbles and struggles to understand each other and where they’re headed, but their quixotic search brings a vision of the past to vibrant, terrible, charming life before our eyes.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Village Theatre, Issaquah: 9/12/19-10/20/19, Everett: 10/25/18-11/17/19
An eclectic group of middle schoolers fight each other for the title of regional spelling bee champ – and all the glory that comes with it. This playful and witty Tony Award-winning musical is an unforgettable experience that chronicles the joy, heartache, and passion of those who love to compete. (Most productions have an audience participation portion, too!)

This Show is About Progress, 9/12-28/19 (at Base Experimental Arts + Space. 6520 5th Ave S. Unit 122. Seattle. 98108)
A sister and brother grapple with each other through the loss of their mother and the impending sale of their childhood home. The story of the changing Seattle skyline is told through the lens of family and self-discovery in this original play by Carol Louise Thompson. Space is limited so please reserve your seat soon.

A Night Like This, Teatro Zinzanni, 9/12/19-2/9/20
In the latest twist of cirque, comedy, and cabaret, the one and only Christine Deaver returns to the tent with a reprise of her popular character Penelope Wilde. Joining her as Mr. ZinZanni is Seattle-raised musical-crooner Cunio. first-time Teatro ZinZanni performers Nathan & Isis, a gravity defying dynamic hand balancing duo and roller skating act sure to make audiences jaws drop. Seattle based trapezists Duo Madrona, internationally recognized contortionist Vita Radionova, prima ballerina turned hoop aerialist Ariana Lallone, and jaw-dropping strap aerialist Ling Rui also perform.

Blood, Water, Paint, Macha Theatre Works, 9/13/19-10/6/19 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
Joy McCullough-Carranza’s critically acclaimed piece about 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi is revitalized in this new version. Gentileschi fought for recognition at a time when female artists received no training, commissions, or support. When she is sexually assaulted by a trusted painting tutor, she refuses to stay silent and takes her rapist to trial. Blood Water Paint combines silk aerialist movement with the vivid brushstrokes of Artemisia’s own art to explore the raw strength and courage of women who forge their own paths to seek justice in an unjust world.

The Light in the Piazza, Showtunes Theatre Company, 9/14-22/19 (at Cornish Playhouse)
Italy. Summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, who returns it to her. This brief episode sparks an intense romance between them. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart, until secrets are revealed.

Necessary Sacrifices, Taproot Theatre, 9/18/19-10/26/19 (open 9/20)
Eavesdrop on history as abolitionist and Union recruiter Frederick Douglass challenges his president to act on the statement that “all men are created equal.” Glimpse into the hearts and souls of two brilliant Americans as their choices affect not only their sons, but the future of a nation. This battle of ideas is based on documented meetings, public speeches and personal writings.

Club Sandwich, The Flying Karamazov Brothers and NANDA, 9/19/19-10/6/19 (at Broadway Performance Hall)
The Flying Karamazov Brothers return to portray three happy-go-lucky juggling millionaires and their long-suffering butler. Follow them from New York's glitzy Park Avenue to the desert vastness of Cairo as they search for the ancient self-juggling Clubs of the Pharaohs, pursued by a fez-toting fat man, a down-on-his-luck gumshoe and a beautiful redhead femme fatale. Feel your heart soar to new heights in a gritty, no-holds-barred love rectangle. Featuring the signature Karamazov skillset of dance, music, and juggling this is comedy to die for! This is mystery you won't want to miss!

We Go Mad, 18th and Union and 14/48 Projects, 9/20/19-10/5/19
In Amy Escobar’s play, a woman inherits a brooding estate and she journeys through its many rooms to uncover her family’s dark secrets. Like all houses in tales such as these, it has a history and there are more than skeletons in the closet. The play includes puppetry techniques like shadow play, modified bunraku and object manipulation.

Indecent, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 9/20/19-10/26/19 (opens 9/25)
A powerful drama from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, Indecent charts the true story of a controversial 1906 play, Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance. Asch’s play, in Yiddish, concerns the love between a prostitute and the daughter of the brothel's owner. The controversial play is produced and is successful in Europe and heads to New York. In Yiddish, it has some success. But when an English translation is made, changes are made. In 1923, the play premieres on Broadway, but the entire cast is arrested for obscenity due to the content of the play!

Assassins, SecondStory Repertory, 9/27/19-10/20/19
Nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States are woven together in this historical musical that explores the dark side of the American experience.

Black Beauty, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 9/26/19-10/27/19 (world premiere)
The classic story of a beautiful horse’s journey from carefree colt to a workhorse on the busy streets of London, to his graceful retirement in a country pasture. Sure to resonate with the whole family, this SCT commission invites us to seek kindness in the face of adversity. (ages 6 years and older)

Sunset Baby, Artswest, 9/26/19-10/20/19
When the tough, independent Nina is visited by her father, a former revolutionary in the Black liberation movement, she can't tell what he's after, to fix to their broken relationship, or to get hold of the cache of letters that ties their fates together. As father and daughter circle one another, old wounds are revealed, generational differences exposed, and blazing truths laid bare. Dominique Morisseau's play is smart, entertaining and a moving story about family, survival and the nature of liberation.

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