Wednesday, October 02, 2019

October 2019 Theater Openings – Spooks Edition

Pork Filled Productions presents The Brothers Paranormal (Alabastro Photography)

A new musical, new plays, Seattle premieres, and some spooky fall offerings are on tap this month. Get outcher calendars!

Violet’s Attic: A Grand Ball for Wicked Dolls, Café Nordo, 10/1/19-11/24/19
This fall, you’re invited to Violet’s Attic, where playtime lasts forever. She’ll feed you treats and play games, but don’t cross her or it’s “IN THE BOX!” for you. The Nordo Culinarium will be transformed into a world scaled to be seen from the button eyes of Violet’s favorite dolls (you!) complete with a giant Jack in the Box and food fit for a doll party.

The Christians, Pony World Theatre, 10/3-26/19 (at Phinney Ridge Lutheran, Plymouth Congregational, St. Peter’s Episcopal churches)
Here’s a story of a church that grew over twenty years from a modest storefront to a congregation that numbers in the thousands. Led by Pastor Paul and his wife Elizabeth, the church now has classrooms, a coffee shop, escalators, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. The church looks to celebrate its growth and paying off all its debt, but Pastor Paul tells his flock he now believes there is no such thing as Hell. His sermon ruptures the once happy, unified congregation and also threatens his marriage with Elizabeth. Can we still love each other if we hold different beliefs?

Austen’s Pride, A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice, 5th Avenue Theatre, 10/4-27/19 (world premiere) (opens 10/18)
Jane Austen is writing her masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. As she shapes the course of her novel, its characters spring to life around her. With a classical Broadway score and clever, contemporary lyrics, this is a musical of beauty, wit, and wisdom, wrapped up in a journey of self-discovery. Austen’s Pride is the 21st new musical to be produced by The 5th Avenue.

The Hound of the Baskervilles, CenterStage, 10/4-27/19
Sherlock Holmes doesn’t believe in the supernatural. But when a man comes to 221B Baker Street insisting that a ghostly hell hound is killing off the cursed members of the Baskerville family, and that the new young lord of the manor may be next, Holmes’ attention is captured and he agrees to take on the case. With the faithful Dr. Watson at his side, Holmes sets off into the misty moors to face one of his most thrilling cases.

The Pavilion, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, 10/10/19-11/9/19
Kari, a small-town woman who is building a life for herself in the town she grew up in, sees Peter, who abandoned Kari and Pine City, Minnesota, as a youth, at their 20-year high school reunion. Peter sees the reunion as a chance to redeem himself. The story demonstrates Life as an ongoing cycle of rebirth. 

Overcoming – A Womxn Playwright Festival, 18th and Union, 10/10-19/19
The powerhouse playwrights who created pieces for this evening of short plays include Lenore Bensinger, Kelleen Conway Blanchard, Robin Brooks, Anuhea Brown, Emily Conbere, Elizabeth Coplan, and Keiko Green. Stories include: the artist who, despite racial discrimination, endeavors to make it big in a mouse’s world, the mother who faces unthinkable grief and loss, strange and compelling ways that people find to express their love for one another when battling cancer, and how a non-mom and her non-kid create a bond that surpasses their differing blood.

The Great Moment, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 10/11/19-11/17/19 (world premiere)
As Sarah's grandfather is nearing the end of his life, her precocious young son Evan is at the beginning of his. This intensely personal, relatable family story is about how, at different ages, we find - or lose ourselves. Playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) writes a funny and poetic meditation on beginnings and endings, birth and age, and the moments of transition that mark our passage from life to death.

Sagittarius Ponderosa, Albatross Theatre Lab, 10/11-19/19 (at Theatre4 Armory)
Archer, a young trans man, finds himself home with his family when his father falls seriously ill. Not yet out to his relatives, Archer must grapple with grief and frustration, all while living with people who don’t truly know who he is. But everything changes when he encounters a local botany student and the old Ponderosa pine tree he’s studying deep in the Oregon woods. Sagittarius Ponderosa is a story of the love we have, the love we seek, and the relationships we build to navigate our lives.

Ghost Party, Dacha Theatre, 10/12-23/19 (at Russian Community Center)
You live, you die, you move on – that's how it's supposed to go. But 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. You will interactively explore a mysterious gala of lost souls and 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.
It is, after all, a party!

Little Red Riding Hood, Thistle Theatre, 10/12-27/19 (various locations)
Little Red Riding Hood sets off to Grandmutter's house with a basket full of goodies and stumbles into an armful of adventure. Rudy, an impish squirrel, befriends Little Red Riding Hood and warns her of the dangerous wolf. The arrogant wolf assumes a variety of disguises in his attempt to gobble her up. Fritz, the telegram singing bird, and Greta, a rabbit with a carriage full of baby bunnies, round out the zany cast of characters. This action-filled show is set in Bavaria and includes an interactive song in which the audience is invited to sing along.

The Tempest, Seattle Shakespeare Company, 10/15/19-11/10/19 (opens 10/18)
Prospero (played by Mari Nelson), stripped of power, position, and wealth for twelve long years, has plotted in exile on an enchanted island. When enemies sail too close, Prospero conjures a magical storm to shipwreck the passengers. The mysterious island holds secrets, along with curious creatures and fantastical spirits. While dispensing justice and watching over her daughter’s emerging romance, Prospero’s old wounds begin to heal, and reconciliation and forgiveness seem within reach for all. This production mixes sexes to reveal different interpretations of this classic Shakespeare play. Also, original music and choral performance is included.

The Thanksgiving Play, Seattle Public Theater, 10/17/19-11/16/19
Larissa Fasthorse writes about Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

Dracula, ACT Theatre, 10/18/19-11/17/19
Steven Dietz has re-adapted his Dracula for ACT’s stage. Dietz’s take on the beloved, bloodcurdling tale of good versus evil includes a surprising twist: Mina, the object of Dracula’s desire, sets out to uncover the mysterious haunting of her fiancé and the reason why her closest companion, Lucy, feels her body summoned by howls and whispers in the dark. Mina knows she must boldly challenge the ruler of the night before it’s too late.

The Revolutionists, Theatre22, 10/18/19-11/9/19 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
Lauren Gunderson’s play – one of the most performed plays nationwide of 2019 - is a story about four badass women who lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, deposed queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle tell their stories together and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. (Artswest will perform this play in January, 2020)

White, Theatre22, 10/18/19-11/9/19 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
(Performed in repertory [at the same time as] with The Revolutionists)
James Ijames writes about Gus. an artist. A very good artist. He’s just not a famous artist. So when a major art museum puts out a call for “new perspectives,” Gus decides to seize his opportunity. He hires Vanessa, an actress, to perform as Balkonaé Townsend, a brash and political artist that will fit the museum’s desire for “new voices” to present his work as her own. Everything is great until Balkonaé embraces her power and the two become entwined in a knot of confusion. As Vanessa gets more deeply into her role, the plan spins out of control, while the play explores intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality, and art.

The Brothers Paranormal, Pork Filled Productions, 10/26/19-11/16/19 (at Theatre Off Jackson) (rolling world premiere)
The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas is about two Thai-American brothers who launch a ghost-hunting business in order to capitalize on the nationwide increase in sightings of Asian-looking ghosts. When the siblings end up investigating the home of an African-American couple that claims to be haunted by one very terrifying spirit, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth.

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