Saturday, February 01, 2020

February 2020 Theater Openings

Susan Lieu in her solo show 140 LBS (Brett Love)

February doesn’t know if it wants to be classic or brand-new. So, it looks like both. Look at what’s peeking out to invite you in as we run down theatrical productions opening this month.

Snow White, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 2/6/20-3/15/20
Deep in the forest, a classic tale emerges and is then radically transformed. Two dynamic actors morph into a multitude of characters – including a princess, her evil queen, a magical mirror, a huntsman, and the humorous seven dwarfs. Lively and imaginative, this new adaptation will update this classical story with an entirely fresh perspective and ask: How did they do that? (Recommended for 5 years and older)

The Children, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 2/7/20-3/15/20
Playwright Lucy Kirkwood gained a Tony nomination in 2018 for her Broadway play. In a cottage on England's beautiful rocky coast, two retired nuclear physicists live a peaceful existence; however, the world around them has been crippled by an environmental disaster. The surprise visit of an old friend brings a shocking proposition.
The Creation of the World And Other Business, Theatre9/12, 2/7/20-3/1/20
This comedic yet incisive retelling of Genesis starts from the creation of humanity
until their expulsion from the Garden. The play is an exploration of mankind's choices, asking, “Where does evil come from?”

Rock of Ages, Seattle Musical Theatre, 2/7/20-3/1/20 (at Shoreline Center)
A rock musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, this show features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe, among other well-known rock bands.

Solo Fest, ACTLab, 2/7-16/20
This inaugural one-person festival will present Susan Lieu 140 LBS, about her mother’s plastic surgery, a visceral commentary on loss, heritage, body image, and lack of accountability in the medical system. Also featured: Sherif Amin’s Left on Yellow Brick Road, a story about heartbreak told through the lens of the The Wizard of Oz; Jasmine Joshua’s Bread Crumbs, a hilarious and poignant auto-biographical journey of non-binary self-discovery; and Sharon Nyree Williams’ Dare to Claim the Sky, an invitation into Sharon’s proverbial living room for a frank conversation about faith, family, and the joy and pain of being Black in America.
140 LBS, Susan Lieu 2/6-16
Dare to Claim the Sky, Sharon Nyree Williams 2/6-9
Left on Yellow Brick Road, Sherif Amin 2/13-16
Bread Crumbs, Jasmine Joshua 2/14-16

The Angel in the House, Cafe Nordo, 2/8/20-3/15/20 (world premiere)
Written and directed by Sara Porkalob, this production introduces Mrs. Edmund Brown, socialite and admired wife of textile tycoon Edmund Brown III. She is the epitome of Victorian femininity and grace; when she throws her infamous New Year’s party, you’d be remiss to not attend. But when a mysterious woman shows up uninvited and someone is found dead in the garden, secrets from her past start to emerge. A Victorian thriller with corsets, blood, revenge, and cake.

The Turn of the Screw, Book-It Repertory Theatre, 2/12/20-3/8/20 (opens 2/15)
The classic tale is adapted by Rachel Atkins. A young and beautiful governess is charged with the care of the angelic Flora and Miles. Soon, however, their companionship is marred by the appearance of two sinister and supernatural specters. These ghastly shadows are trying to possess the children, but only the governess perceives this threat. In this house full of secrets and terror, it falls to her to drive out these phantoms. You may be led to doubt what is real and what are mere manifestations from your own mind.

Asylum in Georgia, Red Rover Theatre, 2/13-29/20 (at West of Lenin) (world premiere)
A Texas TV anchorwoman on “administrative leave” (the result of an on-air meltdown) comes to the tiny Georgia town of Throckmorton, which she had visited as a girl. She meets a few of the locals, some of whom are a little short on Southern hospitality. She has just dropped off her son (who has his own issues) to start college in Atlanta. She’s got questions about an old pile of bricks that contain mysteries about her late father.

XY, Village Theatre Beta Series (developmental workshop), 2/14-23/20
Chris can’t shake Christine. Everywhere Chris goes, there’s Christine staring back when he looks in the mirror. But when Chris falls in love for the first time, the divide between then and now starts to blur. XY is a stirring musical drama about letting go of the past and coming home to the most unfamiliar of places: ourselves.

1984, Radial Theater Project and 18th & Union, 2/20/20-3/14/20
Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, an insignificant party member in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal "assistance" of four Party Members who reenact scenes from his diary, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor.

The Rocky Horror Show, Burien Actors’ Theatre, 2/21/20-3/22/20
A musical send-up of sexual awakening. Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stranded during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of a Transylvanian transvestite scientist and his household of unforgettable characters. Come do The Time Warp again in this sexy parody of sci-fi/horror genres. Join us for throwback cult classic honoring our 40th season! Costumes are encouraged.

A Series of Small Cataclysms, Mythodical Ensemble, 2/27/20-3/14/20 (at Armory Stage 4)
It is the year 2121, and the Earth has weathered through the slow, gradual domino effects of climate change disaster - population has been drastically reduced. Four middle-aged sisters gather at the deathbed of their controlling mother. An unearthly visitor is a harbinger of things to come as they discover there are greater, more chaotic forces at work in the universe in which they surprisingly play a role. Can the world be saved from total annihilation? Or will humanity reap the final gifts of what we have sown? This performance features flashing lights, disturbing video images, and adult content. Not suitable for those under 15.

August Wilson's Jitney, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 2/28/20-3/29/20
Every day's a hustle for Jim Becker and his neighborhood unlicensed cab company in Pittsburgh's gritty hill district of the 1970s. Faced with the devastating news that the city is about to shut down their business, this extraordinary group of survivors confront the circumstances that bind and divide them.

The Book Club Play, Twelfth Night Productions, 2/28/20-3/8/20
Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium.

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