|"The Fifth Wave" at Macha Theatre Works|
Despite the brisk wintery air of February and attendant
struggles with in-person entertainments, Seattle theater companies continue to
provide and protect as much as they can. Some are postponing, but others are
forging ahead. We’ve got world premieres and a national tour to see. Get your
ids and your shot records ready, mask up and go!
Dragon Lady/Dragon Mama, Café Nordo (in
Sara Porkalob, solo performer extraordinaire, began a
planned trilogy of memoir/biography plays with Dragon Lady: It is the
year of the Water Dragon and the eve of Grandma Maria’s 60th birthday. By the
light of the karaoke machine, fueled by pork dumplings and Diet Pepsi, she
shares a dark secret from her Filipino gangster past with one lucky grandchild.
Traversing 50 years of faulty family memories, this timely new musical is about
what it means to come to America.
Her second play, Dragon Mama, continues down the
generation from grandmother to mother.
Maria Porkalob, Jr., yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled
life than Bremerton, WA, can offer. When presented with an opportunity to make
a quick fortune, Maria must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden
mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter Sara for the wild unknown of
Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational trauma. Traversing
25 years filled with queer love in a barren land, Dragon Mama features
ghosts, Filipino gangsters, and a dope ‘80s and ‘90s soundtrack.
These play in repertory, and can be seen without Nordo’s
traditional “meal and show” and are offered on the eve of Porkalob’s departure
(finally, after a covid-delay of many months) to perform in a Broadway show.
Photograph 51, UW School of Drama, 2/2/22-2/6/22
London, 1953. Scientists are on the verge of discovering
what they call the secret of life: the DNA double helix. Providing the key is
driven young physicist Rosalind Franklin. But if the double helix was the
breakthrough of the 20th century, then what kept Franklin out of the history
books? A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.
Red Riding Hood, Seattle Children’s Theatre,
2/1/22-3/6/22 (world premiere)
Fairytale Farce! Wolfgang (Conner Neddersen), the
greatest actor in the world, is preparing for the performance of his lifetime
in the “true story” of Red Riding Hood when a Delivery Driver (Claudine
Mboligikpelani Nako) carrying a mysterious package interrupts his
rehearsal. She boldly calls into question Wolfgang’s story, adamant that he
should only tell the classic tale. As their story flourishes, a madcap romp
through the popular fairy tale ensues. This lively adaptation reminds us that
when something is important, bravery knows no bounds.