In the trenches

From Joanna, Communications Manager

A few notes from the trenches:

Betrayal opening night is tonight. The play spans 9 years in 75 minutes. Our costume crews are busy, busy backstage with all the fabulous 1960s and 70s costume quick changes.

The Seafarer starts in previews tomorrow. There are a lot of bad Irish accents happening (in the marketing department, that is...the ones on stage are impeccable and you can read an interview with dialect coach Deb Hecht here). The other day we were trying to remember how those old Irish Spring soap commercials went. If only I had had a video camera on our Assistant IT Director Heather while she was whistling.

The two-story Seafarer set is amazing. We're in the process of recording a time lapse video of the building of it...on the way soon.

Interning...on Betrayal

From Becca, Literary Intern

It’s opening night for Betrayal, the third and final show that I get to work on this season. Here are some highlights from my experience on the show:

-One of the scenes takes place in a restaurant. During down time, the actors practiced their napkin-folding skills and created the always entertaining “napkin chicken.” It’s really amazing the kinds of things actors know how to do to keep things interesting.

-There are projections in the show of one of the actors playfully lifting a little girl in the air. The day we filmed, our young star (I think she was 3) got camera shy. It took about an hour of coaxing and the promise of hot chocolate to get the footage we needed. It of course looks wonderful on stage.

-The amount of liquid that the actors have to consume on stage is astonishing. I think one of them has to drink 2 beers, 4 scotches, and about a bottle of wine during the show. Of course it is all just really colored water (except for the beer which is O’Doul’s) but it’s amazing how much they have to drink. At least they are more hydrated than they have ever been in their lives.

The Emerging Critics Get Real

From Kiki, Audience Development Intern

Emerging Critics is an innovative education program that allows high school students to connect with theatre through critical writing. And eat a lot of Pagliacci Pizza. The program features a writing workshop staring local critic celebrities and then the students attend a matinee performance of one of our Bagley shows. Here are what the students had to say about The Road to Mecca:

"The glittering sets, subtle lighting shifts and audience-beguiling acting blended in harmony to the final standing ovation. Anyone who cares about the pursuit of creativity and the well-being of both old and young will enjoy this outstanding play." -Riley Peter-Contesse

"When you hear of the pain and suffering [Miss Helen] has endured, you begin to empathize. Moreover, when she is describing her lovely Mecca, you get a nice warm feeling. Sort of like going to your happy place." -ReeceAnn Buendia

"To appreciate the history and eloquence of The Road to Mecca entails an acquired taste belonging to those who value the performance of intimate conflict." -Amir Shabaneh

"I found the acting performance by Dee Maaske as Miss Helen very good. She impressivley kept character throughtout the performance...and I found [her] to be the highlight of the show." -Austin Hebert

"The message of elderly Helen [comes through] strongly with an excellent performance by Maaske, as the walls around her glitter and shine as bright as the outcast widow does." -Joe Johnson

The Night Watcher heads to New York

From Joanna, Communications Manager

We just got word that Charlayne Woodard's one-woman show The Night Watcher, which played at Seattle Rep to sold-out crowds in September and October, has been picked up for a run at Primary Stages in New York. Congrats to Charlayne!

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Photo: Charlayne Woodard, by Chris Bennion.