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2009/10 Season

Big River

Directed by John Schmor

Big River is the Tony-award winning musical based on Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Big River traces Huckleberry Finn’s adventures on the Mississippi river with Jim, Tom Sawyer, and a host of memorable character in a rollicking musical that celebrates both the scathing political humor and buoyant human spirit of hope in Twain’s classic tale.

 

The Good Doctor

Directed by Theresa Dudeck

This Neil Simon Comedy based on short stories of the great Anton Chekhov was a Broadway hit with tis quirky characters and memorable sketches revealing the humor in life’s so-called “tragic” circumstances.

 

Burning Vision

By Marie Clements

Directed by Theresa May

A portion of the director’s comments:

“Kneading Marie Clement’s Burning Vision”

When the production team gathered to imagine our production of “Burning Vision” by Marie Clements, we began by sharing bread. Sitting around a table, we broke open a fragrant freshly baked loaf, passed it around, and ripped of hunks of crisp, brown exterior, revealing the soft, still-warm, multi-grain flesh. Bread in so many ways, represents the heart of this play. It is what sustains us; it is made by human hands; it is a thing shared; it is a substance made from elements of the earth, which when combined take on a life of their own, transforming, rising, reacting; it has flesh and becomes our flesh; it is not an indigenous food of the far north, but a substance which in every way represents a planetary sense of connection, as a grain grown in one place is traded for minerals and mind in another. A loaf of bread is also shaped a bit like a bomb.

Certain events call us-all humanity- to the same table. The implications of such events must be of an order of magnitude that their message of interconnectivity cannot be ignored. Climate change is surely one. The detonation of the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, was another. In “Burning Vision” the usual boundaries of time and space evaporate as different historical moments overlap in a kind fo double and triple exposure that insists we are all connected [. . . ]

Making theatre is like making bread. The elements of stories, actors, audience, visual and sound images, are kneaded together like flour and liquid, and then take on a life of their own. “We have made this “bread” especially for you, our audience, and we hope it nourishes your body and soul.

–Theresa May

 

The Highest Tide

Directed by Bobby Vrtis

Based on the novel by Olympia author Jim Lynch, we follow Miles O’Malley as he explores the Puget Sound tidal flats near his home, in this coming of age story.

 

Annelie in the Depths of the Night

Directed by John Schmor

Somewhere between waking and sleeping, Annelie journey into the depts of the night. Along the way she maets a daffy cast of characters in a delightful adventure for audiences young and old. Based on the children’s fable by Imme Dros, adapted for the stage by Jennifer Schlueter.



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