Blog Seattle Repertory Theatre
Archive for July, 2011
We’re happy to announce many of the very talented artists who will be on stage and behind the scenes for the coming season.
Actors include many Seattle theatre stalwarts, including Nick Garrison, Michael Patten, and Alban Dennis; some up-and-coming local actors like Conner Toms; and nationally renowned performers Linda Gehringer, Lorenzo Pisoni, and Denis Arndt.
“Keeping ‘Seattle’ in ‘Seattle Rep’ has been my mantra for my tenure so far as artistic director,” said Seattle Rep artistic leader Jerry Manning. “This season showcases some of the city’s best, and also brings in a few of our favorites from out of town to play with the amazing talent we have here. I can’t wait to see what these artists are going to create on our stages.”
Behind the scenes, designers and directors are largely Seattle artists. Most notably, actor R. Hamilton Wright will make his Seattle Rep directorial debut with Sylvia, revisiting a play he acted in at Seattle Rep in 1996.
Manning has also announced that costume designer Constanza Romero will become Seattle Rep’s artist-in-residence for this season. In addition to designing for Clybourne Park, she will participate in the season planning process and serve as a community ambassador. Most recently, Romero designed for Seattle Rep’s The Brothers Size and Dancing at Lughnasa. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her design of Fences on Broadway, a play by her late husband, August Wilson, also a long-time Seattle Rep collaborator.z
The season kicks off Sept. 30 with Humor Abuse, starring Lorenzo Pisoni. Pisoni appeared in Seattle Rep’s Tuesdays with Morrie and The Great Gatsby. On Broadway he was in Equus. He also performed with Cirque du Soleil.z
Single tickets go on sale Aug. 23 online at www.seattlerep.org or through the Box Office at 206-443-2222 (Toll-free 1-877-900-9285). Prices start at $15 (or $12 for ages 25 and under). Season tickets are available now.
The full season’s artists are as follows:
Humor Abuse BAGLEY
created by Lorenzo Pisoni and Erica Schmidt, directed by Erica Schmidt
Sept. 30-Oct. 23, 2011
Starring Lorenzo Pisoni
Circle Mirror Transformation LEO K.
by Annie Baker, directed by Andrea Allen
Oct. 21-Nov. 20, 2011
by A.R. Gurney, directed by R. Hamilton Wright
Nov. 11-Dec. 11, 2011
How to Write a New Book for the Bible BAGLEY
by Bill Cain, directed by Kent Nicholson
Jan. 13-Feb. 5, 2012
I Am My Own Wife LEO K.
by Doug Wright, directed by Jerry Manning
Feb. 3-Mar. 4, 2012
by John Logan, directed by Richard E.T. White
Feb. 24-Mar. 18, 2012
Or, LEO K.
by Liz Duffy Adams, directed by Allison Narver
Mar. 23-Apr. 22, 2012
Clybourne Park BAGLEY
by Bruce Norris, directed by Braden Abraham
Apr. 20-May 13, 2012
Happy Summer! (just don’t look outside when you read that…)
Our wonderful Education Department hosted another year of their “Bringing Theatre Into the Classroom” program a couple of weeks ago. Dano Beal, a 2nd grade teacher and one of the participants, shares her thoughts on attending BTiC:
The second week of July has found me nursing the beginnings of a summer sunburn, slurping Popsicles with the kids, and basking in those famous Seattle sunsets…. Happily, summer has also brought some of the most valuable professional development I’ve ever experienced… “Bringing Theater Into The Classroom” presents an amazing opportunity for educators to develop a potent arsenal of strategies aimed toward expanding the achievement of ALL kids.
The program brings together three local theatre companies and theatre artists dedicated to sharing the power of theatre strategies as an educational tool… And a powerful tool it is! The week is comprised of a series of workshops designed to teach educators how to enhance current curriculum by infusing theatre games, research techniques, playwriting and performance standards. Specific content areas are targeted with more than just one or two lesson plans. The workshops are well paced, provide tremendous feedback, and are very appropriate for any teacher in any educational setting. Great care and respect is evident in every aspect of the workshops. Dialogue around social issues, state standards, and the inclusion of special needs students is ever present… And this dialogue is genuine. Each participant comes away with lessons, activities and resources compiled in an impressive manual. Most importantly, participants attain a level of confidence that enables them to implement what they have learned right away. The effects on student learning are noticeable and identifiable.
“Bringing Theatre Into The Classroom” is NOT about being an actor, or being a performer…it IS about using engaging strategies that are natural, wonderful ways to reach all learners. The program acknowledges the power of an enthusiastic, well prepared teacher being available to EVERY student. The experience is something every teacher can learn from, and be energized by. In 22 years of teaching, it is easily the finest professional development I have experienced!
So… I encourage all educators to enjoy the Popsicles and sunsets…. But I’m also hopeful that they will plan on including “Bringing Theatre Into The Classroom” in their Summer adventures!
2nd grade teacher
Lafayette Elementary School
June 23, 2011 marks the largest single day of charitable giving in King County history. Social media was ablaze with individual Facebook postings and Tweets encouraging our community to GIVE BIG and every few hours exciting announcements exclaimed another million raised! The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG challenge raised more than 4 million dollars for approximately 900 local non profit organizations in a mere 17 hours. With a stretch pool of roughly $500,000 to be distributed proportionately to the amount each non profit raised, the incentive to give big was even greater.
Seattle Repertory Theatre is incredibly grateful to the community for the nearly $22,000 that we’ve received This number includes 68 individual donations and more than $2,700 given proportionally from the stretch pool. Gifts were made between the hours of 7:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on June 23, 2011 on the foundation’s website, www.seattlefoundation.org, as well as at the CenturyLink Field during that day’s Seattle Sounders FC match. Seattle Repertory would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who participated in supporting us through this exciting campaign as well as the surrounding non profit community!