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See The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs in the spring? Have a little table envy watching Mike Daisey tell stories from behind that impressive slab of glass? Well, a piece of theater magic can be yours….
A message from our Properties Director, Jolene:
“I am often asked what we do with props after the production is over. My response is ‘We keep it if we can reuse it’ –which we do with most things’ – but not this time. We want to sell the table we bought from Design Within Reach for last season’s production of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. We don’t use glass tables very often and we do not have the ability to resize it. We are therefore offering to sell it for $500. Below you will find information on the table with dimensions. If you are interested please contact me, Jolene, at the Rep.”
Email: [email protected]
Pinkabella Cupcakes | 1817 Queen Anne Ave N. | 206-856-1600
Just doors down from previously blogged La Reve, Pinkabella is the new moniker for Wink Cupcakes that opened last year. I must warn you now: when you open the door you’ll immediately be hit like a brick with the smell of sugary sweetness. It is undeniable. And it is delicious.
They have all kinds of cakes to choose from. The day we visited they were featuring red velvet, lemon, coconut, mud slide, and salted caramel on top of the usual suspects (think vanilla or chocolate cake with pink frosting and sprinkles). It was a hard choice to make but we decided to sample the following:
Mint chocolate chip (complete with Andes mint on top!)
Raspberry White Chocolate
The hands down favorite was the raspberry white chocolate. It was heavenly. Light and fluffy cake with a creamy frosting that wasn’t too rich. Perfection.
I do remember the last time I went into Wink Cupcakes they had Guinness and Champagne flavors. I wonder if Pinkabella still carries those varieties. I know I’d like to give them a try! What cupcake flavors do you like?
And hey, if you have any suggestions of where we can go to sample some more Queen Anne neighborhood sweets, just leave us a comment!
Confession. I have to admit that I approached last night’s performance of Mike Daisey’s How Theater Failed America with a lot of hesitation.
I even said to Mike at one point that I was boycotting the piece. He smiled.
I mean, where does Mike get off lampooning the very system that produces his work? I mean, how dare he attack the system that has been my home and nurtured me for almost 30 years? How dare he?
But then I thought, “How dare I pass judgment on a show I’d never seen?” Right? I remember casting a Paul Rudnick play in New York called The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told wherein Adam and Eve become Adam and Steve, and the Blessed Mother gives birth to the Christ Child while her lesbian partner coaches her through the delivery. We got some letters on that one, shall we say. A lot of those letters were from a group called the Society of Mary. Many of the letters were postmarked Iowa. I’m pretty sure none of Mary’s legions had actually seen the show. I was so quick to dismiss their criticism because they hadn’t seen the show.
Well, last night I saw How Theater Failed America. Surprise. Rather than being an indictment of the state of American theater, I found the piece to be an unexpected valentine to theater and the many and assorted miscreants who work therein. Mike’s passion was infectious. If he criticizes, he criticizes because he cares—and he cares very, very deeply.
Afterwards there was a panel discussion. I just want to say: I love Elizabeth Kenny. Please go to see her new piece called SICK at New City Theater—it’s so good. The panel was pretty well behaved. Maybe a little more poo-throwing could have been interesting. But I always love hearing what Allison Narver has to say. Ditto Hans Altwies.
I also learned that I missed one of the great performances in Seattle theatrical history. Oh, to have been witness to Mike Daisey’s full Kabuki masturbating bishop.
If you missed the performance last night (which was a benefit for Intiman artists, and which raised over over $8500 with donations still coming in), you can watch this clip from the show from when Mike performed in in 2009.
A few months ago I witnessed first-hand (and for the first time) an example of true “Geek” ritual. My living room was playing host to a weekly Friday night table-top game called Exalted. It had been going on for months with the same players, characters, and story line. As the players settled in, they started to unload a true feast of essential munchies for the night: Mountain Dew, Doritos, Fig Newtons, Pop Tarts, and bags of candy. With the amount of sugar and caffeine that was in that room, this game had the potential to last days!
I am very thankful to have gotten this taste of Geekdom because recently at work I was tasked with putting together an Ultimate Geek Giveaway Basket—valued at $500!—for our contest in conjunction with The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. I knew immediately that this basket had to contain the essential snacks. I then took my first virtual shopping trip to ThinkGeek.com. I know I’m late to the party by saying this, but that is such a fun website. So many great games and t-shirts and caffeinated edibles. (And may I give a quick shout out to their customer service? I was so impressed.)
Anyway, I found a ton of stuff on ThinkGeek, and with my remaining budget, I decided to get some gift cards so that if I missed any extremely important Geek items, the winner can go pick those up.
So here is a list of what our Ultimate Geek Giveaway basket contains. Remember to enter here to win, and make sure to catch Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs before it closes on May 22.
$100 Best Buy gift card
$100 Game Works gift card
$100 ThinkGeek.com gift card
$50 Amazon.com gift card
Electronic Guitar T-shirt
Megaminx Duodecahedron Puzzle
Star Trek Monopoly
Multi-Color LED Flashlight
Time Release Caffeine Capsules
The Stranger asked for Mike Daisey’s thoughts on preparing for opening night. Interesting stuff:
“I am in my dressing room at the Rep. I have just taken a very long walk around Seattle Center in the rain—I’m cold and wet, but I’m not noticing it in the tumult of this evening. I’ve been revising my notes, locking down a number of major changes I made over the last two previews, walking through my flight plan for the evening, checking my notes again. As soon as I finish this email I will make my final preparations and then go sit on the stage in the dark for a time, which I like to do when I can before important nights, because it helps me orient to the room’s tone and timbre.”
Here at the Rep we lead by example. In preparation for Steve Jobs Look-alike Day April 26 some of our staff stepped in to demonstrate how easy it is to Jobify.
Folks from all over the building put on their best black turtlenecks and rimless glasses. Now, it’s important to realize this isn’t just about looks. This is about ATTITUDE. A black turtleneck does not a superstar make. You need that something extra.
I rounded up the Jobiest in the Rep Green Room for a few group shots.
The runaway winner is seen here below. He’s gonna be a hard act to follow, so start practicing your Jobs attitude at home in the mirror. (The best Steve Jobs look-alikes to show up for The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs on Tuesday, April 26, get a free Appletini at our bar).
PS: Everyone looks good in black.
People, Seattle Rep is about to get its ‘geek on’ in a serious way. Throughout the run of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Seattle Rep will play host to our very own Apple Museum in the Rotunda. Of the 27 people (!!!) that responded to our previous wish list, we’ve been lucky enough to work with 9 Mac-All Stars who will help us deck out the place in Apple gear. You’ll get to see press releases, old posters, price lists, and ad reprints on top of a slew of “antique” computers. Take a look at the line up and tell us what you think!
-Mac Color Classic
-1st Generation Bondi Blue iMac
-Powerbook G3 Pismo
-Original Disk II Drives
-And you know, just an Apple II signed by none other than Steve “The Woz” Wozniak. No big deal.
Leigh Whipper starred as Crooks in Of Mice and Men on Broadway and in the 1939 film. But likely you’ve never heard his name. (He doesn’t even have his own entry on Wikipedia). Regardless, he was a talented stage actor, an accomplished film star, and a barrier-breaker.
Whipper became the first African American member of Actor’s Equity Association in 1913, and he was one of the founders of Negro Actors Guild of America in 1937. He was an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and remained a strong presence in the acting community throughout his life.
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