by Miryam Gordon -
SGN A&E Writer
The Seattle Fringe Festival started February 25 and continues through March 5. Multiple solo and small shows, often new material that people are developing, and usually about an hour in length, so you can see more than one in a night. Here's the link:
March seems to 'stand for' Musicals, this year! Openings include Assassins at ACT Theatre (co-pro'd with 5th Avenue Theatre), Parade by Sound Theatre Company, EVITA at SecondStory Repertory, My Heart is a Drum at Village Theatre, Violet at ArtsWest, Cotton Patch Gospel at Taproot, and at the end of the month, My Night with Janis Joplin at 5th Avenue! We surely have turned into a musical theater town when no one was paying attention! In addition, there are many non-musical plays opening in March as well. Openings below!
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, The National Theatre of Scotland, 3/2-20 (at Factory Luxe at the Old Rainier Brewery, 3100 Airport Way S.)
One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Inspired by the border ballads - and delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke - Prudencia's dream-like journey of self-discovery unfolds among and around the audience. With a rollicking text by David Grieg, barnstorming live music, and a 'terrific, inventive sense of fun...' (The Scotsman), The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is the lock-in the end all lock-ins.
Assassins, ACT Theatre and 5th Avenue Theatre, 3/3-5/15 (at ACT Theatre)
A Stephen Sondheim musical about some of the most notorious figures in American history - the assassins who tried (and in some cases succeeded) to kill the President.
The Reckoning, Pecora for the Public, The Repertory Collective, 3/3-19 (at Cornish Playhouse Alhadeff Studio/Blackbox)
This one-man show immortalizes Italian-American Ferdinand Pecora's valiant effort to expose the malignant and deceptive practices of Wall Street's most elite financiers and bankers including JP Morgan Jr., based on actual transcripts from the 1933 United States Senate Banking Committee hearings to determine the root causes of the 1929 stock market crash. A world premiere production!
Violet, ArtsWest, 3/3-4/4
A disfigured young woman dreams of becoming beautiful. After seeing a faith-healing minister on TV, she embarks on a bus trip across the American South in hopes of finding the minister and healing her face. Along the way, she learns the true meaning of beauty, courage and love. Written by Jeanine Tesori, the 2015 Tony award-winning composer of Fun Home.
Death on the Supermarket Shelf, Centerstage Theatre, 3/4-26
A new play about the Tylenol poisonings that happened in 1982, when medicine did not come in safety-sealed containers!
EVITA, SecondStory Repertory, 3/4-4/3
The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and was the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.
From Kings to Controllers, Ghostlight Theatricals, 3/4-19
Based on Shakespeare's 'The Rape of Lucrece,' local playwright Stacy Flood dives into current issues of discrimination against women in video games, technology, and the arts. As one woman struggles to build a game that empowers, she is met with trials throughout each aspect of her endeavor - from within the gaming world and her own navigation of it.
Luna Gale, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 3/4-27
A veteran social worker takes on the custody battle over a baby girl named Luna, but as she learns more about the family's past, she begins to uncover long-buried memories of her own. Pamela Reed stars.
Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of a Well-Dressed Activist, Gay City Arts, 3/10-13 & 3/17-20
A multimedia solo performance by Chad Goller-Sojourner that chronicles his coming-of-age as a black Gay AIDS activist in the '90s in New York City. This veteran solo performer explores the paradoxical relationship of his fighting to save lives of the unknown while simultaneously engaging in multiple self-harming behaviors.
Parade, Sound Theatre Company, 3/10-26 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
Tony Award-winning musical. Based on the true story of the trial of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Atlanta who was tried and convicted of the murder of his thirteen-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in 1913. Frank's hanging by a lynch mob was pivotal to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League as well as the revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the South.
Mrs. Warren's Profession, Seattle Shakespeare Company, 3/15-4/10
Vivie Warren benefited from opportunities not available to her mother, Kitty Warren, who pulled herself out of the slums of London with grit and guile. When they meet after many years apart, the long-kept secret of Mrs. Warren's financial success comes to the surface. As Vivie comes to grips with the truth about her mother, she faces hard choices of her own.
Mariela in the Desert, Latino Theatre Projects, 3/17-4/9 (at Theatre Off Jackson)
A story of a noted Mexican artistic family during the rise of the artistic movement known as Mexican Expressionism. It connects in its atmosphere to relevant figures such as Orozco, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo.
My Heart Is the Drum, Village Theatre, Issaquah: 3/17-4/24; Everett: 4/29-5/22
World premiere. In the small village of Kafrona in Ghana, one spirited young woman is determined to attend university, against all odds. She defies her parents and risks everything to set off for the big city. But what awaits her there is more dangerous than she dared imagine, and she finds that more than just her dreams are at stake.
Eulogy, K. Kent Co. Performance , 3/18-4/16 (at West of Lenin)
Eleanor Mae (Kevin Kent) is 'a petit medium' and her power to connect 'with the energies that flow from the living' mystify and amaze everyone that come to mourn at Bolten's Memorials where she is a professional mourner, and leads services . . . The audience is encouraged to bring in their favorite family photos, from tintype to Polaroid, where they are randomly chosen.
Cotton Patch Gospel, Taproot, 3/23-4/23
A revamped bluegrass musical, based on the story of Jesus' birth.
Belleville, MAP Theatre, 3/24-4/16 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
Zack and Abby seem to have the perfect ex-pat life in Paris: a funky bohemian apartment in up-and-coming Belleville; a stable marriage; and Zack's noble mission to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby comes home unexpectedly one afternoon, the small secrets and larger lies that have become woven into the fabric of their lives are uncovered and shake their foundation. A simmering romantic thriller that evokes strains of classic Hitchcock.
The Other Place, Seattle Public Theater, 3/24-4/17
Sharr White's other play, after last month's opening of Annapurna. Juliana Smithton (Seattle's well-known actor, Amy Thone) is a successful neuroscientist on the brink of a breakthrough in her field, but the rest of her life is unraveling. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped, and her health is in danger, as she unravels a personal, 10-year-old mystery. Nominated for a Tony Award, an Obie Award, and two Outer Circle Critic Awards including Outstanding New Play of 2011.
Worse Than Tigers, Red Stage (ACTLab) , 3/24-4/16
A world premiere brought to you by Red Stage, Seattle's newest theatre company. In a last ditch effort to save his floundering marriage, Humphry has invited an old friend over for dinner, who turns out to have been eaten by a tiger. When his wife's ex-lover shows up instead, and the man-eating tiger trails behind him, waiting at the door, that might be exactly what they all really want.
A Night with Janis Joplin, 5th Avenue Theatre, 3/25-4/17
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. Share an evening with the woman fueled by such unforgettable songs as 'Me and Bobby McGee,' 'Piece of My Heart,' 'Mercedes Benz,' 'Cry Baby' and 'Summertime.'
brownsville song (b-side for tray), Seattle Repertory Theatre, 3/25-4/24
Playwright Kimber Lee brings her new play 'home' to Seattle. A senseless act of gang violence alters a high school senior's dreams, leaving his family to pick up the pieces and find hope and resilience within their tight-knit Brooklyn borough
The Tempest, New City Theater, 3/29-4/30
This production will likely be in the smallest space you can fit a play. Shakespeare's popular story of supernatural creatures will alternate Mary Ewald and Peter Crook in the roles of Prospero and Caliban.
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