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posted Friday, January 10 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 02
What's up with Washington Ensemble Theatre in 2014?
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What's up with Washington Ensemble Theatre in 2014?

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Washington Ensemble Theatre inaugurated 2014 with a one-night show: COCKTales with Keira McDonald. Keira is an accomplished solo performer and she mentored almost all of the performers in this night of solo pieces. They ran the gamut from funny to exploring-the-soul, and most were very personal stories. Many included aspects of growing up Gay, probably because those kinds of personal experiences lend themselves to very evocative theatrical presentations.

Samie Spring Detzer, an Ensemble member, spoke about why they decided to produce this one-night event. 'The way our season panned out, after Bengal Tiger, we didn't have programming until our next show Ed, Downloaded, and thought we'd put a show together to highlight local acts. I went to Keira because I'm a big fan of hers. She said she had an idea, COCKTales, that she's done before. I'm so glad we did it. It's not part of our mainstage season, but I thought it was really fun. I love the idea of a curated night of theater.'

The rest of WET's season begins January 31 with Ed, Downloaded by Michael Mitnick, whose play, Babs the Dodo, was presented by WET a couple of years ago. They call him a 'friend of the ensemble.'

Ed, Downloaded imagines what becomes of our memories in the afterlife and is described as half theater/half film. Suppose we could put our memories on a loop we could experience after death? It's the most technologically challenging show they've done in a long time.

That will run in conjunction with a children's show in the mornings/afternoons written by Ali el-Gassier, an Ensemble member, and his writing partner, Jonah Von Spreecken, called The Icelandic Illumination Rangers - on the hunt to find the suddenly missing Aurora Borealis. Ali and Jonah have a history of working with children, and they wanted to reach a wider audience, even though WET doesn't have a school for kids.

In March, they present a 2011 Adam Rapp play, The Edge of Our Bodies, a one-woman show about a pregnant 16 year old who takes a train to New York City to tell her boyfriend about the pregnancy. Samie will star. She says, 'There is something about this play that I find very dangerous. Traveling to NYC is dangerous, one performer reading from her notebook is kind of dangerous in its simplicity. How can a performer carry a story and an audience with such a simple task? I've played a lot of teenagers and 16 is an amazing time and the journey that Bernadette goes on is epic and creates who she becomes at the end of the play.'

Then in June, they present the world premiere of The Hunchback of Seville by Charise Castro Smith. It's described as a 'knee-slapping anti-colonialist romp [about 1504 Seville] that combines Monty Python and Shakespearean' sensibilities. Samie says she is going to be the Hunchback, which gives you an idea of the range she portrays this season. 'Charise Castro Smith is a master of pointing to history that we may not be proud of while allowing us to enjoy the ride. It's about the New World, which would, of course, become the United States, and Christopher Columbus is a character, as well, and it includes instances of colonialism from our own history.'

After this season, Washington Ensemble Theatre, along with Strawberry Theatre Workshop and New Century Theatre Company, will be moving into a brand new space on 12th Avenue in Capitol Hill called 12th Avenue Arts. There are two theater spaces inside that will be managed by the three companies. One will be 80 seats and the other 120 seats. The building is being built (across the street from the Seattle Gay News offices) and will include retail and office space, which will likely be filled by non-profit corporations.

If all continues on track, the building will open in August or September and Washington Ensemble Theatre will launch their next season from the new building. The Little Theater, where WET currently produces plays, may or may not continue to be a theater space. While it is a tiny space, it would be a significant loss of space to have that building taken out of the possible theatrical stages on which to perform. Still, we are looking forward to the new, dedicated space at 12th Avenue Arts!

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