by Miryam Gordon
SGN A&E Writer
July is, of course, the month when FREE OUTDOOR THEATER begins all over the area (donations always accepted). The official launch is at Volunteer Park for the whole weekend of July 13 and 14, all day long (see below for the link to the schedule). This month there are also a couple of world premieres and a revamped Gilbert & Sullivan operetta along with other varieties of shows.
Bon Appétit! The Julia Child Operetta, 7/1-29 (at the Rendezvous)
Spend a Monday evening with memories of Julia Child while Anne Allgood bakes chocolate cake on stage and sings opera and host Julia Child Prudhomme dishes up remembrances of her great aunt. Anne and Julia will be joined by Mark Anders, musical accompanist, who like a fine wine provides the perfect musical pairing for a decadent evening of savory delights. Following the performance, youll be invited to share a slice of chocolate cake lovingly created from Julias original recipe!
Death and the Maiden, Theatre 9/12, 7/5-28
A heart-racing thriller about a woman suddenly confronted with the abuser of her past. Ripped apart by two loyalties, her husband struggles to resolve his wifes and his guests testimony. Through their dynamic confrontations, playwright Dorfman challenges us with insights into the machinations of humanity in politics, questions of memory vs. madness, the uncertainty of truth, and the conflict of how to serve justice when revenge and restitution invade our passions.
Bright Star, Taproot Theatre, 7/10-8/17
Under a serene North Carolina sunset, a simple summer romance blossoms into true love. When Alice and Jimmy Ray's parents forbid their union, the young couple are propelled into a daring future. Inspired by a true story, this powerful tale of love and redemption will make your heart soar and your toes tap.
Citizen: An American Lyric, Sound Theatre Company with The Hansberry Project, 7/11-28 (Armory Theatre)
A searing, multi-media poetic riff on race in America, fusing prose, poetry, movement, music, video, news and the visual image. Snapshots, vignettes, on the acts of everyday racism. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. Those are the did-that-really-just-happen-did-they-really-just-say-that slurs that happen every day and enrage in the moment and later steep poisonously in the mind. Larger incidents that become national or international firestorms.
Decadent Delights, Teatro Zinzanni, 7/11-9/8
Comedian Kevin Kent and internationally-recognized contortionist Vita Radionova (recently a quarterfinalist in America's Got Talent" Season 10) are joined by first-time Teatro ZinZanni cast member Maiya Sykes as Madam ZinZanni. Sykes wowed "The Voice" judges in 2014 with a four-chair turn! The cast is rounded out by comedian and yodeling dominatrix Manuela Horn, world-renowned illusionist Voronin, contortionist-puppet Svetlana, aerialist Ling Rui, rising multi-skilled artist Maxim Voronin and world-famous trapeze duo Die Maiers.
Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival, Volunteer Park, Saturday/Sunday 7/13-14
FREE! (donations always accepted)
As You Like It, Last Leaf Productions
Romeo and Juliet, Wooden O, 7/11-8/11 (various park locations)
Twelfth Night, Wooden O, 7/11-8/11
An all-male Twelfth Night and a Romeo and Juliet comprised of female and non-binary artists have been cast for Wooden O productions. Inspired by Shakespeares original single-gender casting practice, its also a contemporary twist.
The Taming of the Shrew, Greenstage
Henry VIII, Last Leaf Productions
Fabulous Fable Factor, Theater Schmeater
Aerial Shenanigans, Versatile Arts
The Bee Man of Orn, Dacha Theatre
As You Like It, Freehold Theatre
The Totally True and Almost Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio, The 14/48 Projects
Henry IV, Part 2, Greenstage
Richard III, Young Shakespeare Workshop
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Greenstage
Measure for Measure, Greenstage
Once Upon a Shakespearean Tale, Shakespeare Northwest
Princess Ida, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, 7/12-28 (at Seattle Rep)
The brilliant, assertive Princess Ida has sequestered herself and her court in the Castle Adamant, dedicating themselves to the study of the higher arts and absolutely, utterly forswearing the company of men. And the men including her promised fiancé, Prince Hilarion are not taking it well. What follows is a hilarious adventure as The Prince and his friends try to win back their betrotheds before war breaks out between the antiquated men of the kingdom and the warrior maidens of Castle Adamant. Surprises, twists, and turns abound as disguises are revealed, hearts are laid bare, and magic is unleashed. (This operetta has been edited and updated with a feminist slant.)
The Events, Intiman Theatre, 7/18-8/10 (at Erickson Theatre)
In the wake of a mass shooting, lone survivor Claire yearns to find the compassion, understanding, and peace she needs to overcome her trauma, but thoughts and visions of the shooter haunt her every step. A timely exploration of violence, obsession, and our desire to fathom the unfathomable, The Events excavates the humanity found even in circumstances of extraordinary evil, examining the actors on both sides of an unimaginable tragedy.
Gills! Gills! Gills!, Parley Productions and ReAct Theatre, 7/18-8/17 (at 12th Avenue Arts) (World Premiere)
Three short plays featuring octopuses, seahorses, and anglerfish as they navigate dating, mating, and the survival of their species in an ocean of possibilities. Come dive into the fascinating and funny lives of these unforgettable creatures as they struggle to find love in the deep blue sea.
7th and Jackson, Cafe Nordo, 7/19-8/11 (World Premiere)
Playwright Sara Porkalob directs her own world premiere. Set in the early 1960s in Seattles International District, follow three best friends with big dreams of owning their own jazz club. As the 1961 grand opening of the club 7th and Jackson progresses, the childhood histories of Lee, Min and Ada are revealed. Despite the bombing of Pearl Harbor, WWII and rising tensions in their neighborhood, these young women remain determined in their pursuit of the American Dream.
The Year of Magical Thinking, ACT Theatre, 7/19-8/11
Suzanne Bouchard stars in this adaptation of Joan Didions bestselling memoir. Didion transformed the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play.