Hugo House is a place for writers, readers, performance, and all manner of literary activity. This annual fundraiser consists of an auction, a dinner, and the wit and wisdom of guest speaker, Nancy Pearl. $150-$250.
A reimagining of the passion of the Christ within the context of the Civil Rights movement. $15.
A new play by Leonard D. Goodisman in which a dying woman summons her friends and family to a villa for a collective adieu. Drama happens. $12-$25.
A short, Christian drama about the Gospel of Mark. Produced at Taproot's Isaac Studio Theatre.
Shakespeare c/o Mendelssohn c/o Balanchine c/o Pacific Northwest Ballet. With choreography by Balanchine and costumes and sets by Tony Award-winner Martin Pakledinaz. $28-$120.
Singer, comedian, and impresario Mark Siano (the Habit, the "Soft Rock" cabaret series) and Opal Peachey (Cafe Nordo) pay homage to 1965 Seattle, when the speakeasies were plentiful and the cops took bribes by the truckload. Featuring live music by the Enablers and a nightly after-party. $20-$35.
A new burlesque act from Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann, the producers of Land of the Sweets and Burlesco DiVino.
"Gidion's Knot gives people fits. This two-actor play about an extraordinarily tense parent-teacher conference (the fifth-grader in question has recently died) is popping up at theaters around the country and attracting either glowing or bilious reviews. It's provocative and manipulative, a thought experiment with a dead kid at its center—do children need protection from a corrupt world that poisons their innocence or do they really need protection from Victorian-minded schoolteachers who would... more » $10-$22.
Improv based on a single poem, in a format inspired by the great Theodore Roethke. This series is a production of Improv Anonymous, the resident long-form actors of Unexpected Productions.
It was a refrain that wafted about in the wake of the 2012 production of Keri Healey’s sibling-murder psychodrama Torso: “Stephen Hando is amazing.” To quote the many who’ve watched Hando light up Seattle stages since the mid ’90s: duh. A diminutive man with a towering stage presence, Hando is one of Seattle’s great character actors. InKeefee’s House of Cards, he goes solo, channeling a charming, wily, loose-tongued, and increasingly intoxicated blackjack dealer, in a semi-improvised show that i... more » $15.
A Cornish college production of the Lope de Vega play about a young woman who leads a rebellion against a local tyrant. Free.
A dark comedy that takes as its setting six different offices in six different geographical places as the weekend approaches. $17-$22.
A "promenade theater" performance (that is, an immersive show in which actors and audience move around a building together) of Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life, a play that does not specify how many actors should perform it, nor who should speak what lines. In 17 disconnected scenes, the characters describe a protagonist who isn't there. Directed by Bobbin Ramsey for the new company Horse in Motion. $15-$25.
A new show from Dina (aka Stranger Genius Award-winner Grady West) with a bit more video than usual, plus new live stuff, to celebrate 25 years since her first performance at CoCA. $20-$25.
"Tails of Wasps, a new play by Stephanie Timm, documents a politician, his penis, and their predictable fall from grace. In a fit of fabulist irony, Timm has named her politician Frank. Paul Morgan Stetler plays Frank as a surprisingly sympathetic serial liar—his transgressions begin almost innocently, on the night he's elected, when a sweet and flustered campaign staffer (Brenda Joyner) confesses her admiration for and attraction to him. But she's engaged, he's married, and some ill-time phone... more » $30.
A new pop musical, touring from Village Theater, about an aspiring novelist who teaches rich kids in order to pay the bills.
Mia McCullough's play about social obsessions with beauty centers on a community's reaction to a billboard for a local spa, which opponents see as exploiting female insecurities. Produced by SiS Productions and directed by Charles Waxberg. $6-$10.
In this new play by Laura Marks, a suburban mother copes with the spin cycle of the economic downturn: job loss, a daughter taken into foster care, having to squat in a home in foreclosure, and making allegiances with potentially unsavory characters. Starring Emily Chisholm, Richard Ziman, Darragh Kennan, Cynthia Jones, and others. Directed by John Langs. $20-$49.
A romantic musical comedy based on the E.M. Forster novel with music and lyrics by Jeffrey Stock and book by Marc Acito. Directed by David Armstrong and starring Patti Cohenour, Louis Hobson, and Laura Griffith. $23.50-$65.
Composed by Susan Ennis, based on the book by Thacher Hurd, this story concerns a mild-mannered security guard at the Dogopolis Museum of Art who, by night, "makes the city his canvas."
A new Teatro ZinZanni show set during the Golden Age of Radio starring host extraordinaire Kevin Kent, contortionist Vita Radionova, cirque/vaudeville stars Les Petits Frères, and many others. $86-$163.
"Botanically speaking, this is a crossbreeding of the 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre, and as crossbreedings go, it’s one of the most successful ever: 5th Avenue–level singing in the intimacy of ACT. Maybe it’s not a Mendel-discovering-genetics-with-his-pea-plants level of world-changing greatness, but Little Shop of Horrors is revelatory, satisfying material, blackly funny, gorgeously structured, a marvel of language. And a painful reminder, yet again, as if there were any doubt, how freakin... more » $20-$49.