This fall Teatro ZinZanni plans to pitch their antique spiegeltent on the grounds of the former Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, WA. According to a press release, the long-running circus / dinner theater has "secured a 10-year lease, with two 10-year options."
"We're finally bringing show business to the Hollywood District of Woodinville," says founder and artistic director Norm Langill.
ZinZanni will kick things off with a new show in November of this year, bringing back Bellvue-based chef Jason Wilson (The Lakehouse) to create the menu.
If you keep reading the press release, it will tell you that "the new location will for the first time consolidate all of Teatro ZinZanni’s operations in one space, including scene shop, costume shop and administrative offices," and that they might open a circus arts training studio to bring back some classes and education programs they had to abandon when they moved to their temporary location at Redmond's Marymoor Park in October of last year.
Langill says he's most excited about having all the departments together under the same roof. Previously they ran eight different storage and administrative facilities all around Seattle. Langill hopes the new, consolidated organization will be able to "breathe and walk forward" with their mission of making "better shows together" and expanding the productions elsewhere. Langill says he's looking to open baby ZinZannis in other cities, and that Seattle is still on the list.
At their old spot on Mercer, the company employed a little over 100 people, including waitstaff, administration staff, and performers. At Marymoor, Langill says ZinZanni employed roughly the same number of people during the show, and claims that the company will continue to employ that number at Woodville, though there will be a natural cycle of layoffs and hiring/rehiring this summer.
"My purpose right now is to build the show in places where it can go long-term, beyond me," Langill says. "This form of intimate theater, of inviting the audience to be onstage, is only going to be more precious as we go on, because your phone doesn't give you the same emotional hit" as an interactive circus.