theater

Theater For The Masses
9:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Why Shakespeare Resonates For A New Audience

Freehold Theatre's 'Henry IV' cast.
Credit Courtesy Freehold Theatre

Summer means Shakespeare has arrived in the Pacific Northwest. You can see Shakespeare in parks, tents and even theaters in every major city and a few quaint towns. But Freehold Theatre aims its Shakespeare at a slightly different population.

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Performing Arts
3:40 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Working Towards A New Theater By, For And About Black Americans

Tyrone Brown outside ACT Theatre
Credit courtesy ACT Theatre

When Tyrone Brown was a kid, just six or seven years old, his mom took him to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater for a performance of the long-running musical, "Annie."

"She actually just dropped me off at the theater and let me watch it by myself," Brown says.

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Arts
11:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Ben Moore, Who Guided Seattle Rep Through Recession, Retires

Seattle Repertory Theatre's Ben Moore
Credit Seattle Repertory Theatre/Alan Alabastro

After almost three decades on the job, Seattle Repertory Theatre Managing Director Ben Moore will retire at the end of June.

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Intiman Theatre
9:07 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner's 'Angels In America' Comes To Seattle

Playwright Tony Kushner
Flickr Photo/Commonwealth Club (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Tony Kushner is the author of "Angels in America," a two-part play inspired by the tragic rise of the AIDS epidemic. "Angels" debuted on Broadway in 1993, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony award for Best Play that same year.

Seattle’s Intiman Theatre will be staging a production of "Angels" this summer, opening August 12.

Kushner spoke with writer, editor and It Gets Better project co-founder Dan Savage at Town Hall Seattle on May 10.

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Theater Awards
10:24 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'Gentleman's Guide' Leads The Tony Nominations

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:22 am

The Tony nominations are out, and it was a good year to be playing eight people at the same time.

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Race And Class
2:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Exploring Winners, Losers And Theater With James Long and Marcus Youssef

Theater actors James Long and Marcus Youssef of "Winners and Losers."
Credit Courtesy of Simon Hayter

What does it mean to be a winner in today's society? That's a concept Canadian theater artists James Long and Marcus Youssef explore in their show, "Winners and Losers." They've taken the show all over the world, most recently to Seattle's On The Boards.

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Birthday Tour
9:58 am
Wed April 23, 2014

As Shakespeare Turns 450, 'Hamlet' Tour Makes The World A Stage

The theater troupe is kicking off its Hamlet tour with three performances at Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London.
Alastair Grant AP

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 7:51 am

No one knows the exact date of William Shakespeare's birth, but devotees have adopted April 23 as the day to celebrate — and this year, the man from Stratford turns 450.

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Theater Premiere
9:35 am
Thu February 27, 2014

From Raised Eyebrows To Raised Curtains: Rachel Atkins Tackles Racial Identity

Actresses Kia Pierce and Marquicia Dominguez in Rachel Atkins' play, "Black Like Us."
Credit Courtesy of Annex Theatre/Shane Regan

When Rachel Atkins was 7, she and her sisters got a new stepfather. Atkins loved this man, but when she and her family went out in public, they raised a lot of eyebrows.

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Arts
8:31 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Dayna Hanson's 'The Clay Duke' Tackles Gun Violence

"The Clay Duke," a combination theater and dance production, runs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5-8 at On The Boards' Merrill Wright Mainstage Theater.
On The Boards

Gun violence is something you hear about in the news every day. So it was only a matter of time before it was featured in a contemporary performance. Choreographer, writer and composer Dayna Hanson tackles the subject in her new performance, "The Clay Duke," premiering at Seattle's On The Boards this weekend (Dec. 5-8).

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Theater
9:25 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Elizabeth Heffron Debuts "Bo-Nita," Her Latest One-Woman Show At Seattle Rep

Playwright Elizabeth Heffron
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Reperator Theatre/Nate Watters

It's been a busy year for Elizabeth Heffron. The Seattle playwright's new one-woman show "Bo-Nita" had its world premier at Seattle Repertory Theatre in late October.

Heffron is working on two other scripts she hopes will get full productions. "Portugal" is about a pair of tank farm workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The second play, "The Weatherman Project" is a collaboration with Kit Bakke, a former member of the Weather Underground.

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Theatre
6:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn At Seattle's ACT For American Premier

Playwright Sir Alyan Ayckbourn will direct the American premier of his 2003 play "Sugar Daddies" at Seattle's ACT.
ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

After 77 plays, Alan Ayckbourn knows his way around a theater. Ayckbourn has won every possible accolade during his long career, but even a 2006 stroke that left him with limited use of an arm and leg hasn't stopped the prolific writer and director.

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Seattle Theater
11:47 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Can Seattle Support A Fringe Theater Movement?

Washington Ensemble Theatre playbills from the past decade.
Instagram Photo/TheEnsemble

Seattle’s Fringe Festival starts this week. It features local companies and artists, but the festival is also drawing performers from around the world. 

The great recession hit small arts groups hard; the festival was on hiatus for several years after its 2003 season and returned just last year.  How did Seattle’s fringe community fare?  Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson shares some perspective on the health of local companies with Marcie Sillman.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:42 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Fighting Foreclosure And Finding Forgiveness

Natalie Johnson, new home owner.
KUOW Photo/Kendra Hanna

Today on the program, Maddie Ewbank and Srikar Penumaka bring you stories about moving on in life: letting go and gaining in the process.

First, Kendra Hanna tells you about one family's struggle with their home and foreclosure. Ever had buyer's remorse? Well this is a little different. After that, we hear from Ian Dangla about how a high school play helped a family change its perspective on the death penalty.

RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

Neurological Advancements
9:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Mapping The Human Brain

MRI scans of a brain.
Credit Flickr Photo/David Foltz

In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a massive scientific endeavor to map the human brain. It's a multi-billion dollar, multi-year project that's meant to do for neuroscience what the Human Genome Project did for DNA. How will scientists actually achieve it? We talk with Dr. Christof Koch from the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Dr. Patricia Kuhl from the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Science.

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Liquer License
12:10 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Cerveza At The Cinema? Lawmakers Push For Beer And Wine In Theaters

Would you drink at the theater?
HalinaV Flickr

Some Olympia lawmakers are backing a bill to let movie theaters and live performance venues apply for liquor licenses to serve beer and wine. The bill is sponsored by Democrat Jim Moeller, who represents Vancouver. Ross Reynolds finds out the likelihood of moviegoers cracking a cold one at a theater near you.

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