Seattle seems to be in love with new plays as the buds bloom. April openings are listed below in date order.
To Savor Tomorrow, Cafe Nordo, 4/7/16-6/5/16
Café Nordo takes flight with To Savor Tomorrow, an immersive comedy that parodies the 007 spy genre, set in the airplane lounge of a swank 1960’s Boeing Stratocruiser with craft-cocktails and retro-modernist cuisine woven into the experience. Food scientist Peter Proudhurst is transporting laboratory secrets. Professor Proudhurst’s briefcase contains the revolutionary and potentially devastating secrets of modern convenience food and the controversial “Green Revolution.” (Meal included)
Stupid Fucking Bird, ACT Theatre, 4/8/16-5/8/16
Aaron Posner rewrites Chekhov’s story of love, art, and a hapless bird (The Seagull) for a remarkable contemporary face lift. On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate. Winner of the 2014 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play.
BRASS: Fatal Footlights, Theater Schmeater, 4/8-30/16
World Premiere. The two grown children of the Brass family, Gwendolyn and Cyril, are brought into a mystery involving the premiere of Oscar Wilde ‘s first play Vera, or the Nihilists, while a villainous trio scheme to steal the jewels of a legendary actress. A mystery, a thriller, and a love letter to theater, written by locals Louis Broome and John Longenbaugh.
Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 4/22/16-5/22/16
World Premiere. The American Wild West and Victorian England collide in this original adventure tale. The year is 1887, the occasion is the Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, and the coincidences are suspiciously piling up. The local creative team behind 2013’s hit The Hound of the Baskervilles is at it again with more thrills, more laughs and more unbelievable deductions.
Puny Humans, Annex Theatre, 4/22/16-5/14/16
World Premiere. The Queen City Comicon throbs and bustles with fans in cosplay, celebrities on the rise (or on the way down), disgruntled vendors hoping to make a buck, and desperate staff members trying to hold the whole damn thing together. A young fangirl finds out she’s pregnant, an actor promoting his new movie tries unconventional means to get laid, and Sailor Moon and Darth Vader fall in love. Passion, comedy, and geekdom collide as thirteen characters’ lives intertwine over the course of one epic day. Written by locals Bret Fetzer and Keiko Green.
Chorestia, Ghostlight Theatricals, 4/23/16-5/7/16
World Premiere. In a coffee shop, a nail salon, at camp, at school, and more, women of various ages attempt to live their lives as the events of the Trojan War, played out by one all-powerful man, take place in the background and everyone runs the risk of invoking the petty wrath of the gods. Chorestia explores what it means to be an ordinary woman in a society that is or has been at war. Written by local Beth Raas-Bergquist.
A Hand of Talons, Pork Filled Productions, 4/29/16-5/21/16 (TOJ)
World Premiere. Written by local Maggie Lee, this is her third steampunk play. The dark underworld of organized crime lurks beneath the surface of the fair city of New Providence. Lee’s first two plays in this genre were fun and punk-filled (and even Pork-Filled).
The Things Are Against Us, Washington Ensemble Theatre , 4/29/16-5/16/16 (at 12th Ave Arts)
In this dark and twisted comedy, two lovelorn sisters, an ax wielding hunk, and the poet and lover Federico Garcia Lorca uncover their destiny when their past comes back to haunt them. They wrestle through time only to discover the real horror is in their bones.