Happy Opening Day, everyone!
If you’re not going to make it to an M’s game for a while, you might want to check out the new production now on at Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse at Green Lake – a play called “Back Back Back,” running through April 22nd.
Here’s the synopsis of the play from Seattle Public Theater’s website:
Back, Back, Back is sure to score a home run right in time for Opening Day. This New American Plays Award Winner by Itamar Moses, explores whether greatness always come with a price. Follow the turbulent careers of three very different professional baseball players, one of whose steroid secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. Go inside the locker room to witness the how these teammates do battle for their careers, their honor, and the future of America’s favorite pastime.
Due to the content of the play (partial nudity and language), it is recommended for teenagers and adults only.
To wrap up production on April 22nd, the theater invites everyone to a tailgate party and potluck behind the bathhouse. The tailgate party begins at 1pm, and attendees can meet and take photos with the cast, as well as enjoy some great food from the community. Children are welcome and can play ball outside. The final showing of “Back Back Back” begins at 2 p.m. and youth are $5 with accompanying adults.
You can purchase tickets to “Back Back Back” here.
I think my computer hates me right now for poor spelling, but you read it right: this weekend, Seattle Public Theater’s Bathhouse Ensemble is performing their annual “The Compleat Works of Willm Shkspr (abridged) ” at the Bathhouse at Green Lake Park.
The ensemble is made up of alumni of SPT’s Youth Drama program, and is a one night only performance intended as a fundraiser for the organization. Typically, the play is performed by three men, but in this case it will star three women – Casey Bouldin, Audrey Howell, and Miranda Sieg. It’s also directed by a woman, Emily Purington.
The 37 plays in 97 minutes will begin at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (Saturday), and a suggested donation of $10 is asked for at the door. Because the show sells out every year, you can also reserve seats in advance for a $20 donation per seat, by emailing email@example.com for more information or by calling the box office at (206) 524-1300.
Seattle Public Theater assures patrons that the show will be over by 9 p.m., so those with big New Year’s Eve plans can still get to them afterwards.
It’s that time of year again! While I’m dreaming of a white Christmas and getting excited about the thought of the first snowflake, Seattle Public Theater is busy getting their holiday productions ready for another successful season.
First up for The Bathhouse – Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. Note – this is NOT the story of Ebenezer Scrooge! It’s actually the story of Jacob Marley, who is given a chance at freedom from his hellish world by redeeming Scrooge. This show opens December 2nd through December 24th, and general admission tickets are $27. Another note – Seattle Public Theater warns that there are some scary parts of this play that aren’t recommended for children under ten years old.
Next up is the yearly production of The Best Christmas Carol Ever, opening December 9th and running through the 24th also. The is the theater’s 11th year of running this family friendly production, and is not to be missed.
For those that are new to Seattle Public Theater performances, they take place at the Green Lake Bathhouse, at the northeast side of the park.
Winter! Not a term I’m terribly excited about (although it means I can layer up and hide my belly, which is good)….but never-the-less, it’s time to think about the holidays. And Seattle Public Theater has a great time planned for your kids during their school holidays, so take advantage and register now.
Kids in the 3rd through 6th grades can register for the Narnia workshop, from December 26th through 30th (final presentation is the 30th). The cost is $270, and the students will end the intense drama week with a production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for friends and family. Register here to sign up (downpayment required).
Older students in the 9th grades and higher can sign up for Scene Study during that same time, December 26th through 30th. This course is just $135, and 7th and 8th graders are welcome to apply to it also.
Looking to update a little classic theater? October 28th – 30th check out this teenage production of #Macbeth, a world of Shakespeare mixed with tweets, texts and status updates from the most recent teenage workshop. Performances are October 28th at 7 p.m., 29th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m, and October 30th at 2 p.m.
“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
This is a line that my family and I have used in conversation a million times, from one of my favorite movies ever – The Princess Bride.
Of course, the 80′s movie is based on the book by William Goldman, which is also pretty great. Now, a play is based on it too.
Seattle Public Theater presents FREE showings of The Princess Bride at the Bathhouse Theater this weekend, directed by Shawn Belyea and starring member of the Youth Theater. Donations are, naturally, accepted (and encouraged – this is a great program to support!).
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, July 15th – 7pm
Saturday, July 16th – 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, July 17th – 2pm
The weather this weekend isn’t supposed to be particularly nice, so this is a great alternative to take the kids to!
Already sad about Seattle Public Theater’s 2010-2011 season being over? Arms and The Man, the last production of the season, closed yesterday. But to hold you over until the next season, why not purchase your tickets for 2011-2012 now? You can buy a three-show package for just $60, and a four-show package for $80 (or individual tickets to specific performances).
The 2011-2012 season will kick off at The Bathhouse in late September with Cryptogram, a drama by David Mamet about a boy waiting to hear news of his father, who hasn’t returned home for the evening.
Next comes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the classic comedy by Tom Stoppard that has been a Tony Award winner and casts women in traditionally male roles (many people might remember the movie that came out years ago). This play will begin January 27th.
Itmar Moses’ Back, Back, Back begins March 30th and follows the story of three professional baseball players accused of steroid use.
Finally, the 2011-2012 season will close in May/June with This Wide Night by Chloe Moss, a story about two misfits who became great friends in jail together, but are now released and trying to keep the friendship.
Of course, over winter we’ll see the traditional Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, two plays Seattle Public Theater performs every year.
Purchase your tickets online here and get ready for another great season!
Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw is the next production set to open up at the Bathhouse from Seattle Public Theater. The play is a romantic comedy directed by Shana Bestock and featuring Gordon Carpenter, Ryan Childers, Mark Fullerton, Julie Jamieson, Brenda Joyner, Anne Kennedy, and Frank Lawler.
Arms and the Man opens on May 20th with a preview night on May 19th. It will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with evening performances, and Sundays with a matinée, through June 12th. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here.
The high school ensemble at Seattle Public Theater is presenting “Outrage” this weekend and next at The Bathhouse.
The play, directed by Shana Bestock, is a contemporary comedy that begins in 1999 at a university offered a grant to fund computers. It then takes you on a historical trip back from the time of Socrates and Aristotle, Galileo, and even throws in some Nazis as it mixes time frames and themes. The performances are free, but donations are accepted and will go towards the scholarship fund. Tickets are available a half an hour before each performance.
“Outrage” opened last night and will have several other performances:
April 30th (tonight) at 7pm
May 1st at 2pm
May 6th at 7pm
May 7th at 2pm and 7pm.
Seattle Public Theater’s “A Night Under the Big Top” fundraiser and auction is Monday, April 4th at Teatro Zinzani. But if you don’t have the time or money to go support them there, you can still help.
Whole Foods at Roosevelt & 65th has chosen Seattle Public Theater for their next Community Support Day on Tuesday, April 5th. All day long, Seattle Public Theater will receive 5% of the store’s total proceeds for the day.
Whole Foods is just one of many local businesses throwing their support to Seattle Public Theater: last year, they also received sponsorships from Blu Water, Starbucks, Queen Mary, Pho Tan Brothers, and Pacific Medical Centers.
Currently playing at The Bathhouse is The Happy Ones, which opened on March 18th and runs through April 10th. Tickets are available here.
Now that “My Wonderful Day” is finished at the Bathhouse, its time to take a look at what’s next for Seattle Public Theater: “The Happy Ones.”
“The Happy Ones” runs from March 18th to April 10th, and is a comic drama by Julie Marie Myatt. The synopsis from SPT’s Website says:
“When tragedy strikes Walter, the only person who can help him reclaim his life is the person who inadvertently destroyed it. The Happy Ones is an uplifting and, surprisingly funny, new play by a rising star in American theater.”
Tickets can be purchased online now for $18-$27 depending on the showtime. Learn more at www.seattlepublictheater.org.