5 Questions with Playwright & Novelist Joy McCullough

‘Blood Water Paint’ imagines the great 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi in her studio, interacting with the apocryphal subjects who inspired her. NWT talked with playwright Joy McCullough about the work, ahead of the play’s opening this Friday with Macha Theatre Works.

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From Idea to Stage: ‘Triple Threat’ & ‘Bread Crumbs’ Open at The Scratch

The Scratch, a free festival of new works, starts off tonight with two personal works by some of Seattle’s hottest artists: Nicholas Japaul Bernard and Jasmine Joshua, with development assistance and direction by Eddie DeHais. DeHais shared insight about the two autobiographical pieces, and guided NWT through the development process of each.

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Village’s New Musicals Fest Is Among the Best in New Works. But It Could Reach a Wider Audience.

Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals is among the coolest shows in town, showing off new work with fantastic casts. But attendance is limited — and both for Village Theatre and for audiences regularly starved of relevant theatre, that may be an opportunity missed beyond the weekend.

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5 Questions with Musical Theatre Writers Michelle Elliott & Danny Haengil Larsen

The annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals takes place in Issaquah this weekend. Few theatre-makers know the Festival better than Michelle Elliott and Danny Haengil Larsen, who have shown new works there four times. NWT talked with the duo about their latest work, ‘Hart Island’, which showed at the 2017 Festival and returned to Village for a developmental production earlier this year.

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5 Questions with Artist-Activist Sara Porkalob

Sara Porkalob has taken Seattle by storm — as a playwright, director, actor, singer, storyteller, leader and curator, all through an activist lens. Here, she talks with NWT about artist-activism, telling her family stories before audiences on both coasts, and of course her new play, 7th and Jackson, which opens this Friday.

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Go Outside & Play: The Outdoor Stage Season Awaits 

As the weather heats up, so does the action on the area’s many outdoor stages (formal and not-so-formal). Most performances are free and open to all, or take a pay-what-you-can approach. Here’s where to find them. 

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5 Questions with Theatre-Makers Mary Ewald & John Kazanjian

Mary Ewald and John Kazanjian, spouses and long-term collaborators behind the New City Theater, have teamed up with ACTLab to produce two short works running through June 30. Ewald and Kazanjian talked with NWTheatre about their current show at ACT, and about the fascinating arc of New City Theater.

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5 Questions with Director Valerie Curtis-Newton

Award-winning theatre-maker Valerie Curtis-Newton is the director of the currently running, critically acclaimed production of ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’ at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Curtis-Newton talked with NWTheatre about her vision in staging the piece, and artist-activism more generally.  

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Ligia Lewis’s Unexpectedly New Piece, at On the Boards this Weekend, Is About as ‘In the Moment’ as It Gets

A last-minute obstacle, courtesy of the United States government, derailed the visiting choreographer’s planned performance of Sorrow Swag, one of two shows Lewis was slated to present at On the Boards this weekend. In its stead, Lewis has re-envisioned the piece — and, with help from her musician brother, will dance the work herself.  

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5 Questions with Theatre-Maker Jasmine Joshua

On stage, whether in over-the-top drag getups or stripped-down autobiographical pieces, Reboot Theatre Company Artistic Director Jasmine Joshua has been an open book about their non-binary identity and experience. NWT talked with Joshua about developing community and identity through art, making new work with The 5th Avenue Theatre, and the rebooted ‘Sweeney Todd’ opening next week.

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5 Questions with Playwright Maggie Lee  

This month, Macha Theatre Works opened its world-premiere production of ‘Sheathed’ — a new fantasy/adventure saga from acclaimed Seattle playwright Maggie Lee — which runs through March 24 at Theatre Off Jackson. NWT talked with Lee to learn more about the process, from ideation to realization, and her inspiration behind this latest work.  

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The Other Georgetown, Pt. I: Base & ‘12 Minutes Max’

Hidden away among active industrial warehouses, Equinox Studios and the area immediately surrounding them (“Equiblox”?) offer a big variety of arts, plus a taproom, in an environment that provides an apt, creative backdrop for exploring new art forms. This Sunday & Monday, ’12 Minutes Max’ (formerly at On the Boards) is a great excuse to head there.

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