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Thoughts from our directors…

Jasmine Lomax

The onset of the pandemic changed our lives in an instant. For over a year, the future was uncertain, relationships were left hanging in the balance, and families were strained. Our world changed at such a rapid rate that the word ‘overwhelming’ became a severe understatement. As we witnessed time standing still, we had the ability to turn inwards, to reflect.

Now we have the opportunity to tell stories of this shared experience. Using Alice in Wonderland as a vehicle to tell that story seemed wildly appropriate. Julie Beckman has done a wonderful job adapting this story. The version we present to you highlights Alice’s journey of growth through her ability to conquer the most challenging of situations emotionally, physically, and politically. Alice takes on the unknown and finds out for herself what is important, who is important, how to express that, and what it means for Alice to be an ally and an advocate. As she navigates Wonderland, themes of loss, change, growth, understanding, support, and dismantling of harmful, toxic power structures are all evident. Alice represents our future generations as they are the ones highly affected by the major changes happening all around us. As the story unfolds and as this pandemic comes to a close, it is revealed that they are the ultimate agents for change. When Alice returns to her reality, she immediately starts putting those lessons into action.

As we start to put back the pieces of the theatre community, I hope that this story will bring delight to all and help us start processing the last year so that we can finally start to heal.

Julie Beckman

After what felt like a never-ending and dizzying “hiatus,” Theatre22 is overjoyed to welcome you (and us) back to live theatre!  Stepping into production again has been a deeply satisfying and emotional journey as we returned to creating theatre together: sharing space and ideas and rollicking laughter, brainstorming and discovering and playing together.  Our rehearsals and meetings were infused with joy as we were delighted by the creativity and generosity of our cast and team, and ultimately rediscovered the indescribable magic of sharing our vision in real time and space with you, the audience.  What a cause for celebration!!

Like Alice, our journey down the rabbit hole has been full of challenges, surprises and delights, and also like Alice, the joys have far outweighed the trials.  We have learned and grown, made connections and been re-vitalized.  I am extremely grateful to all of the people who helped shepherd this pandemic-informed vision into life and who helped me shape the first clumsy version into something that lives and breathes and embodies both childlike wonder and a mature challenge to learn, grow and change to face our ever-new reality.  I am grateful to you as well, for joining us in person, and for sharing in this process of creation. Thank you and enjoy the show!

 

Alanah Pascual ~ Alice

Antonio Mitchell ~ Duchess / Mouse

Lisa Viertel ~ Queen / Bill the Lizard

Christian Zumbado ~ Catepillar / Mad Hatter / Seven of Spades

Nicole Suyama ~ Elsi / Mock Turtle / Cheshire Cat

Marianna de Fazio ~ Rabbit / Dormouse

Jasmine Lomax ~ Cook / March Hare / Two of Clubs

 

 

Adapter ~ Julie Beckman

Directors ~ Julie Beckman and Jasmine Lomax

Producing Artistic Director ~ Corey McDaniel

Production Manager ~ Gavin Yehle

Costume Designer ~ K.D. Schill

Set & Properties Designer ~ Joshua Legate

Sound Designer ~ Rob Whitmer

Puppet Master ~ Stephanie Vrell Sachs

Scenic Painter & Associate Producer ~ Jennifer Ewing

Stage Manger ~ Jessamyn Bateman-Iino

Assistant Stage Manager ~ Emma Hagerman

Technical Director & Builder ~ Adrian Delahunt

Casting Director & House Manager ~ Alber Sucupira

The Cast

Alanah Pascual – Alice

Alanah is a Filipina/Cuban American from San Diego, CA. She is a performer, writer and director. She has acted with the Pork Filled Productions, REBATEnsemble, and Cornish College of the Arts. Alanah is currently apart of the directing cohort of The Shattered Glass Project’s incubator/mentorship program. She is so grateful to be heading down this rabbit hole tonight.

Jasmine Lomax – Cook / March Hare / Duckling / Two of Clubs

Associate Director and Dramaturg

Jasmine is extremely honored to return to Theatre22 after participating in The Celestial Omnibus and she has thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with these talented artists. Some of her most favorite credits include Pass Over (Dramaturg) directed by Tim Bond, Raisins in a Glass of Milk 2019 (Actor) produced by Live Girls!, Femme (Director) produced by Fantastic Z Theater Company, and Vicinity Memoryall (Actor) directed by Meleesa Wyatt.

Antonio Mitchell -Duchess/Mo

Antonio is currently a second year actor in the Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) at the University of Washington and this is his first production with Theatre22. He is originally from Alabama where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Recent Credits include: Johannes Rosmer in Rosmersholm (UW), Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol (Harlequin Productions), Emcee in So Far So Good (UW), Belize in Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (UAB). He wants to say thank you to all his family and friends that have continued to support him on this journey! www.antoniodmitchell.com

Marianna de Fazio – Rabbit / Dormouse

Marianna acts in front of the camera, behind the mic and on stages around Seattle. Before the shut-down, she was playing Julia in Radial Theater Project’s production of 1984 – look for a remount in the spring of 2022! Marianna also coaches dialect for stage and screen, and is the resident coach for Theatre22. Professionally, she coaches individuals in public speaking, voice & speech and accent modification. This fall she will teach Voice for Theater as an adjunct professor at SPU. mariannadefazio.com

Nicole Suyama – Elsie / Mock Turtle / Cheshire Cat / Dodo

Nicole is an accomplished entertainer and teaching artist from the PNW. She is the current Program Manager for Seattle-based Native American youth theater program, Red Eagle Soaring, and serves on the board for Copious Love Productions. As a singer, Nicole is the reigning North American Champion for the World Karaoke Tour since 2019, a back-up singer for local band Eric Blu & The Soul Revue, and karaoke host at multiple venues spanning from Goofy’s in Ballard, to Who’s On First in Snohomish. As an actress, she has played in a wide variety of plays and short films in the Seattle area, including Journey West! The Legend of Lewis & Clark,  Raisins In a Glass of Milk, and Master Control, winner of Best Film In City for the 2018 Seattle 48 hour horror film project.

Christian Zumbado – Caterpillar / Mad Hatter / Seven of Spades

Christian is very excited to be a part ofAlice in Wonderland! Mad Hatter has always been a character that Christian hoped to explore. Christian’s recent roles include Fall/Agustin in Mirror Stage’sExpand Upon Series, Tomas in Shoe produced by ACT Theatre, and Adolpho in Drowsy Chaperone with Cornish College of the Arts. Christian is a graduate of Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) and most recently received his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts.  Christian is a member of Young Hot Thespian. YHT is the regime, the takeover is now. The fact that we are doing live plays again gives Christian hope for a bright future filled with live performance and art. Christian would like to thank Theatre22 for this amazing opportunity. He would also like to thank his mom and his YHT fam for all the love and support.

Lisa Viertel – Queen of Hearts / Bill the Lizard

Lisa is thrilled to be back with Theatre22 after appearing as Dr. Marvel in Wizzer Pizzer. Recent roles include Dottie in Noises Off and Sonia in Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike with Harlequin Productions in Olympia, Lily in Jitterbug Perfume with Cafe Nordo, Andrea in Go, Please, Go with Ashland New Plays Festival, Mum in Parliament Square with Pony World Theatre and Ensemble in TEH Internet is Serious Business with Washington Ensemble Theater. She has also worked with Book-It Repertory, Sound Theater Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Annex Theater, Theatre Schmeater, ArtsWest, Balagan Theater, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival (Mazen Award Winner) among many others. Next up – What We Were with Pony World Theater, October 2021.

The Designers

Julie Beckman – Adapter & Director

Julie is overjoyed to be going down the rabbit hole again with Theatre22 in collaboration with this amazingly talented group of actors and artists.  Previous directing projects with Theatre22 include The Revolutionists, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Downstairs, Annapurna, Water by the Spoonful, and Fifth of July.   Previous adapting and directing projects include The Celestial Omnibus with Theatre22, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Dickens’ Hard Times at Book-It, Edith Wharton’s The Bunner Sisters with Athena Theatre Project, and a handful of short stories in Chicago with Porcupine Productions.  She has directed at several dozen theatres in Seattle and around the country including ACT, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Sound Theatre, MAP, eSe Teatro, Island Shakespeare Festival and 14/48, and has an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University.

Jasmine Lomax – Director & Dramaturg

SEE Jasmine’s bio listed with the cast

Stephani Vrell Sachs – Puppet Master

Puppets belong everywhere and Stephani is here to do her part for the betterment of the puppet population. Stephani started Half Pint Puppets, LLC, teaches children and adults to build hand and rod (muppet style) puppets, builds puppets large, small, and giant, for theater and film. She is also the voice and character of Sally, the SDOT Spokes-salmon.

K.D. Schill – Costume Designer

K.D. Schill has designed/procured costumes, for some of the most talented directors, playwrights, actors, dancers, musicians, choreographers, filmmakers and artists in the Pacific Northwest. For this she is extremely grateful.  She has worked with Intiman Theatre, ACT, Theatre22, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Book it Repertory, Seattle Shakespeare Company and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Also Pat Graney, Spectrum Dance, Maureen Whiting and 33 Fainting Spells. She is also delighted to have worked with The Starfish Project and many area High Schools on their Theater productions and Musicals. She has been Wardrobe supervisor at Intiman Theatre for the past 8 years.

Rob Witmer – Sound Designer

Rob is a Seattle based sound designer, composer, and musician. Previously, he designed Sings the Hits for Theatre22, directed by Katie McKellar. Other recent shows include: Richard III, Timon of Athens, Bring Down the House (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Dracula, Romeo + Juliet (ACT Theatre); Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard (The Seagull Project); Lyric Suite, Strange Fruit (Spectrum Dance Theater); Don Giovanni, Tosca (Seattle Opera). Rob composed music for Black Beauty, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Seattle Children’s Theatre). His sound designs have also been heard at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Village Theatre, and Teatro ZinZanni.  Rob is a part-time Lecturer at UW School of Drama, and a member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829.

 

Joshua Legate – Set & Properties Designer

Joshua is a video artist and designer of projections, lighting, scenery, and sound for theatre, film, and installations. A Montana native, he is a graduate of The University of Montana where he studied primarily as actor and Stage Technician. After graduation he moved to New York, where he earned his Master of Arts Degree with a specialization in lighting design, technical direction, and drama theory and criticism at SUNY Binghamton. Theatre work includes collaborations with numerous institutions including Galumpha Dance Company, Castleton Opera Festival, Valley Musical Theatre, Central Washington Dance Ensemble, Bare Bait Dance Company, The Crystal Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, The Ellensburg Opera, Dorset Theatre Festival, many more. In addition to design for theatre he has also worked as an Adjunct Professor of Lighting Design and Technology with Central Washington University. He designed numerous productions for Central Washington University and Yakima Valley Community College, while also mentoring students and overseeing production in the Light Shop.  He received his MFA from the University of Washington as a student in the design program, and has lectured at Central Washington University, Yakima Valley Community College, Flathead Valley Community College, and The Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

 

Adrian Delahunt – Technical Director & Builder

Adrian is the resident TD at Theatre22.  His work has been seen all over Seattle stages as his builds have also been featured at Book-It, Wooden 0, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Seattle Public Theater among others.

Gavin Yehle – Production Manager

Gavin is a graduate from the University of Utah with a BFA in acing and stage management. He is excited to be returning to Theatre22 after stage managing and assistant production managing for The Revolutionists in 2019. Other Seattle management credits include Troilus & Cressida (Seattle Shakes), The Twelve Days of Christmas (Bellevue Youth Theatre), and 14/48 (Flagship Festival at ACT). While at the University of Utah, he appeared in, stage managed or designed various shows including The RivalsCompanyA Christmas CarolJulius CaesarOur Country’s GoodYou Never Can Tell, and Arcadia. He’s also worked around the Salt Lake Valley at such companies as The University of Utah Youth Theatre (where he got his start in theatre), Salt Lake Acting Company, The Grand Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, and Utah Opera.

 

Jessamyn Bateman-Iino- Stage Manager

Jessamyn is a stage manager and prop master from the Seattle area. Their past favorite shows include Live! From the Last Night of My Life (Theater Schmeater, Theatre22), Rovers (Annex Theatre), and 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival (14/48 Projects)They also make cute and creepy crafts, which can be found at mutinyhall.com.

 

Emma Hagerman – Assistant Stage Manager

Emma is a local stage manager and is thrilled to join the ALICE team.  This is Emma’s first production with Theatre22.

Alber Sucupira – Casting Director, House Manager, T22 General Manager

Alber began his twenty-five-year love affair with theatre in his native country of Brazil. As an early teen, he would sneak off alone and attend productions of touring Broadway shows, Shakespeare, and local theatre and dance companies. A self-proclaimed “behind the scenes” theatre artist, Alber has also worked in stage management and theatre education. In support of his position as Casting Director for Theatre22, Alber attends over one hundred shows per season and never tires of our region’s talent and creative influence. He is dog owner, an avid animal lover, and also a human rights supporter.

Jennifer Ewing – Scenic Painter & Associate Producer

Jennifer Ewing (Scenic Artist / Assoc. Producer) is an actor, freelance artist, and scenic artist. This season she created the original paintings for the poster art of The Celestial Omnibus and Alice in Wonderland. She first joined the Theatre22 family in the art department in 2014, painting the portraits of Maria Callas for The Lisbon Traviata. She painted the 8‘x32’ mountain landscape mural for Annapurna, and was a painter on The Happiest Song Plays Last. In 2017 she was appointed to the position of Resident Scenic Artist. Jennifer also works regularly with Seattle Public Theatre (AdmissionsChristmastownIndy Jones and the Raiders of the Last Temple of the Doomed Ark, Fire Season) and ArtsWest (Sunset Baby, The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion, John, M. Butterfly, Jane Eyre: The Musical). Jennifer began working behind the scenes as an associate producer for Theatre22 in the summer of 2016. Her work involves season selections, casting materials, fundraising, show scheduling and coordination, promotional material, script breakdowns, show program content, and various lists, calendars, and other administrative odds and ends. Jennifer has performed with Theatre22 as The Narrator in The Celestial Omnibus, Jane in White, and Anna in The Hours of Life.

Very Special Thanks for their support…

Paul Lippert, Sunam Ellis, Lenore Bensinger, Andrew Coopman, Aviona Rodrigues Brown, Mary Machala, Teri Lazzara, Patrick Swett, Keelan Shirkey, Lisa Branham, Lantz Wagner, Dori and Bob Stankowski, Jan Williams, Curtis Eastwood, Brendan Healey, Melissa Rabelhofer, Teresa Thuman, John Langs, Erin Brindley, Anna Cronin, Jeff Allen Pierce, Ken Holmes, George Mount, Kathy Hsieh, Bret Fetzer, and a very special thanks to Moira, Nolan, and Jacob.

Original Alice in Wonderland artwork provided by Jennifer Ewing.  www.jenniferewing.org

THANK YOU to our SPONSORS!

GARDENS OF THE GALAXY LANDSCAPING

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to Plan and Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I need to make reservations?

No tickets or reservations needed.

 

What should I bring?

Simply bring your blanket or low-lying chair, your picnic, and remember to show up early to find a place in the audience that suits you. Blankets and low-lying chairs sit towards the front and high-backed chairs sit towards the back.  Since the show is outdoors you may want to bring some sunscreen, bug spray and possibly a light jacket.  Oh, and don’t forget some water!

 

Is the show appropriate for all ages?

Yes!

 

How long is the show?

1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

Do I need to be vaccinated?

We would absolutely appreciate all of our attendees being fully vaccinated; however, we also understand that certain people may not be able to receive the vaccine.  If you cannot get the vaccine then we kindly request you wear a mask and find comfortable seating that is socially distanced from other attendees. Bringing kids under age 12? We will let you make the call about what’s best for your child’s safety, but we do recommend that they be masked at all times while at the park.

 

Check how you’re feeling before you arrive.

If you are feeling ill, running a fever, or any other illness symptoms, please stay home.

 

Plan in advance.

Plan to arrive 30-60 minutes early to get yourself settled to see the show. If you’re new to Volunteer Park please make sure you know how to get there and plan for the potential of traffic. Bring food. Bring beverages. Bring low height chairs or blankets. Have a joy filled picnic prior to the show.

 

Bring your mobile device. 

We will be offering digital programs in the park to minimize our contact with each other (and it helps cut down on waste). You’ll be able to access the program through your mobile device. Instructions to do so will be available at the park. We will have a limited number of print programs available for those who would like them. Cell phones and pagers are disruptive to actors and audiences so please remember to silence them prior to the start of the show.

 

Be flexible.

It’s Theatre22’s first park show and it has been a very long time since we were in social settings together.  We ask for understanding and grace from you for us, yourself, and others as we work out the kinks of being together in new ways. Operationally things might be a little rusty. Socially things might feel a little new. If someone needs space, please give it to them. Breathe. Have patience and grace. Enjoy the moment.

 

Go to the bathroom before the show.

Volunteer Parks bathroom is located next to the Observatory at the north end of the park.

 

Give generously.

We can’t do free theatre in the park without your support. If you have the means, please make a donation either online or at the event. Artists and arts organizations were the first to close from the pandemic and the last to open. You make all of this possible and we love being here with you, in community. Donations make this possible and can be made at the park (we will pass the hat) or can be made anytime HERE.

 

Tell your friends and family.

If you have a good time, tell your friends and family or share a post on social media.

 

Can I bring my dog(s)?

Yes! We do ask that your dog be leashed at all times.  If your dog is a barker, this will distract our actors which could create a safety hazard.  Barking dogs should be removed quickly for the safety of the actors and the enjoyment of the other audience members.

 

Anything else?

Please be courteous to your fellow patrons and refrain from smoking in the audience or near the production areas.

 

Oh, and…

We are so grateful you are here!  We sure did miss you!

…A Curiously Current Adaption by Julie Beckman

Innovative.   Genre-Bending.   Like You’ve Never Seen it Before!

DIRECTED by Julie Beckman and Jasmine Lomax

July 29 – Aug 1 Thurs – Sun 7pm

Aug 5 – Aug 7 Thurs – Sat 7pm

VOLUNTEER PARK  lawn north of the museum

FREE!

Theatre22 presents “an Alice for our time” as we journey down the rabbit hole into a topsy-turvy world where rules keep changing, time is fluid and power equals corruption.

This contemporary, genre-bending adaptation combines the original beloved characters with song, dance, puppetry, and whimsical wordplay in an imaginative, hilarious, and outrageous interpretation with something for everyone.

FREE!

No tickets needed. Seating in the parks is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Donations after the performance will be welcomed.

 

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The cast and Crew

Alanah Pascual ~ Alice

Antonio Mitchell ~ Duchess / Mouse

Lisa Viertel ~ Queen / Bill the Lizard

Christian Zumbado ~ Catepillar / Mad Hatter / Seven of Spades

Nikki Suyama ~ Elsi / Mock Turtle / Cheshire Cat

Marianna de Fazio ~ Rabbit / Dormouse

Jasmine Lomax ~ Cook / March Hare / Two of Clubs

Adapter

Directors

Producing Artistic Director

Production Manager

Associate Producer

Costume Designer

Sound Designer

Set & Properties Designer

Stage Manager

Assistant Stagemanager

Technical Director / Builder

Puppetry Consultant

Casting Director / House Manager

 Julie Beckman

Julie Beckman and Jasmine Lomax

Corey McDaniel

Gavin Yehle

Jennifer Ewing

K.D. Schill

Rob Witmer

Joshua Legate

Jessamyn Bateman-Iino

Emma Hagerman

Adrian Delahunt

Stephani Sachs

Alber Sucupira

THANK YOU to our SPONSORS!

 

GARDENS OF THE GALAXY LANDSCAPING

 

 

The Celestial Omnibus

May 13 – 31, 2021
Streaming ON-DEMAND

 

“The play pulls you in with an imaginative story, enchanting cast, and magical sound design. Between the ambient sounds and sound effects, I felt as if I were there, too, journeying with the immortals – feeling belittled by those in “reality” but at peace once in the realm of light and vivid rainbow reflections.”

~ by Kristina Ferrari – SGN

 

THIS PRODUCTION HAS CONCLUDED

Theatre22 is proud to present our first On-Demand RADIO PLAY (streaming audio only~no visuals) as our first production since the onset of the pandemic.

Some of you might recall that Theatre22 was scheduled to produce the play Nonsense and Beauty last fall, which explores the true life story of E.M. Forster and his turbulent romance turned love triangle with a younger man.  We hope that we can return to production with that script sometime soon, but in the mean time — we have pondered and been inspired by the writings of Forster, who beautifully explored themes of longing and personal freedom and the importance of the inner life.  This brought us to The Celestial Omnibus, which has provided us with a powerful antidote to the pandemic by exploring the power of the imagination and the essential quality of the creative impulse in the expression of the human spirit.  

So we hope that you can join Forster’s character of “The Boy” who travels to a Celestial realm accompanied by literary masters.  Combining whimsy, philosophy, and beautiful writing with a touch of the bizarre, you can expect to be transported.

Free or choose your price! Streams May 13th thru May 31st.

Run-Time: 45 minutes.

*Original Artwork for The Celestial Omnibus was created by artist, actress, and staff member, Jennifer Ewing. To see more of Jennifer’s work visit her website HERE.

 

The Cast and Crew

 

Sunam Ellis

The Boy

Sunam Ellis graduated in 2015 from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, and since then, she has delved into the Seattle theater community, with productions and readings with ACT, Book-It, Seattle Shakespeare, Seattle Public Theatre, Sound Theatre, Seattle Rep, Theatre22, The Horse in Motion, and The Seagull Project. Favorite local roles include Margery in Hand to God (Gregory Award recipient), Bala in Sheathed (Gregory Award nominee), Marie in The Wellesley Girl, and Eleanor in Bring Down the House. Sunam also enjoys teaching the occasional theater class at local universities, including Seattle University and UW

Jennifer Ewing

Narrator

Jennifer Ewing is an actor, freelance artist and scenic artist. Jennifer was last seen on stage in Theatre22’s White (Jane)During the pandemic, she performed in Harlequin Production’s Online Radio Play Dracula (Lucy Westenra and Announcer). She has also worked with Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O (King Lear), SecondStory Repertory (The Taming of The Shrew), Island Shakespeare Festival (Jane Eyre, As You Like It, Julius Caesar), Mount Baker Theatre (The Nerd, The Underpants, The 39 Steps), and GreenStage (The Two Noble Kinsmen). Jennifer is a frequent Scenic Painter for Seattle Public Theatre (Admissions, Christmastown, Indy Jones: The Raiders of the Last Temple of the Doomed Ark), ArtsWest (Sunset Baby, The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion, Jane Eyre: The Musical) and Theatre22 (The Happiest Song Plays Last, Annapurna, The Lisbon Traviata). Jennifer is the Associate Producer and Resident Scenic Artist for Theatre22. Graduate: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC www.jenniferewing.org

 

Mary Machala

Mr. Bons

Mary Machala is one of the founding members of Book-It Repertory Theatre where she acted and directed for many years.  A former member of AEA & AFTRA, her acting credits also include work with Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Group Theatre, New City Theater, Theater Schmeater, ArtsWest and Seattle Shakespeare Company.  She was an improvisationalist with Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, MN and the Artistic Director of the socio/political improv group, Off the Wall Players, where she authored, directed and acted in original improv sketches.  She has worked with regional theatres in Utah, Idaho and Minnesota and toured as Elizabeth I in Enter The Queen, an interactive performance piece she wrote for middle/high school students as part of Seattle Shakespeare Company’s education outreach program.  She played Sally in Theatre22’s first ever production of the Fifth of July and happy to be back working with this talented group.

Bob Williams

Father / Dante

Bob Williams is excited to appear in his first project with Theatre22.

Pre- Covid credits include work at ACT, Book-It, Sound Theatre Company, Theater Schmeater, ReAct, Annex, ArtsWest, Radial Theatre Project, Pony World Theatre, UMO Ensemble, Spokane Interplayers, Empty Space, Union Garage, Seattle Experimental Opera and 14/48.

Jason Sharp

Sir Arthur / Achilles

Jason Sharp joyfully returns to T22 where he was last seen as Danny Zuko and many others in Live! From The Last Night Of My Life (T22/Theater Schmeater). Audiences may recognize his voice from his turn as the Narrator in A Christmas Carol and as Jonathan Harker in Dracula (Harlequin Productions). Other Pacific Northwest credits include A Doll’s House (Tacoma Little Theatre), Clybourne Park (Toy Boat Theatre), Cherdonna’s Doll’s House (Washington Ensemble Theatre), Hooded Or Being Black For Dummies (Theatre Battery), Balconies, Team of Heroes Trilogy (Annex Theatre). Jason is also a veteran actor of 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival and Ian Bell’s Brown Derby Series. TV/Film credits include NBC’s GRIMM and Wes Hurley’s cult-classic web series Capitol Hill. www.sharpactor.com

Jasmine Lomax

Mother / Zora Neale Hurston

Jasmine Lomax is known in the Seattle community as not only an actor, but a playwright, director, and storyteller. Jasmine’s mission as an artist is to share as much new work as possible! They believe by doing so they are communicating the importance of generating new works of art. Some of their favorite past credits include Raisin’s in a Glass of Milk 2019 (a compilation of interviews from Artists of Color) at Taproot Theater, Baltimore (Directed by Malika Oyetimen), O, Beautiful (Directed by Michael Place).

 

Julie Beckman

Adapter / Director

Julie Beckman is overjoyed to be directing with Theatre22 again in collaboration with this amazingly talented group of actors and artists.  She first adapted and directed The Celestial Omnibus in 1984 (!) with Porcupine Productions in Chicago and is happy to revisit the story and the adaptation with a whole new understanding.  Previous directing projects with Theatre22 include The Revolutionists, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Downstairs, Annapurna, Water by the Spoonful, and Fifth of July.  Outside of Theatre22, she adapted and directed Edith Wharton’s The Bunner Sisters, Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Dickens’ Hard Times, and a handful of short stories.  She has worked at several dozen theatres in Seattle and around the country including ACT, Book-It, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Sound Theatre, MAP, eSe Teatro, Island Shakespeare Festival and 14/48, and is happy to be celebrating her 25th year in the Seattle area.

 

Marianna DeFazio

Dialect Coach

Since receiving her MFA at the University of Washington, Marianna has coached dialect at theaters across Seattle and is the resident dialect coach for Theatre22.  Her work was heard in Burn ThisThe Pride and The Happiest Song Plays Last.   Professionally, Marianna coaches individuals in accent modification, public speaking as well as voice & speech. She will be teaching Voice for Theater this fall at Seattle Pacific University. http://www.mariannadefazio.com/coach

Kyle Thompson

Sound Designer

Kyle is very happy to be working with Theatre22 again, having previously designed for The Happiest Song Plays Last, Downstairs, Annapurna, and Water By The Spoonful. He is especially excited to be undertaking this unique challenge of designing for T22’s first radio play. Over the past year of there being no live theater, Kyle has been fortunate enough to design for a few other audio plays – Dracula and A Christmas Carol (Harlequin Productions), and Childfinder (Book-It Repertory Theatre). During normal times, Kyle designed for over 50 productions in the greater Seattle area, including: American Junkie, Returning the Bones (Gregory Award Nominated for Outstanding Sound Design), Jane Eyre, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Treasure Island (Book-It Repertory Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labor’s Lost(Wooden O/Seattle Shakespeare Company); Our Country’s Good, The Pavilion, Take Me Out (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Is God Is (Washington Ensemble Theatre); Mothers and Sons, 4,000 Miles (ArtsWest). Kyle is looking forward to getting back in a theater and designing for a live show again hopefully sometime soon!

 

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Special THANKS to our Sponsors!

 

 

Live! From the Last Night of My Life

Saturday April 11, 2020 at 7:00pm

Live! From the Last Night of My Life

Written and Directed by Wayne Rawley

Dear Theatre22 Community,

We are thinking about you during this incredible time. It’s been a swift and continual escalation for all of us and the ripple effects of our current crisis are hitting everyone in significant ways. We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe, sane, and healthy.
As we continue to live isolated from our community, we would like to offer a special, one-time, Live-Streaming Eventto bring our friends and patrons together this Saturday April 11th at 7pm: Live! from the Last Night of My Life by Wayne Rawley staged in 2015 (2nd Season).
Our streaming will be a professionally edited, 3-camera archival video.
This event is FREE butrequires pre-registration for security purposes. We have included a donation link should you feel able or inclined; these funds will help keep our staff and artists financially afloat during this uncertain time. Please find the Registration and Donation links below.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. We hope you can join us this weekend!
Looking forward to seeing you again in person when the crisis subsides!
Corey McDaniel ~ Producing Artistic Director
Special thanks to Wayne Rawley and the cast of Live! for permission to stream this very special production!

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Originally staged by Theater Schmeater during its West Coast premiere in 2011, the original cast and crew come together again to bring this award-winning production back to the Seattle stage in 2015.  
Starring: 
Ryan Higgins, Aly Bedford, Samie Spring Detzer, Katie Driscoll, Heather Gautschi, Jason Sharp, James Weidman, and Corey McDaniel 

 

A Very Special Thanks to our SPONSORS:

 

Annapurna

Friday April 24, 2020 at 7:30pm

Annapurna

by Sharr White

Directed by Julie Beckman

 

Dear Theatre22 Community,

We are thinking about you during this incredible time. It’s been a swift and continual escalation for all of us and the ripple effects of our current crisis are hitting everyone in significant ways.

We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe, sane, and healthy.

As we continue to live isolated from our community, we would like to offer a special, one-time, Live-Streaming Event to bring our friends and patrons together this Friday April 24th at 7:30pm: ANNAPURNA by Sharr White staged by Theatre22 in 2016.

Our streaming will be a professionally edited, 2-camera, archival video.

This event is FREE but requires pre-registration for security purposes. We have included a donation link should you feel able or inclined; these funds will help keep our staff and artists financially afloat during this uncertain time. Please find the Registration and Donation links below.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. We hope you can join us this weekend!

Looking forward to seeing you again in person when the crisis subsides!

Corey McDaniel ~ Producing Artistic Director

Special thanks to Wayne Rawley and the cast of Live! for permission to stream this very special production!

REGISTER HERE              DONATE HERE

 

Off the grid and barely hanging on, Ulysses unexpectantly finds his wife, Emma, at his trailer door. It’s been twenty years since their marriage was torn apart by an event that Ulysses can’t remember and Emma can’t forget. ANNAPURNA is built upon the hopefulness of reconciliation. Passionate, funny, fierce.

Starring:
Teri Lazzara and John Q. Smith

 

Designs by: Designs by:
Lights: Ahren Buhmann; Sound: Kyle Thompson; Costumes and Props: Jen Moon; Set: Michael Mowery; Stage Manager: Sarah Ross; Production Manager: Katie McKellar

 

A Very Special Thanks to our SPONSORS:

 

Byhalia, Mississippi

THIS PRODUCTION WAS CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.

RESCHEDULING MAY OCCUR IN THE FUTURE.  

…a story of love, class, race, family and forgiveness.

A Northwest Premiere

…recent productions at Steppenwolf Theatre and The Kennedy Center

Directed by Julie Beckman

April 24 thru May 9, 2020 
Performed at Seattle Public Theatre – 7312 West Green Lake Dr N.

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm with hosted talkbacks

*PWYC Preview Thursday April 23rd at 8pm

**Special Industry Night Monday May 4th at 8pm

Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They are broke. They are loud. They are “proud white trash.” When Laurel gives birth to their long overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives. Byhalia, Mississippi explores a couple in the midst of turmoil and a town with a racially-charged past that finds its way into the present.

“…an American classic … brilliant words so real that they hurt you, they give you hope, and ultimately they heal you if you let them.”  ~ Kelly Wallace, Stage and Candor

“…an important play of reconciliation.”  ~ Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“…this new drama fuels both the mind and the heart.” ~ Rachel Weinberg, BroadwayWorld: Chicago

“…makes you think, then laugh, then gasp, then cry, then laugh, then think some more …” ~ Helen Meade, Pittsburgh in the Round

Byhalia, Mississippi is a must-see, and one which demands to be talked about.” ~ Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 No Fee Pricing ~ All Fees Included

$35 General Admission    $28 Senior/Military

$18 Student & Industry 

Students and Industry must present ID at Box Office

Online Sales End at 6pm for Day-Of Tickets

Mark your calendars

Reserve Tickets

For Wheelchair Accessible seating, please call the box office at 206.257.2203

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Please Note: Merchant and Service fees are included in ticket prices. Online sales end at 6pm for day-of tickets. Check the contents of your cart before completing your purchase to ensure everything is correct. All ticket sales are final. No Refunds.Your tickets may be exchanged for another performance with a minimum of 24 hours notice (subject to availability) by calling the box office at 206.257.2203.

*Special discounts, complimentary tickets, and discount codes are not available for the final two performances of each production.  

 

THE Cast and Crew…

To be announced soon…

 

Sponsored in part by

Winter Brunch 2020

This event has SOLD OUT. 

Should you wish to attend please contact corey@theatre22.org.

Join us for a fabulous brunch and auction to celebrate friendship, our community and launch our 6th Season!

Sunday February 23, 2020

11:00am – 1:30pm

Rainier Chapter House ~ 800 East Roy Street

 

$70 Admission

Includes admittance, brunch, unlimited mimosas & wine, entertainment, and an abundance of fabulousness!

$150 VIP Admission

Seats are Limited! Includes admittance, brunch, unlimited mimosas & wine, entertainment, 1 seat at the producers table, 2 complimentary tickets to our upcoming season and a souvenir gift from Theatre22!

See our amazing auction line up here.

Brunch Provided by:

 

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A Festival of Revolution!

A Festival of Revolution!

While maintaining our commitment to hope and healing, Theatre22 presents a dynamic focus on affecting change in this year’s Festival of Revolution.

Two Productions running in rotation Tuesdays through Sundays 
October 18th – November 9th

Performed at 12th Avenue Arts ~ 1620 12th Ave

Sponsored in part by

THE REVOLUTIONISTS

written by Lauren Gunderson
directed by Julie Beckman

 

Seattle Premiere

THE REVOLUTIONISTS is a story about four badass women who lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, deposed queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle tell their stories together and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world.

 

RUN TIME: 1hour & 50mins (includes a 10 minute intermission)

 

WHITE

written by James Ijames
directed by Corey McDaniel

associate director Tayo Talabi

Regional Premiere

Gus is an artist. A very good artist. He’s just not a famous artist. So when a major art museum puts out a call for “new perspectives,” Gus – a white guy – decides to seize his opportunity. He hires Vanessa, a black actress, to perform as Balkonaé Townsend, a brash and political artist that will fit the museum’s desire for “new voices” to present his work as her own. Everything is great until Balkonaé embraces her power and the two become entwined in a knot of confusion. As Vanessa gets more deeply into her role, the plan spins out of control, while the play explores intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality, and art.

RUN TIME: 90 Minutes with no intermission

 

The Design and Technical Teams

Margaret Toomey, Parmida Ziaei, Maggie Rogers,  Partick Swett, Jocelyn Fowler, Jodi Sauerbier, Ahren Buhmann, Cole Hornaday, Adrian Delahunt, Sonja Lowe, Hayden Graser, Katie McKellar, Gavin Yehle, Kathryn Greaser, Sarah Ross, and Alber Sucupira

 


The Casts

Photo Credit:  John Curry Photography

 

        Photo credit: Brett Love

Shermona Mitchell

WHITE

Shermona Mitchell (Vanessa, Diana of Detroit, BalkonaéTownsend) is a local actor, director and teaching artist. Originally from Kentucky, Shermona moved to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Theater. Shermona is the 2016 Gregory Award recipient for Best Supporting Actress.

Tyler Rogers

WHITE

Tyler Rogers (Gus) is a Cornish College of the Arts alum with a BFA in Theatre, who most recently performed in the world premiere production of The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion at ArtsW est. Next up, he is reprising his roles in Book-It Repertory Theatre’s holiday production of Howl’s Moving Castle. Intagram: @tyler253

 

Christian Quinto

WHITE

Christian Quinto (Tanner) is excited to be making his Theatre22 debut in this important and timely production! He was last seen in Seattle Repertory Theatre and Public Works Seattle’s production of As You Like It as Orlando.He made his Seattle theatre debut in The Odyssey as Telemachus (Public Works Seattle’s inaugural production). Quinto was born and raised in the Philippines, then moved to Hawai’i when he was 14 years old, but now calls Seattle home. He’s a big fan of curry, boba tea, and Filipino representation and visibility on stage and screen. Select credits: Office Hour (Dennis), The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion (Todd), Next To Normal (Gabe), Mamma Mia! (Sky), Pageant (Miss Industrial Northeast), Jane Eyre: The Musical (Mason). www.christianquinto.com(Instagram: @cjquinto)

Jennifer Ewing

WHITE

Jennifer Ewing (Jane) is a freelance actor and scenic artist. She has performed with companies including Wooden O (King Lear), SecondStory Repertory (The Taming of The Shrew), Island Shakespeare Festival (Jane Eyre, As You Like It, Julius Caesar), Theatre22 (The Hours of Life), Mount Baker Theatre (The Nerd, The Underpants, The 39 Steps), and GreenStage (The Two Noble Kinsmen). Jennifer has painted sets for ArtsWest (Sunset Baby, The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion, Jane Eyre: The Musical), Intiman Theatre (Bulrusher), Seattle Public Theatre (Indy Jones and the Raiders of the Last Temple of the Doomed Ark, Fire Season), and Theatre22 (The Happiest Song Plays Last, Annapurna, The Lisbon Traviata). Jennifer is the Associate Producer and Resident Scenic Artist for Theatre22. Graduate: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC www.jenniferewing.org

Photo Credit: John Curry Photography

 

Photo Credit: Truman Buffett

Angela DiMarco

THE REVOLUTIONISTS

Angela DiMarco (Olympe de Gouges) is honored to bring Olympe de Gouges back to life and reunite with Theatre22, after being in their award winning production of The Pride. Some past productions: Seattle Repertory (Boeing Boeing), Village Theatre (Crimes of the Heart, The Foreigner, The Importance of Being Earnest), ReAct (SALTY, Angels In America), Harlequin Productions (August Osage County), Azeotrope (Jesus Hopped the A Train), Umbrella Project (KnockingBird), and Seattle Shakespeare Company (Taming of The Shrew). Angela is also co-founder of Mighty Tripod Productions and Acting Studio. When not acting on stage or screen, Angela’s focus is on producing strong empowering female roles. As a teacher, she hopes to help other artists navigate their career and find their mightiness.  Angela is honored to be a four time Gregory Award nominee.  “Excuse me for trying to do something revolutionary during this revolution. This is our time to make a better world for everyone…” ~Olympe ~ The Revolutionists

Shanna Allman

THE REVOLUTIONISTS

Shanna Allman (Maria Antoinette) appeared earlier this fall in Everything is Illuminated with Book-It Repertory Theatre. Seattle credits include: Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Wooden O), Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer, Marya in The Government Inspector, Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Marianne in The Miser (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Mary Bennet in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Taproot Theatre Company), How I Learned to DriveRhinocerosOur Town, and The Laramie Project (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), and The Violet Hour and The War Party (Seattle Public Theater). Additionally, Shanna is an improviser and Ensemble Member with Unexpected Productions, and co-creator and performer of the improv duos Prepared with Ted and Alice and The Bastards Grimm. This production marks her debut with Theatre22. Up next: The Rivals this January with Seattle Shakespeare Company.

 

Anjelica McMillan

THE REVOLUTIONISTS

Anjelica McMillan (Marianne Angelle) is so excited to be a part of the cast of The Revolutionists. This is her first show with Theatre22. Regional credits include Behold the Dreamers (Neni Jonga) at Book-it Repertory Theatre, Anansi & the Halfling (Oya/Ensemble) at Annex Theatre, Hamlet (Gertrude/Marcellus) with The Horse in Motion, Row Yr Boat (Julia) at Annex Theatre and Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Vicki/Barbara) at Theatre Schmeater. Anjelica originated the role of Reed in the staged reading of Amontaine Aurore’s Don’t Call it a Riot at the Neptune Theater. Television: Portlandia (Season 8) and The Wonderland Murders (Season 2). As a voiceover actor, she can be heard on the zombie videogame State of Decay and the audio drama Five Levels of Fear. Up next: When a Tree Falls at 18th & Union. Anjelica lives with her husband, Spencer, and their two sweet kitties.

Anastasia Higham

THE REVOLUTIONISTS

Anastasia  Higham (Charlotte) has previously appeared at Theatre22 in Scotto Moore’s Signal Loss series, playing Amanda in Can’t Talk Right Now and Sings The Hits.  Previous credits include Prelude to a KissFrost/NixonProof, and Our Town with Strawberry Theatre Workshop, The Picture of Dorian Gray at Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Into The West at Seattle Children’s Theatre.  Anastasia has also performed with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Taproot Theatre, Annex Theatre, ACTLab, Island Stage Left, Seattle Fringe Festival, and the 14/48 Projects.

Lauren Gunderson

Playwright ~ THE REVOLUTIONISTS

Lauren Gunderson is a playwright, screenwriter and short story author from Atlanta, GA currently living in San Francisco. She was named the most produced playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2017, was awarded the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatist Guild, the 2016 Otis Gurnsey Award for Emerging Writer, and was awarded the prestigious 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for her play, I and You (also a Susan Smith Blackburn Blackburn and John Gassner Award finalist).     The Revolutionists was first produced in 2016 and has since had more than a dozen productions  across the country.  Other work includes Silent Sky, Miss Bennett, and The Book of Will, along with many more.

James Ijames

Playwright ~ WHITE

JAMES IJAMES is a Philadelphia based actor, director and playwright. His plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), and Ally Theatre (Washington DC). James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ….Miz Martha and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award.  He is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University.

Winter Brunch and Auction 2019

Join us for a fabulous brunch and auction to celebrate friendship, our community and be the first to hear what’s lined up for our 5th Season.

Sunday February 24, 2019

11:00am – 2:00pm

Rainier Chapter House ~ 800 East Roy Street

RSVP HERE! 

$60 Admission

Includes admittance, brunch, unlimited mimosas & wine, entertainment, and an abundance of fabulousness!

$200 VIP Admission

Seats are Limited! Includes admittance, brunch, unlimited mimosas & wine, entertainment, 1 seat at the producers table, 2 complimentary tickets to our upcoming season and a souvenir gift from Theatre22!

RSVP HERE! 

Brunch Provided by:

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Sponsored in part by:

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