Theater

It Can't Happen Here: An Evening of Theater

Event: 
Mon, 10/10/2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join the Olympia Theater Club as it performs selections from the play “It Can't Happen Here", Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffett’s 1936 adaptation of the famous novel. Mirroring the rise of fascism in Europe, this cautionary tale follows the election of a populist demagogue who pledges to return the country to prosperity and greatness. Despite the extremity of his actions, many make excuses and reassure themselves that fascism “can’t happen here”--only to find that they are wrong.

We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

Harlequin Productions Presents The Last Five Years

Event: 
Sun, 08/21/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Harlequin Productions Presents The Last Five Years
A Musical about the Highs of Love and the Lows of Loss
On August 18, Harlequin Productions opens The Last Five Years, an award-winning musical by multi Tony-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown. The show runs until September 10 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. Tickets are available now at harlequinproductions.org.
The Last Five Years features only two actors and tells the story of the rise and fall of a five-year relationship between Jamie and Cathy, played by musical theater veterans Aaron Lamb and Katherine Strohmaier. The two take turns singing songs, telling the story from their point of view. However, Jamie begins his story at the beginning of the relationship and each song moves him forward in time, while Cathy begins at the end of the relationship and each song moves her backward in time. “This unique storytelling technique adds great nuance to the story,” said Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Add in Jason Robert Brown’s breathtaking musical score, and the result is a powerful story of love and loss and a poignant examination of modern-day relationships.”
This is the third musical Harlequin is staging this season, something that has never happened in the company’s 25-year history. It is a special commemoration of Harlequin’s silver anniversary season.

The Last Five Years

Event: 
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Harlequin Productions Presents The Last Five Years
A Musical about the Highs of Love and the Lows of Loss
On August 18, Harlequin Productions opens The Last Five Years, an award-winning musical by multi Tony-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown. The show runs until September 10 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. Tickets are available now at harlequinproductions.org.
The Last Five Years features only two actors and tells the story of the rise and fall of a five-year relationship between Jamie and Cathy, played by musical theater veterans Aaron Lamb and Katherine Strohmaier. The two take turns singing songs, telling the story from their point of view. However, Jamie begins his story at the beginning of the relationship and each song moves him forward in time, while Cathy begins at the end of the relationship and each song moves her backward in time. “This unique storytelling technique adds great nuance to the story,” said Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Add in Jason Robert Brown’s breathtaking musical score, and the result is a powerful story of love and loss and a poignant examination of modern-day relationships.”
This is the third musical Harlequin is staging this season, something that has never happened in the company’s 25-year history. It is a special commemoration of Harlequin’s silver anniversary season.

Vikki Gasko Green - Ventriloquist & Puppets

Event: 
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Jump on board for a Global Safari - a magical, geographical adventure with ventriloquist Vikki and her cast of critters. Program paid for by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.

Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501. 
Phone: 360-943-7790. 
Intercity Transit route 12/13.

Something Wicked Presents Academy X: An Improv Show Inspired by X-Men

Event: 
Wed, 05/18/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

 On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Harlequin Productions’ celebrated improv troupe, Something Wicked, presents their newest comedy show, Academy X: An Improv Show Inspired by X-Men. The performance takes place from 7:00 PM until approximately 8:30 PM at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. 

“It’s an improv comedy show inspired by the X-Men comics and movies,” said Something Wicked leader Mark Alford. “However, you don’t actually need to know anything about them to enjoy our show.” 

Improv fans can purchase tickets at harlequinproductions.org or by calling 360/786-0151. Admission is $15 with $10 rush tickets available at the Box Office 30 minutes before the show.

 

     WHO:               Harlequin Productions presents Something Wicked

     WHAT:             Academy X: An Improv Show Inspired by X-Men

     WHEN:             Wednesday May 18, 2016 from 7:00 PM to approximately 8:30 PM

     WHERE:          The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501

     PRICE:             $15 general, $10 rush tickets (available at Box Office ½ hour before curtain)

     TICKETS:        Tickets and info available at harlequinproductions.org, or by calling 360/786-0151

     NOTE:              May contain mature content

 

The Language Archive

Event: 
Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:00pm

On May 5, Harlequin Productions opens The Language Archive by Julia Cho at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. This inventive and whimsical play looks at the way language may complicate love and the expression of feeling may find its ultimate form in the scent of baking bread. The show runs until May 28. Tickets are available online at harlequinproductions.org, or over the phone at (360)786-0151.

George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. He is immersed in words but tongue-tied when his wife, Mary, announces that she is leaving him. Broken hearted, he turns to his current project: researching a dying language as spoken by an aged couple who are the last surviving speakers. Instead he finds them arguing in English over his claim on an airplane's window seat and her cooking. Meanwhile, George's assistant, Emma, has fallen in love with him but cannot find the words to express it in a way that he can hear. The Language Archive explores the way that words may stifle communication and how profound and incomprehensible feelings look for shapes that may not fit an archive.

     WHO:       Harlequin Productions

     WHAT:      The Language Archive, a romantic dramedy by Julia Cho

     WHEN:      May 5-28, 2016; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

     WHERE:     The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501

     PRICE:        General: $34, Senior/Military: $31, Student/Youth: $20

$15 Rush Tickets available at Box Office 30 minutes prior to curtain

Wolves: The Musical

Event: 
Wed, 05/11/2016 - 8:00pm - 9:15pm

Come join us at the library for this special theatrical event!  Created for the joy of creation, this all-star local cast lights up the stage with original songs and choreography. Asking the questions "What is the world?"
and, "what is life?" and perhaps "what is my place in it all?" This program will
occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be
provided.  All library programs are free and open to the public.

The Addams Family

Event: 
Thu, 04/21/2016 - 7:30pm

The Addams Family is not your typical family, they take delight in most of the things which normal people would be terrified of. Gomez Addams is an extremely wealthy man and is able to indulge his wife Morticia's every desire, whether it's cultivation of poisonous plants or a candlelit dinner in a graveyard. Gomez and Morticia have their two children, Wednesday Addams and Pugsley Addams, but Wednesday is now in love and needs to introduce her new fiance and his parents to her family. The only problem is, they are "normal". How will these two families get along and can they accept each other? 

A Musical in Three Acts - Book By Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice - Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Tickets are $8 for students/senior citizens  and   $10 for general public 

Performances will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Capital High School. 

2707 Conger Ave NW Olympia WA 98502

To make sure you get tickets, call (360)596-8053, or purchase tickets at the door. We accept checks as well as credit cards and cash. 

See you there!

 

 

Memory Care Plays with Readers Theater Unlimited

Event: 
Tue, 04/19/2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
In the spring of 2012, Dr. Margaret Noel, founder of MemoryCare.org, put out a call for one-act plays that would portray the complex realities of dementia. She sought material that would deepen understanding and compassion for everyone engaged in this difficult journey. Out of 91 submissions, three were chosen. “Readers Theater Unlimited” will perform these three plays at the Tumwater Timberland Library on Tuesday, April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. “Steering into the Skid,” tells of a couple in their 60’s. The husband experiences early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease as demonstrated in 12 progressive scenes of driving together. “In the Garden” presents the Monsetin family in crisis. Recently widowed Arthur, a retired professor and artist, is fighting a losing battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His three adult children have gathered at the family home to decide what to do. “Riding the Waves” is a story of 60-year-old Isabel Epstein, whose memories are slipping away, and the struggles her son and daughter experience as a result. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Library. Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501. Phone: 360-943-7790. Intercity Transit route 12/13.

Hedda Gabler

Event: 
Thu, 03/03/2016 - 8:00pm

Harlequin Productions Presents Hedda Gabler

A Theatrical Classic Gets a Modern Makeover

Hedda Gabler has returned from an extended honeymoon with her kind but tediously academic husband. Beautiful and self-possessed, but also haunted, she is already bored with marriage. Suffocated by bourgeois society and disdainful of intellectual pursuits, she tries to fulfill her aimless desires by manipulating the fates of those around her…with tragic results. Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler is a fascinating, paradoxical portrait of a woman slipping into despair as her options narrow in a world expanding for both sexes.

     WHO:               Harlequin Productions

     WHAT:             Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler adapted by Aaron Lamb

     WHEN:             March 3-26, 2016; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

     WHERE:          The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501

     PRICE:             General: $34, Senior/Military: $31, Student/Youth: $20

Rush tickets available at Box Office ½ hour before curtain (approx. 50% discount)

     SPECIALS:      Pay What You Can Night: March 9, Ladies’ Night Out: March 11, Pride Night: March 18,
                                Post-show Talkback: March 13

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