Theater

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

Berthold Brecht's "The Exception and the Rule"

Event: 
Wed, 01/27/2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

From today's inbox:

Five women will read "The Exception and the Rule" by Bertolt Brecht (45 min) at The Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 pm. The play was performed at the Null Set coffee house in Olympia in 1967 as a puppet play, and this will be a remembrance of that event. The readers will be Llyn De Danaan, Susan Tuzzolino, Sarah Stockholm, Pat Holm and Laura Schleyer. Holm will also read briefly (3 min) from her new book, "The Null Set Remembered, a memoir of a coffee house 1964-67." The puppets will be on display at the library.

Susan Tuzzolino will sing "Mac the Knife" with John Shepard accompanying her on his saxophone at 7:30 pm as we seat ourselves. This popular Brecht/Weill song (from The Three Penny Opera) should add to the historical context of the play.

Written between 1929-30, "The Exception and the Rule" was designed as a short learning play to educate workers in schools and union halls about socialism and the necessity to change the economic system to something more just and humane. The situation Brecht places his characters in clearly shows the underbelly of unregulated capitalism. With Bernie Sanders, a known socialist, running for President, this play should add to our understanding of our current capitalist system.

Chinese Lion Dancers @ Olympia Timberland Library!

Event: 
Wed, 02/03/2016 - 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Location: Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE (360-352-0595)
Date: Wednesday, February 3rd at 5:30 p.m.
 
Celebrate with the Olympia Tai-Chi & Kung-Fu Club performing the traditional Lion Dance and Kung-Fu to ring in the Chinese New Year of the Monkey! The club's Kung-Fu style is the Hung-Gar Southern Style form. The group has performed at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and the Dragon Boat Festival.
 
This program occurs during library open hours and is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
 

 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Event: 
Thu, 01/21/2016 - 8:00pm

Harlequin Presents a “Deliriously Funny” Comedy

On January 21, Harlequin Productions opens Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. The hysterical comedy runs until February 13 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia.

Vanya and Sonia spent years ministering to their aging parents. Then following their parents deaths, they lived on aimlessly in the family home. In the meantime, sister Masha has traveled the world, the star of an endless series of sexy slasher movies, which have provided the family income. Now Masha, an aging sex symbol, is back with her 20-something boy toy, Spike, in tow. She’s not making as much money as she used to, and is intent on selling the house they grew up in. Uproarious farce and valuable lessons ensue.

WHO:    Harlequin Productions

WHAT:   Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

WHEN:   January 21-February 13, 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: January 27, Ladies’ Night Out: January 29, Post-show Talkback: January 31, Pride Night: February 5

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

RATING: T&O for Teens and Older (some strong language)

Bread and Puppet Theater

Event: 
Wed, 10/21/2015 - 8:00pm - 9:15pm

From today's inbox:

The Bread and Puppet Theatre, a pioneering political theatre troupe from the 1960s and one of the few to survive and thrive into the current era, will be performing at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE, this Wednesday evening, 10/21 at 8 p.m. Admission $10-15 sliding scale (cash and checks only...), no one turned away.

They're performing FIRE, which was originally created in 1965 and later dedicated to three Americans who immolated themselves in protest against the war in Vietnam. Fire is a glimpse into seven days in a Vietnamese community which is incinerated by firebombs, followed by a scene referencing the protest self-immolations. Fire is performed with life-sized puppets which resemble their manipulators. George Dennison, author, educator, and longtime observer of Bread & Puppet, said: “To some extent (Fire) is a service to the dead. Beyond this it manifests certain of the deep premises of the human condition, the inequitableness of life, our dependencies on each other, the social nature of the self.”

Bread and Aioli will be served at the end of the show and the cheap art store will be open for perusal.

The Bread and Puppet theatre are an important part not only of American theatre history but also of American social change movements.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_Puppet_Theater
http://breadandpuppet.org/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1629178220696175/

Recent Tragic Events

Event: 
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 2:00pm

Harlequin Productions Presents Recent Tragic Events

On October 1, Harlequin Productions opens Recent Tragic Events, a smart, insightful comedy about a blind date on the day after 9/11. Penned by Craig Wright, Emmy-nominated writer for such shows as Six Feet Under and Lost, the play runs through October 24 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia.

When Andrew arrives at Waverly’s apartment for a blind date on September 12, 2001, the two are startled to discover a bizarre string of coincidences that seems to connect them. As Waverly tries to reach her identical twin sister – who may or may not have been in one of the Towers – their evening is further complicated by visits from her crazed-musician neighbor, Ron, his oddly-silent girlfriend, Nancy, and Waverly’s great aunt, Joyce Carol Oates – played by a sock puppet. Hilarity and audacity are the hallmarks of this lively examination of fate vs. free will that serves as a welcome balm for what still ails all of us.

General: $32, Senior/Military: $29, Student/Youth: $20 Rush tickets available at Box Office ½ hour before curtain

 SPECIALS:      Post-Show Talkback: October 2, Pay What You Can Night: October 7, Ladies’ Night Out: October 9, Pride Night: October 16

Recent Tragic Events

Event: 
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Harlequin Productions Presents Recent Tragic Events

On October 1, Harlequin Productions opens Recent Tragic Events, a smart, insightful comedy about a blind date on the day after 9/11. Penned by Craig Wright, Emmy-nominated writer for such shows as Six Feet Under and Lost, the play runs through October 24 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia.

When Andrew arrives at Waverly’s apartment for a blind date on September 12, 2001, the two are startled to discover a bizarre string of coincidences that seems to connect them. As Waverly tries to reach her identical twin sister – who may or may not have been in one of the Towers – their evening is further complicated by visits from her crazed-musician neighbor, Ron, his oddly-silent girlfriend, Nancy, and Waverly’s great aunt, Joyce Carol Oates – played by a sock puppet. Hilarity and audacity are the hallmarks of this lively examination of fate vs. free will that serves as a welcome balm for what still ails all of us.

General: $32, Senior/Military: $29, Student/Youth: $20 Rush tickets available at Box Office ½ hour before curtain

SPECIALS:      Post-Show Talkback: October 2, Pay What You Can Night: October 7, Ladies’ Night Out: October 9, Pride Night: October 16

The Life and Death of King John

Event: 
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:45pm

ANIMAL FIRETHEATRE PRESENTS The Life and Death of KING JOHN 

at PRIEST POINT PARK.

Thursdays through Sundays, Aug 6th through 23rd – all shows at 6:30pm

 Admission is FREE

Donations are gratefully accepted …and sharp looking t-shirts will be available!


 

Directions: Our field is on the West (water) side of the park. From Southbound East Bay Drive you will need to cross the bridge after the park’s entrance and follow the signs, banners and sense of gathering tension.  Bring a picnic, a blanket or chair. Bring the family*. Heck, bring the dog too!

Animal Fire can hardly wait to bring this drama of a kingdom in crisis, colliding ambitions and collapsing dynasties to Olympia! Loyalties - and lives - will be tested … broken … and lost   

King John is from the portion of the Shakespearean canon known as the Histories. The Bard blended fact, fantasy, comedy and action centuries before novel writers and premium cable channels began delighting audiences with tales of medieval murder and betrayal. He created a series of plays full of historical myth-making so potent that to this day his authorial liberties are to this day taken as truth. 

Reader’s Theater Unlimited – Comedy Shorts

Event: 
Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bring your lunch for an afternoon of summer comic relief with Reader's Theater Unlimited. Laugh your way through four short comedies and enjoy tea & dessert provided by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. The plays are: "Unsinkable" by Michael McKeever; "Table for Three" by Carl W. Williams; "Kickass Librarian" by Jason Wilkins; and "Your Money Cheerfully Refunded" by Albert K. Schaaf. Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501 - Phone: 360-943-7790 - Intercity Transit route 12/13
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