Theater

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

Summer Improv at Harlequin Productions

Event: 
Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Summer Improv Comedy at Harlequin Productions

Harlequin Productions’ celebrated improv troupe, Something Wicked, presents their newest improv comedy show, The United States of Improv, on Wednesday July 1. The show takes place from 8:00-9:30 PM at the State Theater in downtown Olympia and features high-energy improvised scenes guided by audience suggestions.

     WHO:               Harlequin Productions presents Something Wicked

     WHAT:             The United States of Improv

     WHEN:             Wednesday July 1, 2015 from 8:00-9:30 PM

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

Sixties Chicks Too

Event: 
Sun, 06/21/2015 - 2:00pm

A Musical Celebration at Harlequin Productions

 On June 18, Harlequin Productions opens Sixties Chicks Too, a musical celebration of the 1960’s greatest female singers and songwriters. This Harlequin original musical runs through July 19 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia.

The show features songs by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and more. 

The cast includes Harlequin veterans Stacie Calkins (A Rock’n’Roll Twelfth Night), LaVon Hardison (Clybourne Park, Intimate Apparel, the 2009 staging of Sixties Chicks, and multiple Stardust musicals), and Amy Shephard (Or, The Stardust Christmas BlizzardThe Stardust Christmas Commotion) plus newcomer to the Harlequin stage, Gretchen Boyt.

Sixties Chicks Too

Event: 
Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:00pm

A Musical Celebration at Harlequin Productions

 On June 18, Harlequin Productions opens Sixties Chicks Too, a musical celebration of the 1960’s greatest female singers and songwriters. This Harlequin original musical runs through July 19 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia.

The show features songs by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and more. 

The cast includes Harlequin veterans Stacie Calkins (A Rock’n’Roll Twelfth Night), LaVon Hardison (Clybourne Park, Intimate Apparel, the 2009 staging of Sixties Chicks, and multiple Stardust musicals), and Amy Shephard (Or, The Stardust Christmas Blizzard, The Stardust Christmas Commotion) plus newcomer to the Harlequin stage, Gretchen Boyt.

   WHO:               Harlequin Productions

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