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

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 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, or by calling 360/786-0151

     NOTE:              May contain mature content


The Language Archive

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, 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

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

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

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
In the spring of 2012, Dr. Margaret Noel, founder of, 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

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"

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!

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

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 or by calling 360/786-0151

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

Bread and Puppet Theater

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.

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