Theater

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

Improv Night at Harlequin Productions

Event: 
Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Something Wicked, the improv comedy troupe of Harlequin Productions, presents You Are Here: An Improv Show on Wednesday May 20 from 8-9:30 PM. The show features the celebrated comedy troupe performing their high-energy brand of improv in a performance guided by audience suggestions.

In the first act, Something Wicked will perform a series of quick, fast-paced games. In the second act, the troupe will present an improv format called a ‘monoscene.’ In this format, an improvised story takes place entirely in a single location, which is selected by the audience.

 “The short-form games are always a crowd pleaser,” said troupe member Vanessa Postil. “And the long-form piece we’ll be doing is a really interesting and fun format. This one’s going to be an awesome 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

Time Stands Still at Harlequin Productions - Sunday Matinees

Event: 
Sun, 05/10/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

On May 7th, Harlequin Productions opens Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. This bold and provocative drama, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play in 2009, runs through May 30th at the State Theater in downtown Olympia.

 

Set in an industrial loft in Brooklyn, Time Stands Still explores the conflicted imperatives of Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb. She and her professional and personal partner James have spent their lives living on the edge, risking everything to tell the world’s most important stories. They now find themselves confronted with the prospect of a more conventional life.

     WHEN:             May 7th – May 30th 2015; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

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

     PRICE:             General: $32, Senior/Military: $29, Student/Youth: $20

Time Stands Still at Harlequin Productions

Event: 
Thu, 05/07/2015 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

On May 7th, Harlequin Productions opens Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. This bold and provocative drama, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play in 2009, runs through May 30th at the State Theater in downtown Olympia.

 

Set in an industrial loft in Brooklyn, Time Stands Still explores the conflicted imperatives of Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb. She and her professional and personal partner James have spent their lives living on the edge, risking everything to tell the world’s most important stories. They now find themselves confronted with the prospect of a more conventional life.

     WHEN:             May 7th – May 30th 2015; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

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

     PRICE:             General: $32, Senior/Military: $29, Student/Youth: $20

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