theater

Movie Junkies: Horror for the Holidays at the Midnight Sun Performance Space

Need an escape from the holiday cheer? We will be kicking off our twice monthly Movie Junkies nights at the Midnight Sun just in time for Scary Christmas! We have picked out some of our favorite horror films to share with you.

Also in the spirit of giving, these movie nights will include a short or two to round out the evening; just like in the old days.

What do you get when you cross two Chinese professors, a PLU composer, and a nervous playwright?

Apparently, a musical. 

Hi there. My name is Nick McCord, and after a year of late night composition, ravenous editing, and little sleep, a musical has emerged from the jumble of notebooks and cocktail napkins I assembled in my bedroom.

Almost one year ago, after staging my first play, Good Night, Good Doctor, with the gracious help of The Midnight Sun Performance Venue, I walked into Professor Rose Jang's office. Word on the Evergreen campus was she wished to produce an original musical for the 2014 season, and high off of a moderately successful show I was filled to the brim with hubris.

"Rose, I want to write this for you," I said- or something like that (in my memory I kind of swaggered in her office like John Wayne and took a single drag on a hand-rolled cigarette).

Surprisingly, she agreed. And so began a four part collaboration beteen Rose, poet and Evergreen professor Zhang Er, PLU professor and composer Greg Youtz, and me. Our goal was to find a significant bridge between Eastern and Western theater by taking Western writing and stage techniques and harmonizing them with Chinese aesthetics. The Blooming Season was born out of those conversations and late night email exchanges. 

Let me tell you, I've seldom written anything I'm truly proud of. Perhaps that's the insufferable artistic perfectionist in me. However, in this collaboration, with these at once brilliant and lyrical minds, a beautiful piece has emerged that inspires me after each rehearsal. In my multiplicitous foibles, it seems we've done something right.

The Blooming Season is a story of strong women, who choose to express themselves beyond the restrictive social barriers their age presents. It's a story about love and loss. I promise you, you'll laugh. If you're a crier, like me, you'll even shed a few tears. But please come see it. 

Feeding the Homeless is a Crime

I think this guy has it figured out.

Romeo and Juliet in 1 minute and 16 seconds

A group of Shakespearian thespian Evergreen students performed Romeo and Juliet the past couple of weeks. Last night they performed in front of a packed house in the old Griswold's office building.

Check out this video by Jason (aka dreamsjung):


(most of) Romeo and Juliet in 1 minute and 16 seconds

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later

'Laramie Project' returns to South Puget Sound '10 Years Later'

More than eight years since the South Puget Sound Community College Drama Department hosted The Laramie Project, a play highlighting the death of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Now, the play returns in a new form as The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, revisiting the community and its ongoing struggle to cope with what happened that night. The play opens on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts.

On Nov. 6, 1998, Shepard left the Fireside Bar with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. The following day he was discovered on a prairie at the edge of town, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and close to death. Six days later Matthew Shepard died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins, Colo. Just eight days later, 10 members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyo. and conducted interviews with the people of the town.

Over the next year, the company returned to Laramie six times and conducted over 200 interviews. These texts became the basis for the play The Laramie Project.

Ten years later, on Sept. 12, 2008, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. In addition to revisiting the folks whose words riveted audiences in the original play, this time around, the company also spoke with the two murderers, McKinney and Henderson, as well as Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard. The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later is a bold new work, which asks the question, "How does society write its own history?"

The show runs from Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 12-15 at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. The Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 performances begin at 2 p.m. All other performances begin at 8 p.m.

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later

'Laramie Project' returns to South Puget Sound '10 Years Later'

More than eight years since the South Puget Sound Community College Drama Department hosted The Laramie Project, a play highlighting the death of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Now, the play returns in a new form as The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, revisiting the community and its ongoing struggle to cope with what happened that night. The play opens on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts.

On Nov. 6, 1998, Shepard left the Fireside Bar with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. The following day he was discovered on a prairie at the edge of town, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and close to death. Six days later Matthew Shepard died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins, Colo. Just eight days later, 10 members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyo. and conducted interviews with the people of the town.

Over the next year, the company returned to Laramie six times and conducted over 200 interviews. These texts became the basis for the play The Laramie Project.

Ten years later, on Sept. 12, 2008, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. In addition to revisiting the folks whose words riveted audiences in the original play, this time around, the company also spoke with the two murderers, McKinney and Henderson, as well as Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard. The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later is a bold new work, which asks the question, "How does society write its own history?"

The show runs from Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 12-15 at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. The Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 performances begin at 2 p.m. All other performances begin at 8 p.m.

'Showtune' a Performance to Move, Sing Along With (FINAL WEEK!)

The South Puget Sound Community College Drama Department is paying homage to Jerry Herman, one of the most celebrated Broadway composers and lyricists of our time, with a staging of Showtune, an off-Broadway show inspired by Herman’s autobiography. Penning some of the stage’s biggest hits, Herman was nominated for five Tony Awards throughout his career and won two, also earning the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theater. Incorporating hit song after hit song, Showtune aims to please audiences young and old alike with witty lyrics set to iconic tunes from shows like Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles and more. The show runs from May 27-30 and June 3-6 at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. The May 30 and June 6 performances begin at 2 p.m. All other performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, staff and faculty. Performances on May 27 and June 3 are “pay what you can” nights. Tickets are available online at OlyTix.org or by calling (360) 753-8586. For more information about the performances, go online at www.spscc.ctc.edu/entertainment or call (360) 596-5411.

First meeting of Gender Tales! This Wednesday, April 7th!

Hello! We know the Vagina Monologues just happened and put us all in the mood to focus on our own experiences, our own community, our own ideas of gender. Now the opportunity has presented itself! A group of people are putting together a new series of performances made by our own community, including all genders, all ages, all sizes, all backgrounds, all capabilities! Welcome to "Gender Tales" (working title)! A cooperative series of performances, be they monologues, dances, songs, poems, or any mixed media... We are in the beginning stages of this project and are in need of more help. If you would like to be part of this project in any way, please write to us right now!! olygendertales@gmail.com
We have multiple opportunities available for participation:
1) Write/Choreograph/Design/Create/[Whatever] an individual performance, submit anonymously (or not) for someone else to perform.
2) Perform someone else's story/vision.
3) Create AND perform your own story!
If you have a story in mind, but you feel it may not fit directly under the title of gender, THAT'S OKAY! We want to hear your stories of cope, identity, etc.... So bring them to our first meeting: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7th, 2010, from 6-8pm at Caffe Vita in downtown Oly. If you cannot make it to the first meeting e-mail or call us. We are looking to create a close and safe community within the performance group.
e-mail: olygendertales@gmail.com
or call Erica: (818) 687-1624

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

TWO SHOWS! The weather outside is frightful, but we've got plenty of delight in store for you. Celebrate winter in cheeky burlesque style as we turn the lights down low and light up the stage with wanton good cheer! Featuring eight different peelers showcasing a mix of classic and contemporary neo-burlesque, the fusion bellydance stylings of Raqs Steady Eddie, and the fabulous Lauren O'Neill as Hattie Hotpants, your saucy winter hostess, this show is not to be missed! Showtimes are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before show. Tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door Advance tickets available through www.brownpapertickets.com or by contacting Miss de Boom Boom at deboomboom@gmail.com. Sorry, no photography without a Glitterazzi pass. Email deboomboom@gmail.com for more info.

Improv Idol in the Olympian

Just a reminder Improv Idol is tonight at the Midnight Sun, 113 Columbia, at 8pm. To find out more about this unique event check out the story that The Olympian published on Thursday...

http://www.theolympian.com/nightlife/story/836259.html

-Thank You, hope to see you there, Improv Robot

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