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. 

'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 or by calling (360) 753-8586. For more information about the performances, go online at or call (360) 596-5411.

Reefer Madness: The Musical

Tonight 8pm Washington Center Black Box
$10 minimum suggested donation
Tickets here.
Review at The News Tribune.


Theater Artists Olympia Production of "Reefer Madness: The Musical" by Dan Studney and Kevin Murphy Inspired by the original 1936 film, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look @ the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled w/evil jazz music, sex & violence. You won't be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS, a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. WHEN: December 5-21 Thursday -Saturday 8:00 pm Sunday the 7th and 21st at 2:00 pm Sunday the 14th at 8:00 pm WHERE: Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College. Black Box TICKETS: 15$ Available at the door or by visiting buyolympia. com
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