In our post-Bush era, political theater is increasingly rare. In our remote, cozy and often smug city of Seattle it is rarer still. Anything encouraging Americans to get together in a group to solve problems is a general anathema. Stereotypes have hardened. Dialogue is emotional and without sense. Issues are treated not as matters to solve by consensus but rather to be solved by fiat. It is no wonder discussion feels polarized.
Category Archives: Performing Arts
Caryl Churchill is renown for not talking about the meaning of her plays in public. A positive result of this reticence is that her plays retain their complexity as works of art. A negative result is that there is a lot of pure rubbish written about them.
It refreshes the soul to go out once in awhile and watch students who still love, still care, still dream about making good work. But it is not only a pleasure to watch the students grow and take chances but also a pleasure to watch their teachers do work they would not otherwise get to do.
Cole Hornaday visits with the fiery ball of energy that is Yana Kesala, and talks with her about her upcoming work and what it means to be a Ukrainian dentist’s daughter.
Mr. Smith’s handling of the circular narrative is quite refreshing and refuses to become yet another simple story that gives easy answers. The ending even calls into question the entire evening’s storytelling itself. It is a substantial and enjoyable script, aided by six extremely good actors. Matthew Aguayo, Carter Rodriquez, Heather Persinger, Susanna Burney, Chris MacDonald and Sara Peterson give the production their all.
For those who value On the Boards, the title of this essay is redundant; and yet, it is with increasing alarm that I find that the majority of my fellow artists are not attending their productions.
Kidd Pivot’s founder Crystal Pite has seized the opportunity to put her stamp on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and has crafted a work of jaw-dropping physical intensity and emotional vulnerability.
In these days of billions of Facebook postings and tweets about the most absurd minutiae in a human life, can banality remain banal anymore? Or has all drama simply been reduced to banality? Omar Willey traces the stream of banality back to its fountainhead.
From these questions and these spaces, I wanted to start something a little different: a series highlighting collaborations among Seattle-area artists. I want to break down the myth of the solitary artist. I want to find out more about artistic collaboration: the rewards, the challenges, and the logistics. I want to get to know the practitioners, the people who are doing collaborative work, not just the people who talk about collaborative work. I want to see the contours of how Seattle artists work together. I want to see how that might inspire other artists within and outside Seattle.
José Amador talks with The Cody Rivers Show’s Mike Mathieu and discusses some of the duo’s experiences during their busiest period, how much more valuable it is to stick to one’s artistic principles, their approach to creating new material, and how this current volume is less like a concept album, and more like a regular grouping of songs.