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A collection of short theater works written, directed, and performed by third-year students in the Original Works program. Variety, ambition, and striking new voices are guaranteed.
Cornish Junior Original Works students will have spent the year creating their red-nosed clown personas and a variety of lazzi. Come see what they have come up with in an evening of zany, touching, and daring fun!
Theater without a net! The generative project will use Achilles in Sparta and James and the Giant Peach as a jumping-off point for a thematic investigation, but the methodology of the process and the shape of the eventual production will be developed by the ensemble and the director. 2008 Theater alum HATLO joins us to direct this year's Ensemble Project. HATLO received a 2016 Stranger "Genius" nomination for Performance for her direction of thatswhatshesaid and has also received acclaim for her collaborations with choreographer Rosa Vissers in the movement theater troupe PE/MO. Last year HATLO directed Bright Half Life for New Century Theatre.
A tragedy has befallen a great city. A country girds for war. Helen, the national figurehead of beauty and hope, has been abducted from Sparta, and its young men and women — those most likely to do the fighting and mourning — ready themselves for war. Achilles in Sparta tells the story of a nation marching towards inevitable conflict and the fall of a hero.
Michael Place directed last year's production of O Beautiful at Cornish. Michael has performed and directed with many local theaters, and is founding artistic curator of the new play development organization One Coast Collaboration.
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a giant peach which falls off the tree and into the ocean, launching him on a journey of epic proportions. As the peach is transported across the waves, he must create community with the other denizens on board — a group of human-sized insects with vivid personalities.
Marc Kenison has directed several productions at Cornish, most recently Above the Fruitless Plain. Marc was recently featured in Seattle Opera's production of The Barber of Seville and continues to light up local and international cabaret stages as "boylesque" superstar Waxie Moon.
In the middle of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little Prince, a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid, and a dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe. A rose, a sheep, and an array of unusual adults on their own small planets spark wonder in artistic director Courtney Sale's Seattle Children's Theatre directorial debut. Adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic novella, this treasured tale reminds us of the power of innocence and boundless love.
The wealthy heiress Portia is forced to set her suitors a challenge for her hand in marriage. In order to woo her, Bassanio finances his plan with money borrowed from his friend Antonio. All would be fine, except Antonio has taken out a loan from the moneylender Shylock on the assurance that his ships will make it back to the city. They don't, and Shylock demands repayment with a pound of Antonio's flesh.
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's wittiest romantic comedies. Filled with clever repartee and rambunctious slapstick, it explores the many ways that humans can find their destined soulmates — and also how jealousy, gossip, and betrayal can twist the noblest of feelings.
Annie Lareau is the co-artistic director of Seattle Public Theatre, where this season she is directing Vanishing Point. Annie has directed many productions for Cornish, including Nine, Wild Kate, The Children's Hour, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Young Will Shakespeare is in dire need of inspiration. His next play is up against a deadline, and the only thing he's figured out is the title: Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Then he meets Viola, a smart and beautiful woman who desperately wants to perform on the stage even though it's forbidden. Will is smitten and gets inspired to write the greatest love story the world has known.
The circus of current politics adds new acts almost daily, but a persistent cloud hanging over the country is the tunnel-vision view of our own opinions that prevents honest exchange, compromise and growth.
Luigi Pirandello's 1917 comedy Right You Are, If You Think You Are, offered that the truth of reality is only as strong as the beliefs in our minds. Theatre9/12's artistic director, Charles Waxberg, adapts the comedy for a modern audience at a time when reality is our opinions and the other side is the enemy. You Are Right, If You Think, in its world premiere, tells the story of a suspicious family that moves into a city "some time ago, but not too long" and excites the whole neighborhood to investigate their peculiar lives.