Free Performance Shines Light on Censorship

The Seattle theatre community is coming together to celebrate free expression in the theater and raise awareness about censorship, in a one-night-only-performance of Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret. And you are invited. DATE:  Monday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm PLACE:  Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle 98101 TICKETS: Admission is free. […] Continue reading »

Bob Dylan Dramatized

Musicals of any stripe are notoriously difficult to pull off. They’re certainly more difficult than a straight play. This is largely due to so many moving parts, including bookwriter, lyricist, composer, arranger, choreographer, conductor and musicians. When a musical is based on an original story, the creative team starts with […] Continue reading »

Another Op’nin, Another Show

The road-weary theatre company in Cole Porter’s delightful 1949 musical Kiss Me, Kate raises the Act One curtain by singing “Another op’nin, another show,” After 18 years of writing plays, I was losing faith that I would ever have the occasion to sigh Porter’s famous lyrics. Until now, that is, […] Continue reading »

And in This Corner, Wearing the Producer’s Hat

I and fellow Seattle playwright John C. Davenport founded Red Rover Theatre Company last year in order to put our own work up on stage. So far we have produced a play of John’s last October and a production of my new play Das Ende just closed. Our bold and, […] Continue reading »

Learning by Stages

When actors are learning a role, the most important question they must answer for themselves is “What does my character want in this scene?” Another way they’ll ask that is “What is motivating my character at this moment?” If a character’s want and motivation are lacking, the actor has the misfortune […] Continue reading »

Behold, a New Play Opens

Tonight is a momentous event in the life of an obscure writer. After penning plays for 17 years and having readings and workshops of them, tonight marks the first time a Duane Kelly play is being fully staged. Wunderbar! The play, Das Ende (“The End” in German), involves the composer […] Continue reading »

Pixar Exec Discusses Storytelling

The animation film studio Pixar is responsible for some of the most successful movies of the last two decades, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Monsters, Inc., and Cars. The worldwide income of Pixar films is $10.8 billion. For screenwriters and other professional storytellers, Pixar is more […] Continue reading »

Wagner as Monster and Redeemer

Richard Wagner reigned supreme over the arts in the 19th Century. That is not only history’s judgement, it was also Wagner’s. The maestro’s many problems did not include a diminutive ego. Wagner’s abilities rose to the level of genius in the way we think of for Shakespeare and Mozart. (One […] Continue reading »