Local Art News
Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch writes:
Seattle Art Dealers Association president Patricia Rovzar has announced that downtown Seattle’s usual “First Thursday” Art Walk is being changed to “First Friday” in September. The reason: The Seattle Seahawks have their season opener on Sept. 4. The Art Walk will happen on Sept. 5 between 6 and 8 p.m., with all the usual galleries taking part. For more details, go to www.seattleartdealers.com. The Art Walk will shift back to “First Thursday” in October.
Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes ...
Noted local stage actor and former Cornish College of the Arts instructor Marya Sea Kaminski has been named the new associate artistic director of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She takes over the job from Braden Abraham, who has been promoted to the post of Seattle Rep artistic director, following the sudden recent death of the previous a.d., Jerry Manning.
Kaminski has been a very active figure in the Seattle theater community over the past decade on numerous fronts. As a leading actor in town, she has appeared in major roles at many local theaters with stand-out turns at Seattle Rep in “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” and “Clybourne Park;” at ACT Theatre in “Other Desert Cities;” and in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s “Electra.” She has also written, performed and toured half a dozen solo pieces, and created and starred in a rock musical (“Riddled”). Currently she is in the cast of Intiman’s upcoming production of “Angels in America.”
Kaminski holds a B.A. in theater arts from University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree from the University of Washington’s Professional Actors Training Program. With other PATP grads, Kaminski was a founder and co-artistic director of WET (Washington Ensemble Theatre), and directed several shows for the company.
Pocket Theatre opens
The Greenwood district has a new theater space: The Pocket Theatre, at 8312 Greenwood Ave. N. near North 85th Street – a hop, skip and a jump from the neighborhood’s long-established Taproot Theatre. The Pocket Theatre offers theater arts classes, as well as theatrical, musical and comedy performances. Quite unusually, the company charges no rental fee to those seeking a place to put on a show. More information at http://thepocket.org.
Save the Date for REDUX 2014: ARTbeat of the 60s – When: Saturday, November 1st, 2014|5:30pm Where: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
Last week, we reported on some personnel and structural changes at ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre. Today, Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson has more news from these two local outfits. She writes:
The 1991 movie "Dogfight" depicts the unexpected romance between a wallflower waitress (Lili Taylor) and a young Marine (River Phoenix) about to be shipped off to the Vietnam War.
The film is also the basis for "Dogfight" the new musical, which received its 2012 premiere Off Broadway and will be further developed in Seattle this fall in a joint production by Balagan Theatre and ArtsWest Theatre.
"Dogfight" features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("James and the Giant Peach," "A Christmas Story"), and a book by Peter Duchan ("Stu for Silverton"), artists whose work is getting a lot of stage time in Seattle lately.
The show runs Oct. 23-Nov. 22 at ArtsWest, and replaces "Bad Apples" in Balagan's 2014-15 season and "The Pride" in ArtsWest's line-up.