Local Art News
Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:
Charlotte Tiencken, the managing director of the popular Book-It Repertory Theatre since 2007, is resigning her post to join the arts management faculty at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.
According to Book-It publicist Patricia Britton, the teaching opportunity came up suddenly for Tiencken, who hails from Charleston. Though there was discussion about her taking an open-ended leave from the theater and returning at some point, said Britton, the Book-It board of directors and Tiencken agreed it would be a better transition for the company (which heads into its 25th season this fall) to seek a new manager.
Book-It is known for its agile adaptations of classic and modern literature, most recently Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay."
“If I thought for a minute that my leaving would hamper the company’s celebration of its quarter century mark, I couldn’t do it," said Tiencken in a written statement, " but Book-It is strong; we have an excellent staff, and inspired leadership on the board of directors. I have wanted to dive into the academic waters for some time, and the stars have aligned to make it possible for my husband and me to do that.”
In addition to her Book-It duties, Tiencken has served as president of the board of Theatre Puget Sound, on the board for Pat Graney Dance Company, and on granting panels for Washington State Arts Commission and 4Culture.
Book-It is now seeking an interim managing director for its nonprofit operation. After that person is in place, it will mount a broader search for a new manager. More information: www.book-it.org.
After 11 years in its Denny Triangle location, Woodside/Braseth Gallery will move to a new site in late September. Denny Triangle, of course, is a white-hot real estate market, and Woodside/Braseth is surrounded by high-rises on the rise. (The gallery’s home, a building owned by Cornish College of the Arts, recently sold for $16 million.) Gallery owner John Braseth wisecracks that he pointedly avoided looking at any low-rise structures for his new location, since they’re most vulnerable to demolition and redevelopment.
His new home, 1201 Western Ave., at the base of Harbor Steps, is a 12-story building. Near Pike Place Market and the waterfront, it has more of an old Seattle flavor, Braseth feels, than the “office park” look and atmosphere of Denny Triangle and South Lake Union these days.
“The Visionaries of the Pacific Northwest Revisited,” currently on show at Woodside/Braseth, runs through Aug. 20 and will be the last exhibit at 2101 Ninth Avenue address. Braseth hopes the Western Avenue location, which will reopen with a group show featuring all the artists represented by Woodside/Braseth, will be the gallery’s last home. He’s been in the business 37 years and hopes to wrap things up when he hits the half-century mark.
Headed east later this month? If you're passing through Goldendale in Klickitat County at the right time, you can waltz right in to the Maryhill Museum of Art for free. During the weekend of July 19-20, residents of King, Snohomish and Whatcom counties (among others) can show a driver's license and skip the usual $9 adult admission fee. Also on July 19 -- and also free -- the museum will host "A Midsummer Night's Dream," performed by the Portland Actors Ensemble. While inside the museum, you can browse sculpture by James Lee Hansen, a collection of cartoons from The New Yorker magazine (and lesser-known pieces of the artists' portfolios) and "Maryhill Favorites: The Female Form."
This blog post is a two-fer: It consists of things to see AND do. Yeah, it's hot, yeah, we know. ArtsPage HQ's motto is (one of our many mottoes) that it's never "too" anything to get out and look at great art.
From theater critic Misha Berson: Seattle Musical Theatre has appointed local director and producer Roy Arauz as its new artistic director. Arauz brings wide experience as a theater artist, manager and dancer-choreographer to the longstanding company, which mounts revivals of well-known musicals at its venue in Magnuson Park. Arauz has worked in various capacities for such local companies as ArtsWest, SecondStory Repertory, Redwood Theatre and Studio East, and has choreographed or directed such classic musicals as "Annie," "The Music Man" and "Fiddler on the Roof." Recently he has also staged plays for Arouet, a fringe drama group he founded and has led since 2009.
From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson: For its first season quartered in the new 12th Avenue Arts complex on Capitol Hill -- which it will share with Strawberry Theatre Workshop and New Century Theatre Company -- Washington Ensemble Theatre has announced three world and local premiere productions beginning in January.
The troupe will open with the world premiere of Josh Conkel's black comedy "Sprawl," set at a book club meeting interrupted by the end of the world. Described as "part 'Mars Attacks' and part 'Serial Mom,' " it will be staged by Ali Mohamed el-Gasseir. (Jan. 16-Feb 2, 2015)
The next show, the West Coast premiere of "The Tall Girls" by Meg Miroshnik, changes up the mood. It's a Dust Bowl drama about a struggling high-school basketball team whose members are eager to escape their impoverished small town. Directed by Kelly Kitchens. (May 1-18, 2015)
Following in May (dates to be announced) will be "R.A.F.T. (Rabbits Afloat From Thuringia)," a new piece created and performed by el-Gasseir and Jonah Von Spreecken. The "ongoing all-ages weekend morning live-action cartoon series" follows two German rabbits who hope to find their fortunes in America. Next summer, WET will produce a new work in co-production with ACT Theatre, in ACT's "Construction Zone" new plays project.