Frozen Bryony Lavery's multiple-Tony- nominated play about three lives intertwined by the disappearance of a young girl marks the official reopening of the Empty Space. It's directed by Chay Yew (who last staged The Laramie Project for the company), and includes two of Seattle's finest actors—Lori Larsen and Peter Crook—in its ensemble. Any questions? Wed.–Sun., Sept. 16–Oct. 22. Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont Ave. N., 206-547-7500, www.emptyspace.org. The Grapes of Wrath As part of its American Cycle initiative, Intiman invited Seattle Children's Theatre Artistic Director Linda Hartzell to bring to life the people and passions of John Steinbeck's Joad family saga. Good idea: Like Intiman's own Bartlett Sher, Hartzell has shown a flair for large-cast productions enriched by majestically minimalist means. Frank Galati's adaptation, which won the Tony for Best Play in 1990, should provide heart-wrenching Depression-era drama. Tues.–Sun., Oct. 7–Nov. 13. Intiman Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-269-1900, www.intiman.org. Romeo & Juliet Yeah, yeah—you've seen this before. But director John Langs gave old King Lear a good stomping for Seattle Shakespeare Company early in 2004, and he should be able to put some juice into the Bard's most familiar romance, too. Langs has real punch and probably enough sense to know that he'd better really knock us out if he wants us to be sobbing later in this love match. Thurs.–Sun., Oct. 27– Nov. 20. Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-733-8222, www.seattleshakes.org. Camino Real After ACT's enervating Night of the Iguana, you have to keep the faith that someone can bring the spark back to Tennessee Williams' humane poetry. The frequently ingenious folks from theater simple have certainly breathed life into far less fulsome dramas, and Camino, with Don Quixote dreaming at its center, should give the company room to do what it does best—make imaginations work overtime. Thurs.–Sat., Nov. 4–Dec. 3. East Hall Theatre, 1525 10th Ave., second floor, 206-325-6500, www.ticketwindowonline.com. The Builders Association/dbox Actors, three-dimensional animation, and electronic music combine for social commentary on people and technology. The last time the Association was in town, it gave us the corporate-outsourcing-to-India reflection Alladeen, a piece that changed the way you answered your telephone. Super Vision, a collaboration with visual art/architecture troupe dbox, contemplates the fact that our every moment can be digitally tracked. Prepare to be fantastically freaked. Fri., Nov. 11–Sun., Nov. 13. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888, www.ontheboards.org. Stage Calendar Dates are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. SEPTEMBER 14 ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Broadway's Caribbean-flavored musical Little Mermaid. Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-393-2202, www.villagetheatre.org. 15 MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL Tune- filled women and "The Change." ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676, www.menopausethemusical.com. 15 JERRY SEINFELD The comedian yada-yada-yadas. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-292-ARTS, www.theparamount.com. 16 FROZEN See Fall Favorites. 16 PORK-FILLED PLAYERS Asian-American sketch comics return with K-SPAM. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E. Pike St., 206-325-6500, www.porkfilled.com. 16 SEUSSICAL Broadway's musical take on Horton, the Whos, and others. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-441-3322, www.sct.org. 16 WE'RE NO ANGELS Three escaped convicts become good Samaritans. SecondStory Repertory, Redmond Town Center, Redmond, 425-881-6777, www.SecondStoryRep.org. 20 THE KING AND I Stefanie Powers meets Siam's ruler. The 5th Avenue, 1308 Fifth Ave., 206-292-ARTS, www.5thavenuetheatre.org. 22 DON QUIXOTE Book-It salutes the windmill chaser. Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-216-0833, www.book-it.org. 22 LEAVING RUIN One-man rendering of a small-town Texas preacher. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., 206-781-9707, www.taproottheatre.org. 22 WOOMBIES Andrea Bonner solos in a show about twins. Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., 206-331-6179, www.we3productions.org. 24 THE KING STAG Sarah Rudinoff and R. Hamilton Wright in Carlo Gozzi's commedia fantasy land. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-443-2222, www.seattlerep.org. 26 THE IKEA CYCLE: TINY DOMESTIC DRAMAS Printer's Devil performs site- specific familial scenes. IKEA, 600 S.W. 43rd St., Renton, 206-860-7163, www.printersdevil.org. 28 LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC A missionary and a soldier meet cute in 1940. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., 206-781-9707, www.taproottheatre.org. 29 THE FRONT PAGE Annex's Ed Hawkins messes with the classic Hecht/MacArthur press comedy. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., 206-728-0933, www.annextheatre.org. 29 WIT An English professor elucidates her cancer in the Pulitzer winner. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., 206-524-1300, www.seattlepublictheater.org. 30 HELIUM Matt Smith's one-man amour for a Japanese woman. Market Theatre, 1428 Post Alley, 206-781-9273, www.unexpectedproductions.org. 30 MY FAIR LADY Eliza could've danced all night. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., 253-565-6867, www.tmp.org. OCTOBER 1 RUSSELL PETERS East Indian comic goes for laughs. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-292-ARTS, www.themoore.com. 5 BLOOD BROTHERS Twin siblings take wildly different paths in Willy (Educating Rita) Russell's musical. ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0339, www.artswest.org. 7 THE GRAPES OF WRATH See Fall Favorites. 7 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Man-eating plant sings—and eats. The Playhouse, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, 206-842-8569, www.theplayhouse.org. 7 NOTHING IS THE SAME Four Hawaiian children ponder the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-441-3322, www.sct.org. 14 FLIGHT Solo performer Charlayne Woodard celebrates African traditions. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676, www.acttheatre.org. 14 PULP VIXENS DOUBLE FEATURE Two camp comedies from Scot Augustson and the gals. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., 800-838-3006, www.theatreoffjackson.org. 19 A HAND OF BRIDGE Vodvil's Curtis Taylor takes on Samuel Barber's one-act opera. Magnuson Auditorium, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., 206-384-3272, www.brownpapertickets.com. 25 SWEENEY TODD Sondheim's meat pie musical. The 5th Avenue, 1308 Fifth Ave., 206-292-ARTS, www.5thavenuetheatre.org. 27 ROMEO & JULIET See Fall Favorites. 28 MAN OF LA MANCHA Don Quixote dreams the impossible dream. SecondStory Repertory, Redmond Town Center, Redmond, 425-881-6777, www.secondstoryrep.org. 29 PURGATORIO Playwright Ariel (Death and the Maiden) Dorfman contemplates Medea. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-443-2222, www.seattlerep.org. 29 THE TIGER LILIES Darkly comic British cabaret troupe. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-292-ARTS, www.themoore.com. NOVEMBER 1 LITTLE WOMEN—THE MUSICAL Louisa May Alcott's girls sing. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-292-ARTS, www.theparamount.com. 3 BLACK TO MY ROOTS Brownbox explores the tangled relationship between Afro-Americans and their hair. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., 206-325-6500, www.brownpapertickets.com. 4 CAMINO REAL See Fall Favorites. 9 CATS Andrew Lloyd Webber's feline musical. Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202, www.villagetheatre.org. 11 THE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION See Fall Favorites. 16 ALLEN JOHNSON Solo performer examines intimacy in Another You. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888, www.ontheboards.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
FALL ARTS GUIDE 2005: FRESH FACES
A roundup of some of the new names that will shape the arts life of Seattle this season, plus don't-miss cultural events.
Peter Boal (Q&A)
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