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Sound Theatre Company’s new season includes Keiko Green play

Seattle’s Sound Theatre Company, founded by regular Bainbridge Performing Arts contributor Teresa Thuman, has taken Outstanding Theatre of the Year honors in the Gregory Awards two of the last three years.

So, having your play tabbed for their 2017 season is no small potatoes. But Bainbridge-based playwright and actor Keiko Green has accomplished that feat. Her original play “Nadeshiko” will lead off Sound Theatre Company’s 2017 season, with performances April 13-May 7 at Seattle Center House Theatre.

The world-premiere production of “Nadeshiko” is part of a season Sound Theatre have titled “Amplify! Raising Women’s Voices.” The three plays in the lineup all are written and will be direnicole-keiko-green-003-lcted by women.

“Nadeshiko,” directed by Kaytlin McIntyre, tells the story of “two generations of Asian women who are reclaiming their power from idealized perceptions of beauty.”

Green, a New York stage veteran who launched her Puget Sound career with a star turn in BPA’s “Private Eyes” in 2012. She has gone on to become one of Seattle’s busiest actor, and a charter selection for the core acting company at A Contemporary Theatre, where she recently completed a run of “Dangerous Liaisons.”

She also has appeared in recent shows at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company and Seattle Public Theater. Her plays “Bunnies” and “Puny Humans” premiered at Seattle Rep’s Annex Theatre, where’s she’s a member of the Rep’s Writers’ Group.

Other shows announced for Sound Theatre’s upcoming season include “Hoodoo Love,” by Katori Hall, July 13-30, and “Goblin Market,” by Polly Pen, Peggy Harmon and Christina Roetti, directed by Thuman.

“I have been looking to dedicate 2017 toplays by women for some time,” Thuman said in a press release, “and the current events have only affirmed that this was the right direction for our next season.”

Information: soundtheatrecompany.org

— MM

Sound’s ‘Indian Ink’ a voyage well worth the voyage

Had a busman’s holiday Saturday night — both because I’m a fan of Seattle’s Sound Theatre Company and because Tom Stoppard is my favorite playwright — to see a performance of “Indian Ink” at Seattle Center Armory.

Wonderful play, great performances (especially by Caitlin Frances and Dhiraj Khanna, pictured) and well worth the trip. There are a few Kitsap connections to mention, too: Jonathan Shue, who has a supporting role, was in Swinging Hammer Productions‘ Bainbridge mounting of “American Buffalo” earlier this year. Jen0821_KSFE_Inknifer Ewing, the Port Townsend-bred actress who was in Bainbridge Performing Arts‘ “A Chorus Line” a couple years back and did much wonderful work at Key City Public Theatre before shifting her base of operations to New York and then Seattle, painted the two portraits used in the show and collaborated with director Andrew McGinn on how the imagery worked with the staging, scenery and lighting. And STG artistic director Teresa Thuman has helmed a number of shows at BPA, most recently “The Who’s Tommy.”

One thing to keep in mind: If you’re ferrying over to see the show might want to try to see one of the 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. At nearly three hours, with a 7:30 p.m. start, it’s impossible to make the 10:30 p.m. Bremertron boat. If it’s an evening show you’re bent on, either catch your boat from Bainbridge, or plan on a late night — the next boat bound for Bremertron is 12:50 a.m.

Anyway, here’s a review, with ticket information: http://www.kitsapsun.com/entertainment/theater-sounds-indian-ink-pulls-out-all-the-stoppard_79916566

 

BPA regulars featured in Sound Theatre’s ‘Jesus Moonwalks’

Folks who’ve been to shows at Bainbridge Performing Arts in recent seasons will recognize two of the cast members in Sound Theatre Company‘s “And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi,” which opens on July 18 at Center Theatre at the Seattle Center Armory (the old Center House).

SmithJesse Smith (left) plays Damascus and Brace Evans is Brer Bit in the play by Marcus Gardley (directed by Tyrone Brown). It’s the Seattle premiere of the play inspired by the myth of Demeter and Persephone and set on the banks of the Mississippi River during the Civil War.

Smith has been in a number of BPA productions, notably “The Who’s Tommy” and “Avenue Q,” but made his first splash on this side of the water in Paradise Theatre‘s 2010 production of “Hairspray.”

Evans (below) has appeared in BPA’s Shakespeare Society 2014 production of “Twelfe Night” at Bloedel Reserve and in the mainstage offering of “The Kentucky Cycle” (also 2014).

EvansThe producing artistic director of Sound Theatre Company is Teresa Thuman, who also has a list of BPA credits — including “The Who’s Tommy.”

The show runs through Aug. 2. Information: 206-856-5520, soundtheatrecompany.org; Brown Paper Tickets — 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com.

— MM