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One Time Players take on Shepard’s ‘Buried Child’

It’s been two years, but the One Time Players have returned, and they’ve brought Sam Shepard‘s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy, “Buried Child,” back with them.

Performances will be October 29-November 15 at the Chameleon Theater in Port Townsend, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

The One Time Players debuted in 2013 with a production of “August: Osage County” at Port Townsend High School.” Like “August,” “Buried Child is directed by David Hillman. “Buried Child” has had only one other recent area production, by Changing Scene Theatre Nortburied child rehearsal photo 4hwest in Bremerton back in 2006.

“Experiencing a Sam Shepard play is like having a dream,” says  Hillman. “As in a dream, everything is very specific, the characters, the places, the events, yet it feels heightened. Objects take on an increased significance. Memory is suspect. Waking logic is suspended. In Buried Child the dream is itself about a dream: the dream of family, and what a powerful and sometimes destructive hold that dream has on us.”

“For this play, we wanted a more intimate setting. The Chameleon Theater gives us that,”  Hillman said of the Chameleon, also home to Atomic Improv classes, acting workshops, and Port Townsend Children’s Theater.

The ensemble cast includes Lawrason Driscoll, Michelle Hensel, Peter Wiant, David Wayne Johnson, Katie Kowalski, Jason Noltemeier, and Dave Cunningham. Set design is by Terry Tennesen. Costumes are by Ginger McNew. Tickets are $15.

Information: 360-385-6207, Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006,

— MM

Admiral adds Keb’ Mo to 2015-16 lineup

Keb’ Mo’, three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, guitarist and songwriter, will play a March 16 concert at the Admiral Theatre, bolstering the 2015-16 subscription season for which single-show tickets recently went on sale.

Keb’ Mo’ has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America.” His post-modern blues style is infKebMo2luenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop.

The moniker “Keb Mo” was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a “street talk” abbreviation of his given name, Kevin Moore.

The show will be at 7 p.m., with a dinner for those with separate reservations served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will range from the main-floor-with-dinner premium of $89 to $20 reserved seats in the balcony.

Information: 360-373-6743,

— MM


Lee Grant and Dinah Manoff in town Thursday

0807_KSFE_LeeGrantThis week Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge Island welcomes actress Lee Grant (Detective Story and Shampoo) and her daughter, actress and director Dinah Manoff (Marty from Grease) who is a local resident. This is a great chance to get a peek into Hollywood from Grant’s perspective.

The pair will be discussing Grant’s autobiography “I Said Yes to Everything.” The actress had a busy childhood as a performer, worked on Broadway and made her first hit movie Detective Story with Kirk Douglas in 1951. Shortly afterward she was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era for not testifying against her husband at the time, preventing her from being offered any major screen roles. After 12 years on that list and one child—Manoff—later, Grant went to work again starring in films like In the Heat of the Night and won an Oscar for Shampoo. She went on to direct an award-winning documentary among other works, and continues to act and educate today.

The event is free, and will take place on Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Books. Customers who purchase books in advance will get preferential seating and signing.

Music and outdoors meet at Moonfest


MoonFest—started by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Roger Fisher to bring outdoors and music together—is coming August 21-22 in Lake LeLand, just across the Hood Canal. Now is the time to get tickets and reserve camping spots for the festival.

The line-up so far this year includes:

Bill Carter—well-known rock artist on the Austin music scene,

Geoffrey Castle—electric violinist closing out Saturday night,

Ian Moore—another singer-songwriter from Austin rolling together rock, folk and blues,

the Herbivores—a local Seattle favorite with reggae sounds

and Billy Stoopes, Tina Hendrix, Randy Linder and more.

The weekend will include tye-dyeing class (because, why not) on Saturday, a raptor exhibit from Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue, tai chi (you are there to relax) and options to kayak and explore the shore of the Hood Canal. Food available includes everything from vegan spreads to teriyaki chicken, brunch with berry pancakes and later on salmon dinners. Oh, and beer. There will be beer.

And while you are out there, take the time to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula too. Hike, relax, read, and then enjoy the music.

Marshall Tucker Band plays at the Fair

If you remember with any fondness songs like “Can’t You See” (1973) and “Heard It in A Love Song” (1977), then you’ll be pumped to learn that the Marshall Tucker Band — purveyors of those two hits and many others — will play the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede on Aug. 26.

TuckerThe concert on the fair’s opening night will follow the popular Xtreme Bulls performance.

The fair, which offers daily live entertainment, midway games and rides, rodeo action and lots and lots of food, runs Aug. 26-30. There’ll also be Kitsap Destruction Derby action at noon on Aug. 30.

Information: 360-337-5376,

— MM


Abigail’s adventures in Orlando

The last time I saw Abigail Dominguiano on stage, she was playing Gabriella Montez (that’s the female lead, y’all) in “Disney’s High School Musical” and in the ensemble for “Willie Wonka” at CSTOCK.

Since thenAbigail, though, she’s been doing her thing on a different kind of stage, winning local and state titles to advance to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2016 competition. The Central Kitsap High School student is on her way to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the junior version of the Miss America competition, July 28-Aug.1 at the Linda Chapin Theater.

Her CSTOCK experience actually goes back to 2009, and she has compiled a number of credits at the Silverdale theater ever since. Her musical-theater background shows in the scholarship competitions, too — she performs songs from that canon for the talent portions.

Her platform for the competition is “Helping Hands, Changing Lives — Getting Active in Your Community.”

— MM


Music in Manette well under way

The Music in Manette summer concert series’ second 2015 show will be July 16, when The Shy Boys play at Basnight (1101 Wheaton Way, above the Boat Shed restaurant) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The free concerts continue on Thursday nights through Aug. 20. The remaining schedule looks like this:

July 23 — Jim Basnight (pictured at left)

July 30 — Silver City 6

August 6 — Basement Band

August 13 — Alejandro Fleites

August 20 — Passages

— MM

BCT groundbreaking, 1975: Were you there?

My esteemed and talented co-worker Meegan Reid found this photo in the archives here at The Flamethrower. It shows a bulldozer breaking ground for construction of the current Bremerton Community Theatre building on Lebo Boulevard.

We posted a little while ago to ask if anybody recognized the folks in the picture. We should’ve just called Bob Montgomery.

Bob knows a little bit about BCT — he’s the official historian for the venerable venue, and a board member emeritus. He related that the lady at left is Eddy (supposedly “Eddie” back in the day) Hammond, BCT’s founder and first president. The name of the man at the control of the dozer — a volunteer — is unknown, however.

— MM

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Afton Prater to sing Anthem at Richard Sherman event

Emerging Kitsap-based country singer-songwriter Afton Prater will sing the National Anthem at the July 19 Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Tournament at Safeco Field.

It’s the third annual edition of the event, which is described thusly on Sherman’s Web site:AftonSherman

“Join Richard Sherman and an entourage of local and national celebrities as they take to the diamond to showcase their softball skills for the 3rd annual Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game! More than 22,000 fans attended last year’s game, which featured stars including Kobe Bryant, Russell Wilson, and Seattle rapper Macklemore. This event promises to be a fun, family affair and a one of a kind experience for all attendees while raising support and awareness for charitable causes. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to Richard Sherman’s Blanket Coverage Family Foundation as well as other local charities. This year’s game is destined to be bigger and better than last year!”

That’s Afton (a student at Klahowya Secondary School) in the photo above, in which Sherman (a pretty decent cornerback with the Seahawks) is asking for her autograph …


— MM

Drummer Shrieve will join Rolie’s band for show at The Point

To update an earlier post about the Gregg Rolie Band‘s July 17 show at The Point Casino, it sounds like drummer Michael Shrieve — like Rolie a founding member of Santana, and a card-carrying Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member — will join Rolie onstage.

The show is at 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.).

Rolie (at right in the photo) is a founding member of not one, but two heavy-duty classic-rock bands, Santana and Journey. He played keyboards and was the original lead vocalist with Santana, then split off with guitarist NShrieve and Rolieeil Schon to form Journey. He was born in Seattle.

Shrieve has been based in Seattle for much of his time since Santana, including a stint as curator of the Bumberdrum attraction at the Bumbershoot music and art fair. He’s indelibly stamped into the memories of anyone who was at the original Woodstock — or anyone who’s seen the movie — for his “Soul Sacrifice” solo.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the show. The casino is at 7989 Salish Lane west of Kingston.

Information: 360-297-0070, 866-547-6468,

— MM