For over 30 years, Annex Theatre has been one of the most explosive laboratories of the Seattle theatre scene. Research and Development Wing brings together experimental artists, young and emerging playwrights and improv artists for six sessions this month to collaborate on bold, new works.
The first session included a read through of playwright Michael Robinson’s short play titled Robotics Anonymous. The 10 minute piece revolved around a group of parents discussing the current political climate in the reception office of a robotics company where their children were being interviewed for jobs. While very funny and entertaining, the play still spoke truthfully to many of the conversations we’ve all had as a result of this past election.
After the initial read through, Robinson and dramaturge Quiqui Dominquez, took questions and suggestions from audience members on what can be done to improve the script. It was refreshing to see the general public’s input be taken into careful consideration for this piece. This back and forth dialogue between the artists and the audience led to many good suggestions that will in turn help with Robinson’s re-write of the script. The updated version of the play will be performed on May 16 during week 3 of the sessions.
After an intermission, we saw playwright Natalie Copeland and director Emily Harvey’s play on the histories of science, spirituality, religion and how they are all intricately linked. The small ensemble did an incredible job of bringing the audience together as we all mused on the big questions in life such as “where did we come from?” and “why are we here?” It was a mind-opening experience to see a play focused entirely on these questions and how curiosity, wonder and magic influence the way we and many others think.
Research & Development Wing Annex Theatre, 1100 E. Pike, Seattle, 98122, (11th and E. Pike in the Pike/Pine Neighborhood of Capitol Hill) Tues & Weds at 7:30pm. May 2 through May 17, Industry night on Mon, May 15 at 7:30pm, featuring Young Playwrights.