Feel like seeing an interesting combination of dance, drama, performance art AND supporting a good cause? In what promises to be both a comical and thought-provoking show, Gifts of War written by Fraser Grace will be running for only four nights (Sept 25-28) at Velocity Dance Center on Capitol Hill. A sort of modern ballet, the show has six dancers and only one actor, and is set at an after-party for the Trojan War.
Tempers are still running hot after ten years of bloodshed, so while it will be funny and entertaining, the show deals with a heavy topic: the often cyclical nature of violence. So as not to fill your head with deep thoughts with no outlet, two of the performances will be followed by talk-backs with the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) and Soldier’s Heart, an organization dedicated to helping female veterans. The show was funded through Kickstarter, so part of ticket sales will go to supporting these two groups, as well as YouthCare, which provides services for homeless young people.
Continuing their good deeds behind the scenes, director/producer Gin Hammond and actor/producer Ana Maria Compoy will be leading theater workshops at some of the transitional housing centetrs YouthCare has set up, to encourage participants to try art as an outlet and work on public speaking.
For those interested in learning more, interviews with the cast and crew are posted on the show’s Facebook page, along with photos of a suspicious-looking wooden horse that’s managed to do quite a bit of traveling. Or, you could just go see the play, which in their own words has “Campy humor, bloody revenge, searing heartbreak, class warfare, and sexual indiscretions”. Might be a good idea to leave the kids at home.
Gifts of War by Fraser Grace. Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98122. Running Sept 25-28 at 8PM Tickets available at wwww.brownpapertickets.com