December 2016

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The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival-The British Are Coming, to ACT, to ACT

British Invasion from Leicester, not Liverpool this time.

The 14/48 Projects is very pleased to bring 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival TWQTF, back to ACT Theatre for two weekends in January as a partner of ACTLab. 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival takes over the Falls Theatre January 6, 7, 13, and 14, 2017 with performances each day at 8pm and 10:30pm.

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A Christmas Memory-A reading at 18th and Union

What really happens when two childhood friends become writers and one puts the other in their novel?

The Harper Lee and Truman Capote relationship is one of the most famous literary friendships in the world. The unique aspect of the friendship of Truman Capote and Harper Lee was that, unlike most literary friendships, which usually start as adults or students, their friendship started in childhood, before each evolved into two of the most critically acclaimed, best selling and famous authors of the 20th Century. As a result, most of us are familiar with Truman Capote’s childhood, not from anything Capote wrote, but from the character Dill in Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. But in A Christmas Memory, Capote himself tells the story of his childhood in Monroeville, Alabama.

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PREVIEW Sandbox Radio-Dec. 28th

“Got clever, funny, sound rich radio theatre? Yes we do, right here in Seattle!!!

Sandbox Radio’s post-Christmas live radio show will take place at ACT Theatre on Fri Dec. 30, 2016, at 8 pm. It is a fabulous opportunity to be part of the show as the “live” audience.

Sandbox Radio redefines the classic radio variety show with a cool Seattle spin. Don’t miss our latest episode recorded live, featuring guests tenor Rob McPherson, writer, cycling advocate and NPR regular Willie Weir, and more in the locally grown show that combines killer music, sound effects, engaging storytelling, the city’s best performers and an ultra cool sparkly host… all recorded live for podcast in front of you, our “studio” audience. Join producers and hosts Leslie Law and Richard Ziman and special guest Music Director Angie Louise (The Love Markets), for an uplifting evening full of wit, music, and heart as we transition into the new year. Learn more about Sandbox Radio and where to find the podcast at www.sandboxradio.org.

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The Slipknot

Drugstores are Full of Euphemisms.

“Slipknot” is not an inappropriate word for this outstandingly performed and well-crafted solo play which opened at 18th & Union, (formerly New City) this weekend. Slip refers to casual jobs one just innocently “slips” into without realizing the knots which will bind us as we keep working at them day by day, week by week, month by month until we feel our brains have been reformatted to do only that one thing. Andrew Litzky’s superlative performance was, for me, a once in a life-time experience, because it was without a doubt not only the best solo performance I have ever seen, but probably, the best solo performance I will likely ever see.

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“The Santaland Diaries”

Patrick Lennon stars in The Santaland Diaries (Joe Mantello’s stage adaption of the David Sedaris essay) as part of 18th and Union’s “Cracked Christmas” programming. The production doesn’t quite live up to the script, but this one-man show is guaranteed to raise the spirits of anyone feeling not so merry and bright this holiday season.

The Santaland Diaries is a sharp and funny account of Sedaris’s stint working as a Christmas elf at a New York City Macy’s department store. Crazy customer requests, a health-nut Santa, and a dwarf coasting on her looks are just the tip of the decorative-snow iceberg. The cynical Sedaris struggles to provide corporate Christmas cheer, but his misadventures will easily make audience members laugh.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas at Taproot Theatre

The Taproot Theatre is again offering up a cute little stocking stuffer with its take on A Charlie Brown Christmas. The play recreates the warmth and good cheer Charles Schultz and director Bill Melendez first served up with their award winning television special back in 1965.

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“Sugar Plum Gary”

Santa sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. How, exactly? Sugar Plum Gary takes the stage at 18th and Union to answer all your questions about Christmas in this interactive comedy show.

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