Sound Theatre Company

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Ghosts Among the Hearing

What does it mean to be treated as a ghost among the living—which technology reminds us is somehow synonymous with the hearing? Sound Theatre Company sought to answer this question with its opening debut of Aimee Chou’s original play, Autocorrect Thinks I’m Dead, at 12th Avenue Arts this weekend. Chou’s play, directed by Howie Seago, did this and so much more by inviting audiences into the world of deaf culture through a witty and heartfelt subversion of the classic ghost story that painfully recognizes its own marginalized invisibility across the world and the stage. 

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Roost-Play Reading at Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Institute

Roost, Public Reading of play about Black women and reality TV

Reality television is everywhere. But behind gaffer-taped, sound-bite confessionals, what is life like after getting a final rose or being voted off an island? In the new play Roost, Sound Theatre playwright-in-resident Zharia O’ Neal chronicles various post-reality arcs of Black women for the Roost public reading at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Directed by Aviona Rodriguez Brown, the reading is a culmination of Sound Theatre’s first William S. Yellow Robe Jr. Playwright Residency cycle, through the Making Waves New Works program. There will also be a Talkback to follow, as well as a reception by Thyme Well Spent, a Black-owned business.

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Preview-11th and Pine-Staged Reading-Sound Theatre Company

11TH & PINE was slated as the first full production in of Sound Theatre’s 2023 season. Due to the needs of new work and the sensitive nature of working with real people’s narratives, they decided to present 11TH & PINE as a limited staged reading instead of a fully designed production. an essential Seattle story that must not be forgotten.

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Sound Theatre Company Stages US Premiere of Peeling

Playwright Kaite O’Reilly requires that “peeling”, a one-act she wrote in 2002, be performed by deaf and disabled actors. She has rejected a number of US theaters’ requests that would not honor these parameters. Seattle’s Sound Theatre Company was ready and willing to provide the needed authentic casting and so has the privilege of staging the US premiere of this thought provoking and unique dramatic experience. The work somehow blends Beckett’s sense of the absurd and Ibsen-like stringent calls to action with the grandeur of a Euripides’ Greek tragedy. This off-the-wall mixture produces a dynamic night of theater.

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One Man, Two Guvonors

One Show, Two Styles

Richard Bean’s 2011 adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 Commedia dell’ Art scripted play A Servant of Two Masters, translated into Cockney English as One Man, Two Guvnors, opened this weekend at Seattle Center Theatre to a highly appreciative audience in splendid air-conditioning. Directed by Ken Michels and produced by Sound Theatre Company, it highlighted some interesting problems concerning the adaptation of physical comedy into a script written in a dialect known for verbal circumlocution and wit.

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Next Case! Shall Judas Iscariot go to Heaven or Hell?

Mothers stick by their children when they have no one else, even in Death by suicide. In the gripping opening monologue of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 2005 masterpiece The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Judas’s mother Henrietta wails her grief. As a woman and mother she recalls his birth as a burst of light. Her buries Judas after his suicide from despair at the irreversible consequences Jesus, his leader and friend, suffers by his betrayal. She gets no help from the other Apostles, no other friends came either.

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Blood Relations-Lizzie Borden’s

Lizzie Bordon took an axe

And gave her Mother forty wacks

And when the job was nicely done

She gave her Father forty-one

Written by distinguished Canadian playwright, Sharon Pollock, Blood Relations opened this weekend Theatre with a bang. No pun intended; it was a fabulous production of an intelligent well-crafted play about a difficult subject: What compels a well-bred person to murder her closest relatives?

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A Small Fire

A Small Fire

Excellent production of “Situation Melodrama”

A Small Fire, by Canadian-born playwright Adam Bock, produced by Seattle’s Sound Theatre Company, at the challenging New City Theatre Space, opened this past weekend to sold-out audiences. The production itself was a testament to the outstanding talents of the actors, the director, Julie Beckman and especially the set designer, Montana Tippet, because the play itself was not up to the same standards as the production.

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