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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Idris Goodwin, Seattle Children’s Theatre director, writes a children’s book by Crystal Paul

"Your House Is Not Just a House," out this month, is the debut children's book by Idris Goodwin, Seattle Children's Theatre artistic director.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Seattle dance artist dani tirrell’s departure leaves strong legacy, big void by Crystal Paul

After 13 years in Seattle, dance artist dani tirrell is heading to Washington, D.C., leaving a legacy of collaboration and community-based art, and a void Black arts leaders say will be diff…

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Take a backstage peek at how Seattle’s ACT Theatre creates the magic of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Crystal Paul

Ever wondered how ACT Theatre makes Jacob Marley pop out of the stage or how it creates the wintry scenes that make "A Christmas Carol" feel magical? Take a look at the craft, creativity and…

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Check out these 2021 Seattle holiday shows for a dose of good cheer by Crystal Paul

Another pandemic holiday season is here, though this year there are vaccines and falling COVID-19 case numbers ushering the return of in-person theater. Here are shows that will help you cel…

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Best bets for theater in fall 2021 in the Seattle area by Crystal Paul

After a year and a half of closed theaters and empty stages, this fall brings the return of live indoor theater at several venues around the Puget Sound area. Here are some of the most excit…

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Peek behind the scenes as some Seattle performing arts groups prepare for fall 2021 — their first in-person shows in over a year by Crystal Paul and Moira Macdonald

After months of canceling shows, finally, some Seattle-area performing-arts groups are welcoming in-person audiences this fall. Three artists show us what it takes to bring stages back to li…

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Friday, August 6, 2021

Paramount, Moore, Neptune theaters and Seattle Arts & Lectures to require proof of vaccination for entry by Crystal Paul

Seattle Theatre Group, which operates the Paramount, Moore and Neptune theaters, and Seattle Arts & Lectures on Friday announced that they would require proof of vaccination for those at…

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Enjoy Shakespeare at his funniest with these Seattle-area park performances by Crystal Paul

This year’s outdoor Shakespeare productions from GreenStage and Seattle Shakespeare Company seem to have a common theme in mind: laughter. And laughing to some of Shakespeare’s best come…

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A new generation of Asian American artists is expanding Bruce Lee’s legacy by Crystal Paul

Nearly 50 years after Bruce Lee’s death, a fresh wave of Asian American artists and creators are expanding upon his legacy by creating nuanced roles for Asian American actors and stories t…

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Intiman Theatre starts new chapter with a new home and a membership option that can cost less than Netflix by Crystal Paul

Intiman Theatre’s new chapter looks promising. It’s moving into its new digs at Seattle Central College, and this fall opens its new season and welcomes the first class of students to th…

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Washington has ended most COVID restrictions. But here’s why many theaters can’t just ‘flip a switch’ and reopen by Crystal Paul

Though Washington state has fully reopened, it’s not that easy for theaters, many of which aren’t reopening until the fall or winter. Here’s why it’s complicated bringing theater bac…

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Your guide to summer 2021 outdoor theater and performances in the Seattle area by Crystal Paul

After a year without in-person theater and performances, Seattle-area performing arts groups are taking advantage of the warmer weather and planning plays and performances outdoors.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

See live theater again — outdoors — at this festival inspired by campfire storytelling by Crystal Paul

With The Campfire Festival, The Williams Project is one of the first local theater groups to answer the call for a return to live theater, and it's answering it by taking theater back to a s…

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Among the first to close and likely last to return, Seattle’s theater stagehand community fears a mental health crisis by Crystal Paul

Stagehands are the behind-the-scenes wizards who build sets, rig lighting and help make theater magic. But the hit to live entertainment due to COVID-19 sent the community reeling, and its m…

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Seattle artist Natasha Marin’s ‘Black Imagination’ treats Black voices as boundless treasures by Crystal Paul

Seattle-based conceptual artist Natasha Marin’s “Black Imagination,” which centers and celebrates the depth and breadth of Black creativity, is a sweeping project that exists in five d…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Village Theatre receives $3M gift to help recover from pandemic shutdown by Crystal Paul

After a difficult year that has taken a significant financial toll on Village Theatre, this week an anonymous donor gave a $3 million gift to the theater. The gift will be used for reopening…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

COVID-19 interrupted a generation of theater artists. Now they wonder what’s next by Crystal Paul

A generation of theater artists, interrupted by the pandemic, is facing an uncertain future as they struggle to make professional connections, keep their craft sharp and make ends meet, all …

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

What it’s like for Seattle theaters to transition leadership during a pandemic by Crystal Paul

Several local theater companies, including Book-It Repertory Theatre, Taproot Theatre, eSe Teatro and Washington Ensemble Theatre, bid farewell to long-standing artistic directors and welcom…

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Seattle Rep embarks on ambitious plan, commissioning more new plays at once than it ever has by Crystal Paul

Seattle Repertory Theatre is embarking on an ambitious undertaking: three commission projects that will support the development of over 20 new plays over the next decade — more than the Re…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Taproot Theatre co-founders Scott and Pam Nolte retire after 44 years by Crystal Paul

When Scott and Pam Nolte founded Seattle's Taproot Theatre in 1976, it was a small touring company of actors that performed in churches, schools and libraries. They've since built a theater …

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas!’ bring holiday-show spirit to your homes this year by Crystal Paul and Brendan Kiley

Even as we cozy up in our quarantine outposts for isolated holiday celebrations, much of Seattle's theater community has created virtual holiday shows to enjoy from the best seat in your hou…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

‘Changer’ adapts Coast Salish and Dakota origin stories into a radio play by Crystal Paul

"Changer: The Radio Play," originally created as a stage play until COVID restrictions hit, conveys the power of storytelling, traveling back in time to delve into origin myths and forward t…

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Friday, December 4, 2020

The show must go online: COVID-19 forces Seattle-area performing arts groups to rethink tradition by Crystal Paul

Local performing arts groups project that their virtual holiday shows will bring in only a fraction of their usual holiday revenues. Yet many are proceeding, in new ways and formats, hopeful…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Seattle Theatre Group makes another round of staff cuts by Crystal Paul

Seattle Theatre Group, operator of the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune theaters, is implementing a second wave of staff reductions. With this second round, STG will have reduced its staff by 8…

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Book-It launches its audioplay season with Octavia Butler’s powerful ‘Childfinder’ by Crystal Paul

Book-It Repertory Theatre launches its audioplay season with its adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's "Childfinder," a tale of a divided society battling for power and freedom, fitting for our …

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Friday, May 1, 2020

‘We find a way’: Seattle drag artists contend with the pandemic that threatens their livelihoods and their lifeline by Crystal Paul

Like countless others in the arts and beyond, drag performers have been hit hard by venue closures and stay-home orders. But the drag community has always found ways to endure, connect and c…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

The ‘bois’ are back: After a powerful reception in 2018, Dani Tirrell’s ‘Black Bois’ returns for a one-night performance by Crystal Paul

In 2018, Dani Tirrell's "Black Bois" captivated audiences with its multigenre performance sharing a wide range of experiences of Black 'bois.' This February, the show returns with an expande…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

‘Shout Sister Shout!’ will have you dancing and shouting along to the little-known story of the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll by Crystal Paul

"Shout Sister Shout!" at Seattle Rep breathes life back into the legacy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose guitar genius and eclectic fusion of blues, jazz, gospel, country, rhythm and blues, a…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

With ‘Nina Simone: Four Women,’ director Valerie Curtis-Newton wants audiences to see the work and lives of black women everywhere by Crystal Paul

As an activist-artist herself, director Valerie Curtis-Newton finds common ground in the community of black women and the art-activism portrayed in her latest production, Christina Ham's "Ni…

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