This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (3/16)

A big variety in openings this week, including the timely Pipeline, a new works series, and new takes on Shakespeare; plus, loads of continuing runs to catch before they close, including the new opera Blue

Ticketing links for most shows can be found on the Performance Calendar page here.  


Openings & Short Runs      


Community Voices – Free Programs & Showcases 
Vivian Phillips (shown here with Donald Byrd in 2019) will moderate a community conversation with choreographer Bill T. Jones, which will be incorporated into his work. Photo by Chase D. Anderson.

Community Conversation with Bill T. Jones: Is there a “We”?
Meany Center & Langston @ Langston Hughes PAI
3/22 only. In Seattle (Central District)

With invited guests and community attendees, choreographer Bill T. Jones will explore the importance of belonging and the notion of collective redemption in a conversation moderated by Vivian Phillips. (The conversations will be explored in a new dance work, What Problem?, performed by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at Meany Center on 3/24-26.)

Tickets are free, here.


Seattle Rep: Next Narrative Monologue Competition
3/18 only. At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side) or online

The regional finals of the inaugural competition. Students perform newly created works from 50 of America’s leading contemporary Black playwrights.

Tickets are free for online viewing or $5 for in-person, here.


Public Works: A Festival of Personal Stories
Macha Theatre Works & Seattle Rep @ West of Lenin
Runs 3/19-20. In Seattle (Fremont)

Macha Theatre Works artists led six months of workshop culminating in this showcase, in which participants perform their 10-minute heartfelt, hilarious, and uplifting stories of resilience, reflection, and growth.

Tickets are free, here.

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UW Drama: Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3  @ Jones Playhouse (opens 3/16, closing 3/20). In Seattle (U-District).

ACT Theatre: The Thin Place  (previews 3/18-23, opens 3/24, closing 4/10). In Downtown Seattle.

ArtsWest: This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing  (preview 3/17, opens 3/18, closing 4/10). In West Seattle.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Plot Points  (3/18-27). In Seattle (Seattle Center, Mercer St. side). See preview here.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Beauty and the Beast  (3/20-27). In Seattle (Seattle Center, Mercer St. side).

Pork Filled Productions @ Cafe Nordo: Slow Cooker Unleashed  (3/21 & 3/28 only). In Seattle (Pioneer Square).



Closing Soon 


As If Theatre Company: The Cake  (closing 3/20). In Kenmore. See NWT’s review here.

SecondStory Repertory Theatre: First Date  (closing 3/20). In Redmond.



Continuing Runs 


The Changing Scene Theatre Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]  @ Enoch City Arts Studio (closing 3/26). In Bremerton.

Radial Theatre Project: 1984  @ 18th & Union (closing 3/26). In Seattle (Central District).

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Holmes and Watson  (closing 3/27). In Edmonds.

Lakewood Playhouse: Head Over Heels  (closing 3/27). In Lakewood.

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts: As You Like It  (closing 3/27). In Marysville.

Thalia’s Umbrella: Europe  @ 12th Avenue Arts (closing 3/27). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Harlequin Productions: Murder for Two  (closing 4/2). In Olympia.

Seattle Public Theater: Pipeline  (closing 4/3). In Seattle (Green Lake).

Seattle Rep: Teenage Dick  (closing 4/3). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side).

Tacoma Little Theatre: A Chorus Line  (closing 4/3). In Tacoma.

Village Theatre: The Book Club Play  (closing 4/3 in Issaquah; runs 4/8-5/1 in Everett). In Issaquah & Everett. See NWT’s review here.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Ooh La La  (closing 5/1). In Seattle (Pike Place).


The Roundup is a weekly (ish) feature. Want to plan your show schedule further out? See NWT’s 2022 Shows list, which aims to list just about every theatre show in town. For shows by day and ticketing info, see the Performance Calendar.

Chase D. Anderson is Editor & Producer of NWTheatre.org.