Performance Calendar

Looking for what’s happening around town? We’ve got you covered — with theatre, dance, and more.

We try hard to provide updated information, but these showtimes are not official. Please confirm dates/times with the individual theatres via their ticketing pages.

 

Hosting a show you don’t see listed? Send details, link, and production or rehearsal/promo photos to nwtheatre.org at gmail.com for consideration. Listings are currently limited to theatre, dance, and select comedy/variety shows at theatre companies in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties.

 

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May
27
Fri
Emerge Arts 2022 Cohort Showcase – Gay City Arts & Velocity Dance Center @ Northwest Film Forum (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
May 27 @ 7:00 pm

The Emerge Arts Cohort and Showcase is a film creation program for BIPOC LGBTQ+ performing artists that offers production support, artistic mentorship, and business and sustainability training. Selected artists will receive mentorship and support to create a film translation of their live work, and a platform to share their work in a fully-produced, in-person showcase at Northwest Film Forum.

Curating council members: Dakota Alcantara-Camacho, Saira Barbaric, David Rue, dani tirrell, and Fox Whitney

Artist cohort: Akoiya Harris, Abdiel Jacobsen, Zara Martina Lopez, Stephanie Nam, and Sienna Williams + Brea Wilson

Tickets (free) here.

 

Lola @ Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Seattle – Pike Place)
May 27 @ 7:00 pm

Inspired by the lyrics of Barry Manilow’s Grammy Award-winning song “Copacabana,” Can Can’s summer show masterfully blends gender bending comedy and flirtatous sex appeal.

It’s 1970 at the Copacabana where famed showgirl Lola and bartender Tony are on the fritz after a lengthy tumultuous affair. Lola’s fellow performers are caught in the middle of the relationship drama and torn between their loyalty to Lola and their drinking buddy, Tony. Rico the suave, womanizing flair bartender from Fuegos Mucho Caliente (the Copacabana’s rival restaurant) has caught wind of the break-up and plans his pursuit of Lola. When Tony hears of Rico and Lola’s entanglement, he crafts a plan to win Lola back. As Rico and Tony’s rivalry escalates, fate will decide who wins the hand of the prized showgirl.

Tickets (starting at $83-$126, depending on night) here.

 

And So That Happened … – The 5th Avenue Theatre @ ACT Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring works by Maggie Lee & Lauren Freman; Jasmine Joshua; and Dedra D. Woods, Porscha Shaw & Aaron M. Davis Norman

Creative Direction by Desdemona Chiang
Choreographed by Alyza DelPan-Monley
Music Direction, Arrangements, and Orchestrations by Steven Tran

This original musical is created by Pacific Northwest musical theatre artists for the Pacific Northwest. A show that will explore the hopes, dreams, and acts of will that take us forward in the aftermath of cataclysmic events in our lives. Three masterful storytellers will each spin a captivating 30-minute musical story about how we move forward in the wake of seismic transformation and radical change. Together, these stories will be woven into a 90-minute theatrical tour de force of song and story, laced with humor, passion, and personality.

Location: ACT Theatre – Falls Theatre

Tickets ($44-$90) here.

 

Bruce @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St. side)
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

Music by Richard Oberacker
Book & lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
Based on the book The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb
Directed & Choreographed by Donna Feore

World premiere

In 1974, a virtually unknown 26-year-old director set out to film a best-selling novel.

Invading a sleepy fishing island off Cape Cod to shoot on the open ocean, he battled weather, water, hostile locals, an exploding budget, endless delays, and a highly dysfunctional mechanical star named Bruce. Based on The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb, this world-premiere musical takes you behind the scenes of the world’s first summer blockbuster.

(Preview 5/27-6/7; opens 6/8)

Open captioned performance 6/2 (7:30pm)
ASL interpreted & audio described performance 6/18 (2pm)

Tickets ($24-$103) here.

Seattle Rep is now offering a limited number of PWYC tickets for all performances. See policies and info here.

 

Down the Rabbit Hole – Cafe Nordo @ The Knife Room (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

Alice and friends return to The Knife Room at Nordo this spring with the smash hit audience favorite “Down the Rabbit Hole”. This Karaoke Cabaret of Nonsense features immersive art installations for you to wander throughs such as “The Mad Hatter’s Tearoom” where your salad is plucked from thin air, the “Wonderland Menagerie” where the Mad Hatter and March Hare serve teapots of mushroom soup with goat cheese “sugar cubes”, and “The Infinity Garden of Living Flowers”, where the daisies want you to look your best in the mirrored and instagrammable world. Themed cocktail confections abound in this romping and roaming feast for the senses.

The story centers around all things wonderland – your favorite tales like “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and “The Stolen Tart” are set to original music, or played out with you as judge and jury with hilarious consequences. The entire evening is MC’d by the White Rabbit, as he belts out inspired hits from Jefferson Airplane and Gnarls Barley and encourages the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and Queen of Hearts to sing their favorite tunes.

A Pop-Up Tasting Menu is included in the ticket price.

Location: Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square) downstairs in the Knife Room, which is only reached by stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.

Tickets ($100-$110), here.

In the Heights @ Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Tacoma)
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

In the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, a young store owner watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit community as they pass through his bodega.

Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Directed & Choreographed by Jimmy Shields
Music Direction by Daniel Wolfert

Tickets ($31) here.

 

Passage – UW Drama @ Jones Playhouse (Seattle – U-District)
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

By Christopher Chen
Directed by Adrienne Mackey

Obie Award-winner Christopher Chen’s provocative fantasia, Passage, gently lifts us from our own reality and sets us down in a new place: Country X. Country X has been occupied by Country Y. Country X is allowed its own laws and leaders, but Country Y controls both and has been unfairly abusing its power to mistreat native-born citizens.

New UW Drama faculty member Adrienne Mackey, Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Swim Pony, makes her UW Drama directorial debut.

Location: Jones Playhouse (University Ave.), near UW main campus

(Previews 5/14-17, opens 5/19)

Tickets ($23) here.

 

Riverwood – Seattle Public Theater & Langston @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (Seattle – Central District)
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

By Andrew Lee Creech
Directed by Shermona Mitchell

In the midst of city-wide gentrification, rumors of building buyouts and community displacement swirl among the tenants at the Riverwood Apartments. When their worst fears are realized the lives of five people are thrown into upheaval. As 17-year-old Tel and Crunch navigate their place in society as young, Black men, building super Lenard dreams of hitting it big in the lotto. Community warrior Dédra fights to keep her neighborhood intact, while building manager Miss Penny is content to do away with it all. With painful pasts revealed and uncertain futures ahead, each member of this tight community finds themselves asking: how much would you risk in order to own your own dream? Part coming of age story, part slice of life, Riverwood explores the difficult nature of setting up roots and letting go.

Runs 5/18-6/5 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in the Central District (previews 5/18-19, opens 5/20)

Runs 6/16-26 at Seattle Public Theater at Green Lake (preview 6/16, opens 6/17)

Tickets ($5-$50, sliding scale for all) here.

 

Sovereignty @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia)
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Esther Almazán

Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer, fights to restore her Nation’s tribal jurisdiction while confronting the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. Stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson’s Oval office, along the fateful Trail of Tears, to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma – Sovereignty tells an epic tale of the powerful intersections of personal and political truths, bridging our country’s distant past and imminent future.

A complex, thrilling historical drama shining a light on the Cherokee Nation’s deeply intertwined past and present. Performed by an ensemble of Native and non-Native regional and local actors with direction, set, costume and lighting design by Native artists. Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an attorney whose practice focuses on tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples.

Preview 5/5, opens 5/6

Tickets ($39) here.

 

String @ Seattle Pacific University (Seattle – North Queen Anne)
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

Book by Sarah Hammond
Music & lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Jessica Spencer
Musical Direction by Aimee Hong

On a starry mountaintop, three sisters — goddesses known as the Fates — spin, measure, and snip the strings of life for every human on Earth. After angering Zeus, they find themselves banished to a modern office building in the mortal world, where they continue their work hidden among the mortals whose destinies they weave. When the eldest sister meets a security guard in the building and falls in love, she bends the rules of Fate to keep him at her side — but can the fabric of the universe stand a flaw? An original rom-com musical about fate, love, and the imperfections that make us human.

(Preview 5/18, opens 5/19)

Tickets ($15) here.

 

Yellow Fever @ Centerstage Theatre (Federal Way – Dash Point)
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

By Rick Shiomi

Spring, 1973. The Pacific Northwest. The alleys are dark. The bars are too bright. It’s raining out, probably. Private detective Sam Shikaze doesn’t just know crime…he knows everything that happens in this part of town. And this latest case might get him two black eyes and a one-way ticket to the bottom of the ocean. The thing is, Sam prefers to work alone…but everyone else in town seems to have other ideas.

Tickets ($35) here.

 

Grief @ Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle – Madrona)
May 27 @ 8:00 pm

Grief explores the traumatic experience of Mamie Till-Mobley after the murder of her son Emmet Till in 1955 by white supremacists in Mississippi. In this new work, Byrd delves deeply into the fury and pain of Till-Mobley’ grief, postulating that it was her profound grief and rage that led to her decision to present her son’s mutilated body in an open casket funeral (“I want people to see what they did to my boy”); speculating that she desired to “amplify” her pain, to share her grief with others in the hope to lessen her pain, if only a little bit.

Whether it was an act of self-preservation or a decision made out of pure outrage, her choice changed the course of history. The Spectrum Dance Theater/Company immerses itself in the deep-seated emotions of not just MamieTill-Mobley, but mothers everywhere who have lost a child.

Vocalist Josie Howell will be featured alongside the Spectrum Dance Theater artists.

Location: Spectrum Dance Theater studio (800 Lake Washington Blvd.)

Tickets $25, plus pay-what-you-choose tickets ($1+) available to all, here.

Into the Woods @ Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts (Marysville)
May 27 @ 8:00 pm

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine

The Baker and his wife want a child. Cinderella wants to go to the festival. Little Red Riding Hood wants to visit her granny. The Prince wants a bride. Jack wants to keep his cow. The Witch wants people to stop trespassing in her garden. The Wolf wants a meal.

Will their wishes come true? And will they live happily ever after if they do?

Tickets ($22) here.

 

Over the River and Through the Woods @ Edmonds Driftwood Players (Edmonds)
May 27 @ 8:00 pm

By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida but that doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he tells them that he’s been offered his dream job of marketing executive in Seattle, which would take him away from all his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes by Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma to keep Nick around, including inviting the lovely, and single, Caitlin O’Hare to dinner.

Tickets ($30) here.

 

The Nerd @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
May 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

By Larry Shue
Directed by Karen Lund & Marianne Savell

Three’s already a crowd in Willum’s house, but it’s as tight as a game of sardines when Rick unexpectedly arrives. He’s as interesting as quality control at a chalk factory, until his antics jeopardize Willum’s career. Sure, Rick once saved Willum’s life, but now he’s ruining it! Pass the deviled eggs, this party’s about to become a saucer-smashing good time!

Tickets ($25-$53) here.

 

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown @ Village Theatre (Everett)
May 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Growing up is serious business! Explore a day in the life of Charlie Brown as he goes from wild optimism to utter despair. Linus, Lucy, Schroder, and the whole Peanuts gang will bring us along as they learn how a great big dose of sunlight and positivity can be the best medicine. This musical comedy will remind us all that the truth can hurt and sometimes it’s gut-bustingly funny!

Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Directed by Jimmy Shields
Choreographed by Cy Paolantonio
Music Directed by R.J. Tancioco

Location: Everett Performing Arts Center (2710 Wetmore Ave.)

Tickets ($47-$81) here.

Pay-what-you-choose rush tickets on certain dates; see info here.

 

Lola @ Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Seattle – Pike Place)
May 27 @ 9:45 pm

Inspired by the lyrics of Barry Manilow’s Grammy Award-winning song “Copacabana,” Can Can’s summer show masterfully blends gender bending comedy and flirtatous sex appeal.

It’s 1970 at the Copacabana where famed showgirl Lola and bartender Tony are on the fritz after a lengthy tumultuous affair. Lola’s fellow performers are caught in the middle of the relationship drama and torn between their loyalty to Lola and their drinking buddy, Tony. Rico the suave, womanizing flair bartender from Fuegos Mucho Caliente (the Copacabana’s rival restaurant) has caught wind of the break-up and plans his pursuit of Lola. When Tony hears of Rico and Lola’s entanglement, he crafts a plan to win Lola back. As Rico and Tony’s rivalry escalates, fate will decide who wins the hand of the prized showgirl.

Tickets (starting at $83-$126, depending on night) here.

 

May
28
Sat
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown @ Village Theatre (Everett)
May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Growing up is serious business! Explore a day in the life of Charlie Brown as he goes from wild optimism to utter despair. Linus, Lucy, Schroder, and the whole Peanuts gang will bring us along as they learn how a great big dose of sunlight and positivity can be the best medicine. This musical comedy will remind us all that the truth can hurt and sometimes it’s gut-bustingly funny!

Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Directed by Jimmy Shields
Choreographed by Cy Paolantonio
Music Directed by R.J. Tancioco

Location: Everett Performing Arts Center (2710 Wetmore Ave.)

Tickets ($47-$81) here.

Pay-what-you-choose rush tickets on certain dates; see info here.

 

And So That Happened … – The 5th Avenue Theatre @ ACT Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
May 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Featuring works by Maggie Lee & Lauren Freman; Jasmine Joshua; and Dedra D. Woods, Porscha Shaw & Aaron M. Davis Norman

Creative Direction by Desdemona Chiang
Choreographed by Alyza DelPan-Monley
Music Direction, Arrangements, and Orchestrations by Steven Tran

This original musical is created by Pacific Northwest musical theatre artists for the Pacific Northwest. A show that will explore the hopes, dreams, and acts of will that take us forward in the aftermath of cataclysmic events in our lives. Three masterful storytellers will each spin a captivating 30-minute musical story about how we move forward in the wake of seismic transformation and radical change. Together, these stories will be woven into a 90-minute theatrical tour de force of song and story, laced with humor, passion, and personality.

Location: ACT Theatre – Falls Theatre

Tickets ($44-$90) here.

 

In the Heights @ Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Tacoma)
May 28 @ 2:00 pm

In the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, a young store owner watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit community as they pass through his bodega.

Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Directed & Choreographed by Jimmy Shields
Music Direction by Daniel Wolfert

Tickets ($31) here.

 

Passage – UW Drama @ Jones Playhouse (Seattle – U-District)
May 28 @ 2:00 pm

By Christopher Chen
Directed by Adrienne Mackey

Obie Award-winner Christopher Chen’s provocative fantasia, Passage, gently lifts us from our own reality and sets us down in a new place: Country X. Country X has been occupied by Country Y. Country X is allowed its own laws and leaders, but Country Y controls both and has been unfairly abusing its power to mistreat native-born citizens.

New UW Drama faculty member Adrienne Mackey, Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Swim Pony, makes her UW Drama directorial debut.

Location: Jones Playhouse (University Ave.), near UW main campus

(Previews 5/14-17, opens 5/19)

Tickets ($23) here.

 

Sovereignty @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia) (PWYC)
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

By Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Esther Almazán

Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer, fights to restore her Nation’s tribal jurisdiction while confronting the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. Stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson’s Oval office, along the fateful Trail of Tears, to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma – Sovereignty tells an epic tale of the powerful intersections of personal and political truths, bridging our country’s distant past and imminent future.

A complex, thrilling historical drama shining a light on the Cherokee Nation’s deeply intertwined past and present. Performed by an ensemble of Native and non-Native regional and local actors with direction, set, costume and lighting design by Native artists. Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an attorney whose practice focuses on tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples.

Preview 5/5, opens 5/6

Tickets ($39) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for this show date; see info here.

 

The Nerd @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

By Larry Shue
Directed by Karen Lund & Marianne Savell

Three’s already a crowd in Willum’s house, but it’s as tight as a game of sardines when Rick unexpectedly arrives. He’s as interesting as quality control at a chalk factory, until his antics jeopardize Willum’s career. Sure, Rick once saved Willum’s life, but now he’s ruining it! Pass the deviled eggs, this party’s about to become a saucer-smashing good time!

Tickets $25-$48 (Saturday matinee) or $23 any seat (weekday matinee) here.

 

Emerge Arts 2022 Cohort Showcase – Gay City Arts & Velocity Dance Center @ Northwest Film Forum (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
May 28 @ 7:00 pm

The Emerge Arts Cohort and Showcase is a film creation program for BIPOC LGBTQ+ performing artists that offers production support, artistic mentorship, and business and sustainability training. Selected artists will receive mentorship and support to create a film translation of their live work, and a platform to share their work in a fully-produced, in-person showcase at Northwest Film Forum.

Curating council members: Dakota Alcantara-Camacho, Saira Barbaric, David Rue, dani tirrell, and Fox Whitney

Artist cohort: Akoiya Harris, Abdiel Jacobsen, Zara Martina Lopez, Stephanie Nam, and Sienna Williams + Brea Wilson

Tickets (free) here.

 

Lola @ Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Seattle – Pike Place)
May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Inspired by the lyrics of Barry Manilow’s Grammy Award-winning song “Copacabana,” Can Can’s summer show masterfully blends gender bending comedy and flirtatous sex appeal.

It’s 1970 at the Copacabana where famed showgirl Lola and bartender Tony are on the fritz after a lengthy tumultuous affair. Lola’s fellow performers are caught in the middle of the relationship drama and torn between their loyalty to Lola and their drinking buddy, Tony. Rico the suave, womanizing flair bartender from Fuegos Mucho Caliente (the Copacabana’s rival restaurant) has caught wind of the break-up and plans his pursuit of Lola. When Tony hears of Rico and Lola’s entanglement, he crafts a plan to win Lola back. As Rico and Tony’s rivalry escalates, fate will decide who wins the hand of the prized showgirl.

Tickets (starting at $83-$126, depending on night) here.

 

And So That Happened … – The 5th Avenue Theatre @ ACT Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring works by Maggie Lee & Lauren Freman; Jasmine Joshua; and Dedra D. Woods, Porscha Shaw & Aaron M. Davis Norman

Creative Direction by Desdemona Chiang
Choreographed by Alyza DelPan-Monley
Music Direction, Arrangements, and Orchestrations by Steven Tran

This original musical is created by Pacific Northwest musical theatre artists for the Pacific Northwest. A show that will explore the hopes, dreams, and acts of will that take us forward in the aftermath of cataclysmic events in our lives. Three masterful storytellers will each spin a captivating 30-minute musical story about how we move forward in the wake of seismic transformation and radical change. Together, these stories will be woven into a 90-minute theatrical tour de force of song and story, laced with humor, passion, and personality.

Location: ACT Theatre – Falls Theatre

Tickets ($44-$90) here.

 

Down the Rabbit Hole – Cafe Nordo @ The Knife Room (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
May 28 @ 7:30 pm

Alice and friends return to The Knife Room at Nordo this spring with the smash hit audience favorite “Down the Rabbit Hole”. This Karaoke Cabaret of Nonsense features immersive art installations for you to wander throughs such as “The Mad Hatter’s Tearoom” where your salad is plucked from thin air, the “Wonderland Menagerie” where the Mad Hatter and March Hare serve teapots of mushroom soup with goat cheese “sugar cubes”, and “The Infinity Garden of Living Flowers”, where the daisies want you to look your best in the mirrored and instagrammable world. Themed cocktail confections abound in this romping and roaming feast for the senses.

The story centers around all things wonderland – your favorite tales like “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and “The Stolen Tart” are set to original music, or played out with you as judge and jury with hilarious consequences. The entire evening is MC’d by the White Rabbit, as he belts out inspired hits from Jefferson Airplane and Gnarls Barley and encourages the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and Queen of Hearts to sing their favorite tunes.

A Pop-Up Tasting Menu is included in the ticket price.

Location: Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square) downstairs in the Knife Room, which is only reached by stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.

Tickets ($100-$110), here.

In the Heights @ Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Tacoma)
May 28 @ 7:30 pm

In the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, a young store owner watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit community as they pass through his bodega.

Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Directed & Choreographed by Jimmy Shields
Music Direction by Daniel Wolfert

Tickets ($31) here.

 

Passage – UW Drama @ Jones Playhouse (Seattle – U-District)
May 28 @ 7:30 pm

By Christopher Chen
Directed by Adrienne Mackey

Obie Award-winner Christopher Chen’s provocative fantasia, Passage, gently lifts us from our own reality and sets us down in a new place: Country X. Country X has been occupied by Country Y. Country X is allowed its own laws and leaders, but Country Y controls both and has been unfairly abusing its power to mistreat native-born citizens.

New UW Drama faculty member Adrienne Mackey, Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Swim Pony, makes her UW Drama directorial debut.

Location: Jones Playhouse (University Ave.), near UW main campus

(Previews 5/14-17, opens 5/19)

Tickets ($23) here.

 

Riverwood – Seattle Public Theater & Langston @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (Seattle – Central District)
May 28 @ 7:30 pm

By Andrew Lee Creech
Directed by Shermona Mitchell

In the midst of city-wide gentrification, rumors of building buyouts and community displacement swirl among the tenants at the Riverwood Apartments. When their worst fears are realized the lives of five people are thrown into upheaval. As 17-year-old Tel and Crunch navigate their place in society as young, Black men, building super Lenard dreams of hitting it big in the lotto. Community warrior Dédra fights to keep her neighborhood intact, while building manager Miss Penny is content to do away with it all. With painful pasts revealed and uncertain futures ahead, each member of this tight community finds themselves asking: how much would you risk in order to own your own dream? Part coming of age story, part slice of life, Riverwood explores the difficult nature of setting up roots and letting go.

Runs 5/18-6/5 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in the Central District (previews 5/18-19, opens 5/20)

Runs 6/16-26 at Seattle Public Theater at Green Lake (preview 6/16, opens 6/17)

Tickets ($5-$50, sliding scale for all) here.

 

Sovereignty @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia)
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Esther Almazán

Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer, fights to restore her Nation’s tribal jurisdiction while confronting the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. Stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson’s Oval office, along the fateful Trail of Tears, to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma – Sovereignty tells an epic tale of the powerful intersections of personal and political truths, bridging our country’s distant past and imminent future.

A complex, thrilling historical drama shining a light on the Cherokee Nation’s deeply intertwined past and present. Performed by an ensemble of Native and non-Native regional and local actors with direction, set, costume and lighting design by Native artists. Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an attorney whose practice focuses on tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples.

Preview 5/5, opens 5/6

Tickets ($39) here.

 

String @ Seattle Pacific University (Seattle – North Queen Anne)
May 28 @ 7:30 pm

Book by Sarah Hammond
Music & lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Jessica Spencer
Musical Direction by Aimee Hong

On a starry mountaintop, three sisters — goddesses known as the Fates — spin, measure, and snip the strings of life for every human on Earth. After angering Zeus, they find themselves banished to a modern office building in the mortal world, where they continue their work hidden among the mortals whose destinies they weave. When the eldest sister meets a security guard in the building and falls in love, she bends the rules of Fate to keep him at her side — but can the fabric of the universe stand a flaw? An original rom-com musical about fate, love, and the imperfections that make us human.

(Preview 5/18, opens 5/19)

Tickets ($15) here.

 

Yellow Fever @ Centerstage Theatre (Federal Way – Dash Point)
May 28 @ 7:30 pm

By Rick Shiomi

Spring, 1973. The Pacific Northwest. The alleys are dark. The bars are too bright. It’s raining out, probably. Private detective Sam Shikaze doesn’t just know crime…he knows everything that happens in this part of town. And this latest case might get him two black eyes and a one-way ticket to the bottom of the ocean. The thing is, Sam prefers to work alone…but everyone else in town seems to have other ideas.

Tickets ($35) here.

 

Grief @ Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle – Madrona)
May 28 @ 8:00 pm

Grief explores the traumatic experience of Mamie Till-Mobley after the murder of her son Emmet Till in 1955 by white supremacists in Mississippi. In this new work, Byrd delves deeply into the fury and pain of Till-Mobley’ grief, postulating that it was her profound grief and rage that led to her decision to present her son’s mutilated body in an open casket funeral (“I want people to see what they did to my boy”); speculating that she desired to “amplify” her pain, to share her grief with others in the hope to lessen her pain, if only a little bit.

Whether it was an act of self-preservation or a decision made out of pure outrage, her choice changed the course of history. The Spectrum Dance Theater/Company immerses itself in the deep-seated emotions of not just MamieTill-Mobley, but mothers everywhere who have lost a child.

Vocalist Josie Howell will be featured alongside the Spectrum Dance Theater artists.

Location: Spectrum Dance Theater studio (800 Lake Washington Blvd.)

Tickets $25, plus pay-what-you-choose tickets ($1+) available to all, here.

Into the Woods @ Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts (Marysville)
May 28 @ 8:00 pm

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine

The Baker and his wife want a child. Cinderella wants to go to the festival. Little Red Riding Hood wants to visit her granny. The Prince wants a bride. Jack wants to keep his cow. The Witch wants people to stop trespassing in her garden. The Wolf wants a meal.

Will their wishes come true? And will they live happily ever after if they do?

Tickets ($22) here.

 

Over the River and Through the Woods @ Edmonds Driftwood Players (Edmonds)
May 28 @ 8:00 pm

By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida but that doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he tells them that he’s been offered his dream job of marketing executive in Seattle, which would take him away from all his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes by Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma to keep Nick around, including inviting the lovely, and single, Caitlin O’Hare to dinner.

Tickets ($30) here.

 

The Nerd @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
May 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

By Larry Shue
Directed by Karen Lund & Marianne Savell

Three’s already a crowd in Willum’s house, but it’s as tight as a game of sardines when Rick unexpectedly arrives. He’s as interesting as quality control at a chalk factory, until his antics jeopardize Willum’s career. Sure, Rick once saved Willum’s life, but now he’s ruining it! Pass the deviled eggs, this party’s about to become a saucer-smashing good time!

Tickets ($25-$53) here.

 

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown @ Village Theatre (Everett)
May 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Growing up is serious business! Explore a day in the life of Charlie Brown as he goes from wild optimism to utter despair. Linus, Lucy, Schroder, and the whole Peanuts gang will bring us along as they learn how a great big dose of sunlight and positivity can be the best medicine. This musical comedy will remind us all that the truth can hurt and sometimes it’s gut-bustingly funny!

Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Directed by Jimmy Shields
Choreographed by Cy Paolantonio
Music Directed by R.J. Tancioco

Location: Everett Performing Arts Center (2710 Wetmore Ave.)

Tickets ($47-$81) here.

Pay-what-you-choose rush tickets on certain dates; see info here.

 

Lola @ Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Seattle – Pike Place)
May 28 @ 9:45 pm

Inspired by the lyrics of Barry Manilow’s Grammy Award-winning song “Copacabana,” Can Can’s summer show masterfully blends gender bending comedy and flirtatous sex appeal.

It’s 1970 at the Copacabana where famed showgirl Lola and bartender Tony are on the fritz after a lengthy tumultuous affair. Lola’s fellow performers are caught in the middle of the relationship drama and torn between their loyalty to Lola and their drinking buddy, Tony. Rico the suave, womanizing flair bartender from Fuegos Mucho Caliente (the Copacabana’s rival restaurant) has caught wind of the break-up and plans his pursuit of Lola. When Tony hears of Rico and Lola’s entanglement, he crafts a plan to win Lola back. As Rico and Tony’s rivalry escalates, fate will decide who wins the hand of the prized showgirl.

Tickets (starting at $83-$126, depending on night) here.

 

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29
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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown @ Village Theatre (Everett)
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Growing up is serious business! Explore a day in the life of Charlie Brown as he goes from wild optimism to utter despair. Linus, Lucy, Schroder, and the whole Peanuts gang will bring us along as they learn how a great big dose of sunlight and positivity can be the best medicine. This musical comedy will remind us all that the truth can hurt and sometimes it’s gut-bustingly funny!

Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Directed by Jimmy Shields
Choreographed by Cy Paolantonio
Music Directed by R.J. Tancioco

Location: Everett Performing Arts Center (2710 Wetmore Ave.)

Tickets ($47-$81) here.

Pay-what-you-choose rush tickets on certain dates; see info here.