Friday, April 17, 2009

Weekly Update - 4/17/2009

NEWS AND INFORMATION:
(Theatre Listings Below)

KIM A. ANDERSON ELECTED NEW BOARD PRESIDENT AT INTIMAN THEATRE

 

INTIMAN CELEBRATES ITS ACHIEVEMENTS AT ANNUAL MEETING, INCLUDING A 
FIVE-YEAR TREND OF GROWING SINGLE-TICKET AND SUBSCRIPTION SALES

 

SEATTLE— Intiman Theatre’s Board of Trustees elected a new slate of officers, including new Board President Kim A. Anderson, and four new Board members in a unanimous vote at the Theatre’s Annual Meeting on Monday, April 6, 2009. Intiman’s yearly “state of the union,” which is open to Trustees, donors, subscribers and volunteers, also included recognition of outgoing Board President Susan J. Leavitt, a report from the Intiman Theatre Foundation and remarks from Managing Director Brian Colburn and Associate Director Sheila Daniels.

 

“Since 2003, Intiman has seen an overall 23% increase in ticket sales,” Colburn noted. “We are not immune to the current economic crisis; even as our attendance has risen, we’ve seen an impact in contributed income that is threatening to us. We will be asking for sustaining support from the new, larger family of donors that helped us successfully complete our Dramatically Different capacity-building campaign. But we are not backing off our core principles of programming, or our commitment to amplify the conversation we have with our audience through community programs, discussions and events that are essential to our work well beyond the productions on stage.”

 

The new Board officers elected for the 2009 season are:

  • President: Kim A. Anderson, Seattle Arts and Cultural Leader
  • President Elect: Bruce A. Bradburn, Seattle Arts and Cultural Leader
  • Treasurer: Paul J. Lawrence, Partner, K & L Gates, LLP  
  • Secretary: Bradley Tong, Development and Project Management, Shiels Obletz Johnsen

 Vice Presidents

  • Development: Craig G. Campbell, Semi-Retired Consulting Attorney, Washington State Court of Appeals
  • Education: Cynthia Huffman, Seattle Arts and Cultural Leader
  • Finance: Paul J. Lawrence, Partner, K & L Gates, LLP     
  • Trustees: Jared Watson, Vice President, Program and Donor Services, The Seattle Foundation
  • Communications: Marcia Zech, Seattle Arts and Cultural Leader 

 In addition, Intiman welcomed the following new Trustees to three-year terms: 

  • Lisa Kothari, CEO, Peppers and Pollywogs
  • Will Ludlam, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Hill & Knowlton
  • Kevin McCarthy Senior Director of Finance, Microsoft
  • Kristine Wilson, Attorney at Law, Perkins Coie, LLP

Also at the Annual Meeting, Moya Vazquez, Co-Chair of Dramatically Different, thanked the campaign donors. Bob Alexander spoke on behalf of the Intiman Theatre Foundation, which operates independently in consultation with the Intiman Board of Trustees to support the Theatre’s work. The Directors of the Intiman Theatre Foundation are:

 

·         Bob Alexander, President

·         Ronald McCollum, Treasurer

·         Pamela Schell, Secretary

·         Shawn Aebi

·         Douglas P. Beighle

·         Ellen E. Conklin

·         Susan J. Leavitt

·         William A. Longbrake

·         Kenneth L. Schubert III

 

Intiman Theatre gratefully acknowledges the following major donors for their institutional support: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Ameriprise Financial, ArtsFund, The Boeing Company, Doris Duke Charitable FoundationJohn Graham Foundation, Hafer Family Foundation, Intiman Theatre Foundation, Kreielsheimer Remainder Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Nesholm Family Foundation, The Norcliffe Foundation, PONCHO, Safeco Insurance, The Shubert Foundation, The Seattle Foundation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, and WaMu. Additional funding is received from Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, City of Seattle; 4Culture; Metropolitan King County CouncilNational Endowment for the Arts and Washington State Arts Commission.

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TAPROOT THEATRE PRESENTS

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS,

ONE OF THREE REGIONAL PREMIERES THIS SEASON

 

Action-packed adventure tale opens on May 22

 

SEATTLE – April 16, 2009 – Get ready for a madcap, cross-continental race against time packed with adventure, danger, suspense and love at Taproot Theatre Company with the regional premiere of Around the World in 80 Days. Jules Verne’s 19th century novel comes to life before your eyes in Mark Brown’s wildly theatrical adaptation. A bet to travel around the world in 80 days is a fool’s venture in 1872, unless you happen to be named Phileas Fogg. Villainy, a damsel in distress and an array of transportation disasters are met with Victorian virtue and a precision pocket watch in Brown’s comic play that’s part James Bond, part Lord Peter Wimsey and pure fun.Around the World in 80 Days, directed by Scott Nolte, opens on May 22 and runs through June 20 with low-price previews on May 20 & 21, plus a pay-what-you-can performance on May 27.

Around the World in 80 Days had its world premiere at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in September 2001, was work-shopped at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival in May 2002, and had its off-Broadway premiere this past July. The playwright is the award-winning writer behind The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, which Taproot Theatre presented in 2005, and The Little Prince (co-written with Paul Kiernen), among other works. His acting credits include Out of Sight with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, Holy Man with Eddie Murphy, Diagnosis Murder and Ally McBeal.

A largely true-to-the-book yet theatrical adaptation of the classic novel, Around the World in 80 Days takes five actors and has all but one—the actor playing Fogg—rapidly transforming from one character to another nearly in the blink of an eye.

“Brown is a playwright who loves the classics and the sense of wonder created by reinventing them onstage,” said Nolte.  “As an actor himself he knows how much fun it is to surprise the audience – hence we have 5 actors playing over 30 characters, with the fewest props and set pieces possible so the audience’s imagination and sense of humor is engaged too. I think our audiences are in for a terrific mix of adventure, delight and storytelling.”

After Around the World in 80 Days, Taproot Theatre’s 2009 Mainstage season continues with Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming, the third installment of the beloved Sanders family series (July 8-August 8), and Enchanted April, Matthew Barber’s adaptation of Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1920s novel (September 23-October 24).

Support for Taproot Theatre’s 2009 season is generously provided by 4Culture, ArtsFund, The Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, Washington State Arts Commission, Nesholm Family Foundation and PONCHO. Thanks to The Upper Crust, our Opening Night sponsor, and Romio’s Pizza and Pasta and Dry Soda, our Pizza and a Play sponsors.

 

ABOUT TAPROOT THEATRE COMPANY

Taproot Theatre Company is a professional, non-profit theatre company with a multi-faceted production program. Founded in 1976, Taproot Theatre serves the Pacific Northwest with Mainstage Productions, Touring Productions and Acting Studio. Taproot exists to create theatre that explores the beauty and questions of life while bringing hope to our search for meaning. Taproot Theatre Company is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Theatre Puget Sound (TPS), and the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.


The Grapeseed Project
Friday, April 17, 2009

Open Circle Theater

TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Center of the Universe>April 24 - May 23, 2009

Seattle Shakespeare
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
The Tempest>June 4 - 28, 2009

Taproot Theater Company
SEASON AND SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Tuesdays With Morrie>March 25 - April 25, 2009
Around the World in 80 Days>March 20 - June 20, 2009
Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming>July 18 - August 15, 2009
Enchanted April>September 25 - October 24, 2009

Seattle Children's Theater
SEASON AND SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Goodnight Moon>April 10 - June 14, 2009
I Was a Rat!>May 1 - June 14, 2009

Intiman Theater
ALL ON SALE NOW
Crime and Punishment>March 29 - May 3, 2009
A Thousand Clowns>May 15 - June 17, 2009
Othello>July 2 - August 2, 2009
The Year of Magical Thinking>August 21 - September 20, 2009
Abe Lincoln in Illinois>October 2 - November 15, 2009

Seattle Repertory Theatre
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Wishful Drinking with Carrie Fisher >through May 9, 2009 **EXTENDED**
Breaking Hearts and Taking Names >April 9-May 10, 2009
2009-2010 SEASON ANNOUNCED
Hay Fever>October 2 - 25, 2009
August: Osage County>October 27 - November 1, 2009
Opus>October 30 - December 6, 2009
Equivocation>November 18 - December 13, 2009
Speech and Debate>January 15 - February 21, 2010
Glengarry Glen Ross>February 5 - 28, 2010
Fences>March 26 - April 18, 2010
An Illiad>April 9 - May 16, 2010


ACT Theater
Information Available
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde >April 10 - May 10, 2009
Below the Belt >May 22 - June 21, 2009
The Break/s >June 17 - July 12, 2009
Das Barbecii>July 31 - September 6, 2009
Runt of the Litter>September 18 - October 11, 2009
Rock N Roll>October 9 - November 8, 2009

Seattle Opera
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Marriage of Figaro >May 2 - 16, 2009
Wagner's Ring Cycle >August 9 - 30, 2009
2009/2010 SEASON ANNOUNCED
La Traviata>October 17 - 31, 2009
Il Trovatore>January 16 - 30, 2010
Falstaff>February 27 - 13, 2010
Amelia>May 8 - 22, 2010

Paramount
TICKETS AVAILABLE
CATS >April 15 - 19, 2009
Frost Nixon>May 6 - 10, 2009
RENT>June 16 - 21, 2009
Wicked>September 2 - October 4, 2009
August: Osage County>October 27 - November 1, 2009
Fiddler on the Roof>November 27 - December 5, 2009

The 5th Avenue Theatre
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Sunday in the Park With George >April 21 - May 10, 2009
Grease >May 12 - 30, 2009 - on sale Feb. 6
NEW SEASON ANNOUNCED!!!
Catch Me If You Can>July 23 - August 14, 2009
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat>October 13 - November 1, 2009
Irving Berlin's White Christmas>December 1 - 20, 2009
South Pacific>January 29 - February 18, 2010
Legally Blonde>February 23 - March 14, 2010
On The Town>April 13 - May 2, 2010
Candide>May 25 - June 13, 2010

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