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Category: Theater


Marriage equality theater: Found Space Productions gives staged reading of docudrama “8” at University of Puget Sound

Everett McCracken, left, Marilyn Bennett and Joe Grant will be part of the staged reading of "8" on Saturday night at UPS. Photo: Kali Raisl

It’s all over the headlines and now it’s on stage too: gay marriage rights, coming this Saturday to the Norton Clapp Theatre at the University of Puget Sound. A staged reading of docudrama “8” by playwright Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” “J. Edgar”) comes courtesy of Found Space Productions, last seen on the Hilltop in a temporary Spaceworks site producing edgy plays by Albee and others.

“8” is basically the court case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (the American Foundation for Equal Rights versus California’s 2008 anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8) turned into theater. Just written last year, the mix of trial transcripts read by actors, interviews and original Prop 8 TV ads was intended to give the public a true account of what happened in the 2009 trial, which eventually led to the overturn of the proposition.

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Tacoma Youth Theatre offers free memberships at open house

There’s a new all-youth theater company in town and it’s offering free memberships at an open house on June 30.

Tacoma Youth Theatre is having its event from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church School, 918 Division Ave., in Tacoma. Youth and parents can learn about the company’s mission, goals and structure.

Scott Campbell is the managing director and Maggie Knott is the artistic director. Campbell is the former managing artistic director of Tacoma Little Theatre and was at Lakewood Playhouse before that.

Here’s more from the announcement:


All youth (ages 5

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“Anchor Baby” offers a fun but simplistic theater take on culture clash at First Congregational Church, Tacoma

Chevi Chung (left) as Alita and James Gilletti as Bobby Anchor in "Anchor Baby." Courtesy image.

Tacoma has quite a history of small, independent theater in odd venues, and “Anchor Baby” is one of them. Mounted by Dukesbay Productions, who’ve been responsible for the “Java Tacoma” live local sit-com and other creative shows, Richard Tucker’s “Anchor Baby” opened Friday night at First Congregational Church and tells a culture-clash tale of what happens when brash, clueless Americans plonk themselves into the peaceful society of the fictional island of Mehlot. It’s a mostly fun piece of theater but the acting has some holes and the script is about as about as subtle as a lead hammer.

Dukesbay is a group of community theater folks with an emphasis on cast diversity. For this show they also have a star-studded production line-up which sets a professional tone from the moment you walk into the church’s musty alleyway door: Set designer Scott Campbell (formerly Lakewood Playhouse and Tacoma Little Theatre) has made a gorgeous tropical-apartment set out of an uninspiring church basement room, along with painter Maggie Knott (also formerly Lakewood). Composer Allan Loucks adds a quasi-steel-band touch to the scene change music.

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Tacoma Musical Playhouse announces 2012/13 season

Tacoma Musical Playhouse has just announced its new season, which spans musical theater from classics like “The Sound of Music” to the movie-based “Legally Blonde.”

Opening the season in September is “Chicago,” the award-winning, 15-year-running Kander and Ebb Broadway musical about a murdering chorus girl in Prohibition-era Chicago. After a holiday run of the ever-popular “The Sound of Music,” about the singing Von Trapp family, the season continues with “The Musical of Musicals,” five musicals in one with each having the same plot but different musical style. “Legally Blonde,” about a sorority star who goes to law school, is

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Live Paint offers free family winter theater event on Hilltop, Tacoma

Theater arts group Live Paint will offer a free winter family event in the new Spaceworks studio on the Hilltop from 1-2:30 p.m. March 10. Director Cindy Arnold helps families celebrate the last months of winter through interactive theatre, story, craft projects and other seasonal surprises. The free event is designed for children ages three to five years and their families, but children of all ages are invited to attend.

Donations welcome. 1314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-756-2169, www.livepaint4kids.com



John Munn named new managing artistic director at Lakewood Playhouse

John Munn. Courtesy photo.

John Munn, a local actor, director and entrepreneur, has just been named Lakewood Playhouse’s new permanent artistic director. The 73-year-old community theater, located in the Lakewood Towne Center mall, lost its director of nearly 10 years, Marcus Walker, when Walker died of cancer early last year. Munn had been temporary managing artistic director since last February.

“I feel like I’m home,” said Munn. “I was blessed to get to know the family at the Playhouse over the last year; it’s been a rare chance that you don’t often get.” Read more »


University of Puget Sound Tacoma’s “Pirates of Penzance” is a riot – in the best possible way.

There’s a lot on in Tacoma theaters this weekend – Tacoma Opera, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Les Ballets Trockadero – but if you want laughs, great singing and sheer value for money all in one show then head to the University of Puget Sound to hear the student production of “Pirates of Penzance,” with a last performance 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Lovers of Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious 19th-century operatic comedies will rejoice – at last, a local production! – and those who’ve never heard of these English gems with their ridiculously loquacious verbiage, completely silly antics and parody plots will

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Tacoma’s Gritty City Sirens burlesque troupe take on the Pantages, along with Olympia’s Tush and other Valentine goodies next Tuesday.

If you haven’t sorted out a Valentine’s date yet (and you know who you are, out there), this one’s for you. How about a luscious dessert, glass of wine, shopping op for the girls, a scantily-clad burlesque show and a live DJ’d dance party afterward, all in the one venue? Yep, it sounds good, and the good news is there are still tickets. It’s the “Sweet and Spicy Valentine’s Day Burlesque” show at the Pantages next Tuesday night, featuring Tacoma’s Gritty City Sirens and Olympia’s Tush.

Even better, the whole evening is a benefit for both the

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