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November 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM
From Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic:
Four years after an arson blaze gutted much of the Eleanor Roosevelt Building, a block-long Greenwood building complex owned by Taproot Theatre, the Seattle stage company is opening new facilities erected from the ashes. On Friday night, just before the premiere of the holiday show “Le Club Noel,” donors and other Taproot insiders will toast the completed $5 million construction of the newly christened Kendall Center, which contains a 120-seat black-box theater, lobby, scene shop, dressing rooms, administrative offices and a new concessions area, The Stage Door Cafe. (Taproot’s main theater, directly next door, was repaired in 2010 and remains in operation.) The Miller Hull Partnership architectural firm designed the new space, which housed four small restaurants before the October 2009 fire. The addition doubles the size of Taproot’s theatrical facilities.
According to Taproot artistic director Scott Nolte, the public will be able to tour the expanded digs at an event planned for early next year, with the exact date to be announced. In the meantime, Taproot’s new black-box space will be used by Inverse Opera for Handel’s “Messiah,” Dec. 13 and 14, 20 and 21.
Below are some before and after images of the theater, and a shot of the sleek new lobby:
November 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Here at ArtsPage HQ, we are thankful for you, our readers (of the blog, and The Seattle Times as a whole). We’re also thankful that we live in such an arts-rich city, one that rewards us many times over. This weekend kicks off the “official” holiday season, so here are some events to get you out and about.
October 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Along with all the new plays, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes news from the theater world:
–As the curtain went up on ArtsWest‘s new show, Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming,” the theater also unveiled a redesigned logo and website, a freshened-up Runnings Family Gallery, repairs and upgrades to plumbing and the theater floor, and plans to roll out a new ticketing system by Nov. 30.
–Taproot Theatre has just announced that “The Matchmaker” has been extended an extra week, to Oct. 26.
The theater also marked another important step in its comeback from the 2009 arson that left its Greenwood theater heavily damaged from smoke and water. Taproot’s administrative offices are the first to move into The Kendall Center, the newly built space you may have noticed going up next to the existing theater. The center, which isn’t yet open to the public, also houses a black-box theater, cafe, dressing rooms and a scene shop.
And there’s this, from Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson:
American Theatre Magazine has announced the top 10 most-produced plays in the upcoming theater season, and Seattle theaters have produced more than half the scripts on the list recently, or will be soon. (This year’s list actually comprises 14 plays, as there was a tie for slot No. 10)
“Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris, “Red” by John Logan, “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza and “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire have been produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre. In 2013-14, the Rep will present the play that’s first on the Top 10 list: “Venus in Fur” by David Ives, which will be mounted by a total of 22 companies this season. ACT has produced “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz, and next year will stage Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Taproot Theatre has presented Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man.” Seattle Children’s Theatre put on Katie Mitchell’s adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book “The Cat in the Hat.”
No Seattle theater has yet announced plans to present “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall; Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles;” “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour, “Tribes,” by Nina Raine, or “Water by the Spoonful” by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Note: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will stage Hudes’ play in 2014.
July 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Way back when, summer was truly doldrumsville regarding theater. A smattering of outdoor productions, a long drive to Ashland, Ore. — those were the options for Seattleites. Fast-forward to July 2013: major theaters are bustling with shows, and smaller ones are, too. So are the parks and the amphitheaters. Seems you can’t throw a rock without hitting a production. Some current shows worth a look:
July 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM
As part of a recent contest, we asked readers to name their favorite spots to take families before or after a trip to the Woodland Park Zoo, either in surrounding Phinney Ridge or nearby. Their responses fell into four categories: restaurants, parks, shops and entertainment venues. Some of the spots they mentioned are well known (like Red Mill Burgers, which was called out by many readers), some less so.
We gave away four free zoo passes to one reader, chosen at random (congratulations to Michelle, who frequents Taproot Theatre). And now we give to you this reader-generated list of 25 fun places to visit in Phinney Ridge and nearby neighborhoods, including Greenwood and Green Lake.
Keep your eyes peeled next week for another ArtsPage giveaway.
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