Seattle Rep’s IBSEN IN CHICAGO: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents IBSEN IN CHICAGO by David Grimm from February 2 to March 4, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, CDs and films to enhance your experience of the show: Seattle Rep’s IBSEN IN CHICAGO: Beyond the Theatre.

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen gained success in the Scandinavian world with Brand in 1866, and then world-wide fame with Peer Gynt (1867), with music provided by Edvard Grieg, and continued to grow his reputation with subsequent plays like A Doll’s House (1879). Ibsen, who lived in Germany and other countries in Europe, never visited the United States. Yet in 1882, his new play Ghosts was produced not in Norway nor anywhere in Scandinavia, but at Aurora Turner Hall in Chicago. David Grimm, playwright of Ibsen in Chicago, takes this unlikely Chicago setting and the controversial plot mention of venereal disease in Ghosts to create a comedy imagining a motley crew of Danish and Norwegian immigrants debuting the play. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s IBSEN IN CHICAGO: Beyond the Theatre”

Seattle Rep’s VIETGONE: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen from December 2, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, CDs and films to enhance your experience of the show: Seattle Rep’s VIETGONE: Beyond the Theatre.

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A raucous rock-and-roll road trip across America in 1975 taken by two Vietnamese teens forms the basis of Vietgone, an unusual production playing at the Seattle Repertory Theatre by playwright Qui Nguyen based loosely on his parents experiences in America after fleeing Saigon.  Produced in partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and performed in Ashland, Oregon for a several months long run, Seattle Rep ticket holders have an a one-month opportunity to see Vietgone in Seattle. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s VIETGONE: Beyond the Theatre”

Seattle Rep’s ‘The Vaudevillians’ and Seattle’s vaudevillian history

TVBy Karen K.

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“Songs of Willow Frost,” a historical novel featuring the Moore Theatre in the silver screen era, on our Beyond the Theatre list for Seattle Rep’s season opener of “The Vaudevillians.”

In Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of The Vaudevillians, Seattle natives Jerick Hoffer (Jinkx Monsoon, RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Richard Andriessen (Major Scales) star as “The Vaudevillians,” a fictional 1920s duo who were literally frozen in time while touring in Antarctica. Thawing out nearly a century later, they discover their original music has been co-opted throughout the years—and they’re not going to stand for it. (The production previews next Friday, October 3.) We put together a list of books, music and DVDs — The Vaudevillians: Beyond the Theatre — to complement the show at The Rep. Working on this list lead me to the Seattle Room collection (at the Central Library) and down a fascinating journey looking at the tradition of vaudeville and its history in Seattle. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘The Vaudevillians’ and Seattle’s vaudevillian history”