Seattle Rep’s ‘The Great Society’

by Andrea G.

Robert Schenkkan’s play All the Way, about Lyndon Baines Johnson’s first term as president, won the Tony Award. The Seattle Repertory Theatre commissioned and now premieres Schenkkan’s The Great Society, which dramatizes LBJ’s second term of office. A master politician, LBJ focused on passing some of the most ambitious social programs in U.S. history, including a war on poverty and continuing civil rights legislation. The Great Society dramatizes these accomplishments in contrast to his fall from grace as the Vietnam War spiraled out of control.
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Seattle Rep’s ‘All the Way’ and the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson

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by Andrea
In 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson was launched into the presidency. In his Tony Award winner for Best Play, playwright Robert Schenkkan dramatizes Johnson’s first year in office. Creating a vivid portrait of a brilliant politician and flawed man, All the Way brings to life Johnson’s passionate engagement with Civil Rights legislation, and hints at the looming complications of the Vietnam War. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘All the Way’ and the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson”

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

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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”

Seattle Rep’s ‘Once: The Musical’

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We’re excited about Seattle Repertory Theatre‘s production of Once: The Musical, opening next Tuesday, June 3 and running until June 8. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, Once is the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘Once: The Musical’”

Seattle Rep’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

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We’re excited about the opening of Seattle Repertory Theatre‘s production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? this Friday, April 18th. Set amidst campus politics, Albee’s hilarious and provocative masterpiece examines why we are sometimes cruelest to those we love most. George and Martha (theatre’s most dysfunctional couple) invite young Nick and Honey over for a nightcap. The evening devolves into an exercise of wits, a war of words in which the past is fair game.

We’ve selected some Library materials to enhance your enjoyment of the play. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’”