Burien Little Theatre announces auditions for the comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone, written by Sarah Ruhl.
The producer is seeking actors to portray two male characters 30s to 50s and four female characters late 20s to 70s. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
Synopsis: Jean is sleepwalking through her life until she answers a dead stranger’s cell phone. It turns out to be a wake-up call that sends her on a date with the dead man's brother, a drinking binge with his wife, a mysterious rendezvous with his mistress, and a trip to the afterlife and back.
This film noir-tinged surreal comedy by playwright Sarah Ruhl, Pulitzer-Prize finalist for her play The Clean House, traces one woman's accidental quest to make a few people feel a little bit better about themselves.
Dead Man’s Cell Phone is also about how we memorialize the dead and how that remembering changes us, and the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
Review by Aya Hashiguchi Clark
Burien Little Theatre’s 2012-2013 season began this weekend with a special pre-season opener. “Anna in the Tropics” is a collaboration with Latino Theatre Projects and brings a welcome and refreshing look at a culture and a period in history that many may not know.
A 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, “Anna” tells the story of a Cuban-American family in Ybor City, Florida in 1929. Santiago (Fernando Luna), the clan’s patriarch and owner of the family-run cigar factory, is seen in the opening sequence attending a cock fight with his half-brother Cheche (Jason Pead). A compulsive gambler, Santiago loses much of his money in poor wagers, and ends up selling shares in his cigar business to Cheche in order to pay off his debts.
Meanwhile, Santiago’s wife Ofelia (Eloisa Cardona), waits anxiously at the harbor along with their two daughters Conchita (Maria Knox) and Marela (Idalia Limon) for Juan Julian (Gabriel Sedgemore) to arrive from Cuba. Juan Julian is a lector, who is hired to entertain and educate by reading to the factory workers as they roll the cigars by hand.
AUG. 1 UPDATE & SLIDESHOW:
Mural artist Augustina Droze finds some shade and talks to the Highline Times about her colorful 160-by-15-foot mural on the western wall of the Burien Dollar Tree building at 4th Ave. SW & SW 151st that began July 16.
What the mural depicts
"There are like these circular meditations based on photographs I took in this area, things I saw when i came to visit, the nature, the urban life. That's why the bicycle tires. In the center there will be rhododendrons, shells, different circular formations for a calming zen sort of feeling.
"The hands represent the water that surrounds the town. You will see as it moves on. There will be waves forming, big blue waves in the background. The background patterns were designed by local children. I'm given a lot of freedom to design and do things that speak to me and I think that's how artists make their best work.
Her creative career involves travel, & a lot of it
Latino Theatre Projects and Burien Little Theatre are joining forces to present their co-production of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropic, written by Nilo Cruz, opening Aug. 3.
Tropical heat and “Anna Karenina” combine to spark rich fantasies and broken dreams, passion and adultery, and a Cuban family changed forever! In English.
This show is suitable for ages 13-plus due to some adult themes and content.
Anna in the Tropics will be performed at Burien Little Theatre from opening night on Aug. 3 through Aug. 26. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Check out special opening weekend ticket deals. For tickets or information, go online
to www.latinotheatreprojects.org, www.burienlittletheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.
AUDITIONS FOR: ChoralSounds Northwest
Performance or Event Title: Auditions for Fall 2012 Concert
Description: Rediscover the fun of singing by joining ChoralSounds Northwest (CSN). New members are especially welcome to this Burien-based mixed-voice adult chorus that performs traditional choral music as well as new arrangements with a decidedly theatrical style. Be a part of the exciting renaissance of Burien’s own ChoralSounds Northwest, under the gifted direction of new Artistic Director Brian J. Winnie.
CSN’s 2012-13 season will include four concert runs, including the return of a Masterworks Performance in June which includes John Rutter’s Requiem and Gloria, as well as the popular Christmas and Spring concerts.
More Information about ChoralSounds Northwest: http://www.nwassociatedarts.org/csn/aboutchorus.asp
Auditions: Adults 17+
Audience: All ages.
Admission Fee: Membership dues for singers are $60 for the quarter. Scholarships are available.
The Hi-Liners press release:
July 13-15 at the Burien Annex. Get map and directions at www.hi-liners.org. All Seats $10 — All Seats Reserved. G-rated productions featuring performers age 7-15.
About Into the Woods, Jr.
An engaging and funny musical comedy that twists familiar fairy tales into a brand new story. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell; swindling, deceiving and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk)!
The Highline Times reported on the Angle Lake 4th of July fireworks show, and got a lot of comments regarding its cost, about $10,000, and the length of this year's show, about 12 minutes. You can read that article by clicking here.
Below, the Angle Lake Shore Club has issued this statement:
For what it's worth, the (Angle Lake) Shore Club has released a public statement regarding the 4th of July Fireworks show produced over Angle Lake.
Our intent is to state the facts: The show was certainly not of the quality we had prepared for, that we are working together with the city representatives to obtain answers for what occurred, and we're allowing an opportunity for our long time contracted partner to provide a detailed explanation of root cause and proposal to mitigate the situation.
The City of Des Moines proudly announces the Grand Opening of the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on July 11, 2012 at 5:00pm.
Located on the shores of Puget Sound this one of a kind facility is available to the public to rent for private events including weddings, reunions, company events and trainings. The Auditorium is 3700 square feet with a 18’ X 25’ built in stage and tiled patio. The facility can accommodate up to 500 people reception seating.
The Beach Park Event Center offers the ideal setting for any event or special occasion. This historic yet contemporary Auditorium boasts stained glass windows, cathedral ceiling and gorgeous exposed wood beams that are true Pacific Northwest style.
• Smilin’ Scandinavians to perform live
• Refreshments provided by Wesley House
• Ribbon will be cut at 6:30 p.m. by the Meyer of Des Moines
• Free event open to the public.
• Tours and additional information available at the event.
City of Des Moines Des Moines Beach Park National Historic District Rehabilitation Overview
Latino Theatre Projects and Burien Little Theatre are seeking two male actors, 40s-50s, for their joint production of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Anna in the Tropics,” written by Nilo Cruz.
One is a principal role, the other has a small speaking part and he is present throughout the play. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition, Cuban/Spanish accent not required.
Synopsis: “Anna in the Tropics” is a poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers.
The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination. Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize.
Performances are at Burien Little Theatre in Burien from Aug. 3 through Aug. 26, 2012. Rehearsals begin at end of June.
Stage director Roy Arauz.
$100 stipend provided.