Obie Award-winning film and stage actress Pamela Reed ("Junior," "Kindergarten Cop") and writer Ruth Warren are among the celebrities who will read Seattle Stories, tales contributed by prominent Washingtonians, Sept. 23, for the annual Empty Space Theatre benefit. 1970's TV and film star Colby Chester ("Emergency!"), who starred in Empty Space's Dealer's Choice, is emcee.
Seattle Stories consists of five 10-minute plays fashioned out of personal histories told by local figures, brought to the stage by Empty Space artistic director Eddie Levi Lee and his staff.
Others contributing to 2000's Stories will be "Evening Magazine" host John Curley, civic leader and children's advocate Pat Stanford and restaurateur-entrepreneur Tom Douglas, known for Etta's and Dahlia Lounge.
Past guests have included Robert Fulghum (All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten), novelist Tom Robbins ("Still Life With Woodpecker"), civil rights activists Reverend Samuel and Louise McKinney, weathercaster Steve Pool and Washington First Lady Mona Lee Locke.
The evening also includes dinner, complimentary wine and live and silent auctions, plus a chance to mingle with the evening's celebrities. While dress for Seattle Stories is merely festive, not black tie, ticket prices range from $250-$150. The WestCoast Guard Hotel is located at 1415 Fifth Avenue. For reservations, call (206) 547-7633.
-- By Christine Ehren