Bonanza 2000, the latest chapter in Seattle's Printer's Devil's festival of new works, finishes off May 22 and 23 with Shelia Callaghan's Untitled. Directed by Sheila Daniels, this final entry comes from the author of The Hunger Waltz, which received some attention at the 1999 New York Fringe Festival.
Bonanza 2000 featured plays from Naomi Iizuka (Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls) Dmitri Lipkin (Cranes) and Bonanza regular Lawrence Krauser (Horrible Child). Performances began March 6.
A way of spotlighting new Seattle playwrights and writers from across the country, Bonanza added new programs to the normally scheduled readings and workshops. This year Bonanza Talks discussions on March 20, April 10 and May 1 were the first in which non-theatre professionals could lead talks about theatrical works in a larger context. A Baby Bonanza evening (April 10) presented short works at the beginning of development.
Several of the plays and playwrights have plans beyond the Bonanza. Iizuka [sic] is currently at work with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company on the Orson Welles-inspired War of the Worlds. Melissa James Gibson's play [sic] will have its New York premiere at Soho Repertory Theatre in the fall of 2000. Scot Auguston's 1999 Bonanza entry, The Canard, will have a full debut at Annex this year.
All performances in the Bonanza are pay-as-you-leave. Consolidated Works, the chosen venue for the series, is located at 410 Terry Avenue North. For further information and scheduling, call (206) 328-2690. -- By Christine Ehren