The Printer's Devil Theatre of Seattle will wrap up their 1999 New Play Bonanza at Seattle's Speakeasy Cafe with Featherless Angels by Midgalia Cruz, May 17 & 18.
Curated by company members Deron Bos and Tricia Rodley, the annual event allows the artists to experiment with their work, creating a environment free of critical or financial pressure. Past Bonanzas have included Erik Ehn's The Saint Plays and The Year of My Mother's Birth, and Lawrence Krauser's Horrible Child.
Entries in this year's program were Lawrence Krauser's Lemon, Kip Fagan's Chewing Gum, Walking, Shelia Callaghan's Scab, Kristen Palmer's Verilee, and Aaron Thomas' Public Park.
Upcoming in the Printer's Devil season are two new looks at two classic plays: Chekhov's The Seagull and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler . The Seagull, scheduled for July, will be adapted and directed by Fagan with the goal of "retaining the immediacy and potency which made The Seagull one of the most startlingly original plays in recent history." In tandem with Seagull , the company will produce Fagan's expressionistic divergence, gleaned from Chekhov's script: A Flock of Seagulls. Paul Willis' original adaptation of Hedda , scheduled for fall '99, also re-investigates Ibsen's drama in an attempt to recapture the flame of a piece now tarnished by its "classic" status.
For tickets ($10 for all full productions), call (206) 860-7163.
-- By Sean McGrath