THEATRE AGAINST DICTATORSHIP Sep 24, 2017

by James Woodall 

Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors

Photo by Alex Brenner

 

Belarus Free Theatre is a unique organisation. It both exists and, in the best sense, does not. 

BFT’s three founder-members, Natalia Kaliada, Nicolai Khalezin and Vladimir Shcherban, have been based for over five years in London. Though by dint of geography nominally European, and sharing its border with three EU states, their country, Belarus, is not free. Because of a stance the three theatre-makers took on political prisoners and elections rigged in 2010 by their president, Alexander Lukashenko, they face detention and possible trial on return there. They sought asylum and have become...

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WINNING ALL THE TIME Sep 22, 2017

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CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our latest September Subscriptions Sweepstakes drawing!!!

Drawn at random from all eligible entries (i.e., those who started or renewed their subscription between Sep 13-19), thank you Rosa Vissers, Elizabeth Weber, Janet Upjohn, Jess Smith, Sonya Kopetz, and Alice Gosti for your support of OtB!

We're doing ONE FINAL DRAWING to finish our September Subscription Sweepstakes in style. Prizes include tee shirts, free cookies, free drinks, Ontheboards.tv downloads and a 3-month streaming subscription, AND two copies of RIOT DAYS, the new book by Maria Alyokhina, member of Pussy Riot and featured performer in Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors!!!

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The September Subscriptions Sweepstakes continues! Sep 14, 2017

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CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our latest September Subscriptions Sweepstakes drawing!!!

Drawn at random from all eligible entries (i.e., those who started or renewed their subscription between Sep 6-12), thank you Kathy Fridstein, Keely Meehan, Raegen Rasnic, Deborah Paine, and Sara Keats for your support of OtB!

There's more chances to win prizes this coming week, including more cookies, tee-shirts, a free download from ontheboards.tv, and an additional bring-a-friend gift certificate, for those who subscribe between 9/13 and 9/19. (One prize per subscription order) We'll do another drawing at the end of the day next Tuesday, Sep 19. (Learn more about our September Subscriptions Sweepstakes,...

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Congrats to the winners of our Labor Day Weekend Subscribe + Win Prizes BONANZA! Sep 6, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our Labor Day Weekend Subscribe + Win Prizes BONANZA!!!

Drawn at random from all eligible entries (i.e., those who started or renewed their subscription between 9/1 and 9/5), thank you Tina LaPadula, Leon Finley, Kathleen Voss, Alethea Alexander, Maggie Hooks, Pamela Gregory, Pol Rosenthal, and Sarah Lippek for your support of OtB!

There's more chances to win prizes this week, including more cookies, tee-shirts, and a 3-month STREAMING subscription to OntheBoards.tv, for those who subscribe between 9/6 and 9/11. (One prize per subscription order) We'll do another drawing next Tuesday, 9/12. (Learn more about our September Subscriptions Sweepstakes, going on now through 10/1!)

 

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When Things Suck: Streamline, Then Mecca Aug 31, 2017

by Lane Czaplinski

 

Following are a few thoughts in consideration of the 17/18 season of live art. This is not intended to be a manifesto and only is offered in the spirit of sharing lessons learned while employed at On the Boards over the past fifteen years.

 

1. Performances are controlled environments, like sports, that serve as vehicles for reflection and exchange. Rarely does anyone get hurt or at least hurt badly.

2. It is hard to be an artist and even harder to be an artist who is from Belarus or is a black or indigenous person in this country. The former suffers bouts of loneliness and impoverishment while the latter parties suffer these maladies while being the frequent targets of systemic violence and exclusion.

3. If the National Endowment for the Arts were to be abolished it would be like losing an arm or a leg. It wouldn’t necessarily cause death but make no mistake: it would suck.

4. Generally...

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Seattle Dance City: Just the FAQ's Aug 23, 2017

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Seattle Dance City is almost here! Dance the night away and raise money to support radical performance and dance in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center + On the Boards! Form a team, collect pledges, and then DANCE at Century Ballroom from 8:30pm-1am. (Or join us for VIP Cocktails at 7:30!) (More details here)

We've put together a FAQ to answer your burning questions on becoming a Seattle Dance Citizen:

 

 

HOW DO I MAKE A TEAM?...

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OtB endorses YES on King County Prop 1 Jul 18, 2017

by Betsey Brock

 

On the Boards is supporting Prop 1 because Access for All will open doors to art and culture, creating new opportunities for all King County residents.

This past spring, On the Boards staff and board members repeatedly joined arts and culture colleagues, filling King County Council chambers to testify and show support for this important ballot measure that could bring nearly $70 million a year into King County arts, science and heritage organizations with only a 0.1% sales tax increase.

While it's obvious that our county is flourishing economically, arts organizations are not yet benefitting from that growth in a way that allows us to grow programs and expand engagement commensurately; not all residents have the means to benefit from our rich and diverse cultural opportunities. Prop 1 will change...

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Summer hours at OtB! Jun 27, 2017

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The box office is currently closed for the summer and will reopen in August. Most subscriptions can be purchased online, but if you have a question or would like to purchase a subscription over the phone, please call the main office at 206-217-9886. 

The administrative offices will also be closed July 3 - 7 for a short break. Have a great Fourth of July holiday! 

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