“I’ve always liked examining the boundaries between an actor and their character, or between the stage and the audience.”
Stage and film director Christiane Jatahy talks about her aesthetic, theater and cinema, and theatrical reality vs. "real" reality in this interview at the Financial Times (requires a one-question survey to access).
A canary, the drama of a Brazilian love-spat, Strindberg, and hints of violence and death. What better way to spend your February 14th than at On the Boards.
We’ll have a special bubbly pink drink special at the bar. And, since it’s an early night, you still have time to take a romantic sunset walk down to the Sculpture Park or just make out in our parking lot before heading home.
And, of course, it’s the perfect night to take part in OtB’s Sunday night childcare at SweetPea Cottage.
Just another holiday at On the Boards......
by Tessa Hulls
Bart Ramsey, my date with a stranger for Rabih Mroué's Riding on a Cloud, made a New Year's resolution to more deeply engage with the arts. In the past, he's “been to a few operas and seen the Nutcracker,” but recently, he's been wanting to explore and support more non-mainstream work. “I don't have to live in my insular little bubble,” he tells me. “I've got a lot of anxiety, but I'm ok with being challenged.”
Bart's story is an interesting one, and over scotch in the lobby, he tells me about growing up in a fundamentalist Christian cult and emancipating himself at the age of sixteen. He chose to sift through the questions that followed his loss of faith by examining religion from a secular perspective, studying at the University of Washington in the nascent emergence of the program that would eventually become the History of Comparative Ideas. Bart speaks highly of study and logic, but he also nods to the fact that art...
by hami bahadori
Riding on a cloud, written and directed by Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué and performed by his brother Yasser, is the life story of Yasser performed by himself. This show was my first experience being at On the Boards in Seattle. As I walked in on the stage, next to the big cinematic screen was a wooden table and a chair with a lot of CDs and Cassettes on it, I found a seat on the very last row of the huge theatre. I enjoyed every second of this piece, from the beginning. The viewer was taken into various emotional stages from laughter to sadness, boredom to surprise, from calmness to shock and vise versa.
The work transferred a notion of post-war Lebanon and challenges of everyday life. Rabih Mroué took the audience on a journey of rehabilitating from a memory loss and aphasia. This feeling can evoke what young generation in Lebanon, Iran or Palestine are experiencing right now, where the main event [which is also...
Rich Smith at The Stranger reviews Riding on a Cloud:
...I had such a good time watching and thinking about Rabih Mroué's Riding on a Cloud at On the Boards last night. Since the show's only going to run today and tomorrow, I wanted to strongly encourage you to see it while you still can.
Riding on a Cloud has sort of a Krapp's Last Tape set-up: Yasser sits at a table downstage, and, using only his left hand, plays a bunch of tapes and CDs. Little videos project on a large screen, so you split your time watching the screen and watching Yasser watch the screen. Yasser narrates in Arabic (with English subtitles) and occasionally sings. As the vignettes play out, you piece together...