HOUSE OF DINAH Team: Stefan Richmond Dec 7, 2016

by Erin

Stefan Richmond is an amazing young performer/theater artist who was born already-bitten with the theater bug. His dedication to and passion for this art form is palpable onstage. In his own words, "There is no other place where both participants, Audience and Artists, willingly arrive with an eagerness to learn and understand and be understood. It is the catalyst for change."

Stefan Richmond is part of the 2016 Emerging Artists Program at Intiman Theater.
Learn more about Richmond and the Emerging Artists program in this interview at the Intiman website.


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HOUSE OF DINAH Team: Brace Evans Dec 6, 2016

by Erin


Brace Evans is an actor, singer, dancer, and performer who has been seen on stages all over Seattle. You may have seen Evans in his many years singing with the Seattle Men's Chorus, at OtB in Mark Haim's audience-favorite This Land is Your Land, in theater performances at UW or Freehold Theater, and many many other venues. Evans is a familar face in Seattle and OtB is proud to welcome him back to the mainstage. 

 


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HOUSE OF DINAH Team: Kathya Alexander Dec 6, 2016

by Erin



Kathya Alexander is a writer, actor, playwright and teaching artist. Her plays and stories have won awards and been performed all over Seattle. In 2007 Alexander was a Writer-in-Residence at the prestigious Hedgebrook Writer's Retreat for Women; and in 2002 won the Fringe First Award for Black To My Roots at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland for Outstanding New Production.

Learn more about Alexander and experience some of her writing here.



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HOUSE OF DINAH Team: Adé Cônnére Dec 6, 2016

by Erin

 

Adé Cônnére is a wildly talented, well-known artist and performer who is seen and heard all over Seattle. A chanteuse, mesermizing cabaret performer, visual art curator, and much much more, this is the first time Cônnére has graced the OtB stage. Audiences witnessing Cônnére for the first time are receiving a rare gift. 

Prepare your ears with some of Cônnére's tracks on Soundcloud. 

PS - check out a holiday message from Adé Cônnére's alter-ego here. Happy Holidays!

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HOUSE OF DINAH: Ball Culture Dec 2, 2016

by Erin



Ball Culture, Houses, Ballroom Community - these might be new terms to some On the Boards audiences. Underground ball culture is an extremely important component of LGBT subculture, first and foremost for queers of color. It's a super complex system of family, belonging, high fashion, completely new dance forms, and much, much more. Ball culture achieved something almost unacheivable in the USA - a completely new way of existing and support for people who had been highly marginalized by capitalism, racism, and heteronormative culture.

You can get an overview of Ball Culture on Wikipedia here. But there is a plethora of other information online in articles, videos,...

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Art as Social Responsibility: A profile on the crafters of House of Dinah Nov 30, 2016

by Imani Sims

 

Over the years, I’ve asked artists, producers, and directors their stance on art as social responsibility. Not one has put it as plainly as Jerome A. Parker, mastermind behind House of Dinah.  On a rainy Seattle Saturday, I sat down to converse with Jerome regarding his take on the project and how it acts as a catalyst for exposing Northwest audiences to marginalized stories.

House of Dinah situates itself on the crux of purpose and pain.  Set to the music of Dinah Washington, Jerome paints a world where intergenerational Queens come together in an effort to heal and “pass the torch.”  The complicated nature of the younger queens under the training of the elders is highlighted as a way for the audience to observe the way underground traditions and coming of...

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More about House of Dinah: Paris is Burning Nov 26, 2016

by Erin



HOUSE OF DINAH draws inspiration from the 1990 documentary film Paris is Burning. Wikipedia sums up the film nicely: "Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-AmericanLatinogay, and transgender ...

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House of Dinah: Dinah Washington Nov 26, 2016

by Erin



Legendary singer Dinah Washington plays a huge role in HOUSE OF DINAH. Born Ruth Lee Jones in 1924, she was am extremely versatile artist, equally at ease singing jazz, blues, R&B, and pop music. Washington gave herself the well-deserved title "Queen of the Blues." She lived an astoundingly full and turbulent life, dying tragically young at age 39. 

Learn a bit more about Dinah Washington here and listen to some of her music here.

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