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In memory of Sally Behnke (1923 - 2013) Dec 19, 2013

We at On the Boards will miss Sally Behnke and we honor the rich legacy she leaves behind. Sally was a model for us of respect and integrity and her underscoring of the importance of running an organization with these values has greatly impacted OtB. The strength of the Behnke family values is clearly seen in the ongoing care and engagement by her children and their families in the artistic community. We are proud to benefit from her son John’s leadership and guidance on our board since 1988.

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Kristen Kosmas – A Certain Description of Boredom Dec 18, 2013

#3. A CERTAIN DESCRIPTION OF BOREDOM

To be narrated by a tall, blonde, classical-looking and classically trained actress possessed of terrific presence whose career is going mysteriously nowhere. This actress is a cloud in pants. And boots. She tells everything. She tells nothing. Telling everything and telling nothing are similar. Maybe the same. We care and don’t care according to our … proclivities.

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Thoughts on The Clay Duke Dec 10, 2013

Who doesn’t want to see a live performance that’s a retelling of a shooting at a school board meeting via music, dance, humor, strobe lights, fog, underwear, and discomfort? These were my somewhat skeptical thoughts I had as The Clay Duke was about to begin. (Though I will admit to being intrigued.) 

Seemingly imbued with the power of clairvoyance, OtB Artistic Director Lane Czaplinksi anticipated my sentiment (which apparently was not confined only to the recesses of my nervous mind), writing about it in his Curator Note in the program. He concluded:

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CONGRATS! INSTAGRAM DANCE FILM SCREENING & CONTEST WINNERS Dec 9, 2013

Seattle's first-ever 15-second dance film contest & screening party was held at On the Boards 12.7.13 as a Stompy's post-show event during Dayna Hanson's The Clay Duke Dec 7, 2013.

1st place winner: Alyza Del Pan Monley
2nd place winner: Colleen McNeary
3rd place winner: Ethan Folk

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What That Must Feel Like Dec 6, 2013

When I think of essence, I think of Herbal Essences shampoo ads, and watching them as a kid. The commercials were racy for a quiet 8 year old preacher’s kid from Minnesota, especially when attempting to empathize with the woman, what that must feel like for her. But my parents bought the product regardless. I remember using it in the shower and thinking, “This shampoo is the best thing I’ve ever smelled.” That stuff was serious.

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Things Fall Apart- Dayna Hanson's Clay Duke Dec 6, 2013

On the day that Mandela passed on, it is easy and necessary to celebrate another great African, Chinua Achebe, who wrote "Things Fall Apart." They do, with  regularity, baffling us in the anthropomorphic world we have created over the past hundred and fifty years, hoping to construct Adam Smith's utopia.

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"a feeling of knowing" – Common Observer reviews The Clay Duke Dec 6, 2013

"I think that the two Dukes together in their gesticulating, swaying, stomping, and decaying were compelling. They gave a feeling of knowing to the Duke’s humanness." – Common Observer reviews The Clay Duke

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