The Saturday 5pm Studio showcase of the NW New Works Festival is SOLD OUT. A waiting list will be started (in person only) when the box office opens at 3pm. We try to take only the number of people on the list we feel we will be able to seat. If we do not get you seated from the waiting list, we will do a refund at show time. We will not be able to tell you whether or not we can get you in until show time and we see how many seats are left unclaimed.
The Friday showcase of the NW New Works Festival is SOLD OUT. A waiting list will be started at 7pm. We try to take only the number of people on the list we feel we will be able to seat. If we do not get you seated from the waiting list, we will do a refund at show time. We will not be able to tell you whether or not we can get you in until show time and we see how many seats are left unclaimed.
This weekend OtB and The Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts will partner together to give a little more access to some of the artists working in the Mainstage Theater as part of this year's NW New Works Festival.
Join us this Saturday, May 21, from 3 - 5pm and catch the following:
Writing reviews at the behest of On the Boards usually means I see shows on the opening night. Due to some scheduling surprises, I ended up seeing the Mainstage Showcase on closing night. This was a really warm change. I forgot how festive the audience is, packed with artists from weekend one and how the staff is a bit more loose and fun. Sean Ryan was joyful and exasperated as he gave the final night’s appreciations. My companion and I had now heard them three times already and were able to chant his words to ourselves. (Real Networks, Tim Summers, "Most ambitious season ever") The Mainstage sold out yet again to many congratulations all around. This NWNW Festival definitely has been the best marketed that I have personally seen and I expect that the response this year has set a whole new bar (for both audiences and performers) for the future.
Check out the new round of reviews: Seattle Times: "Review, NW New Works Weekend #2: A sublimely goofy 'Buffoon' and a dance-driven video game" Crosscut: "Flinging torsos, a buffoon, and a hint of English punk" ETA:
VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE Originally intended as a "sketch" for a larger work, this piece explores how perceptions can change through shifting fragments of time as well as the ways in which we experience and view varying levels of self.
Attending the On the Boards 2010 NWNW Festival weekend #2 was slightly different for me than last weekend. Due to scheduling issues, I decided to split the two Showcases up onto different nights. Last night I saw the Studio Showcase pieces and will be enjoying the Mainstage Showcase on Sunday evening. As I said last weekend, I do not consider my role on this blog as a critic at all. I’ll leave that to the misanthropy of the local papers. I am an artist’s booster. I am there, yes, to watch with the experienced eye I have developed over 10 years of attending and being engaged by performance but the “critical" part was already taken care of by the OTB selection committee. I am merely writing today to give a glimpse into some of the shows, help you reminisce if you were there and encourage you to go if you have been silly enough to not go already.
VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE Conceived of, shot, and edited in one day, Water Rights features the bridge that supports the City of Roslyn's water line. The bridge locks. The film's protagonist is trapped inside and can only be saved by a modern dancer with a suitcase. Music by the Monarch Duo/Eli Rosenblatt.