Drive-In at On the Boards Parking Lot Oct 1, 2020 to Oct 4, 2020





This four-night screening series features a variety of artists, a wide range of techniques, diverse considerations about art and performance, shapeshifting objects as beings, and the creative futures we are dreaming about. In recent years, the OtB parking lot has been a badminton court, a beer garden, October 1-4, it’s an outdoor drive-in movie theater!  

Searching for new ways to gather, experience art, build community, and stay healthy and distant -- On the Boards looks no further than across the street. This film series sends OtB performance and art into in the wilds of the On the Boards parking lot! 


Tickets-Cars and Pods  
Viewers may experience each of the unique screenings from a car or by sitting in the designated "seated audience area" area. Seats are not provided (BYOC bring your own chairs!) Tickets are priced per car or by "family pod" seating of up to five. As with all OtB programming this year attendees can "name a price that makes you happy". 


Audio- Bring Your FM Radio 
All audio will be broadcast through an FM transmitter. Viewers are required to tune in via car radio, cell phone, or boom box. Please note: not all cellphones have FM capabilities, so make sure to double-check before arriving.  


Food and Drinks- Check out The Sitting Room
Before you enjoy your film check out the delicious food and drinks at our neighbor restaurant The Sitting Room! You can enjoy a  crunch wrap supreme, a burrito, chips and salsa, or a churro! Just make sure you are back in your car by 8pm (OtB parking lot opens at 7:40pm) Check out their menu today!


Safety and Guidelines 
Click here to learn more about our safety and guidelines for drive-in's. Check each film below for content warnings.


Each night a different program. Learn more about the artist and the films below! This series includes artist conversations and interviews that will be featured on our website and social media channels. 


Thursday, October 1 
Wildness & Shape of a Right Statement; Wu Tsang 

WILDNESS integrates elements of fiction and documentary structures to vividly portray Tsang’s multi-layered relationship with a Latino Los Angeles LGBT bar, the Silver Platter, one that explores her role as an artist and activist, and a member of a younger generation introducing itself into a gay scene that started before the Stonewall riots – the Silver Platter’s birth year is 1963. Shape of a Right Statement is a short work featuring Tsang’s recitation of one section of “In My Language,” a text by autism rights activist Amanda Baggs. 

Content warning: References to sex and harsh language. May not be suitable for those under 13.

Friday, October 2 
Animation Evening 

In collaboration with Wa Na Wari, this screening includes short animation films about ancestral culture, self-portraits, cultural storytelling, and where the boundaries between objects break down and shape shift together to become something else. 


Saturday, October 3  
Acting Stranger 

Join us for live commentary with the artists during the screening!  

Andrew Schneider and Seattle-based artists Minna Lee and Fox Whitney have been collaboratively dreaming up the reboot of Acting Stranger, a multi-layered art work, to help us collectively navigate reconnection with each other; in slow stages, from the drudgery of another video-conference call to a future full embrace with a complete stranger. Each iteration of Acting Stranger thrives on being authored within the world’s current moment, its freedoms, restrictions, debates, hardships, resilience, and humanity. Acting Stranger helps us track and understand how we meet each other across time and space as we re-connect, grieve our losses, and re-imagine community.


Sunday, October 4 
Sci-Fi Horror Night! 

The Black Cinema Collective will surprise you with an entertaining evening of BIPOC SciFi/Horror films and guest appearances. The Collective closely engages Black films through screenings, watch parties, and discussions with local and global filmmakers from African and Afro-Diasporic communities.

What to Know Before You Visit 

  • All screenings will be experienced from inside your vehicle or in the pre-sectioned "outside audience" are up front. 
  • There are no seats in the "outside audience" space. You will need to bring a chair or blanket if you like. 
  • There will be no sales of food and beverage on site. Tickets are sold online in advance only. 
  • The health and safety of our attendees and staff is our absolute priority. Guests MUST stay in their vehicle. 
  • Bathrooms will be available in the On the Boards theater, however guests are strongly encouraged to not leave their cars unless absolutely necessary.  
  • Our staff has been updated and trained on all safety precautions as laid out by Washington's Safe Start plan. All staff are required to wear a face mask or face cover. 
  • Attendees traveling in one vehicle, or sitting together in the "outside audience" area must reside in the same household. 
  • Attendees must be seated in a passenger seat equipped with a seatbelt. 
  • No alcohol can be consumed on premises. 

Partner Organziations

Wa Na Wari creates space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection. Wa Na Wari means "Our Home" in Kalabari. Co-founder, Inye Wokoma, is Kalabari through his father's lineage. The name Wa Na Wari evokes a sense of purpose and intention to remain present in a place we consider home. 

Wa Na Wari was founded in April, 2019, in direct response to community conversations convened by Wa Na Wari’s four co-founders, between 2017 and 2019. Wa Na Wari is founded by Inye Wokoma and Elisheba Johnson, Black artists directly impacted by Seattle’s displacement and affordability crisis; and Jill Freidberg and Rachel Kessler, white artists using art and stories to challenge white supremacy, especially as it is expressed through gentrification and displacement.  

The Black Cinema Collective is a Seattle-based group of artists and scholars who examine and celebrate works of African and African diasporic filmmakers through programmed screenings and community discussions. With both a Black Feminist and Black Global lens, we hold space for the complex existence and storytelling inventions of Diasporans. We consider intersectional histories and topical stories by supporting multiple forms of filmmaking from local and global artists, activists, documentarians, and organizers. Through our focused events on Black film and visual productions, we exercise agency and care as custodians and students of a broader spectrum of Afro-Diasporic cultures.  

The Uptown Arts and Culture Coalition is Seattle’s member-led non-profit organization for advancing the arts in Uptown. We strengthen and support an important network of people—artists and arts professionals, cultural organizations, businesses, neighborhood residents, civic leaders and policymakers —all working to increase the participation in and evolution of arts and culture in the Uptown neighborhood and across Seattle.

Artist Credits

WU TSANG is a filmmaker, visual artist, and performer who incorporates strategies of activism, art making, and stage production across a range of multi-disciplinary projects. While Tsang’s work has a rich visual style, her attention to shifting identities, transitional spaces, and communities emphasizes contingent identifiers such as language, voice, and persona, prompting inquiries into how individuals and communities resist ingrained social prejudices. Using the frameworks of popular media forums such as cinema, television, theater and dance clubs, her work considers prescient debates about social gathering as a form of insurgency and the political capacity of contemporary art. Credit info for WILDNESSDirected and Produced by: Wu Tsang. Written by: Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar. Produced by: Kathy Rivkin. Edited by: Claire Didier and Wu Tsang. Director of Photography: Michelle Lawler. Co-Producers: Daniel Eduvijes Carrera, Felix Endara. Original Music by: Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom, Robbie Williamson. 
MARIANA MARROQUIN - as the VOICE OF THE SILVER PLATTER. WILDNESS Performers (In order of appearance): Zackary Drucker, Crazy Bitch in a Cave, Camlab, Geneva Jacuzzi, Stefan L. Smith, Amy Linton, We Are the World, Shunda K., Butchie & Fay, Tamechi, Dynasty Handbag, Lucky Dragons, Alex Black & Samuel White, Agassi Ben Gura, Mirror Mirror (with Veronica Celabaum & Ryan Trecartin), Roberto Ramone and The Modernaire, Fine Art Union, Foxy Moron, Iliana Snapper and Ron Athey, Geneva Washington, Leopold Nunan, Patrick (Sax Player). 

ANDREW SCHNEIDER is an OBIE award-winning, Drama Desk nominated performer, writer, and interactive- electronics artist creating original works for theater, dance, sound, video, and installation since 2003. “I am interested in how curating meaningful time-based experiences can lead to more meaningful human-to-human interaction. If theater at its core is humans telling stories about ourselves to each other, then I hope it is in the service of getting better at being human.” Based in Brooklyn, New York, Schneider creates and performs original performance works, builds interactive electronic art works and installations, and was a Wooster Group company member from 2007-2014. In March of 2020 Andrew premiered the choreographic work »remains« commissioned by the Sasha Waltz & Guests company at Radialsystem in Berlin, Germany. Andrew’s original performance work in NYC includes NERVOUS/SYSTEM (2018 – BAM Next Wave Festival) AFTER (2018 – Under the Radar Festival,The PublicTheater) YOUARENOWHERE (2015 OBIE award – The Invisible Dog, 2016 Drama Desk nom – 3LD); DANCE/FIELD (2014 – Dance Roulette), TIDAL (2013 – River to River festival); and WOW+FLUTTER (2010 – The Chocolate Factory Theater) among others.  He is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award (2020). 

RAELLE MYRICK-HODGES was named as the first creative director of 651 Arts, has served as  artistic director of San Francisco’s Brava for Women in the Arts and was the inaugural curator of Performing Arts for the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans.As a nationally-known stage director, Myrick-Hodges has worked in over 15 regional theaters and museums including SF MOMA, Playmakers Repertory, California Shakespeare Theater, The Public Theater, The National Black Theater, Theater Minnot in Beirut and EDELO Residencia in Chiapas, Mexico.

MINNA LEE is a Hmong-Vietnamese American writer, theatre artist, and musician based in Seattle. They serve as Marketing Coordinator at Theatre Off Jackson and as an Ensemble Member at Washington Ensemble Theatre. You can experience Annex Theatre's audio production of their play One Horse Town at Please support the Black Trans Travel Fund with their work in providing safe transportation to Black Trans Women by sending funds to their Cashapp: $BlackTransTravelFund, Venmo: @BlackTransTravelFund, and PayPal:

FOX WHITNEY is the architect/choreographer of Gender Tender, an interdisciplinary performance project that centers his queer black mixed transgender point of view. He creates experiences that investigate the nature of queer relationships, trans histories and the surreal nature of transformation. Gender Tender engages a team of artists trained in Fox’s unique methods modeled on cults, sitcoms and riots. Fox is a 2020 artist in residence at On the Boards in Seattle Washington. He was selected as the 2018 artist in residence at Velocity Dance Center. His performance work has been commissioned and produced by On the Board’s NW New Works Festival and Solo Festival; Velocity’s Next Fest NW and Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation; the Seattle International Dance Festival; Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival and was selected for the inaugural season of Seattle’s Gay CIty Arts. His short dance films have screened at CounterPulse in San Francisco, at Seattle’s Twist Film Festival, Translations: Seattle’s Transgender Film Festival and at Next Dance Cinema presented by Velocity and Northwest Film Forum.