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The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is a vibrant theatrical and educational facility, a landmark of modern architecture built for the World’s Fair of 1962. Operated by Cornish College of the Arts as its most high-profile venue, the playhouse presents to the public a full range of professional and student performing arts productions. In its 470-seat main auditorium, its black-box theater and its generous forecourt and lobby, Cornish and its professional partners offer rich experiences not only in theater but also in dance, music and the visual arts.
Poster courtesy Cornish College of the Arts
Core Collection: The Runway Show
December 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
This is a free event.
The culmination of the Cornish Art Freshman's Garment/Prosthesis project. Each student's work explores their ideas in a constructed 3-dimensional form that exists in relationship to the human body. The works are activated by the artists and performed on a runway.
The 14/48 Projects brings Theater Anonymous back to Seattle with the return of our adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The premise of Theater Anonymous is simple. Nobody knows the cast, not even the cast. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.
Major Scales and Jinkx Monsoon.
Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped
December 15, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
December 15, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped gives audiences a look at the holiday season through the jaded, sassy, somewhat boozy eyes of two bitter queens. Featuring original songs, covers and comedy from these celebrated performers, Unwrapped has a little something for everyone at the most wonderful time of the year.
“Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales are the millennial Kiki and Herb.” -- TheaterMania
Jinkx Monsoon, winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race in 2013, is the alter ego of Jerick Hoffer, who graduated with a degree in theatrical performance from Cornish College of the Arts. With 10 years of experience on stage, Hoffer is a seasoned Portland-born entertainer who has captured the attention of his native Northwest region. As early as 2006, Hoffer appeared as the lead dancer in the world's largest drag queen chorus line, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. By 2012, he had advanced to roles in Seattle theaters, playing Moritz in Spring Awakening (produced by Balagan Theatre) and Angel in Rent (produced by the 5th Avenue Theatre). Earlier this year, Hoffer played Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (produced by Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group). He returns to reprise the role for a special engagement December 17 through 22 at the Moore Theatre.
Major Scales is the evil twin of Richard Andriessen. He is a writer, composer, and performer from Seattle, Wash., who graduated with a B.F.A. in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts. He has contributed original music to venues throughout Washington, from the Intiman Theatre to Hump!, Seattle's premier amateur adult film festival. He recently composed music for and starred in Washington Ensemble Theater's original musical The Callers, and performs regularly in DeLouRue Presents Homo For the Holidays and Freedom Fantasia.
This special presentation is not part of the Cornish Passport to the Arts program.
The Nutcracker. Photo: Colleen Dishy
December 21, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
December 21, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
December 22, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
The Cornish Preparatory Dance Company presents this holiday classic with choreography by Steve Casteel, Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford, Christine Juarez and Paula J. Peters.
Note our new location at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.
There are many holiday events around Seattle Center for your family to enjoy before or after the performance. This also means that there is significant traffic around the Center at this time. Check the full Seattle Center calendar or download the Seattle Center app for your smartphone. Parking information is also available.
Whim W’him dancers performing at the Playhouse in 2012
January 17, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
January 18, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
January 19, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Originally from Brussels, Belgium, Olivier Wevers is the founder and Artistic Director of Seattle’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company Whim W’Him. In 2012 Wevers was honored with the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Arts Award and in 2011 he received the Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship. In both 2011 and 2010 Wevers’ work took home the grand prize award at the Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in California and he has also been named by Dance Magazine as one of their 25 to watch.
Women...Gotta Luv 'Em
January 24, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
January 25, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
January 26, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Led by celebrated choreographer and original founding member of Bill Evans Dance Company Shirley Jenkins, DanceJENKINSDance stages its next full-length evening of new modern dance works in Women Gotta Luv 'Em, featuring an all-female troupe of professional dancers: Taylor Augustine, Amie Baca, Holly Batt, Naphtali Beyleveld, Carrie Dossick, Shirley Jenkins and Belle Wolf.
Tickets: $25 general ($27 at the door)/$20 student & senior ($22 at the door)
We Can Swing It! With special musical guests, The MoodSwings Jazz Band
February 06, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
February 07, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
February 08, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
February 08, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
February 09, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Experience a time in our nation when women stepped directly and powerfully into the workforce, all living out the many varied roles of "Rosie the Riveter." Through songs, stories and choreographed scenes, the world premiere of We Can Do It! tells the story of these pioneers, from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to the foundries of Pittsburgh and many places in between. See this thrilling World Premiere theatrical concert commission--written and produced by Eric Lane Barnes and directed by Amanda Bearse-- along with a captivating collaboration with local all-female ensemble, The MoodSwings Jazz Band. This unique and powerful show will weave music and real-life
April 24 – May 11, 2014
Tickets will be available online soon.
The ultimate family drama matched by intense political intrigue, King Lear traces an aging monarch’s descent into madness. Weary of his royal duties, King Lear elects to distribute his lands among his three daughters. But sweet falsities and hubris blind Lear to the true motives of those around him, scorching king and kingdom to ashes with consequences that unearth the worst and best in human nature.
Ticket price range: $25-$48