Cornish Fall Theater Season Features Three Seattle Premieres
Cornish College of the Arts’ fall theater season features works by local playwrights and three Seattle premieres. "This fall we explore the theme of adaptation," said Theater Chair Richard E.T. White. "These are works adapted from some of the greatest works of literature and some of the cheesiest B-movies about 'women behind bars.' Moreover, each of these plays, in its own way, raises the question of how we (and whether we should) adapt to extreme circumstances. It’s particularly exciting that a number of the writers are local to Seattle and one is a Cornish alumna."
Between Oct. 22 and Dec. 18, Cornish students will perform in Kelleen Conway Blanchard’s Kittens In A Cage, Edward Mast’s Jungalbook, Octavio Solis’s Quixote: Book One, Dipika Guha’s Blown Youth, Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous), Karen Hartman’s Wild Kate: A Tale of Revenge at Sea, and a cabaret revue, Golden.
For the first time, Cornish is offering a full fall season pass for all its theater shows, making it possible to see all seven works produced between October and December for $35 for students, $47 for seniors, and $84 for a general admission season ticket. Individual show tickets also are available. All pass and ticket sales help support scholarships for theater students at Cornish.
The season opens Oct. 22 with local playwright and Cornish Theater alumna Kelleen Conway Blanchard’s black comedy Kittens In A Cage. The play about “tough broads who can’t get no breaks” inspired the highly lauded webseries starring Rebecca Mozo, Erin Anderson, and Jillian Armente. Kittens In A Cage will be performed at the Skinner Theatre in the 100-year-old Raisbeck Performance Hall on Cornish’s South Lake Union campus, Oct. 22 to 24 and Oct. 29 to 31 (expect some extra highjinks for Halloween night).
Local playwright Edward Mast’s adaptation of Kipling’s Mowgli stories resets the action of Jungalbook on a jungle gym. This fresh look at the stories will take place in the Alhadeff Studio at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center on Oct. 28 to 31 and Nov. 1.
Opening on the Cornish Playhouse mainstage on Nov. 6 is Quixote: Book One by Latino playwright Octavio Solis (El Paseo Blues). Previously staged at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this new adaptation of Don Quixote makes its Seattle premiere with these performances. Solis uses uses poetic language, song, dance, sword-fighting, and dynamic transformation to bring the denizens of Quixote’s Spain, both human and animal, to vivid life. The playwright worked with the students earlier this fall and the production is co-directed by White and local director Sheila Daniels. The production runs Nov. 6 through 8, and Nov. 12 through 13.
Dipika Guha’s Blown Youth, inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, was originally commissioned by Barnard College at Columbia University and the New Georges theater company also makes its Seattle premiere this season. This original, feminist work on gender inequality in theater dares to ask what would happen if the center of the play was a woman. Blown Youth runs Nov. 12 to 14 and Nov. 19 to 21 at the Alhadeff Studio at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.
Homer’s Odyssey is reimagined by Naomi Iizuka in Anon(ymous). Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. Anon(ymous) plays Nov. 18 to 22 at the Skinner Theatre in Raisbeck Performance Hall.
Cornish Theater moves to Capitol Hill in December for the Seattle premiere of Wild Kate: A Tale of Revenge at Sea at 12th Avenue Arts Black Box. Local playwright Karen Hartman has crafted a seagoing adventure for women inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick and the Deepwater Oil Rig disaster. From "Call me Isabel" to the obsessed sea caption, Wild Kate, this journey is anything but business as usual. Wild Kate plays Dec. 9 through 13.
The fall theater season at Cornish closes with a cabaret revue. Conceived and directed by Frances King and award-winning faculty member Timothy McCuen Piggee, who will be honored at the Gregory Awards this month, Golden, A Cabaret, explores themes of thankfulness and gratitude.
Further information about Cornish College of the Arts and all events on campus can be found at www.cornish.edu/events. The fall season ticket and tickets for individual shows are sold through Brown Paper Tickets.