Seattle Spring Arts Preview 2014: Theater Events

Spring’s theatrical performances dig deep into the human power dynamic—in all its gritty glory
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!--paging_filter--pstrongimg src="/sites/default/files/newfiles/0314_theater_suit.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" height="525" width="350"[The Suit]/strongbrIn 1940s–’50s South Africa, a wife is caught in flagrante delicto with another man, who upon being discovered, rushes out and leaves his suit behind. As punishment, the cuckolded husband insists the wife host the suit in their home as if it were a guest of honor. The intriguing concept becomes even more so when the story is read as a parable about South African apartheid. 3/19–4/6. Times and prices vary. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St.; 206.443.2222; a href="http://www.seattlerep.org" target="_blank"seattlerep.org/a em(Photo by Johan Persson: Peter Brook’s The Suit, starring Nonhlanhla Kheswa, reveals the glimpses of joy that can be stolen within an repressive regime)/embrstrongbr[Royal Blood]/strongbrThis world premiere by Seattle playwright Sonya Schneider concerns an American family behaving badly while persisting in the belief of a royal bloodline. Things go downhill from there, naturally. 3/20–4/4. 8 p.m. $20–$25. West of Lenin, 203 N 36th St.; 206.352.1777; a href="http://www.westoflenin.com" target="_blank"westoflenin.com/abrbrstrong[Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?]/strongbrA primer in how to humiliate and enrage one’s spouse, Edward Albee’s booze-soaked cringefest was immortalized on screen by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Now, acclaimed local actors sink their teeth into these juicy roles, with R. Hamilton Wright as George, Pamela Reed as Martha, and Aaron Blakely and Amy Hill as the young dinner guests who wish to God they’d just stayed home. 4/18–5/18. Times and prices vary. Seattle Repertory Theatre; a href="http://www.seattlerep.org" target="_blank"seattlerep.org/abrbrstrong[Truth Like the Sun]/strongbrAdapted from Seattle author Jim Lynch’s novel about the political machinations behind the 1962 World’s Fair, this play follows glad-hander Roger Morgan from his race to raise the Space Needle to his race for mayor. 4/23–5/18. Times and prices vary. Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center House, 305 Harrison St.; 206.216.0833; a href="http://www.book-it.org" target="_blank"book-it.org/a/p
pstrong[Talls of Wasps]/strongbrProlific Seattle playwright Stephanie Timm unveils a world premiere with a totally outlandish premise: A powerful politician can’t resist his sexual transgressions! Produced by the crack team at New Century Theatre Company. 4/3–4/27. Times and price vary. ACT, 700 Union St.; 206.292.7676; a href="http://www.acttheatre.org" target="_blank"acttheatre.org/abrbrstrong[Bethany]/strongbrA middle-class woman hits the financial skids after the economic downturn, forcing her to use whatever means necessary in order to get her daughter out of foster care—including squatting in a foreclosed house occupied by a possibly deranged man. 4/11–5/4. Times and prices vary. ACT; a href="http://www.acttheatre.org" target="_blank"acttheatre.org/abrbrstrong[King Lear]/strongbrHere’s a hint for aging dads: Don’t force your children to shower you with compliments in exchange for an inheritance. It never ends well! Seattle luminary Sheila Daniels directs Shakespeare’s classic tale of parental hubris run amok. 4/24–5/11. Times and prices vary. Cornish Playhouse, 201 Mercer St.; 206.733.8222; a href="http://www.seattleshakespeare.org" target="_blank"seattleshakespeare.org/abrbrstrong[Winners and Losers]/strongbrVancouver, B.C., performers and pals Marcus Youssef and James Long argue sportingly over whether specific things (microwave ovens, Pamela Anderson, their fathers) should be deemed winners or losers, until the game takes a turn for the personal (and painful). 4/23–4/27. 8 p.m. $20. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St.; 206.217.9888; a href="http://www.ontheboards.org" target="_blank"ontheboards.org/abrbrstrong[Musical Theater]/strongbrIsn't It Romantic? Spring is for swooning, and theaters are bursting with musicals featuring star-crossed lovers who voice their feelings in song. Little Shop of Horrors brings nerd love to ACT (3/8–6/15); Once (based on the movie) offers soulful rock at The Paramount (5/27–6/8); A Room with a View—anbsp; new Broadway incubator production at the 5th Ave.—boasts E.M. Forster’s brand of Edwardian amour (4/15–5/11); and in Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, a quirky world premiere by Balagan Theater, the arctic explorer falls for an unemployed video game soundtrack composer (4/18–5/4)./p

Band of the Week: Dude York

Band of the Week: Dude York

This week, guitarist Peter Richards of indie rock trio Dude York takes a crack at our questions. His Hardly Art-signed group will release its new John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill) and Cody Votolato (The Blood Brothers)-produced album, 'Sincere
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With so much happening in Seattle's bustling music scene these days, how do you even know where to start? Allow the highly trained culture curators of Seattlemag.com to help with Band of the Week. This week, guitarist Peter Richards of indie rock trio Dude York takes a crack at our questions. His Hardly Art-signed group will release its new John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill) and Cody Votolato (The Blood Brothers)-produced album, Sincerely, this Friday. Dude York plays two release shows this week: this Thursday at Chop Suey and this Friday with a free in-store performance at Sonic Boom in Ballard

In three sentences, tell us the story of your band: Andrew [Hall, drums] and I [Peter Richards; guitar, vocals] knew each other in school and started playing music together our senior year. Claire [England; bass, vocals] played in one of my favorite bands (Brite Futures/Natalie Portman's Shaved Head) and they had just finished working together before we asked her to join us. She started playing and our sound immediately catalyzed, and together we have developed that a long ways from where we started.

Tell us about the new project! Sincerely has been a long time in the making, almost four years, and the care we put into the recordings is recognizable I think. It marks our first record wherein we started writing together as a band. That's our strongest asset in my opinion, our unity and our chemistry as a band. Without that dynamic I don't know where we'd be, but we've got it so there's no telling where we'll go.

What does being a musician in Seattle mean to you? Seattle is where Claire and I grew up so it's very cathartic to be included in the region's rich pantheon of musicians and artists. Seattle has traditionally been a unique music city, in that you have many chances to fail before you've burned all your bridges. In that respect, I think that the individuals making music and art here have the space to really explore themselves and enrich their voices.

What BIG question should we ask, and what's the answer? Any question in caps lock will probably seen the biggest, and I suppose the answer would have to be in caps lock too. For musicians and artists the future is always the biggest question and in these grim times, the stakes couldn't be higher. That being said, they say that the brightest light casts the darkest shadow, so I have faith in the people to stand up to each other.

What’s next? Hopefully some fun and successful tours next year and then a chance to record some of the many songs we've been working on for another album for Hardly Art! I can't wait to get started! I love the work we've done on Sincerely, I think it's our best work yet, but I always look forward to the next project even before the current one is finished. We've written some material that I'm really proud of and very excited for everyone to hear it, so stay tuned!