Precious Little

Written by Madeleine George
Directed by Katherine Karaus

Thu-Sat at 8 pm, Aug 2-31 (Thu PWYC)
$20 general / $12 TPS, senior, military / $5 student
PWYC Industry Night: Monday, Aug 12

This incisively poetic play follows Brodie, a 42-year-old linguistics professor who chooses to become a single parent. When genetic testing reveals a possible problem with her pregnancy, unexpected emotions complicate both her research of a dying language and her romantic relationship with Dre, a grad student with a mind of her own. Amid the noise, Brodie forms an unexpected connection with a “talking” gorilla at the local zoo. Precious Little features three actresses who navigate dozens of relationships in this beautiful exploration of the limits of language.

[Precious Little] intelligently poses some engaging philosophical questions… Director Katherine Karaus addresses these concerns in a spare staging that moves swiftly, cleanly from brief encounter to encounter. Pearce bites with relish into every little role she’s given, and is especially effective (and amusing) as Rhiannon, the eager young counselor who is clearly out of her depth. Murfin Bailey also makes deft work of her several personae. She’s remarkably restrained, and uncannily convincing, playing a zoo gorilla whose thought patterns are enviably basic… Smart and frank… it sure conjures a primal image (reminiscent of O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape”) that sticks with you. — The Seattle Times

“Quick timing and skillful acting make it an absorbing production…. Papineau delivers a skillful performance, navigating her character arc with believability…. Precious Little is anything by precious. It is funny and sad and tough. But most of all it makes us think. In a world where we are inundated with language, words, and talk, what does it mean to communicate, and how can we find the most effective way? That may be an unanswerable question, but at least Precious Little is brave enough to ask.” — City Arts Online

“The three women on stage are likable and watchable and keep the evening enjoyable. …[Taryn] Pearce shows amazing vocal range as she morphs over and over into completely different small characters.” — Seattle Gay News

“The three actors played nine parts and brought a strong presence…making every scene as thought-provoking as the one before.” — Drama In The Hood


Sarah Papineau Brodie
Taryn Pearce Zoogoers/Rihannon/Evelyn/Dre/Gloria
Mary Murfin Bayley Ape/Dorothy/Cleva
Playwright Madeleine George
Director Katherine Karaus
Stage Manager Xandii Barber
Production Manager Katie McKellar
Light Designer Gwyn Skone
Set Designer Catherine Cornell
Sound Designer Lindsey Morck
Prop Designer Erin O’Malley
Costume Designer Savannah Baltazar
Dramaturg Lesley Carmichael
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  4. Best performance by an actor (actress, in this case) on any stage in years: See ‘Precious Little’ at Annex Theatre. Taryn Pearce (as 4 major characters and a crowd of minor ones) is one of those rare actors who can disappear completely into a role. Every thought is the character’s thought, and every thought is real. You can hardly believe it’s the same physical person inhabiting the different roles. The play is engaging, but the real miracle is Pearce’s performance. Anyone who cares about acting should see this show. Until August 31.

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  7. I saw this wonderful play while attending Wagner’s Ring Cycle in early August. The acting on the part of all three actors was profoundly moving. The play itself is brilliant and stirring on so many levels. Madeleine George is a playwright to watch. I LOVED THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE.


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