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Balconies

Written & Directed
by Scotto Moore

August 1-30
Thurs-Sat at 8pm | Mon, Aug 11 industry night
All Thurs PWYC
$20 general/$18 advance tickets
$12 senior, military, TPS / $5 student

The creators of the hit mobile game “Sparkle Dungeon 5: Assassins Of Glitter” are celebrating their latest success with a wild costume party for artists, agitators and hackers. But in the condo next door, a Senate campaign fundraiser is coming to town, attracting politicos, CEOs and media celebrities. As the two events spill out onto neighboring balconies, can an unlikely romance succeed in the midst of steadily increasing mayhem? A screwball comedy from the playwright of “Duel of the Linguist Mages” and “A Mouse Who Knows Me.”

“The setup indicates a Noël Coward–style farce for the 21st century, and that’s what we get as a parade of oddballs from either side of the cultural divide fight, flirt, and baffle each other… ‘Balconies’ has an enthusiastic, I’ve-got-a-barn-let’s-put-on-a-show kind of feel, with the pleasure of watching a band whose members aren’t exactly masters of their instruments but are consistently entertaining. Special mentions go to Jason Sharp for his unctuously graceful performance as Lonso, and Mike Gilson for his marvelous deadpan as the senator’s head of security, Brick.” – The Stranger

“You should go. It’s complicated–and hugely entertaining, dealing with competing parties, cults, video game devs, revenge, and more… ‘Balconies’ gets under the skin of Seattle and pokes all the raw nerves. Required viewing for all start-ups, all indie devs. Required viewing for cult members. Big laughs, big payoffs… Go see it.” – Wonder and Risk

“Moore has a gift for setting up a great joke, then riffing on it; and by its conclusion, the farce finally delivers on its promise. At its best moments, Moore’s work reminds you of Joss Whedon’s ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ or ‘The Avengers’: He juggles an array of characters while still driving the plot forward and giving everyone a moment to shine. Having strong actors in key roles certainly helps. Katherine Karaus is warm and winning as Annalise, the condo owner whose mother’s political ambitions may be her undoing.” – Seattle Weekly

“If gaming is your thing and you can’t wait for Comicon, you’ll find much to like in this hip new play… Just as ‘Book of Mormon’ does a number on the Mormon Church, this play makes fun of the Scientologists… it also has something to say about politicos and the unseemly collaborations they sometimes make all in the effort to be reelected… It’s a funny play studded with clever lines…” – Arts Stage-Seattle Rage

“”This is smart and funny theater and a great choice for summer fun. The description of Sparkle Dungeon makes me long for someone to really create the game…” – Miryam Gordon

PRESS PHOTOS

CAST
Andy Buffelen Whisper
Evelyn DeHais Sophie
Zane Exactly Morning Bell/Tad
Mike Gilson Brick/Mayor
Arika Gloud Monica/Jordon
Laura Hanson Violet
Drew Highlands Cameron
Justin Ison Gridstation
Katherine Karaus Annalise
Tadd Morgan Cody
Pilar O’Connell Gabby/Emily
Jason Sharp Lonso
Jessica Stepka Cordelia/Cynthia
Raymond Williams DJ Luscious/Chief
CREW
Playwright/Director Scotto Moore
Stage Manager Maureen Webb
Light Designer Carolina Johnson
Set & Prop Designer Robin Macartney
Sound Designer Kyle Thompson
Costume Designer Cami Funk
Graphic Designer Evelyn DeHais
Featured Music Fog People (Rachel Jackson &
Michael Hayes)
Production Manager Katie McKellar
Technical Director Ian Johnston

Team Of Heroes: No More Heroes

Written by Alexander Harris
Directed by Jaime Roberts

Thu-Sat at 8 pm, April 26-May 25 (Thu PWYC)
$20 general / $12 TPS, senior, military / $5 student
PWYC Preview Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, April 25
PWYC Industry Night: Monday, May 13

Contains strong language.

Following the collapse of the world’s most famous professional superhero team, the remaining Heroes come together to uncover the mysterious forces behind their former employers. Team of Heroes: No More Heroes is the final installment in Annex Theatre’s satirical trilogy exploring the dark underbelly of Doing Good. It features superhero spectacle created through lean theatrics, lurid desires, out-of-control egos…and skintight spandex.

The same creative team that brought you Annex Theatre’s surprise hit Alecto: Issue #1 and its hit sequel Team Of Heroes: Behind Closed Doors returns with the conclusion to the saga.

“Big, stupid fun done smartly and with tremendous intimacy… Anyone who loves theatre should see this show. Anyone who makes theatre should go learn something from it.” –The Sunbreak of Team Of Heroes: Behind Closed Doors

CAST
Libby Barnard Alecto
Nik Doner Shockwave
Curtis Eastwood Piggy Pig
Sam Hagen H8/The Accountant
Rachel Jackson Chaos Theory
Alyssa Keene Melody Knox
Tracy Leigh Madame Mayhem
Jason Sharp The Cap’n
CREW
Playwright Alexander Harris
Director Jaime Roberts
Production Manager Kristina Volkman
Assistant Director/Fly Master Mike Gilson
Stage Manager Lisa Stahler
Composer/Sound Designer Michael Hayes
Set Designer/Special Effects Emily Sershon
Lighting Designer Tess Malone
Costume Designer Candace Frank
Graphic Designer/Geek Consultant Cole Hornaday
Assistant Stage Manager Jessamyn Bateman-Lino
Videographer Ben Laurance
Special Effects/Photography/TD Ian Johnston
Projection Artist Dominick DiGregorio
Lead Seamstress Meaghan Darling
Assistant Props Designer Jodi Sauerbier
Fight Choreographer Ryan Higgins
Movement Consultant Kerry Christianson

When I Come to My Senses, I’m Alive!

written by Scotto Moore | directed by Kristina Sutherland
Apr 23 – May 22, 2010 | Fri-Sat at 8 pm
Industry Night: May 10 at 8pm
$15 gen | $5 stu

“When I Come To My Senses, I’m Alive!” is a near-future sci-fi story about a technological provocateur who invents a method for capturing emotions as digital information, as part of a project to “chart the emotional genome.” She develops a cult following of fans who download her very addictive “emoticlips” – each delivered with cryptic, poetic file names like “the surprise of an unfamiliar memory” – and play them back in hobby-built receiver helmets. The experience is not full blown virtual reality; instead, emotional responses & sensations are triggered, and each fan experiences something unique. A seedy television executive tries to coopt her technology to syndicate the emotions of TV stars, hiring an elite P.I. to figure out what her weaknesses are when she refuses to sell out… but in the meantime, publishing digital versions of her emotions to the internet has unexpected consequences amongst the botnets of the world.

SeattleActor.com review:

Scotto Moore‘s new play, “When I Come to My Senses, I’m Alive!” is the best kind of science fiction, the kind where speculation about the future feels like something you could wake up to tomorrow morning. In this World Premiere production, director Kristina Sutherland has kept the ideas fresh and intriguing and the performances finely finished and compelling. The acting is brisk and, at least for the enthusiastic opening night audience, it’s premise and articulation is easily embraced by a generation for whom the globalization of information, media and personal experience meld into our shared online identities…. [The play] is a lot of fun, at least in part because it is so confident and thoroughly considered in its ideas and equally finished in its theatrical savvy for putting them on stage.

Seattle Times review:

It’s not hard to be captivated by Moore’s provocative premise about a leap in information technology that makes human emotions a downloadable, vicarious experience. The story’s late turn toward suspense — with the spectral rise of freethinking, artificial intelligence on the Internet — certainly ups the ante in unexpected, spooky ways…. Director Kristina Sutherland keeps the action brisk and crisp, and knows how to nudge the audience’s imagination.

The Stranger review:

One wants to see more plays like this in Seattle—smart science fiction about the amazing world we have found ourselves heading toward.

Seattle Gay News review:

Fun, fascinating, thoughtful and delightful.

[Note: omnipotent self-aware botnets click


Jade Justad in When I Come to My Senses, I'm Alive!

CAST
Annique Farrar Jennifer Pratt
Micky Carter Daniel Christensen
Veronica Bilious Jade Justad
Aleister Rowland Curtis Eastwood
Cicely Bryce Katie Beudert
Monica/Emily March LaChrista Borgers
Whisper/Cody Charles Jesse Keeter
CREW
Stage Manager Rob Bergquist
Set Design David Gignac
Light Design Dani Prados
Costume Design
Headgear Design
Rebecca Grabman
Props Design J H Welch
Sound Design Scotto Moore
Technical Consultant Brett Wagner
Technical Director Max Reichlin
Production Manager Ellie McKay
Build Team Jillian Vashro
Ian Johnston
Poster Design Miquela Suazo
Trailer: Director of
Photography/Editor
Ben Laurance
Trailer: Gaffer Michael Hayes
Trailer: Sound Ian Johnston
PRESS
Press Release Senses_Press_Release.pdf
Press Photos Senses_Press_Photo_1.jpg
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Alecto Issue #1

Check out the Team of Heroes at http://facebook.com/teamofheroes

written by Alexander Harris
directed by Jaime Roberts

Jan 22 – Feb 10, 2010
Friday and Saturday 8pm
$15 gen / $5 stu

A troubled heroine with an incredible power discovers that the popular superhero team she’s joined has questionable notions of good and evil. Alecto, Issue #1 translates the world of comic books to the stage, mixing social satire, physical spectacle, sly comedy, and an imaginary pig.

CAST
Jessica/Alecto Maridee Slater
Diana/Greta Carrie McIntyre
The Cap’n Jason Sharp
Madame Mayhem Tracy Leigh
Shock Wave Nik Doner
Piggy Pigg Chris Bell
Melody Megan Ahiers
Nathan/Nigel Banton Foster
Baz William Hardyman
Chaos Theory Rachel Jackson

Tracy Leigh, Maridee Slater, Nik Doner, Jason Sharp

CREW
Stage Manager Noelle Wilcox
Assistant Stage Manager/Fly Master Mike Gilson
Set Design Ann Marie Caldwell
Light Design Allysa Thompson
Costume Design Afton Pilkington
Props Design Emily Sershon
Sound Design Michael Hayes
Sound Board Operator Regan MacStravic
Technical Director/Fly Engineer Ian Johnston
Production Manager Kristina Volkman
Graphic Designer/Geek Consultant Cole Hornaday
Fight Choreographer John Lynch
Dialect Coach Pamala Mijatov
Seamstress Meaghan Darling
SPECIAL THANKS

Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Teri Lazzara and Theatre Schmeatre, Jodi Sauerbier, David Baum, Meghan Darling, Mark Siano and the Freedom Dancers, Ouchey, Balagan Theatre, All the actors who participated in the many readings, Austin Elston, Emily Gallagher, Sue and Dick Harris, Jennie Harris, Angela Cherry, Washington Lawyers for the Arts, Arya Bahrami, James L. Vana, Ed Sershon, Bret Fetzer, Scotto Moore, Ben Laurance, Nicolette Butler, Joel and Cora Caldwell, Craig Bradshaw, Michael LoSasso and Stone Soup Theatre Village Theater, Rick Miller, Jane Stratton and Tom Champoux, Marilyn Fox, Jolene Obertin, Marty Spiegel, Jesse Card

Blind Spot

written by Bret Fetzer & Juliet Waller Pruzan
directed by Rachel Katz Carey
with songs by Rick Miller
Jan. 16 – Feb. 14, 2009

When 8 year old Kirsty Vanderkamp finds a hidden world in the nooks and crannies of her house — dust bunny farmers under the bed, a burlesque show in the butter compartment, a tabloid published in the china cabinet — she also finds herself caught up the wake of Aura Rotter, an ambitious social climber working her way up the rungs of society, and the lovelorn Iota Potts, a farmboy who risks everything that ever mattered to him to win Aura’s heart. Kirsty travels from the depths of the drains to the heights of the lighting fixture as she tries to make sense of this miniature world — and her own.

REVIEWS

“Blind Spot wends its way into your imagination… I found Blind Spot something of a revelation: I saw new life and new civilizations, and boldly went where no man had gone before. Way cool.” — Seattle Weekly

“The play reinvents the house in a childlike way as a rich, surprising place and satirizes all kind of adults, from the poor devout to the filthy rich.” — The Stranger


The cast of Blind Spot

CAST
Kirsty Vanderkamp Jennifer Pratt
Astor Potts, Sheriff Whilk, Escrow Deshabille, Dr. Churlish, Gamut Tawdry John Bianchi
Sella Stringley Potts, Deputy Gall, Peril, Jolly Deshabille, Summit Tawdry Sara Balcaitis
Iota Potts Joe Feeney
Onus, Vigor Potts, Tubly, Announcer, Luster Wedge, Waifish/Snit Seanjohn Walsh
Aura Rotter Alissa Mortenson
Bib Clad, Deputy Hisk, Burn, Escrow Deshabille III, Yodel, Spat Mayhap Daniel Christensen
Protestor, Volly Smirk, Dulcet Expiration, Fernel Spriggs, Pasty Sann Hall
Glee Patina, Booboo Expiration, Uvula Bestwick, Illicit Deshabille Ellie McKay
CREW
Production Manager Kristina Volkman
Stage Manager Meg Tully
Assistant Stage Manager David Roby
Costume Design Juliet Waller Pruzan
Pamala Mijatov
Lighting Design Matt Shannon
Properties Design Ashley Born
Set Design Bret Fetzer
Sound Design Brian Christian
Song Recording Michael Hayes
Build Team Ron Darling
Max Reichlin
Costume Team Jen Moon
K.D. Schill
Properties Team Sean Kauffman
Allison Lizott
Gabby
Meryl Roth
Poster Design Susannah Anderson
Bret Fetzer
Amber Zipperer
Special Painting Susannah Anderson
BUILD CREW

Chris Bell, Daniel Christensen, Chris Comte, Meghan Darling, John DeShazo, Ciara Griffin, Allie Hankins, Sandy Kopriva, Todd Kopriva, Jem Lewis, Gary Menendez, David Roby, Matt Shannon, Suja Hart, David Otten, and Kristina Volkman

SPECIAL THANKS

14/48, Wendy and Marc Barrington, Ruth Baugh, David Baum, Lyssa Browne, Nicholas Carey, Stanley and Arlene Cohen, Chris Comte, John DeShazo, Eglantine, Ilene Fins, Anne Fitzgerald, Ted Ford, Susan Freccia, the Katz Foundation, Nebunele Theatre, Alan Pruzan, Brandon Simmons, Crispin Spaeth, Roy Stanton, Alia Swersky, Theater Schmeater, theater simple (Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky), Sulo Turner

The Moon Is A Dead World

written by Mike Daisey | directed by Christopher Comte
October 17 – November 15, 2008

This first play by acclaimed monologuist Mike Daisey (21 Dog Years, Monopoly!, How Theater Failed America) weaves a vision of the brutal history of the Soviet space program with an unbelievable premise: a dead cosmonaut is called back down to Earth on a radio wave when Americans in a remote Arctic base hear the beating of his dying heart. A dark and hilarious fairy tale set against the Cold War, it asks what we risk in the struggle between will and humanity, and what it means to love beyond death itself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Playwright Mike Daisey has been called “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by the New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues which weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that cut to the bone, exposing secret histories and unexpected connections.

His monologues, fourteen and counting, include the controversial How Theater Failed America, the six-hour epic Great Men of Genius, the unrepeatable series All Stories Are Fiction, and the international sensation 21 Dog Years. Over the past decade he has performed his unique extemporaneous monologues at venues such as the Public Theater, American Repertory Theatre, the Spoleto Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre, Yale Repertory Theater, the Noorderzon Festival, the T:BA Festival, Performance Space 122, and many more.

He’s been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, a commentator for PRI’s Studio 360 and NPR’s Day To Day, a contributor to WIRED, Slate and Salon, a web contributor to Vanity Fair and Radar Magazine, and his work has been heard on the BBC, NPR, and the National Lampoon Comedy Hour. His first film, Layover, is being distributed by Lars von Trier’s company Zentropa, and he stars in the Lawrence Krauser feature Horrible Child. His first book, 21 Dog Years: A Cubedweller’s Tale, was published by the Free Press and he is working on a second book, Great Men of Genius, adapted from his monologues about genius and megalomania in the lives of Bertolt Brecht, P.T. Barnum, Nikola Tesla, and L. Ron Hubbard.

He has been the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, two Seattle Times Footlight Awards, and a MacDowell Fellowship. He lives in New York City with his director and collaborator, Jean-Michele Gregory. The Moon Is A Dead World is his first play.

REVIEWS

“[Playwright Mike] Daisey has a rich, restless imagination…. Moon is a small, sweet pleasure.” – The Stranger

“Director Christopher Comte has put together an entertaining production worthy of the script.” – Seattle Weekly

“Fascinating…. Annex’s production is an amazing display…. Crisp direction, great set design, and excellent sound support create a great reality for this unreal play. The four actors are all excellent. … This is one of the best efforts Annex Theatre has produced, and that’s saying a lot.” – Seattle Gay News

“If a new play of this caliber opened in Seattle every few weeks, we could stop going to see Hollywood crap or caring about how Christian Slater blows up Russians on the TV.” – Seattlest.com

Preview in the Seattle P-I: Full-length ‘The Moon Is A Dead World’ is a new phase for solo performer Mike Daisey

Interview on Seattlest.com: A Dialog with Newly-Minted Playwright Mike Daisey


The cast of The Moon Is A Dead World

CAST
Gregor Zachariah Robinson
Nimitz/Josef Jack Hamblin
Cal/Vassily Clayton Weller
Irina Pamala Mijatov
CREW
Stage Manager Meaghan Darling
Set Design Max Reichlin
Light Design Nate Redford
Costume Design Stacey Bush
Illustrator Susannah Anderson
Sound Design Michael Hayes
Asst. Stage Manager David Roby
Sound Board Operator Casey Bates
Production Manager Kristina Volkman
Photographer David Baum
SPECIAL THANKS

AFTRA Seattle Local, Cicada Bridal, Ron Darling, John DeShazo, A.J. Epstein, The Ethereal Mutt, Ltd., David Gassner, Teri Lazzara, Theater Schmeater, Frederick Vegas.

Annex Theatre wishes to acknowledge the generous contributions of 4Culture, The Flintridge Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, The Seattle Foundation, The Boeing Company, ActiveMac, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for their support of this production.

I Feel Fine

Led by Mike Pham and Rachel Hynes
October 12 – November 10, 2007 | 8pm


I Feel Fine is a “neo-Brechtian…song-and-dance orgy…vibrant and even heartwarming in its messy, festive aliveness”! – Misha Berson, Seattle Times

I Feel Fine is a new collaborative performance collage using found objects, dance, music, and food to fiddle like Nero with the dynamic tension created when apocalyptic social collapse meets fin de siècle decadence. Fabulous fashion parades! Delicious party food! Bang-up karaoke numbers! It’s all there!

I Feel Fine catapults the audience into a whimsical world of electrical wonder and human disaster set in a universe on the edge of total collapse. Mixing the quaint and the adorable with fear and desperation, this original new work explores the quagmire between reasonable science and Mr. Id, as they meet on death row in this stylish, dreamy, and dynamic performance collaboration. Be the cat’s pajamas, have a little knosh, and see a few electrocutions in the process.

Light up your life. Reduce regret. Experience the magic of I Feel Fine!

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Local performers Rachel Hynes and Mike Pham have been working together for several years, creating, developing, and producing under the performance art collective moniker Helsinki Syndrome. An outgrowth of their previous performance work with High Kindergarten Performance Group, Rachel and Mike produce non-linear, ensemble driven theater pieces that incorporate text, movement, music and imagery into bold, rigorous, imaginative performance works.

Previous works include True North (Open Circle Theater), Off the Double (Henry Art Gallery), Sideshow (On the Boards’ 12 Minutes Max), Main Event (On the Boards’ Northwest New Works Festival), and This Is Not A Test (Instant Coffee + Henry Art Gallery at Bumbershoot 2007).

CAST & CREW

I Feel Fine features the talents of Ciara Griffin, Brynn Hambly, Rachel Hynes, Andy Loviska, K. Brian Neel, Mike Pham, Jennifer Pratt, Jaime Roberts, Mara Siciliano, and Justin Tracy, with food creations by Pamala Mijatov. Scenic Design by Bret Fetzer, Lighting Design by Chrystian Shepperd, and Sound Design by Michael Hayes White. Kristina Volkman is the Stage Manager.

SPECIAL THANKS

This production is presented as part of Annex Theatre’s ongoing “Oyster Series” Program. Annex Theatre’s 21st Season is generously supported by: 4Culture, Flintridge Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The cast of I Feel Fine