Words, Words, Words to Small Mouth Sounds

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For a word to be spoken there must be silence, before and after.
                                    —Ursula K. LeGuin

Our mission at Thalia’s Umbrella is “to produce plays that dance on the line between comedy and tragedy, taking the light of life seriously and the serious lightly; to create a space where, in Robert Frost’s words, ‘the work is play for mortal stakes.’”

Until now, the (unwritten) second sentence was something like “And the plays use language ...

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On the Value of Stillness in Theater

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[A few years ago Daniel and I were discussing a play we had both seen that we thought was lacking . . . something. That discussion prompted him to write this essay for our newsletter. The essay in turn sparked a larger discussion that led to our next production, Small Mouth Sounds. I’m reposting it so that the conversation can continue. —TEM]

Recently, I attended an opening night at one of Seattle’s long-established theater companies. ...
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The Joy of Words!

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We started rehearsals this week for Y York’s delightful comedy THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF NOW. A room full of actors, the director, stage manager, assistant stage manager, designers, friends, and many more gathered last night to begin work on this “lovely little play” that has such an interesting take on language.
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Loving WHEN LOVE SPEAKS

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See what people are saying about…

WHEN LOVE SPEAKS

“This is the perfect time for a play like When Loves Speaks! Go with all your loved ones. Engrossing, entertaining, touching.
– Patron at our Preview

“Poetry that you might know well and poetry that you might never have heard before is combined and wound into inventive moments of passion, persuasion or pique. Poetry ...

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THALIA: What inspired you to write When Love Speaks?

DAVID:

It was a while ago, so it’s testing my memory, but I went on kind of a reading jag of poetry—and I’ve always been someone who loves reading aloud. I even lead Storytime for Grownups at the library.
I remember at the time reading a lot of this poetry and thinking “wow this stuff really sounds ...

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And we’re off!

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Rehearsals have begun for When Love Speaks. Here is a sneak peak inside what’s been going on:

Set designer Roberta Russell shows us her model, and clearly she’s excited. We are too!

 

Director Daniel Wilson makes a savvy point during the first read through. ...

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Falling in Love with Poetry!

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We are thrilled to announce our next production: When Love Speaks, a sizzling hot verse play by David Wright, with an assist from his buddies Will Shakespeare, Mighty Chris Marlowe, “The Benster” Jonson, Queen Elizabeth (the First, of course), and many other wanton wordsmiths.


Four people meet at a resort at the edge of ...

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Sen. Pramila Jayapal Leads Post-Show Discussion

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Terry Edward Moore, Senator Pramila Jayapal, and Daniel Wilson on the set of SORRY

We were honored to have Pramila Jayapal join me and director Daniel Wilson for a post-show discussion yesterday. Pramila represents District 37 in the Washington State Senate and is a candidate for the 7th Congressional District seat.  She was thoughtful, passionate and articulate (and she liked ...

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I Need Your Vote!

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Daniel’s voter registration card (and Daniel)

“I need your vote!” “I want to vote.” “Are you going to vote?” These phrases run, like a strong, connective thread, through Thalia’s Umbrella’s upcoming production of Richard Nelson’s smart, funny and very timely play Sorry, set on Election Day, 2012. But with this play, nothing—including voting—is ever just what it seems.

Are we doing the ...

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