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Sings The Hits at Theatre22

NOW OPEN: SINGS THE HITS by Scotto Moore

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From Katie McKellar (Director) and Jennifer Ewing (Assistant Director):

We are excited to bring you the newest show in our 2nd Stages series. Our 2nd Stages series was developed to give more opportunity to new work and new voices in the Seattle area. 

This Halloween, we invite you to join us with our latest episode of Signal Loss which explores sexism and manipulation in the music industry through the ages. As Ellie says in the show, sexism is pervasive. It is something we see everyday. The exploitation of women and the manipulation of their bodies and minds is something that affects people globally, nationally, and within our own communities, not just within the industry of music. 

This show was written before the sexual exploitation by certain men in the entertainment industry became headline news. This show asks questions of all of us: How do we perpetuate this behavior? How do we stop it? How do we help those who have suffered from targeted and casual sexism, harassment, and assault?

Sings The Hits runs through November on select days/nights at 12th Avenue Arts on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. 

Production photos courtesy of Margaret Toomey.

We've received great reviews from audiences and critics, including Drama In The Hood: 

This production moved me to tears, and I encourage everyone of every age, gender, and life experience to come and take part in this story.
 
The story that unfolds is an unflinching indictment of male privilege in the music industry and the deep wounds it leaves in those that suffer from the harassment and assault that is far too common and far too easily overlooked. The conversations that occur are ones that so many have had in everyday life; the excuses, the minimizing. One line that stood out to me beyond any other, and is still rattling around in my head hours later, is, “Don’t grade consent on a curve.” If that doesn’t capture 21st century rape culture, I don’t know what does.
 
An honest devotion to the theme of love and fighting for oneself above all else gives this new play the wings to soar.
 

Assistant Director of Theresa Rebeck's 'Downstairs' At aCT Theatre

PREMIERE!

Downstairs was chosen for production from T22 and ACT’s new play festival THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE in 2016. 

Opening June 16th at A Contemporary Theatre in downtown Seattle, Jennifer is Assistant Directing DOWNSTAIRS, the newest play from renowned playwright and screenwriter, Theresa Rebeck. 

A co-production between Theatre22 and ACT, Downstairs is helmed by award-winning director Julie Beckman.

From Theatre22 about Jennifer's role on the team: 
 

Jennifer Ewing has worked as Theatre22's resident scenic painter/artist for the past few seasons as well as having jumped onboard the T22 staff recently as our associate producer.  For Downstairs, Jennifer is aiding the production's artistic development as our assistant director. In a recent interview, Jennifer states, "...I was thrilled to be brought on board the Downstairs team for many reasons, all of which check substantial career goals on my list! Being in the room with talent and creatives of this caliber, and having the opportunity to collaborate with Julie, Christine, John and Brandon to bring this fantastic script to life is a gift and an incredible learning opportunity for me as an artist. And to be working on a brand-spanking-new Theresa Rebeck script? Magic!"

About the play:

What happens when a brilliant lost soul comes to stay in his sister’s basement and refuses to leave? And if the menacing brother-in-law doesn’t approve?  In a dog-eat-dog world, these siblings find a haven of sorts in an unfinished basement as they attempt to make sense of the past and negotiate how to move forward into the future.  Unusual relationships, power plays, and surprising humor abound in Theresa Rebeck’s compelling new play which explores the nature of family, of memory, and of sanity.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.theatre22.org/downstairs or http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/Downstairs or at the ACT Box Office.  

June 16th - July 9th
In the Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street

Thursday – Fridays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
 

*PWYC Preview Wednesday June 14th

**Special Industry Night Tuesday June 27th at 8pm

Cast: Christine Marie Brown*, Brandon Ryan, John Q. Smith

*Member: SAG AFTRA & AEA

Theatre22 Associate Producer and Resident Scenic Artist

Jennifer is excited to announce she has accepted the positions of Associate Producer and Resident Scenic Artist with the award winning theatre company, Theatre22

From Corey McDaniel, Producing Artistic Director:

It is my pleasure and honor to officially announce Jennifer Ewing as Theatre22’s Associate Producer and Resident Scenic Artist. Jennifer and I have worked closely together on several projects not only with Theatre22 but also with other companies in the region.  For Theatre22, Jennifer has been seen on our stages in our world premiere musical, The Hours of Life staged in 2014.  Additionally, Jennifer’s artistry as a skilled and expressive painter has been seen as part of  the Lisbon Traviata set (the four Maria Calais faces) in 2014 and Annapurna’s set (the magnificent Colorado mountain sky line) in 2016.  Outside of Theatre22, Jennifer and I have collaborated in the actor ~ director partnership in Mount Baker Theater’s The Nerd and Island Shakespeare Festival’s Julius Caesar both in 2016.  With open arms and deep gratitude, I welcome Jennifer along with her talents and skills to her resident positions with Theatre22. 

Theatre22 is a forum where audiences and artists alike experience awareness, understanding, and healing of the human condition through the performing arts. 

For more about Theatre22 and their productions, visit www.theatre22.org

The Fern Shakespeare Company

Jennifer is pleased to announce she has been invited to join the 2017 Acting Company of The Fern Shakespeare Company. 

As a member of The Fern, she will be performing with the rest of the company in the upcoming production of Macbeth opening in Seattle, WA in May 2017. Stay tuned for more show details!  

A bit about The Fern from their website:  

The mission of The Fern Shakespeare Company is to promote cultural diversity and to strengthen and serve our community through performance and education.
Using original practice and direct address techniques as our guide, Fern Shakespeare Company (FSC) “breaks down the walls” that stand between the audience and the words of William Shakespeare.  
FSC produces work that connects audience to actor, actor to text, and community to art. We extend this vision to all that we do; serving our community and changing lives through the beauty of Shakespeare.
The Fern Theatre Company was founded in Atlanta, GA by two actors; Jessica Hunt and Douglas Graham.  We began producing modern and new plays, and in 2012 produced our very first Shakespeare play. The Fern produced an all female production of Macbeth. This led to the development of our Classically female series. Since 2012 we have produced three more all female Shakespeare plays; Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and King Lear. In the summer of 2016 the decision was made to move the company to Seattle, WA and turn our focus specifically towards producing Shakespeare. Thus, The Fern Shakespeare Company was born!

American Academy of Dramatic Arts Workshop & Info Night

I'm excited to report I'll be speaking on the alumni panel for the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts (AADA) Workshop and Info Night this Saturday in Seattle, WA! If you are interested in theatre and becoming an actor I encourage you to attend the workshop (run by Mark Knowles, AADA LA Faculty and a former teacher of mine) and join us to learn more about the school and its programs.

AADA was an integral part of my education in the performing arts and in the development of my acting technique and work ethic. It's definitely worth exploring.

The evening is open to prospective students as well as parents and educators. I hope to see you there!

You can learn more about AADA on their website: https://www.aada.edu/