Join us June 8th, 2018

At the Conservatory Seattle

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A Couple of Loons

by Candace Vance

 

In a surprising and uplifting way, A Couple of Loons ultimately begs us to consider the question: "Who are we becoming in contemporary America, and what are we passing on to the next generation?”

Songaa teaches Akule the ancient ways of their people, on the land of their ancestors.  Ace teaches Aiden the latest interactive game, in his most recently acquired resort.  They both want to do right by their sons.  As their lives intersect in contemporary America, both are faced with the same question:  How do I reconcile my past with my future….what will be my legacy?

CAST:

STAGE DIRECTIONS:  Emma Heesacker

SONGAA:  Lance Valdez

AKULE:  Eli Sheffield

ACE:  Andrew Davies

AIDEN:  Ben Hazen

Join us Friday June 8th, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory, 5813 Airport Way South, Seattle 98108. Admission is free! Beer, wine, cider, and food available for purchase before and after the show, and during intermission.

The Conservatory is a Seattle art space and coffeehouse, community meeting place, and artists’ workshop in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, a growing and glowing arts haven in Seattle near I-5, just north of Boeing Field.

The Seattle Playwrights Salon produces new play readings and full productions on the second Friday of every month at The Conservatory to give local playwrights a public place to present new work in development to a live audience.


 Ms. Vance is known for her work as an actor as she has been seen on many of Seattle’s professional stages, most notably Taproot Theatre Company (Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, America in Radio Gals, Killaine in The Clearing, among many others), Seattle Shakespeare Company (Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor), Seattle Children’s Theatre (Muriel in Nicky Somewhere Else), Seattle Public Theatre (Chloe in The 13th Of Paris, Mary in The Language Archive, Paula in My Wonderful Day, among others) Book-It Repertory Company, and Repertory Actors Theatre.  Ms. Vance has also enjoyed working internationally, particularly as Julieta in the National Tour/Spain of Romeo y Julieta, and in The Quality of Mercy: A Tour of Love Through Shakespeare’s Words in Paris, France.    Ms. Vance serves as the Head of Performance of the Theatre Department at Seattle Pacific University.  She holds a BA in Theatre and Latin American Studies, and an MA (foreign equivalent of an MFA) from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London.  Ms. Vance is a former member of Actors’ Equity Association, and a current member of Theatre Puget Sound and the Society of Directors and Choreographers, as well as The Barrow Group in NYC. Ms. Vance has received numerous distinctions, particularly inclusion in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among American Women, the 2012 edition of Who’s Who Among Professionals, and several Footlight Awards.  Her favorite distinction remains wife of Sam Vance, and proud Mommy of Max, Echo, and Zoe.  Produced plays include Le Club Noel at Taproot Theatre Company, and LAUGH:  A One Woman Show at the Seattle Fringe Festival.  She has also collaborated with husband Sam Vance on the creation and direction of many original works including Youth of a Nation, Inside Out, and One More Day.  

Ms. Vance is known for her work as an actor as she has been seen on many of Seattle’s professional stages, most notably Taproot Theatre Company (Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, America in Radio Gals, Killaine in The Clearing, among many others), Seattle Shakespeare Company (Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor), Seattle Children’s Theatre (Muriel in Nicky Somewhere Else), Seattle Public Theatre (Chloe in The 13th Of Paris, Mary in The Language Archive, Paula in My Wonderful Day, among others) Book-It Repertory Company, and Repertory Actors Theatre.  Ms. Vance has also enjoyed working internationally, particularly as Julieta in the National Tour/Spain of Romeo y Julieta, and in The Quality of Mercy: A Tour of Love Through Shakespeare’s Words in Paris, France.  

Ms. Vance serves as the Head of Performance of the Theatre Department at Seattle Pacific University.  She holds a BA in Theatre and Latin American Studies, and an MA (foreign equivalent of an MFA) from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London.  Ms. Vance is a former member of Actors’ Equity Association, and a current member of Theatre Puget Sound and the Society of Directors and Choreographers, as well as The Barrow Group in NYC. Ms. Vance has received numerous distinctions, particularly inclusion in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among American Women, the 2012 edition of Who’s Who Among Professionals, and several Footlight Awards.  Her favorite distinction remains wife of Sam Vance, and proud Mommy of Max, Echo, and Zoe.

Produced plays include Le Club Noel at Taproot Theatre Company, and LAUGH:  A One Woman Show at the Seattle Fringe Festival.  She has also collaborated with husband Sam Vance on the creation and direction of many original works including Youth of a Nation, Inside Out, and One More Day.  

  Emma Heesacker - Stage Director   Emma is a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University, where she majored in Business administration and minored in Theatre. She’s looking forward to finding out what the future has to offer, and is simply delighted to be a part of this reading! Some of her favorite roles on the SPU stage include Rosaline in  Loves’s Labour’s Lost,  Mrs. Fairfax in  Jane Eyre: The Musical,  and Melibea/Isabelle/Hippolyta in  The Illusion . She was also seen as Deirdre McDavy in  I Hate Hamlet  at the Hillsboro Artist’s Regional Theater.

Emma Heesacker - Stage Director

Emma is a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University, where she majored in Business administration and minored in Theatre. She’s looking forward to finding out what the future has to offer, and is simply delighted to be a part of this reading! Some of her favorite roles on the SPU stage include Rosaline in Loves’s Labour’s Lost, Mrs. Fairfax in Jane Eyre: The Musical, and Melibea/Isabelle/Hippolyta in The Illusion. She was also seen as Deirdre McDavy in I Hate Hamlet at the Hillsboro Artist’s Regional Theater.

  Andrew Davies  studied theatre performance at Seattle Pacific University, and is excited for the opportunity to work with Candace again on this new work. Previous work includes  Love Train  (MADhouse productions),  I’ll be Home for Christmas  (Taproot Theatre Company),  Talley’s Folly  and  Elephant’s Graveyard  (SPU Theatre).

Andrew Davies studied theatre performance at Seattle Pacific University, and is excited for the opportunity to work with Candace again on this new work. Previous work includes Love Train (MADhouse productions), I’ll be Home for Christmas (Taproot Theatre Company), Talley’s Folly and Elephant’s Graveyard (SPU Theatre).

  Ben Hazen  is very excited to participate in his first Staged Reading.  He enjoys reading fiction, has extensive knowledge of the Marvel Expanded Universe and Star Wars mythology, and likes to watch Doctor Who.  He hopes someday to learn to play the bongos and to dance (but not necessarily simultaneously).  His favorite color is red, and he loves to laugh. 

Ben Hazen is very excited to participate in his first Staged Reading.  He enjoys reading fiction, has extensive knowledge of the Marvel Expanded Universe and Star Wars mythology, and likes to watch Doctor Who.  He hopes someday to learn to play the bongos and to dance (but not necessarily simultaneously).  His favorite color is red, and he loves to laugh. 

  Lance Valdez  graduated from Seattle Pacific University with an emphasis in Theatre Performance. Some of his recent credits include Kahekili in Forward Flux's production of N o More Sad Things,  and Don Price in  Big Fish the Musical  at Bainbridge Performing Arts.  Other credits include  Elephants Graveyard  (Seattle Pacific University),  The Wedding Gift  (Forward Flux), and  Charlie Brown Christmas  (SecondStory Repertory).

Lance Valdez graduated from Seattle Pacific University with an emphasis in Theatre Performance. Some of his recent credits include Kahekili in Forward Flux's production of No More Sad Things, and Don Price in Big Fish the Musical at Bainbridge Performing Arts.  Other credits include Elephants Graveyard (Seattle Pacific University), The Wedding Gift (Forward Flux), and Charlie Brown Christmas (SecondStory Repertory).

  Eli Sheffield  is from Shoreline, WA. His favorite subjects are math, reading and social studies. In his spare time, Eli enjoys learning karate.

Eli Sheffield is from Shoreline, WA. His favorite subjects are math, reading and social studies. In his spare time, Eli enjoys learning karate.


September 14, 2018 Preview: Thank you For Breastfeeding by Ashley Arai

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Eliza’s perfect plan for a natural childbirth is threatened when she discovers her baby is breech. With only a few weeks until her due date, Eliza must decide how far she will go to avoid a dreaded c-section and who she should trust as she navigates the complex business of giving birth--her doctor, her doula or herself? Intimate and funny, Thank You For Breastfeeding delves into the fears of expectant parents as they prepare for the birth of their first child.

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