Join us July 25th, 2019

Please note our new dates for 2019: Readings will be held on the fourth Thursdays of each month.

At Palace Theatre & Art Bar, Seattle

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Fur Pajamas

Book & Lyrics by David Ceci and Music by John Allman

Nigel is an aging British rocker whose music career peaked in the ‘80s with his New Wave one-hit wonder band, Fur Pajamas. For a number of reasons, Nigel is desperate to regain fame and fortune. Along the way, he runs into several people from his past – Peter, a resentful ex- band mate; Eva Jean, an ex-wife who has moved on; and Claudia, an ex-girlfriend who hasn’t. Working together with Andi, his young and inexperienced agent, will Nigel be able to reconcile with his past as he tries to ‘make it big again?’

Director - Harry Turpin
Stage Manager - Valerie Reid
Stage Directions - Jasmine Joshua
ANDREA WILSON - Melissa Maañao
PETER BERTUCCI - Russell Matthews
EVA JEAN BARNES - Michelle Blackmon
ZACH POWELL - Graham Arthur Blair
DENISE MAXWELL - Noel Pederson
MAITRE D - Melissa Dowell
CLAUDIA RICHTER - Ellen Dessler Smith

Join us on Thursday July 25th, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Palace Theatre & Art Bar, located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood at 5813 Airport Way South, Seattle 98108. Beer, wine, and cider will be available for purchase before and after the show, and during intermission.

Suggested donation of $10.

Creative Team

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David Ceci

David Ceci is a NYC-based playwright, lyricist and short story writer originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Along with his collaborator, composer John Allman, he is pleased to unveil his first full-length musical this summer with the much-appreciated support of the Seattle Playwrights Salon. He has studied at the Dramatists Guild Institute, the New York Musicals Festival (NYMF), and Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). His work has been performed in NYC at The Green Room 42 as part of NYMF, Jimmy’s No. 43 through ESPA’s Detention Series, and with The PlayGround Experiment during their Drop; Give Me 10. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwrights’ Center, Theater Resources Unlimited, and the Committee on Theater and Performing Arts of the New York State Bar Association. He earned a BA from Creighton University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin.

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John Allman

John Allman wrote music and lyrics for three childrenʼs musicals, including The Snow Queen, A Fluffy Tale of Adventure, Alice in Wonderland, and most recently, wrote the music for Sparkle Fairyʼs School for Formerly Vile Villains - all produced at SecondStory Repertory in Redmond since 2015. He was music director for a reading of his short sung-through adaptation of Edgar Allan Poeʼs House of Usher at the Palace in October 2017, in an evening of short plays presented by Seattle Playwrights Salon. John is thrilled and humbled to be composer and music director for this reading of his first full-length musical, Fur Pajamas, with book and lyrics by David Ceci.

A developmental workshop of his Alice in Wonderland, titled The Mask of Alice was presented at the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM, co-sponsored by Santa Fe Opera Education Department. He also wrote vocal and incidental music for productions of Henry V and Agamemnon at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company in New York City. John is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. He has received ASCAP Panel Awards and a grant from Meet the Composer. John has also been music director for many productions in and around the Seattle area, including readings and shows at Village Theatre Originals, Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Seattle Musical Theater, SecondStory Repertory, Showtunes! and Lyric Light Opera.

Many thanks to Margaret OʼDonnell and SPS for making this reading possible; thanks to Dave for sharing with me his vision of Fur Pajamas, and thanks to Dramatists Guild for inviting me to the event in NYC where this collaboration began. Thanks to Harry and Val for joining us on the journey!

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Harry Turpin

Harry has been involved in the theatre community for over 20 years as a performer, director, and choreographer. He has worked on both local and national levels, with appearances and work seen at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and Reboot Theatre Company, where he currently serves as president of the board.

As a director/choreographer, Harry’s body of work includes productions of The Who’s Tommy(Bway World Winner: Best Director/Best Choreographer), Sweet Charity (Bway World nom: Best Director, Best Choreography), Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls (Bway World nom: Best Choreography) and Becoming More Less Crazy (Winner: Best of the Fest, Seattle Fringe). Other directing/choreography credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Winner: Gregory Award (People’s Choice) Outstanding Director, Oustanding Production Musical), Fly By Night (Bway World nom: Best Director. Bway world winner: Best Ensemble), White Christmas, Anything Goes, Once On This Island, I Hate Hamlet, Waiting for Alice, Flat Stanley,and The Wizard of Oz. Other productions include The Pajama Game, All Shook Up, Beauty and the Beast, Hello, Dolly!, Legally Blonde, The Music Man, City of Angels, multiple productions of Bye, Bye, Birdie!, as well as productions of Grease, West Side Story, and The Gifts of the Magi. Upcoming productions include this fall’s Elephant and Piggy: We Are In A Play, with productions of Beehive!, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Hair, all produced in 2020. For more information, visit, or find him on Facebook. Go see live theatre!

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Valerie Reid

Valerie Reid is excited to be working with Seattle Playwrights Salon and on this wonderful new piece. Though Valerie loves theater you will never see her on stage; her passion lies in the technical side including stage managing, prop design and set design. Most recently Valerie has stage managed All That Glitters (Village Kidstage), Once on this Island and Legally Blonde (Twelfth Night Productions).



Melissa Maañao

Melissa Maañao is thrilled to be a part of Seattle Playwrights Salon this month! Favorite past credits include Cynthia/Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Bainbridge Performing Arts), Judy Bernly in 9 to 5 the Musical (Seattle Musical Theatre), and Janet in Rocky Horror Show (Harlequin Productions). Melissa has also performed at Cafe Nordo, Village Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Majestic Lines and Azamara Cruises.


Russell Matthews

Russell Matthews has been performing in theaters across the country since 2009. He’s worked with regional theaters (The Candlelight Theater, The Lost Colony, Music of Denali) and on 7 national tours with The Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Since moving to the Seattle area he’s worked with Twelfth Night Productions, Green Stage, and The Fern Shakespeare company. Some recent roles include Dan in Next to Normal (TNP) and Lord Riddles in Bat-Hamlet (Fern).


Michelle Blackmon

Michelle is excited to be working with Harry and Val again with this production of Fur Pajamas. Previous appearances include Agwe in Once on This Island, Feste the Fool in Twelfth Night, the Wicked Witch in Shrek the Musical, and as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray at Twelfth Night Productions; Ticey in The Darker Face of the Earth, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Death in Blood Wedding, Woman #2 in From the Mississippi Delta, Abess in Comedy of Errors, and Delia/Missy May in Spunk at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Alice #3 in A...My Name Is Alice at The Group Theatre; Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors at ACT; Miss Pat in The Colored Museum at the Empty Space Theatre; Ensemble in Shall We Dance? and Say It With Music at The Bathhouse Theatre; Ensemble in Perfectly Frank at Tacoma Actor’s Guild; and Grey the wolf cub/Kaa the Snake in Jungal Book, The Snow Queen in The Snow Queen, Miss Kitty in Pinocchio, and Clara/Biddy in Great Expectations at Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Michelle has also worked as an Artist-In-Residence and Theatre Workshop Instructor for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle City Light, McClure Middle School, Coyote Jr. High School, Seattle and King County (4Culture) Arts Commissions, Seattle Summer Youth Employment Program, Pacific Arts Center, Southeast YMCA, and Howard University Children’s Theatre Program in Washington, DC. She has performed in the Soviet Union as part of a cultural arts exchange, taught acting for the Sign Language program at Seattle Central Community College and worked as a Community Ambassador for the Seattle Repertory Theatre.


Graham Arthur Blair

Graham Arthur Blair is excited to bring Zach Powell to life in this reading! Past favorite credits include Emmett in Legally Blonde with Twelfth Night Productions, Robert in Boeing Boeing at SecondStory Repertory, as well as the brother Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Seattle Musical Theatre. When he’s not too busy juggling theater and work, he spends his time brewing beer and cider in his garage, and singing until closing time at late-night karaoke bars.


Noel Pederson

Noel Pederson is an actress, filmmaker, and photographer who spent several years performing around the country with such companies as Princess Cruises, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and The National Theatre for Children. She now calls Seattle home and works in marketing at Village Theatre during the day. She was most recently seen as Nikki Crandall in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Centerstage Theatre) and Ulla in The Producers (Seattle Musical Theatre).


Melissa Dowell

Melissa is excited to be a part of this brand new work: Fur Pajamas! She also likes the sound of having a pair of fur pajamas, though maybe not in July. Melissa's recent Seattle credits include Gretchen in Boeing Boeing (SSR), DA Joyce Riley in Legally Blonde (Twelfth Night), and Hold Me Touch Me in The Producers (SMT). She would like to thank Jordan for sharing his coffee every morning on the way to work.


Ellen Dessler Smith

Ellen is excited to be part of this wonderful new work. Last seen as Interplanet Janet and others in Schoolhouse Rock Live! at ReAct theatre. Favorite roles have been The Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone at Bainbridge Performing Arts, Paulette in Legally Blonde at SMT, and Lala Levy in Last Night at Ballyhoo at Second Story Repertory. You can also catch her as the emcee at Seattle Center (Movies at the Mural and Winterfest NYE!) Much love to her new husband David, their pups (K&D), and her supportive family and friends.


Doug Fahl

Doug Fahl (Nigel) is super stoked to tackle another reading with Harry and John. Previous favorite shows include: Billy Elliot, Curious Incident..., and Beauty & the Beast (Village Theater); Cabaret, 9-to-5, and Tommy (SMT); Little Shop of Horrors and Bye Bye Birdie (Secondstory Rep); Into the Woods (Stage
Right); Shipwrecked! (ArtsWest); and Great Gatsby (Seattle Rep). He was nominated for a Gregory Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Pride (Theatre22). Doug also operates a YouTube Channel for Actors called Augmented Actor.

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Jasmine Joshua

is the Artistic Director of the Gregory Award-winning Reboot Theatre Company whose mission is to test new interpretations of established works through nontraditional casting and design. They are a local writer, director, and actor, having been seen on the stages of Intiman, Book-It, Annex, STAGEright, Seattle Musical Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts, and more. They are currently workshopping a transgender musical with The 5th Avenue Theatre's First Draft Program. Jasmine graduated magna cum laude from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Jewish Studies. They studied acting at the Larry Moss Studio and improv with the Groundlings in Los Angeles. In a former life, Jasmine worked as a senior publicist in one of the top theatrical PR firms in the Bay Area, where they represented clients such as TheatreWorks, Smuin Ballet, Opera San Jose, various touring Broadway shows, and Monster Jam (yes, the monster truck rally), among others. Jasmine will be directing the Nordo Christmas show later this year and CABARET in Spring 2020 at Reboot Theatre Company

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In September 2018, the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico requested assistance from the FBI to evacuate personnel from their observatory and the surrounding area. The site remained closed for eleven days, sparking rumors of alien sightings and undercover military maneuvers. Inspired by these events, GLITTER STELLAR CLUSTER imagines one Texas woman’s scheme to unravel the mysteries of the universe by interrogating an astronomer moments after he makes a pivotal discovery. When the cosmic meets the mundane, the explosion is spectacular - and glittery.

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Past Shows

We keep a complete archive of past shows at the Salon. Take a few moments to look at all of the fabulous work that has been presented on our stage since 2016.