Theater Schmeater Announced Lineup for The Nomad Season
The decision to leave Belltown was not made easily. The theater's board and directors knew that giving up their own space to become a nomadic theater was a risk that would come with many challenges, but the cost of occupying the Belltown space was rapidly increasing to more than the income from a 50-seat theater could sustain. Theater Schmeater's Board President Rachel Sorrels notes that Because we value our artists and the art we put on the stage above everything else, we are willing to Take That risk and face those challenges. Acting artistic director Andrew Shanks calls this a time of change and renewal for us as a company.
The Nomad Season, is a moniker taken from the fact that this is Theater Schmeater's first season ever without their own physical space. This season deals with themes of miscommunication, finding yourself, and equality. The lineup includes the Northwest Premiere of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, the family-friendly mashup of Aesop's fables The Fabulous Fable Factory, and the body-positivity anthem Such A Pretty Face. These dynamic shows will help Theater Schmeater to blaze a new trail while still preserving the legacy of the beloved theater company.
Those familiar with Theater Schmeater will notice another big change this season: the absence of The Twilight Zone: Live! After many years of productive collaboration, CBS has decided not to renew the rights to this live version of the show. They will be taking The Twilight Zone into other artistic directions, including a London stage production and a television reboot headed by Jordan Peele. While the artistic and administrative staff of the theater are sad to lose this fan favorite, they wish CBS and The Twilight Zone brand nothing but the best with these exciting upcoming endeavors. This switch will provide yet another opportunity to delve into new work, and Theater Schmeater is in the process of brainstorming and creating a new, bold holiday tradition to share with its fans.
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Written by Sam Steiner Directed by Andrew Shanks and Jordan-Michael Whidbey April 20 May 4, 2019 at Seattle Public Theater in Green Lake (7312 West Green Lake Dr N) The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out. Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons imagines a world where we're forced to say less. It's about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons. Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons premiered at Warwick Arts Centre in 2015 and won three Judges' Awards at the National Student Drama Festival, before appearing at Latitude Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Camden People's Theatre, London. This will be the Northwest Premiere!
The Fabulous Fable Factory Written by Joseph Robinette Based on the musical by Joseph Robinette & Thomas Tierney Directed by D.R. Amromin FREE PARK SHOW PLAYING ALL SUMMER LONG The delightful story of an inquisitive youngster who discovers and old factory operated by Mr. Aesop and an assembly line fablemakers is coming to a Seattle park near you! Theater Schmeater's tradition of bringing free family-friendly shows to Seattle parks continues as Aesop's best-known fables including The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare and others come to life in this rousing adventure.
Such A Pretty Face Written by Sage Martin Directed by Maggie Rogers COMING THIS FALL! Such A Pretty Face is a heartfelt look at the complexities of self worth, love, and body image for plus size women via traditional dialogue and slam poetry. In a world that encourages women to downsize their volume, attitude, and pants size Holly works towards self acceptance and yearns for the courage to throw her scale out once and for all. Holly, her best friend Renee, and a chorus of larger than life women tackle self esteem, desire, weight fluctuations, and every other emotion shamed into silence that fat women feel. A World Premiere work from the superstar team of Maggie Rogers and Sage Martin, this anthem of body-positivity and equality-for-all opens this Fall!
Theater Schmeater is a small theater company in Seattle, WA. Since 1992, our mission has been to produce great plays simply, and to foster a love of theater as an art form in future audiences. Theater Schmeater produces intimate, quality theater that drives conversation and human connection through shared experiences. More information about our upcoming shows can be found at schmeater.org