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UW Drama Presents THE SOUND & THE FURY, Panel On Sound Design

The actors' voices are not all you hear in a theatrical production. In most cases there is an array of other sounds too-recorded or live music that is incidental or central to the action, special effects ranging from the subtle to the monumental. The artist responsible for all this is the sound designer, and the Northwest is home to some superlative ones. In this third State of the Theatre forum, four sound designers will discuss the nature and practice of their work, and play audio and video samples of what they do best.

The panel will include Gregory Award winner Robertson Witmer, whose sound and music have graced productions for Seattle Shakespeare Company, ACT Theatre, and Abbey Theatre Dublin; Portland-based Sharath Patel, who has designed shows in Seattle, Portland, Boston, England, Romania and elsewhere; Dominic CodyKramers, a theater educator at Seattle University whose sound designs include many for ACT Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre; and Johanna Melamed, who has created sound schemes for productions by eSe Teatro and Pork Filled Players, among other companies in and beyond Seattle, and scores for animations by visual and media artist Barbara Robertson.


Critic and educator Misha Berson helms State of the Theatre: Seattle Artists in Conversation, a three-part series of free panel discussions with working Seattle theatre artists.

What are the current trends, enthusiasms and controversies in Seattle theatre? What is brewing in the creative minds of local directors, designers, performers, and other theatre artists right now?

To explore these questions, the University of Washington School of Drama will host three free panel discussions on the current state of Seattle theatre. The series will offer a rare opportunity for theatre practitioners, patrons, and other interested members of the extended community to share thoughts and ideas on the art form as we begin a new year.

Each event will feature a panel of accomplished local stage artists and an open discussion with attendees. Series co-producer Misha Berson will be the moderator of each event.

All events take place at:
Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse, 4045 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
All events are free and open to the public.


The Sound and the Fury
Monday April 30, 2018
7 PM
Seattle boasts a wealth of excellent theatrical sound designers. This discussion will center on the art of employing sound in the theater, including the aesthetic and technical challenges of weaving soundscapes into contemporary productions.
Panelists: Robertson Witmer (Seattle Shakespeare Company, ACT Theatre and Abbey Theatre Dublin), Sharath Patel (shows in Seattle, Portland, Boston, England, and beyond), Dominic CodyKramer (theater educator at Seattle University; ACT Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre), Johanna Melamed (eSe Teatro, Pork-Filled Players) and Barbara Robertson (visual and media artist).

Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse
4045 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
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The UW School of Drama develops innovative and courageous artists and scholars poised to be the creative leaders of tomorrow.

For 76 years it has served as one of this country's leading training institutions for theatre artists and scholars. The School of Drama offers MFA degrees in acting, design, and directing, a four-year undergraduate liberal arts education in Drama, and a PhD in theatre history and criticism. Faculty and alumni have founded theatres such as ACT Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Empty Space Theatre, Jet City Improv, and more recently, the Washington Ensemble Theatre, Azeotrope, and The Horse in Motion. The School of Drama is a laboratory for leading-edge performance research, attracting internationally renowned guest artists like Anne Washburn, Daniel Alexander Jones, Erik Ehn, Meiyin Wang, Chay Yew, Whit MacLaughlin, and PearlDamour, offering students the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from masters in their field and forge critical connections to the world of professional theatre.


Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika
By Tony Kushner
Directed by Mark Valdez, guest director

Part two of Tony Kushner's epic tale of AIDS in 1980s America begins in a ruined place where the old orders are splintering and everything-and everyone-has come apart. Prior Walter is a prophet, and now the "great work" of rebuilding this devastated world can begin. We meet characters who, having faced annihilation, must now confront their own stubborn indestructability. Profoundly funny, magnificently theatrical, and startlingly timely, Perestroika is a story about locating hope in the midst of chaos. The New York Times called it "a true millennial work of art, uplifting, hugely comic and pantheistically religious in a very American style."

Dates: April 27-May 6 (Previews April 24 & 26)
Location: Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse Theatre
Tickets: $5 - $20
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Goldie, Max and Milk
By Karen Hartman
Directed by Allison Narver

Max, a single lesbian, just gave birth. She's unemployed, with a house that's falling apart, an ex on the loose, and no clue how to nurse her newborn. Can Goldie, an Orthodox Jewish lactation consultant, guide Max into motherhood? Or will conflicting family values get the better of them both? Playwright and UW Drama Senior Artist-in-Residence Karen Hartman makes her UW Drama debut with this hilarious, surprising, and deeply human play. The Palm Beach New Times says, "No synopsis could adequately preview playwright Karen Hartman's wicked gift for language."

Dates: May 25 - June 3 (Previews May 22 & 24)
Location: Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre, University of Washington
Tickets: $5 - $20
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