Since I’m on the Intiman’s mailing list, I just got this note in my inbox:
Dear Friends of Intiman,Exactly a year ago the Board of Trustees invited me to be Artistic Director of this theatre. At the time it meant a promising position with an immense amount of work ahead. The schedule was tight, but the energy of those around us fueled the burning passion to fundraise, produce, organize, cast, rehearse, and open the first Intiman Theatre Festival. In only one year, in time for Intiman’s 40th anniversary, you’ve helped us create something new within the Emerald City: a vibrant and diverse summer theatre festival.I have got to tell you, straight up: this summer has sparked a new found adoration for the Intiman audience base. We knew our audiences were adventurous, but have been blown away by your willingness to try this new festival format, not to mention some out-of-the-box programming. From embracing an absurdly funny and heady new work like Dirty Story to getting on stage for jello shots in Dan Savage’s Miracle!, you’ve come along for the ride.We are proud of the work we’re presenting, and want to share this with you.We’ve got a bold, passionate, and accessible production of Romeo and Juliet that shines with clarity, and a production of Hedda Gabler that has audiences talking, debating, and asking questions. This ensemble of actors have become a family, and whether you’re seeing them up close and personal in the studio theatre, or gasping as they shake their tail (and other things) in drag, I promise you’ll be blown away by their transformations.Whether you’ve seen one or all four and want to return, you only have two more weeks to catch the rare experience of a repertory company of actors performing diverse works from the theatrical canon.The Board of Trustees, staff, and Artistic Collective are hard at work planning 2013, and in January we’ll announce our programming line-up for next year’s festival. So, we’re on our way! And, we couldn’t have done this without you.
I’m at the theatre just about every night, so please come up and introduce yourself and let me know what you think about the festival that you helped create.Sincerely,Andrew
I haven’t seen anything over there yet. I’ve had a busy, busy summer so far, and it looks like I won’t be able to make it to the festival.
In the meantime, I did go see “Kittens in a Cage” at Annex Theatre last weekend. It is a combination of 1950’s trashy lesbians-in-jail pulp novels, and that same era’s terrible scifi horror, a la MST3K. I don’t know what else to say, other than go see that show. Wow, hugely offensive but also successfully funny.
I also hear 99 Layoffs is great. So, you know, support smaller local theatre, as usual.