Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sophie by Bryan Willis

Olympia Family Theater presents a special performance of Sophie
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An uplifting play based on Sophie Large’s extraordinary writings, many of which are published widely in the acclaimed book Sophie’s Log.  From her earliest childhood, Sophie used to write about things and events and people that interested her, and as she became older she often wrote as well about her own thoughts and feelings. This one-act show takes place at an outdoor railway station, where a young Sophie (age 13) talks with her older self (age 19).

At age 19, the talented Sophie was due to direct and produce a play at the Edinburgh Fringe (Scotland) but died before this ambition could be realized. In the ensuing weeks her family decided to found a charity in Sophie’s name to give financial support to needy students of acting and of singing – ‘Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund’. The charity published a book of Sophie’s own writings entitled ‘Sophie’s Log – thoughts and feelings in poetry and prose’. A few years later the trustees commissioned a playwright to write a short play based on Sophie’s Log.

Written by local Olympia playwright, Bryan Willis, Sophie premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2002 and was adapted as a radio play two years later for broadcasting on BBC Radio 4, as an Afternoon Theatre play.

“Funny, moving, true,”
–Sue Roberts, BBC Radio
“A definite must-see,”
–Zoe Green, The Scotsman

Directed by Charlotte Tiencken & Stephen Floyd
A one-act show
Runtime: 50 minutes
Recommended for ages 12+
This production premiered on Vashon Island and was recently featured at the International Theater Festival in Shenzhen, China.

All seats: $10

Sunday, February 25th at 2pm

Our lobby will open 1 hour before show time.
Recommended for ages 12+


All seats are $10
Available anytime online:
Box Office Walk-up: 1 hours before performance


Olympia Family Theater • 612 4th Ave E • Olympia, WA 98501 • (360) 570-1638

Creative Colloquy and Spaceworks Tacoma holding Literary Reading and Open Mic

In support of TRANSFORMation
Transforming the Theater District

On Thursday, February 22, 6–8pm, Creative Colloquy will hold a free public literary event focused on the future TRANSFORMation of the Theater District. Literary readings about the proposed revitalization will be shared by six local writers, with talk-back encouraged. Light refreshments will be served. The event will be held at the Pythian Temple, 926 1/2 Broadway, Tacoma. ADA entrance on Court C.

TRANSFORM is a project initiated in 2017 by Pierce Transit, City of Tacoma and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, aimed at revitalizing Tacoma’s Theater District. These three project partners are committed to working with the community to develop a plan to redesign the transportation and cultural hub framed by 9th and 11th Streets between Broadway and Pacific Avenue into a vibrant district at the heart of downtown.

“What we want to end up with is a plan that sparks change, and makes this district better for our transit riders, theater-goers, residents, workers – everyone who cares about this district. So, while we get entertained by some cool local artists, we’ll also be checking in to see if our plan is headed in the right direction.” Janine Robinson, Senior Planner, Pierce Transit

This free community event, produced by Spaceworks Tacoma, will include a presentation of TRANSFORM plan progress; Creative Colloquy readings of creative non-fiction, essays, and poetry; an open mic at which the public can share their ideas. Featured writers include Moe’Neyah Holland, J Anne Fullerton, Blaine Johnson, Christina Butcher, Daniel Person, and Anita Schwedder.

Facebook RSVPs are encouraged, however no registration is required. To join the event on Facebook, visit

“This event will be a unique and entertaining way for the community to provide us feedback,” said Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager. “We are excited to hear from people who care about downtown and the future of our Theater District.”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Colonial Walk Overwhelms

Minoosh Zomorodinia at Feast Art Center
by Alec Clayton
Published in the Weekly Volcano, Feb. 8, 2018
 “Land Mark” paper sculpture with projection by Minoosh Zomorodinia, photo by Alec Clayton
Much has been written online and elsewhere about Minoosh Zomorodinia’s Colonial Walk, an art installation and gallery exhibition, parts of which are on display at Feast Art Center. According to the gallery website at it is a project in process that investigates the relationship between the self and the natural environment, explaining: “Meditating on the ways immigrants can or cannot make home in the United States, Zomorodinia  takes dérives (or psychogeographic walks) through nature, mapping her routes with geographical information systems (GIS) software and other programs. The videos taken along her routes are then reconstructed intro abstract pathways, and are projected onto larger sculptural forms.”
The dominant feature of the installation is a sculpture in paper, tape and wire of a geologic formation that stands about eight feet tall in the center of the room and upon which is projected images of rock formations. It is called “Land Mark.” The structure is circular and open on one side so visitors can view it from all sides, inside and out. The projected images land on the sculpture and on the wall behind it — actually the front wall of the gallery, with windows covered. The projected image permeates the entire room with muted gray, pink and violet sunset colors and creates optical movement such as in moiré patterns. If you watch closely while someone steps inside this sculpture, you can see the walls close in on them. Whether this is an optical illusion or actual movement is debatable, but since it is made of light materials that hang from the ceiling, it is likely that the wind created by the entering body makes the walls move.
There is a dreamlike feel to the combined sculpture and video projection that is meditative and fascinating. It calls for close study of the many details from the grid pattern (which could be printed on or woven into the paper or projected onto it, it’s impossible to tell which) to the changing colors and the interaction of huge and minute shapes both positive and negative.
If this central piece were the only thing in the exhibition, immersing oneself into the experience of walking around and into it would be a transportive experience in itself. But wait, there’s more. 
On one wall is what appears at first glance to be a series of graphite drawings of jagged forms like crushed paper airplanes or abstract images of birds in flight done directly on the wall. It is called “Missile Map” — a title that hints at a possible more sinister meaning. Upon close inspection it is revealed to be a series of three-dimensional drawings in bent wire and paper strips suspended in front of the wall upon which are dark marks like pentimenti strokes that might be cast shadows or actual marks on the wall. As with the grids on “Land Mark,” it is impossible to tell.
Also included are a small wall-hung sculpture with projected light images, a video, and a series of digital prints from similar sculptural pieces.
As indicated in wall texts and other sources, there is much meaning inherent in these pieces which I’m not sure I fully comprehend, but for me it is enough that it is an almost overwhelming visual and sensory experience.
Minoosh Zomorodinia’s Colonial Walk, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, and by appointment, through March 10, Feast Arts Center, 1402 S. 11th St., Tacoma, 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Lakewood Playhouse run-raiser and season reveal preview party


Sunday, February 18th at 6:00pm

The LAKEWOOD PLAYHOUSE is having a PARTY to ANNOUNCE and PREVIEW Our Upcoming 80th SEASON of SHOWS and You are Invited!  Doors open, and Silent Auction begins, at 6:00pm on Sunday, February 18th, 2018.  The Preview Party kicks into high gear at 6:30pm

JOIN US for a very special night as we announce the 6 Shows, and 2 Bonus Shows, of our Historic 80th Season!

It’s a huge evening of Fun, Prizes and TWO SONGS from NEXT SEASON’S MUSICALS Performed by an ALL-STAR LineUp of Returning Cast Members from our past Hit Musicals – PIRATES of PENZANCEAVENUE QTHE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, OLIVER and AMERICAN IDIOT!  This Celebration will also serve as the 2nd Annual Fundraiser for your Playhouse! A special gathering with a Wine, phenomenal Silent Auction Items and Live Auction items such as VIP TICKETS to the RAINIERS with Refreshments and a Tour of the Field, a Private Get-away at CEDARBROOK LODGE, Tickets to the Northwest Premier of Disney’s HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at the 5th AVENUE, a Luxury Stay at SNOWATER RESORT at Mount Baker, a WALK ON ROLE in Next Season’s LiT SPOTLIGHT SHOW and much, much more!

We will also be having another 50/50 RAFFLE!  Last year’s Winner won over $700.00!

PLUS – We are thrilled to announce that this year’s PLAYHOUSE PREVIEW PARTY will once again have Light Appetizers provided by CARR'S RESTAURANT & CATERING!

All Proceeds from Ticket Sales will go to benefit the Lakewood Playhouse Annual “FRIENDS FUND” which goes to keep our costs down at the Theatre.  Our Theme for this year’s Fun-Raiser is “THIS OLD HOUSE” because we will also be raising funds to help upgrade areas in this Old House we call our Home – The Lakewood Playhouse!  This year we are focusing on two areas: UPGRADING OUR BATHROOMS and NEW BODY MICROPHONES for Our Actors to Wear during Musicals!  Both areas are at the top of the “Wish List” of Our Patrons!

Ticket Prices are: $25.00 (and includes appetizers and apple cider), $50.00 (and includes appetizers, apple cider and a glass of wine for adults), $75.00 (and includes appetizers, apple cider and two glasses of wine for adults) and a limited number of VIP TABLES which seat six each and a special surprise, light appetizers and two bottles of wine.  There are only five tables left and these are going very quickly!

TICKETS are AVAILABLE ONLINE at or can be purchased by CALLING Our BOX OFFICE at (253) 588-0042.

VIP TABLES can be purchased through contacting our BOX OFFICE ONLY at (253) 588-0042 or while visiting during our normal box office hours.