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    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    The Feast

    I'll confess-I've gone back and forth a number of times on a "way in" to this production that honors its complexity without implying discordance. Ultimately I found best way to approach the script by young playwright Celine Song is the both/and.  It's both narrative and experimental, a dining room drama and play about big ideas, both squirmingly morbid and goofily funny.

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    Times Change

    So this NY Times article says that college education is so expensive because of increases in administrative costs, not because of decreasing state support.

    Slate rebuts, saying it IS because of declining state support, but still talks about "administrative bloat."

    However, neither take into account the realities of higher education today. Think pieces like these love to tout the anecdotes that our grandparents or even parents could go to college on their savings from their summer jobs, yada yada.

    What is never really outlined is that anything other than instructional functions are labeled administrative.  Anything. So when you're referring to administration, it's not just the Assistant to the Associate Vice Provost or whatever is the conventional wisdom, it's the oh, let's say, ENTIRE information technology unit that didn't exist when our grandparents went to college.   It's the army of academic advisors that help students figure out what's a VPLA versus a W versus a linked versus a global studies requirement.  It's the financial aid offices that help students figure out Pell grants and federal work study and state work study and everything else.  Health Centers are non-instructional.  Libraries have non-instructional budgets, and you know what, online databases and subscriptions cost money.

    Higher education is orders of magnitude more complex than it was in 1960 (why is that the banner year for comparison?) and complaining about non-instructional budgets just demonstrates a lack of understanding of how college actually works.  We could go back to using typewriters and course catalogs of 57 courses total, sure. That would get costs back down. But who would want to?

    Happy Opening Day!

    Go Mariners!

    Sunday, March 29, 2015


    What does a poet do but
    Grasp the dust motes or leviathan
    In trembling fingers
    Pulls out her own heart fibers
    To use as wrapping ribbon
    While dripping tears of pride
    Offers it to say
    This was mine
    But now it's yours.

    Photo from ihatefog Flickr.

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    The Feast-MAP Theatre

    I can't wait to see this!  I missed Peggy Gannon's performance in Blood Relations, so I'm really looking forward to seeing her on stage in The Feast.  Plus, lady playwright w00t w00t!

    A new play by Celine Song
    Directed by Aimée Bruneau

    WHO:  MAP Theatre 
    WHAT:  The Feast, a new play by Celine Song
    WHEN:  May 1st to May 16th, 2015
    Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00pm
    Industry Night Monday, May 11th, 2015
    WHY: To give you a little something for your mind to nibble on
    WHERE:  The Schmee, 
    2125 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
    TICKETS: All tickets are Name-Your-Own-Price available at Brown Paper Tickets.

    When all meat mysteriously turns to rot, ours becomes a world populated with reluctant vegetarians. Four hungry dinner guests impatiently await a latecomer to the table. As the hour grows late and stomachs begin to howl, the traces of civilization turn to decay. Sensual as it is grotesque, foul as it is funny, The Feast is a biting satire that serves up a heady repast straight from the kitchens of our darkest desires.

    “I wrote The Feast after conversations with friends over many meals; and it articulates as best I can what baffles me about hunger and consumption, animals and civilization, intimacy and cruelty, bodies and aging, privilege and love,” says playwright Celine Song. “Initially I wrote this play to explore why I am so unpleasant to be around when I am hungry. I finished it when I realized that smiling distorts people's faces like a snarl.”

    “When we desire what we can't have, we seek substitutes,” says director, Aimée Bruneau. “But we still feel empty; we're not fooled.  We feel anger; we blame; and we insist on feeling full. In this land of plenty, hunger and want are simply unacceptable.  The Feast asks, ‘If our collective first-world desire to be constantly satiated is so strong, how far are we from anarchy?’”

    The Feast is directed by Aimée Bruneau (Radial Theatre Project’s Aisle 9 and Seattle Shakespeare Company’s The Taming of the Shrew) and features the acting talents of Mark Fullerton (MAP’s Soft Click of a Switch), Peggy Gannon (Sound Theatre Company’s Blood Relations), Mia Morris (Open Circle’s The Balcony) and Brandon Ryan (MAP’s Soft Click of a Switch).

    The Feast is designed by Maggie Lee (Lights), Shane Regan (Graphic Design), Jodi Sauerbier (Props), KD Schill (Costumes), Joseph Swartz (Sound), Suzi Tucker (Set), and stage managed by Sarah Bixler

    Thursday, April 30th8:00pm-PREVIEW
    Friday, May 1st @ 8:00pm-OPENING NIGHT
    Saturday, May 2nd @ 8:00pm
    Thursday, May 7th @ 8:00pm
    Friday, May 8th @ 8:00pm
    Saturday, May 9th 8:00pm
    Monday, May 11th 8:00pm-INDUSTRY NIGHT
    Thursday, May 14th @ 8:00pm
    Friday, May 15th @ 8:00pm
    Saturday, May 16th @ 8:00pm-CLOSING NIGHT

    All Performances held at The Schmee, 2125 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

    MAP Theatre is a nomadic, independent, not-for-profit producing company with strong ties and deep roots in the Seattle community. MAP's goal is to relish the creative journey from process to product and continuously push the boundaries of traditional theatre by busting the stereotypes of what theatre is for. With that always in mind, MAP actively strives to reduce the barriers to live theatre. MAP is led by Artistic Director Brandon Ryan and Producing Director Peggy Gannon.
    Twitter: @MAP_Theatre