What’s happening at Driftwood Players: THUGS, First Dibs and an EPIC fundraiser
Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.
THUGS: A Musical Mafiasco
Friday, April 18 ~ 8 p.m.
Mafiasco?? You know how much I love wordy-smiths so news of this cleverly titled play shot off the page at me like a flying cannoli.
The Driftwood Players chose “THUGS: A Musical Mafiasco” by David Tucker (lyrics by Kim Douglass and D. Richard Tucker) as its early-spring production. The musical is directed by Ted Jaquith, with musical direction by Mark Press.
From the playbill: Its 1929, and two thugs are banished from Chicago’s gangland community and find work in the lazy town of Shady Groves, as body guards for a man and a woman, both disguised as the late Anthony Sartori. Added to this are two feuding crime lords, their lovesick children, and an effeminate hit man, resulting in a whirlwind of mistaken identity. Inspired by Goldoni’s “Servant of Two Masters,” this new musical comedy features such soon-to-be classic tunes as We Gotta Whack Him, Badda Boom, Badda Bing, and Some Day (Like Bonnie and Clyde). See why it was laughter that made the Roaring Twenties roar.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays ~ 8 p.m.
Sunday Matinee ~ 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at the theatre company’s website www.driftwoodplayers.com or by calling 425-774-9600.
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First Draft: The Passion of the Bobby
Sunday, April 27 ~ 7 p.m.
Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.
Written by playwright Christopher Bailey, directed by Carissa Meisner Smit this work-in-progress covers “the final feverish months of Bobby Kennedy’s campaign for the president in 1968, from the April 4 murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., to his own shooting on June 5. Through personal episodes, the play explores the issues Kennedy confronted in his quest for the White House–from Vietnam to riots to racial discrimination–and, despite the tragic ending, offers hope that the impossible can still be accomplished.
Sunday’s First Draft reading will feature actors Terry Boyd, Dawn Cornell, Laura Crouch, Rik Deskin (Actor’s Equity), Jordan Fermstad, Cindy Giese French, Thomas Glass, Austin Gregory, James Lyle, Dan Niven, Gaelen Poage, John Ruoff, and Asa Sholdez.
“First Draft” is a collaborative process that includes playwright, actors, and audience, involving all in “the creative process of bringing a new play to life. Actors present the play as a staged-reading. Afterwards, a moderated Q&A session and discussion with the dramatist and audience continues to explore the work.”
Production details are available here.
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Wade James Theatre opens its doors to
EPIC Group Writers
Fundraising Event slated!
Monday, April 28 ~ 7:30 p.m.
From the artist’s website: Beginning with his first concert in Rome in 1979, Seattle-based, award winning, Segovia-trained guitar artist/composer Andre Feriante has performed for over three decades in Europe, S. America and throughout the U.S., bringing his sensual, contemporary sound to an otherwise traditional genre. His creative blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles, speaks to people from all walks of life. In recent years Feriante has garnered rave reviews for applying his innovative approach and guitar mastery to the ukulele and the nylon stringed banjo. In concert Feriante will take you on an inspiring musical journey with original music, classical and jazz standards, vocals in Italian, and poetry over guitar.
Advance tickets are $15, available at http://www.epicgroupwriters.com You may also purchase tickets at the door for $20 the night of the concert.
— By Emily Hill