Artfully Edmonds: Stars in sky on the Fourth and onstage at Driftwood

By Janette Turner

Get the dog some ear plugs because things will be exploding in the sky during the upcoming Edmonds Kind of Fourth of July.

The party, sponsored by the Hazel Miller Foundation, runs all day Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. with a Fun Run, 11:30 Children’s Parade, 12:00 main parade, 2:30 p.m. Fireman’s Waterball, 7:30 p.m. evening entertainment at the Civic Stadium and – capping it all with enough fireworks to make the dogs howl, and elicit oohs and aahs from residents.

Other goings on around town this week include improv comedy at Edmonds Community College, the Driftwood Players’ run of “No Sex Please…We’re British,” and a dance recital at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Read on for an interview with Terence Boyd, the break-out comic star in town.

ECA: Bun Up!

Students of the Washington School of Dance will perform their Spring Dance Recital June 29 and June 30 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. For those of you who wonder how they fashion their hair into a bun, the Bothell-based school posted instructions here: https://www.washingtonschoolofdance.com/performances/2012_BalletBun.pdf  Tickets $10 for general admission; shows June 29 at 7 p.m.; June 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. More info.

EdCC: Up North Comedy
Every Friday and Saturday, the Black Box Theatre on the Edmonds Community College campus hosts Seattle’s improv troupe from Unexpected Productions. If you’ve ever wanted to shout out suggestions to actors onstage, now’s your chance. Tickets at https://www.unexpectedproductions.org/

Edmonds author: Vaughn Sherman at Northgate Barnes & Noble Saturday

Vaughn Sherman

Local author and 22-year veteran of the C.I.A., Vaughn Sherman, will sign and discuss his book, “Walking the Boardwalk: Secrets of an Enjoyable Non-Profit Experience,” on Saturday, June 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Northgate Barnes & Noble, 401 NE Northgate Way #1100, Seattle. Vaughn’s book was released by his boutique publishing company, Edmonds-based Patos Island Press.

Edmonds Break-Out Star: Terence Boyd

Terence Boyd with cast member Megan Castillo.

Driftwood Players’ current show of “No Sex Please…We’re British” is drawing audience members by the bus load, or so we’ve heard. One reason is the comic performance of local-favorite Terence Boyd. My Edmonds News caught up with Boyd recently.

My Edmonds News:  Congratulations on your successful acting career, Terence. Could you please tell us about your favorite roles?

Boyd: Brian in “No Sex Please” is a big fat joy to play. My all-time favorite is a role named Hans in a play called “Sixteen Wounded,” which was independently produced in Seattle two years ago. It was about a 60-something European Jew who befriends a Palestinian youth who he finds beaten up in an alley. It was a very serious part, so I loved using that side of my brain.

My Edmonds News: Do you have any favorite lines in your current play, “No Sex Please….”?

Boyd: Yes, my favorite line is when Peter, Frances and Brian are reading the invoice with broken English for the blue films, and Brian says:  “Grateful Thankings, Good Heavens, they’re not even British.” Oddly, no one has ever laughed at this. Maybe I’m not saying it right.

My Edmonds News: Any favorite moments in the play?

Boyd: Actually my favorite moment in the play is the last bit of the “retell” after the curtain call when the actors re-enact some of their blocking and (editor’s note: we won’t reveal what happens). It is literally the last laugh.

My Edmonds News: Do you have any videos on the internet showcasing your comic abilities?

Boyd: None that I know of.

My Edmonds News: What do you aspire to do with your career?

Boyd: Well, this fall I’m cast in a production of “Our Town” with a director I’m very excited to work with. I’ve learned from (“No Sex Please…” director) Alyson (Soma) that one thing can often lead to another, so I’m excited to see what comes after that. I think of Driftwood as kind of my home theater after having done five seasons there, so I look forward to more, like the “Festival of Shorts” in July, and to working in theaters in other areas.

My Edmonds News: Do you use your comedy only for good?

Boyd: Ha! I think I’ve only used comedy for good — as far as I know anyway — but if a super hero position opened up that called for malicious mirth, I’d be tempted.
 
My Edmonds News: Thank you, Terence.

Get your dose of malicious mirth by seeing Boyd and his stellar cast mates in “No Sex Please….We’re British.” Shows run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.  https://www.driftwoodplayers.com/nowshowing.asp

Looking for events and crew: Arts Crush

Photo courtesy of Arts Crush website.

The annual 12,000+ person statewide art event known as Arts Crush happens in October, and now is the time to prepare. As they say on the website: “Everyone is invited to submit an event.” That means you can put together a show, modern dance, or reveal your “art crush” for a comic book, painting, or television show. The goal is to create a month filled with free artistic moments or events that push your social and creative world. If you’d rather participate as a crew member, then apply online by July 20 here:

Advance notice: Creativity workshop
Author of 35 books, including “Coaching the Artist Within,” Eric Maisel, PhD, is holding a creativity workshop Aug. 18 and 19 at ArtWorks. According to a press release, “would-be and current creatives—writers, painters, actors, musicians, filmmakers, dancers—are invited to join America’s foremost creativity coach, Eric Maisel, to reignite the inner muse and rekindle the motivation to keep on creating.” More information here.

Arts reporter Janette Turner is your guide to local culture. In addition to covering visual, performing and literary events for My Edmonds News, Janette is managing director of EPIC Literary Series and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee.   (Photo by Jennifer McKinney)

  1. Great Article on Terence Boyd. I can’t wait to see the show myself. I love the guy. He does make you LAUGH!

    So glad we could hook you up for an interview.

    Will you be in town July 13-14th for the 3rd Festival of Shorts? If so, I want to get you into one of the 2 shows. 8 plays for the price on 1! And you get to vote on your favorite.

  2. Hi, Kathleen – I look forward to hearing what you think of the show! Thanks to you, Roger, and your hard working Driftwood staff, performers and volunteers (and also to your compatriots in entertainment at ECA and Phoenix Theatre) for keeping the stage lights bright in Edmonds.

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