Artfully Edmonds brief: Phoenix Theatre presents ‘Gilligan’s Island in the Park-ing Lot’


10273424_10152293725699608_4350700334228975263_n-1While theatre companies across the nation are brushing off Shakespeare’s lines, Phoenix Theatre will be doing something . . . dare I say . . . a little different.

It’s not “Shakespeare In The Park” – and that’s exactly the intention as Phoenix Theatre raises the curtain on the popular theatre’s summer fundraising production, “Gilligan’s Island – A Parody”.

The parody will run next weekend, Friday through Sunday, July 11-13.

It was “A midsummer night’s dream” of Eric Lewis, oft-director of the Phoenix Theatre productions, which set in motion production of the first “Gilligan’s Island – A Parody”. The production was not staged as “Gilligan’s Island In The Park” but as “Gilligan’s Island In the Park-ing lot ”.

Lewis explained in a recent chat with Artfully Edmonds that the parody was originally “done as a response to the many Shakespeare In The Park productions that unfold throughout the summer months, but since no “park” space was available in Lewis’ hometown of Snohomish at the time the production debuted, he opened the show in the parking lot of his hometown’s library four years ago.

Lewis designed the stage set of the original production to fit snugly in the bed of his pick-up truck and that is the same set that will be used for this month’s Phoenix Theatre production.

“As good luck would have it,” four of the original cast members have stayed with Lewis as he moved his production to Edmonds. This year’s “Gilligan’s Island – A Parody” includes Afa Sholveg as Gilligan, and Melanie Calderwood and Terry Simon in the roles of Mrs. Howell and Mr. Howell. In addition, Rick Wright returns to the stage for a guest appearance.

Tickets for this year’s “Gilligan’s Island – A Parody” are available here or by calling the box office: 206-533-2000

If you’re looking for “A dish fit for the Gods” before the play begins, do what I always do! Dinner at Caravan Kebab, 9711 Firdale Village; it’s such a perfect start-the-theatre evening venue.

— By Emily Hill

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