Neighborhood Artist Spotlight: Valerie Curtis-Newton

by Lola E. Peters  When Valerie Curtis-Newton and her partner, now wife, Kim Powell moved to South Seattle’s Hillman City neighborhood in 1998, the New York Times refused to deliver their Sunday edition to homes on the Beacon Hill side of Rainier Avenue South. Much has changed in the neighborhood since. Curtis-Newton says she can … Continue reading Neighborhood Artist Spotlight: Valerie Curtis-Newton

Preview of Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied

by Lola E. Peters The last rehearsal before performance is always filled with energy. For many in the cast of Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied, this will be their first public performance; their first time publicly telling their story; their first time specifically naming the individuals and institutions that were complicit in their … Continue reading Preview of Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied

Wedding Band: Alice Childress’ Brilliance Shines on Intiman Stage

by Marilee Jolin Prior to 2 weeks ago, when I met with Intiman Theatre’s Artistic Director Andrew Russell, I’d never heard of Alice Childress.  I admitted this fact to him with some embarrassment.  He assured me that, unfortunately, I was not alone in my ignorance calling the incomparable Black playwright “the Tennessee Williams you should have … Continue reading Wedding Band: Alice Childress’ Brilliance Shines on Intiman Stage