Category Archives: Theatre

Hamilton Education Program Allows Local Students to Interact with History

by Reagan Jackson

As the lights dimmed, the Paramount Theater crackled with energy and the audience erupted with cheers. 2,800 jubilant students from high schools in the greater Seattle area and down the I5 corridor as far as Portland, gathered to watch musical Hamilton as a part of the Hamilton Education Program. Continue reading Hamilton Education Program Allows Local Students to Interact with History

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 heard of.”  Continue reading Wedding Band: Alice Childress’ Brilliance Shines on Intiman Stage

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 even get food delivered to their home now.

Much has also changed in Curtis-Newton’s relationship to Seattle’s theater world. She is now Professor, Head of Performance, Directing, Acting at the University of Washington’s School of Drama. In 2006, she and Vivian Phillips founded the Hansberry Project to bring theater written by and about African Americans to Seattle. Continue reading Neighborhood Artist Spotlight: Valerie Curtis-Newton