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22 Strawberry Jam
12th Ave Arts
Seattle, WA
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22 Strawberry Jam


** Masks are required at all times at 12th Ave Arts **

STRAWBERRY JAM is a Directors Festival of nine plays in fifteen days from playwrights ranging from Pulitzer Prize winners (Quiara Alegría Hudes, María Irene Fornés) to local novices (Alanah Pascual, Shanna Allman, Kaytlin McIntyre). Strawberry Theatre Workshop--which has been shuttered for two years--returns to 12th Ave Arts with its most ambitious program ever. Why produce one play, when you can amplify the artists in your community with seven? Add three Sundays of eclectic music concerts, featuring Strawshop favorites Felicia Loud, Jose Gonzales, and the musicians of BeatleConcert. That's a Strawberry Jam.

See any play for $12, see all the plays for just $36.
Music Series sold separately.

* schedule subject to change

JUNE 9-10-11
Leah Adcock-Starr directs I and You by Lauren Gunderson. I and You: One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. Written by America's most produced playwright (2017), I and You is directed by Adcock-Starr who created Our Country's Good at Strawshop before the pandemic; the play is performed by Mimi Santos and Kevin Masayuki Tanner.

JUNE 16-17-18
Shanna Allman directs The Lobby by Shanna Allman. The Lobby is in direct conversation, both in terms of format, and in terms of content, with what we have all experienced over the past few years of this pandemic: isolation, the need for connection, frustration, ennui, existential crisis, gallows humor, quiet desperation, hopelessness, etc, etc. The play is, at its core an opportunity for art and audience to commiserate with one another. The Lobby is a world premiere play, featuring Angela DiMarco, Nikki Visel, and David S Hogan.
Gavin Reub directs Drowning by María Irene Fornés. Drowning tells its story swiftly, in a handful of pages, sketching a love affair from the first moment of desire to the bitter end. All the characters, including the jilted lover, are described in the script as potato-heads with bodies like seals or sea lions and shiny, oily flesh covered in warts. Their revolting exterior brands them as unlovable and oddly makes the story feel more universal. Drowning is a ten-minute short, performed by Miguel Castellano and Pilar O'Connell (of Strawshop's Our Country's Good (2020)), as well as Pearl Lam.

JUNE 23-24-25
Alanah Pascual directs Make America Call My Mom and Tell Her I'm Doing Okay by Alanah Pascual. Make America Call My Mom and Tell Her I'm Doing Okay explores the many ways the new generations are creating their own American Dream, all while dealing with the drama, friendship, and self doubt that comes with being in your 20s. In the devising process, Pascual uses Documentary Style Theatre to hear how each collaborator is creating their dream life and what it took to get where they are now. Make America Call My Mom is a world premiere play devised by Pascual and co-directed by Carly Capriano.
Steven Sterne directs Gaslighting by Kelleen Conway Blanchard. Gaslighting is a ten-minute play commissioned by 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival. Featuring Stacey Bush and Cody Smith.
Andrea Lowry directs Oscar Clyde Denman by Jennifer Jasper. Oscar Clyde Denman is a ten-minute play commissioned by 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival.

JUNE 30-JULY 1-2
Jess K Smith directs The House Fire Project by Kaytlin McIntyre. House Fire Project: In the middle of the night in 2005 a teenage girl's house burns down. Fifteen years later, she goes on an investigative journey to discover what really happened to the house, and to her family. Part true crime mystery, part comical family slide-show, House Fire Project is a one-woman show about the ripples of domestic violence, starring its author. The Strawberry Jam will be its public debut.
Steven Sterne directs Gaslighting by Kelleen Conway Blanchard. Gaslighting is a ten-minute play commissioned by 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival. Featuring Stacey Bush and Cody Smith.

JULY 7-8-9
Young Hot Thespian presents Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Water by the Spoonful: Elliot has returned from Iraq and is working at Subway while trying to jump-start his acting career. Scattered throughout the world in chat rooms, recovering addicts keep each other alive, and the boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. Young Hot Thespian is a theatre collective including Christian Zumbado, Tré Scott (from Strawshop's Our Country's Good), and Antonieta Castillo Carpio.  Spoonful is directed by Myles Romo.
Jasmine Lomax directs A Fish and a Bear in Purgatory by Holly Arsenault. A Fish and a Bear in Purgatory is a ten-minute play commissioned by 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival.

About Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Founded in 2004 by Greg Carter, Strawberry Theatre Workshop is a professional theatre company dedicated to socially engaged work of the highest caliber. Strawshop is a Stranger Genius Award winner, a six-time Seattle Times Footlight Award winner, and the only company to be nominated for a TPS Gregory Award for Outstanding Production four years in a row (2009-12), and Outstanding Ensemble three years in a row (2017-19). Known for its critically acclaimed productions of Our Town, The Normal Heart, Breaking the Code, Frost/Nixon, Everybody and Lydia, Strawshop is anchored in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Strawshop is one of two resident companies in the new 12th Ave Arts building, which opened on Capitol Hill in 2015.

Mission Statement
Strawberry Theatre Workshop is committed to the idea that the theatre is the people's place of aspiration, and that any voice from the stage is translated exponentially into conversations at coffee shops, bus stops, classrooms, and play fields. Strawshop is dedicated to the idea of ensemble, in the broadest sense of the word. Our ensemble does not only mean a resident company of workers, but a collective that includes our work, our audience, and our neighborhood. This is an activist stance. To be a good neighbor is to be a relevant neighbor, a responsible neighbor, and a vocal neighbor.

Listing Information
Title: Strawberry Jam: Directors Festival
Opens: Thursday, Jun 9, 2022
Plays: Thu-Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm
Music: Sun 7:00 pm
Venue: Mainstage Theatre at 12th Ave Arts
Address: 1620 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, Seattle
Ticket Prices: $36 Festival Pass (all plays), $12 General (one play)
Music Series: $24 (one concert)
Phone Sales: 1-800-838-3006
Online Sales: sjam.bpt.me

READ MORE AT: www.strawshop.org


12th Ave Arts (View)
1620 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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