Go to “Broadway and Beyond”
Drama Dock will launch its 45th-anniversary year with a fundraising concert of Broadway and New York-themed songs. Led by Drama Dock’s new Artistic Director, singer, actress, composer and playwright, Lisa Peretti, the evening promises variety and inspiration.
The show will air at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at vashoncenterforthearts.org, with a suggested donation of $15.
Highlights will include a performance especially donated to Drama Dock’s 45th concert broadcast from VCA — a thrilling performance from Seattle Symphony’s Arthur Zadinsky (violin) with Oana Rusu Tomai (piano), playing music by American composer, Paul Schoenfield (Four Souvenirs for Violin and Piano), prerecorded at Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony.
Brandon and Elizabeth Hell, who were most recently seen in Vashon Opera’s production of “La Traviata,” will also step into the Drama Dock spotlight, singing music from Sondheim (Into the Woods) and Lloyd-Webber (Phantom of the Opera). Peretti will sing a solo from her new musical “Winghaven Park,” accompanied by pianists Evan Stultz and Christopher Overstreet. A special solo from the Broadway smash, “Annie,” will be performed by Vashon’s own, Utisah Durahim, age 12.
Plan ahead for “Savage/Love”
Vashon Repertory Theatre (VRT) will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a one-time-only performance of “Savage/Love” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, on vashoncenterforthearts.org/vca/tv.
“Savage/Love” is a collection of monologues by Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard on the puzzles and vagaries of romantic love. Because it does not follow the standard narrative structure of a play, it has been staged, since its 1979 premiere at New York’s Public Theatre, in varied productions including dance and music. VRT’s production company is capitalizing on that flexibility.
Each of the monologues will be performed by professional local actors and acting couples, including Kevin Joyce and Martha Enson, David Godsey and Janet McAlpin, Bill Moyer and Esther Edelman, and Mik Kuhlman. VRT Founding Director Charlotte Tiencken and UMO Artistic Director Elizabeth Klob are co-directing. Singer-songwriter Kat Eggleston will attach original music to each piece, and Klob will choreograph dance performances created to amplify the messages of certain monologues.
To learn more about VRT, including its 2021 production schedule and to get tickets, go to vashonrepertorytheatre.org.