Announcing our 2014-15 Intern: Joe Patrick Kane

Joe Patrick Kane made things happen as an intern in Olympia (pictured with Former Senior Legislative Assistant Syd Locke at left and 11th District State Representative Steve Bergquist at right). We can't wait to see what he makes happen as an intern with Akropolis Performance Lab!

Joe Patrick Kane made things happen as an intern in Olympia (pictured with Former Senior Legislative Assistant Syd Locke, left, and 11th District State Representative Steve Bergquist, right). We can’t wait to see what he makes happen during his internship with Akropolis Performance Lab!

We are pleased to announce that Joe Patrick Kane is interning with Akropolis Performance Lab in 2014-15.

A graphic designer, illustrator, painter, musician, and road cyclist, Joe earned his BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington – Bothell and previously interned with the Washington State House of Representatives.

During his internship with APL, he will support graphic, marketing, and development efforts, as well as stage manage Pomegranate & Ash.

Learn more about Joe and check out his design portfolio.

Akropolis Interns gain experience in non-profit operations, as well as artistic projects, while supporting the work of the company. Internships are most commonly structured with a year-long trajectory, but project-based internships may be offered. We welcome inquiries about internship opportunities.

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Pomegranate & Ash to Premiere in OTB’s Open Studio

Pomegranate & Ash | On the Boards Open Studio | Feb. 8, 3:30 PM.

Pomegranate & Ash | On the Boards Open Studio | Feb. 8, 3:30 PM.

The fullest manifestation to date of APL’s Theatre of Polyphony, Pomegranate & Ash premieres at On the Boards in the Open Studio on Sunday, February 8, at 3:30pm.

Pomegranate and Ash takes TS Eliot’s Ash Wednesday, Monteverdi madrigals, the Hymn of Demeter, music from the Shaker tradition, and each performer’s personal biography as source material for an original performance rooted in themes of separation, loss, and reunification.

The entire ensemble performs in this piece, including all our new Artistic Associates and Apprentices.

Admission to Open Studio is by donation only: $5 suggested.

Learn more about Pomegranate & Ash and APL’s Theatre of Polyphony.

Announcing the 2015 Sunday Salon Playwrights

2015 Salon Playwrights: Stacy D. Flood, Pattie Miles Van Beuzekom, and John Longenbaugh

2015 Salon Playwrights: Stacy D. Flood, Pattie Miles Van Beuzekom, and John Longenbaugh

In 2015, Akropolis Performance Lab’s Sunday Salons will be a celebration of the work of local playwrights!

  • January | Stacy D. Flood
    The Pleasure and Sorrow of Your Company
    This piece was selected through a competitive submission process for this year’s New Year New Play Development Program.
  • April | Pattie Miles Van Beuzekom
    Blood Orange Bakersfield
    This Salon is guest curated by Jose Amador.
  • July | John Longenbaugh
    The Sound in the Next Room
    Hell with Drinks Afterwards
    Thank You
    That’s right: 3 by John in an evening promising intrigue and surprise!

Learn more about about each of these wonderful plays and playwrights via the links above.

Each Salon is a unique, dynamic assembly of artists, intellectuals, provocateurs, friends, and family. We read, drink, eat, and — with minimal moderation — let discussion go where it will. As always, there is no charge to attend. But the event is potluck, so bring food or drink to share as you are able. RSVP requested.

We hope you will join us and contribute to the discussion at a Salon this year!

The Director, The Actor & The Difficult Task

I often reject during the rehearsal process suggestions and recommendations which arise as quick, easy solutions to perceived problems; usually because they tend to be superficially driven by theatrical practicality and lack authenticity for the moment. Too often, the job of a director seems to be to find solutions to make things easy for the actor. I believe it is sometimes (mostly) the contrary: to present the actor with the difficult task. To create problems that must be continually confronted and confronted, not “solved.” To demand that the actor work through what must be done and not skim over it. Truth and Authenticity are not–and should not be–easy to come by.