730 Steps Premiere Announcement!

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Raskolnikov (Tyler Polumsky) Murders Lizaveta (Annie Paladino) (Rehearsal Photo by Joseph Lavy)

Mark your calendars!
Friends, supporters, and media folks, we are very excited to announce that 730 Steps, (an original adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment), will have its premiere run of performances
July 14 – 29, 2017!

In a move which we expect will once again defy preconceptions, 730 Steps will be produced in the Isaac Studio Theatre at Taproot Theatre Company, marking the first time since 2004 that APL has produced a full-scale work in a traditional theatre space.
Our work has always been developed with sensitivity to the relationship between the performance art and the specific architecture it inhabits. Over our history, we have developed an approach to creation that we consider “site responsive;” creating work that is at once both very specifically detailed in its performance score, and flexible enough in execution to interact organically with each unique space we perform in.
Over the years, we have produced in a Beacon Hill historical estate house, the Volunteer Park Water Tower, a church sanctuary in Ballard, and the basement of our own home. We have also produced in the On the Boards Studio, CHAC, Freehold and The Chamber Theatres (once upon a time in the Oddfellows Building), and Theatre4 at the Center House Armory.
730 Steps is developing into a very theatrical piece and we’re thrilled to have been invited into Taproot’s beautiful Isaac Studio Theatre to bring it to you!
Wherever we perform, rest assured the artistic principles, vision, and commitment to austerity and intimacy that define our work as uniquely APL will continue to guide us without compromise.
So, mark your calendars!

730 Steps
(based on Crime and Punishment by FM Dostoevsky)
Produced by Akropolis Performance Lab
July 14 – 29, 2017
Isaac Studio Theatre
Taproot Theatre
Greenwood, Seattle WA

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Theatre Journal publishes Glas Nocturne Review

Theatre Journal TGN ScreenshotWe are so proud to share this performance review of The Glas Nocturne, which is published in the current issue (68.1) of Theatre Journal!

Thank you to Jeanmarie Higgins and ‪#‎theatrejournal‬ for venturing out to our corner of the country and giving APL’s work critical consideration as part of the international theatre conversation.

From the author: “What started as a quick trip to Seattle to see some friends and some theatre turned into a Theatre Journal performance review of Joseph and Zhenya Lavy’s The Glas Nocturne. I love writing about Akropolis Performance Lab; the work is always virtuosic, irrefutable, and strangely joyful.”

READ THE REVIEW FREE ON ACADEMIA.EDU

Mephisto Cast Announced

L-R: Gustaf Gründgens, Erika Mann, Pamela Wedekind, Klaus Mann | At the time this photo was taken, Erika was engaged to Gustaf but was having an affair with Pamela, who was engaged to marry Klaus, who was romantically involved with Gustaf.  They also were appearing in Klaus's play, Anja und Esther, based on the affair between Erika and Pamela.

L-R: Gustaf Gründgens, Erika Mann, Pamela Wedekind, Klaus Mann | At the time this photo was taken, Erika was engaged to Gustaf but was having an affair with Pamela, who was engaged to marry Klaus, who was romantically involved with Gustaf. They also were appearing in Klaus’s play, Anja und Esther, based on the affair between Erika and Pamela.

Our October 11 Sunday Salon reading of Klaus Mann’s Mephisto, as adapted for stage by Ariane Mnouchkine, is not to be missed! We have assembled a thrilling cast of local talent to illuminate Mann’s unforgettable and largely autobiographical collection of socialists and incipient fascists as they react to Hitler’s ascension and make fatal choices about art and life.

THE CAST

Klaus Mann/Sebastian Bruckner – Craig Bradshaw
Hendrik Hofgen – Brandon J. Simmons
Carola Martin – Tracy Michelle Hughes
Hans Miklas  – Tyler Polumsky
Theresa von Herzfeld / Emelyne – Valerie Curtis-Newton
Otto Ulrich – Joseph Lavy
Myriam Horowitz / Actor – Emily Jo Testa
Alex / Tyler Trerise
Magnus Gottchalk / Thomas Bruckner – Carter Rodriquez
Mrs. Efeu – Eva Doak
Knurr / Publisher – Dean Wilson
Juliette / Lorenz / Ludwig – Ayo Tushinde
Erika Bruckner  / General Fonnesique – Alex Highsmith
Nicoletta von Niebuhr – Sara Kaus
Theophile Sarder / Hans Josthinkel – Ben Gonio

Join us October 11 for what promises to be an exciting reading and lively discussion!
More information and RSVP.

Reviews Are In & Word Is Out About Our Secret Performance

“Poets say the moon is passionate and desirous. Others see an ethical-religious meaning in moonlight. Youth sees the moon as a promise of all those tremendous things which await it; The old find a memento that the promise was never kept, a reminder of all that broke and went to pieces. And what is moonlight?” | Joseph Lavy as Dr. Glas | Photo: Joe Patrick Kane

Although we restricted marketing for The Glas Nocturne to social media and word-of-mouth, word has gotten out quite well. So well, in fact, that we are extending our run by a full week beyond our initial expectation!

If you haven’t yet gotten a seat, we have just 30 available between now and June 7.

Check out some of what’s being said about this truly remarkable performance!

Just 30 seats remain through June 7, so act quickly to get your invitation!

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Pomegranate & Ash Makes a Strong Debut

Yesterday we premiered Pomegranate & Ash: An Experiment in Theatre of Polyphony in On the Boards’ Open Studio #6 — and today OTB has confirmed that we are the first group to fully pack the house!

The Sad Days that are Surely to Come

"This is the time of tension between dying and birth -- the place of solitude where three dreams cross." | Henry James Walker, Trevor Young Marston, and Zhenya Lavy | Photo: Joe Patrick Kane

Dance of Separation

Dance of Separation | Front: Sara Kaus and Annie Paladino. Back: Linnea Ingalls, Margaretta Campagna, Zhenya Lavy. | Photo: Joe Patrick Kane

Dance of Seduction

Dance of Seduction "Oh, ho, I will have it. I will bow and bend to get it." | Trevor Young Marston and Sara Kaus | Photo: Joe Patrick Kane

The Abduction of Persephone

The Abduction of Persephone | Annie Paladino with Zhenya Lavy, Catherine Lavy, Margaretta Campagna, Linnea Ingalls, Emily Jo Testa. | Photo: Joe Patrick Kane

Clairvoyant Action

Clairvoyant Action | Emily Jo Testa with Henry James Walker, Joseph Lavy, Sara Kaus | Photo: Joe Patrick Kane

An Angel Hath Troubled the Water

An Angel Hath Troubled the Water | Trevor Young Marston with Catherine Lavy, Annie Paladino, Margaretta Campagna, Emily Jo Testa | Photo: Joe Patrick Kane

An Angel Hath Troubled the Water

An Angel Hath Troubled the Water "These waters will heal you, they will set you free." | Linnea Ingalls & Trevor Young Marston | Photo: Joe Patrick Kane

Low, Low

"And the sword I will wield, and the sword I will wield... for this is my work while here below." | (L-R) Back: Joseph Lavy, Trevor Young Marston, Henry James Walker. 3rd Row: Annie Paladino, Emily Jo Testa, Sara Kaus. 2nd row: Margaretta Campagna, Linnea Ingalls. Front: Zhenya Lavy, Catherine Lavy. | Photo: Joe Patrick Kane

 

Here’s a sampling of audience responses:

  • “The ensemble was so tight. Precise and tuned into each other.”
  • “The music was amazing!”
  • “Their dance [Dance of Seduction by Sara Kaus and Trevor Young Marston] was really powerful!”
  • “The girl’s [Catherine Lavy] song made me cry!”
  • “It’s hard to believe you’ve only been working together as an ensemble for three months!”
  • “Very moving. Even though there was no story, the imagery and the way you layered everything together was striking.”
  • “It was refreshing to see a performance that was truly interdisciplinary!”

Were you there? We’d love to get your feedback, too! Please email us or comment below.

Thank you to On the Boards for organizing this event.

Pomegranate & Ash continues to evolve. Look for additional showing announcements through this Spring and Summer.

Cast Set for Pleasure & Sorrow of Your Company

Omer Fast, 5000 Feet Is the Best, 2011, digital film stills © Omer Fast

Omer Fast, 5000 Feet Is the Best, 2011, digital film stills © Omer Fast

The cast for January 25th’s New Year New Play reading of Stacy D. Flood’s The Pleasure & Sorrow of Your Company has been finalized.

We are excited to announce that APL Company Members and apprentices will be joined by local talents Natural Israel, Samara Lerman, and Paul Budraitis in giving voice to Flood’s examination of warfare in the drone age.

The event is wrapped in lively conversation; generous and careful discussion of the play; great food; and  ample opportunities to network with artists, intellectuals, and enthusiasts.

Learn more about the play, view the complete casting, and RSVP on the Salon page.

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.

APL Welcomes New Artistic Collaborators

Akropolis Performance Lab is proud to announce that after a rigorous selection process, we have added six new collaborators to our ensemble: three new Artistic Associates and three new Artistic Apprentices. The new Company Members are Sara Kaus, Trevor Young Marston, and Jesson Mata. The new Apprentices are Linnea Ingalls, Emily Jo Testa, and Henry James Walker.

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Sara Kaus, APL Artistic Associate

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Trevor Young Marston, APL Artistic Associate

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Jesson Mata, APL Artistic Associate

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Linnea Ingalls, APL Artistic Apprentice

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Emily Jo Testa, APL Artistic Apprentice

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Henry James Walker, APL Artistic Apprentice

 

This is an exciting time of growth for APL. We are thrilled for the opportunity to collaborate with these artists whose intentionality, ethos, and talent align so well with ours. We look forward to the artistic depth and diversity they bring.

About the New Artistic Associates

Sara Kaus, a small-town girl and University of Northern Iowa theatre major, has been acting in professional children’s theatre since 2009. Sara toured the Midwest in Greek Mythology with the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. As a company member of the Rose Children’s Theatre for three seasons, she performed in mainstage productions such as Velveteen Rabbit, House on Mango Street, Annie – The Musical, Bridge to Terabithia, Pinkalicious – The Musical, and Peter Pan. She relocated to Seattle for the 2013-2014 Open Door Theatre touring season. She comes to Akropolis with a passion for acting and a belief that great performance has the ability not only to entertain but to educate, inspire, and even stir audience members to action, themselves. Through live theatre, she strives to create art with the capacity to change lives in a positive way, and she is thrilled to have found APL’s values for creating art line up with her own.

Trevor Young Marston is a Seattle-based actor and producer. He has performed locally with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theater, Seattle Public Theatre, ReAct Theatre, and the 14/48 Projects. As a producer he has brought to the stage, the world premiere of A Cure for Pain by Stephanie Timm, Boots by Libby Matthews, and Barbarians – a devised piece with SITI Company associate Jeffrey Fracé. Most recently, for the screen, he associate produced the feature film Pacific Aggression, which was directed and written by Shaun Scott. Trevor earned his MFA from the University of Washington’s nationally ranked Professional Actor Training Program. He trains extensively with Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson and their company the Pacific Performance Project. Internationally, he has been honored to work with master teacher Kristin Linklater, with Jason Turner of the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (France), and with Andrejz Welminski and Theresa Welminski (Edinburgh), two of Tadeusz Kantor’s original Cricot 2 company members.

Jesson Mata was born in the Philippines and has lived in Seattle most of his life. He studied Political Science at Seattle University and Philosophy and Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. In his early 20s, Jesson volunteered with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of charity, working with orphans and the poor and dying. Subsequently, he spent four years studying for the priesthood. For the past ten years, he has been Director of Liturgy and Music at Blessed Sacrament Church. Jesson also teaches Philosophy and Theology at Bishop Blanchet High School and has created  VLOG60, a video series comprising of 60-second expositions on philosophical and theological insights learned in the classroom.  He is an avid gardener and photographer. Jesson is keenly interested in the intersection of music and the physicality of theatrical movement, and he looks forward to pursuing those interests with Akropolis.

About the New Apprentices

Linnea Ingalls, a Western Washington University Theatre Department alumna, has performed, directed, and devised work regionally and in the UK. She currently directs, choreographs, and teaches at Seattle’s Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre. In England, she performed in Our Little Secret, The Suicide, and The Birthday Party (after Pinter) with the University of Hull and in Cyclesong as part of the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad. At WWU, Linnea earned Best Director and Best Show for The Naked Eye and trained in Tectonic Theatre Project’s model for devising through the productions, Us (ACTF Outstanding Ensemble) and Soapbox (Irene Ryan nominee for her performance as Gwen). She is a co-founder of Bellingham-based August Rope Theatre Company, whose To Whom it May Concern was praised at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Training interests include Grotowski, Suzuki, Viewpoints, and Commedia Dell’Arte. She has trained with Blue Lake’s Dell’Arte International, New York City’s Blessed Unrest, and London’s Red-Handed Theatre Company.

Emily Jo Testa moved to Seattle after high school, studied acting at Northwest Actors’ Studio, and went on to work behind the scenes with NWAS, Northwest Asian American Theatre, ReACT Theatre, Anything for a Biscuit, Printer’s Devil Theatre, and New City Theatre. Eventually, she volunteered with Circus Contraption in that group’s final year, and then she gravitated towards the Circus members who formed Cafe Nordo – a hybrid of theater and modern dining with whom she has worked as an assistant director on SMOKED! and The Modern American Chicken Part Deux. Emily Jo has performed with the Double Shot Festival of Overnight Plays, WARP Theatre, Blood Ensemble, SIS Productions, and puppet/clown duo Good Evening, Mr. Homunculus. Her screen work includes the short films, ORGANically Grown (for the 48 Hour Film Horror Project) and Happy Anniversary. In addition to NWAS, she has trained with George Lewis, Marya Sea Kaminski, and Amy Thone at Freehold.

Henry James Walker is an alumnus of Western Washington University’s Theatre Department and recent Seattle transplant. His artistic passions include collaborative theatre, training in the physical world of clowning, devising new works with dedicated artists, and connecting social issues and commentary into the theatre he creates. In early 2014 he formed a Commedia dell’Arte troupe, which presented a successful first performance in November and is planning performances around Seattle parks and stages in the coming year. Henry’s most recent roles include Baile in Blood Ensemble’s NDGM, as well as Basque and Dubois in Sound Theatre Company’s School for Lies. Past favorite projects include Soapbox and James’ Castle (devised pieces), as well as Twelfth Night, Pagliacci, Tartuffe, and various Commedia performances. He also leads Commedia workshops. In September 2013, Henry walked more than 500 miles through northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago; he regularly gives talks about his physical, emotional, and spiritual journey along the Way.