Seattle Theatres Lost & Founded Part 1
In partnership w/ UW World Series and One Coast Collaboration
A series of five free, public readings of representative plays from seminal Seattle theatres of the past. As part of the School of Drama’s 75th Anniversary, we’ll be celebrating the Seattle theatre community of which we’re an integral part. The reading series will pay tribute to inspiring companies no longer up and running: Alice B. Theatre, Bathhouse Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Northwest Asian American Theatre, and the Seattle Group Theatre.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
Alice B. Theatre
The Alice B. Theatre was Seattle's first and only theater ensemble dedicated solely to work by gay and lesbian playwrights. Playwright Eric Des O'Del (formerly known as Rick Rankin) first sensed the demand for gay theater in Seattle after presenting an original show at New City Theatre in 1984, and then (with Sandra Nelson) organizing the city's first Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. He co-founded the Alice B. with director Susan Finque in 1985 as "a gay and lesbian theater for all people."
The ensemble, never had its own theater facility, yet produced full seasons of shows at Broadway Performance Hall and Theatre Off Jackson. They also hosted gay drama festivals, bringing in such nationally known artists as Quentin Crisp, Split Britches, and Marga Gomez.
According to the Seattle Times (at the time of its dissolution): "Alice B. was one of the hottest alternative troupes in town" between 1985-97, with a mixed audience of young gay men and lesbians who mingled with older straight couples to cheer performances of the company's nostalgic '30s musical, The Gay Deceivers.
COMPLETE SERIES DATES
September 28, 2015
Meany Studio Theatre is located in Meany Hall on the UW campus. Venue directions and parking information available at artsuw.org/venue/meany-studio-theater.