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Intrinsic Impact Matters

You Can Help by Taking a Brief e-Survey
The UW School of Drama requests your help in completing a survey following this season's performances, beginning with Landscape of the Body.

“Intrinsic Impact” measures the impact of a performance emotionally, intellectually and artistically. UW Drama is the first university theatre in the country to participate. Your responses help us evaluate the season and guide students. Actors, designers and directors benefit directly from what you have to say.

We’re continually grateful for your applause and considerate support. But just how do you love theatre? What appeals to you in a specific play?

The Survey takes about ten minutes to complete. Best of all, when you participate you are automatically entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Please watch for our email subject "UW Drama Impact Survey." We appreciate it!

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There, but for a Yellow Raleigh Bicycle

Landscape of the Body
PosterNov 7–18
By John Guare
Directed by L. Zane
Meany Studio Theatre

“Is there life after death? I dare ask the question: is there life before death?” says Rosalind, now a spectator to her own life.

Two sisters meet and change places after one is run over and killed by a bicycle on a New York City sidewalk. Professor L. Zane debuts at UW directing a heart-wrenching story about people striving in vain for a shot at happiness that's really right before their eyes. And yet there's hope. Read more

Start the evening at the UW Club with a bite of the Big Apple inspired by the show. Call for reservations: (206) 543-0437.

UW Club Dinner | Friday, November 16

Club Waldorf Salad with Romaine Lettuce, Crisp Apples, Juicy Grapes and Crunchy Walnuts with a
Honey Mustard Dressing
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Pan Seared Top Sirloin topped with Sautéed Mushrooms
and Sauce “Diane”
Butter Basted Snapper with “Lobster Newberg” Sauce
Baked Mashed Potatoes
Bagels with Cream Cheese
Black and White House-made Oreo Cookies
with Cheesecake Drizzle

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Save the Date for Celebration 2013

Saturday March 16, 6pm-9pm
Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

Please join us as we celebrate the transformative power of theatre during an evening of food, fun, and fundraising.

  • Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts
  • Imbibe specialty wines and boutique beers
  • Catch an original live performance
  • Bid on unique auction items
  • Mingle with a cast of hundreds

Just like in the movies - enjoy a romantic dinner for two, catered center stage at the Penthouse Theatre.

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UW Drama External Relations Boasts a New Face and Leadership

Landscape of the Body

Jim Thompson is the new Constituent Relations Officer for the School of Drama who is an opportunity-oriented thought leader known for delivering innovative solutions that enable organizations to achieve unprecedented growth and visibility. Well-versed as a strategic thinker; he promotes change and long-term sustainability by leveraging partnerships across organizational boundaries. As one colleague remarked, "Jim's good will and contagious sense of humor help to unite people, therefore, making the daily workload seem to complete itself with mysterious ease."

Jim has provided solid leadership throughout his career, inspiring creativity, motivating productivity and maximizing participation. He holds Masters degrees in arts administration and whole systems design as well as a Bachelor's of Music—summa cum laude. The fact that he is a creative, artistic professional and an active performing artist adds a special zest to his work ethic.

For Jim, the strengths of each individual and their creative approaches to problem solving within the constraints of the given context are paramount. He honors individuality. His intuitive approach invites acceptance, open communication and organic growth; this "manner with which" has helped him meet workplace demands for more years than Methuselah. Jim is delighted to be working with the many gifted people within the School of Drama and the University of Washington as a whole.

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Beyond the Main Stage

by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson
directed by Kelsey Thorgalsen (BA '13)
November 29 - December 9, 2012
Cabaret Theatre
Tickets: $10

Pippin, a musical by Stephen Schwartz with a book by Roger O. Hirson, tells the story of a boy and his quest to find personal significance. The Leading Player guides Pippin through the trials of war, love and politics as he is coerced to perform a final act—the grand finale. Pippin yearns to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment, finding it in the simple joys he has known all along.

Novel Workshop Series
with Book-It Repertory Theatre
Selection 1: Thurs., Jan 17 & Sat., Jan 19
Selection 2: Fri., Jan. 18 & Sunday, Jan. 20
Meany Studio Theatre
Tickets: $10

Book-It Repertory Theatre and MFA drama students join forces in a workshop to bring novels to the stage. Watch as a work is adapted in the Book-It Style™ based on collaborative experimentation by the adapter, director and participating actors. Last year's readings brought us authors from Emily Brontë to Wally Lamb. Stay tuned for 2013 selections to be announced soon.

Faculty Dance Concert
Fri., Jan 18-Sat., Jan.19
Featuring Dance, Music and Drama Programs
Meany Hall
Tickets: $10-$18

UW Dance, Drama and Music relive the phenomenon that began with the first production of the Rite of Spring and continues with its 100th anniversary this year. Professor Sarah Nash Gates has designed new costumes for this performance. Music faculty brings Stravinsky's music to life while Dance faculty member Jurg Koch tackles the movement themes. The concert also features new work by faculty member Jennifer Salk and a restaging of Limon's Dances for Isadora (1971), also with costume design by Professor Nash Gates.

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Celebrating U.S. Vets

Why Live Poster

SPARK by Caridad Svich
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Wednesday, November 7
7:30 PM
Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

In honor of Veterans' Day, the UW School of Drama and The Hansberry Project present a free reading of Caridad Svich's new play Spark, which centers on a returning female soldier and her two sisters living in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath.The play explores what happens when soldiers come home, when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family. Help us commemorate the day with this contemporary US story of faith, love, war, trauma, and a bit of healing.

The presentation is part of a national reading scheme coordinated by the No Passport Theatre Alliance in collaboration with venues across the US and abroad to present free script-in-hand readings of the play in the month of November 2012 to honor veterans of wars recent (Iraq, Afghanistan) and past.

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Local Theatre Front & Center

Why Live Poster


Started in 1991, Theater Simple is a Washington-based theatre company that strives to strip theatre down to the bare essentials: the imagination of the actors and audience, the playwright's words, and the director's vision. They tour internationally with the acclaimed show Wonderland and will take their most recent work, Owl and Pussycat, to Australia next February.

Their work includes collaborations with alums Doris Black (MFA '97), Rachel Katz Carey (MFA '97), Monique Kleinhans (BA '94) and many others. All parties, called "Artistic Instigators," work together to design, create, act and stage their interactive, large-scale public pieces enjoyed by many audiences!


It’s official: Tennessee Williams is still pretty fantastic. Not only will we present selections from his one act plays this spring (May 29-June 9), but Seattle Repertory Theatre presents Williams’ iconic The Glass Menagerie October 26-December 2.

SRT just launched a new initiative, The Yes Project, which finds and presents shows that feature young characters, issues important to young theatregoers, or links to school curriculum. The Glass Menagerie is a great example of theatre for and about youth. Bravo, SRT!

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In The Arts

It's a "Bond" moment with Professor Andrew Tsao

UWAA member night at the Pacific Science Center presents the new Bond film Skyfall. Professor Andrew Tsao has written a stunning introduction to the latest in the thriller series for the event program. We promised not to give it away, so watch for the link on UW Drama Facebook coming November 10.

University Symphony performs with Toby Saks December 7 at Meany Theatre. Jonathan Pasternack conducts the University Symphony in a program of works by Bartók, Saint-Saëns, and Brahms featuring Toby Saks, cello, founder and Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society

En plein air exhibition continues through February 16, 2013 at Henry Art Gallery. The exhibition shows how en plein air painting influenced the early years of photography and the subsequent practice of the arts.

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November 2012

In This Issue

All About Intrinsic Impact

Landscape of the Body

Celebration: Save the Date

Welcome Jim Thompson

Beyond the Main Stage

Spark: A Free Reading

Local Theatre Front & Center

In the Arts

Upcoming Events

November 29 - December 9
UTS Presents: Pippin

January 17-20
Novel Workshop Series

January 18-19
Faculty Dance Concert

For a full list of upcoming shows and events, visit


Alumni Grad Bag

Arts UW

College of Arts & Sciences


Celebration & Benefit

School of Drama


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