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Happy New Year!

Jim Thompson with Dubs

As you can see by this photo of Dubs and me, I am becoming a part of the UW community — in this particular case I even received a rather enthusiastic husky kiss! The School of Drama is looking forward to 2013. We start the year off with a major interdepartmental collaboration January 18 - 19. Our very own Sarah Nash Gates is designing costumes for what will surely be an amazing Faculty Dance/Collaborations.

Order your tickets early for our Celebration & Benefit, March 16, 2013 — TRANSFORMATIONS: Celebrating the Life-Changing Experience of Theatre. In this issue we present a compelling look at external transformation through costuming with two of our graduate costume design students.

We are also excited to continue our collaboration with Book-It Repertory Theatre in the Novel Workshop Series.

And, returning to our pal Dubs, why not "Join the Pack" by becoming an ARTS DAWG at

All this and more await you at the School of Drama. Enjoy.

Jim Thompson
Constituent Relations Officer/School of Drama

P.S. — Cue to Cue will be going quarterly, beginning with this issue. However, watch for pithy and timely email notifications of events and other special happenings throughout the year. Thank you for your continuing support. Donate online at:

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The Rite of Spring: a conversation

The Rite of Spring is one of three dance performances comprising Faculty Dance/Collaborations. While the 2013 event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking ballet, it also deepens the level of collaboration in the annual Faculty Dance Concert, which has long been a showcase of short original works created by School of Dance faculty. This year, Betsy Cooper, director of the Dance Program, places the emphasis squarely on collaborative work. Faculty members from different programs have come together as professionals to strengthen ties within the University community, and to effectively model the process for students. Take a look behind the scenes at The Rite of Spring in rehearsal. To see a complete schedule of upcoming events celebrating The Rite of Spring, visit

Sarah Nash Gates
Sarah Nash Gates
Executive Director
School of Drama
Jurg Koch
Jürg Koch
Assistant Professor
Dance Program

Why this Rite is Right

TB: Jürg, how did you become interested in working with The Rite of Spring?

Jürg: We considered Stravinsky's Petrushka and Firebird but they couldn’t quite excite me in the way The Rite of Spring does. It’s hugely universal with concepts of life, death, regeneration, sexuality—it’s all in there.

TB: How do you decide whether to play it “straight” historically, or to honor the work by continuing to evolve in a “modern” way?

Jürg: A historic version of the choreography, for me is out of the question, I don’t have the knowledge for that; and it has been done. I think it’s great that companies do re-stage the piece in that way, but you have to work with the people who have a very specialized knowledge and interest.

In a sense, which is unusual for dance, The Rite is treated more as a theatrical text would be, like Shakespeare. There’s a version which doesn’t use the music score at all, or any of the original movement. It engages with some essence of The Rite that is important to that particular choreographer. Read more.

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Compelling Collaborations

Faculty Dance/Collaborations

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

UW Dance, Drama and Music celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rite of Spring with this performance and a series of lectures and events this spring. The collaboration features original costumes by Professor Sarah Nash Gates. Music faculty bring Stravinsky's music to life while Dance faculty member Jürg Koch creates a new re-telling of The Rite of Spring. The concert also showcases new work by faculty member Jennifer Salk and a restaging of José Limon's Dances for Isadora (1971). Read more about this ultimate collaboration between UW Dance, Music and Drama in A&S Perspectives.


Novel Workshop Series
with Book-It Repertory Theatre
The Count of Monte Cristo and Run: Thurs., Jan 17 & Sat., Jan 19
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and Portrait of a Lady: Fri., Jan. 18 & Sun., Jan. 20
Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 PM.; Sun. 2:00 PM
Meany Studio Theatre
Tickets: $10

We are happy to announce the final selections for this year’s collaboration with Book-It Repertory Theatre. Enjoy readings from The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (père), adapted by Rachel Atkins, directed by David Quicksall; Ann Patchett’s Run, adapted and directed by Myra Platt; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon, adapted by Jeff Schwager, directed by Josh Aaseng; and Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James, adapted and directed by Annie Lareau

Book-It Repertory Theatre and MFA drama students join forces in a workshop which introduces novels to the stage. Watch as each author’s words are adapted in the Book-It Style™ based on collaborative experimentation by the adapter, director and participating actors. On the second evening performances are informed and revisited based on audience responses to the initial reading — and so the work evolves—join us and take part!

Burn This

Burn This
by Lanford Wilson
directed by Mary Hubert (BA '13)
Jan. 24-Feb. 3, 2013
Cabaret Theatre
Tickets: $10

The Undergraduate Theatre Society (UTS) is a completely undergraduate-run, nonprofit theater company led by a student board. The School of Drama provides rehearsal and performance spaces as well as equipment. UTS in turn has collaborated on joint projects such as Red Earth, Gold Gate, Shadow Sky (NOV 2011).

Here’s a quick preview of Burn This:

The place is a Manhattan loft shared by Anna and her two gay roommates, Robbie and Larry. Anna is unable to find solace in Burton, her well-meaning boyfriend, as she struggles to cope with Robbie’s death. Then, Pale comes into the apartment with sudden explosiveness to rupture the lives of those around him. Profane, dangerous, violently grieving, and yet deeply sensitive, Pale draws Anna out of the comfort of her sheltered life and into an unsettling but compelling love that proves utterly inescapable for both of them.

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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. The irrepressible Andrew McMasters (PATP '95), artistic/executive director of Jet City Improv is our emcee. He is joined by special guests Sergei P. Tschernisch, director of advancement/ACT — A Contemporary Theatre and former president of Cornish College of the Arts, and Marya Sea Kaminski (PATP '04), performer, writer, and winner of The Stranger Genius Award for Theatre in 2010.


Transformations: Journeys of the Spirit

When we think of transformation we often think of it as being some sort of internal epiphany — a moment when we are changed; when that so-called “light bulb” goes on and we say: Yes — this is what is meaningful to me. Graduate costume designers Allison Panzarella and Michaela Petrovich take a more outwardly visible look at transformation. See how they’ve used the art of costuming with its ability to transform the actor and take an observer on a journey of the spirit. Let your mind carry you forward with these characters created by Ali and Michaela.

An Auction Item Sneak Peek
Join UW Drama Head of Performance Valerie Curtis-Newton for dinner followed by a performance of Alice Childress’ award-winning 1955 comedy, Trouble in Mind. Curtis-Newton directs the play for Intiman’s 2013 Summer Festival.

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Grad Bag — What's new?

Alum Hannah Victoria Franklin recently became the Managing Director for Washington Ensemble Theatre. Hannah has performed steadily with WET as an ensemble member since 2009 and began as Administrative Director in 2010. Read the whole story.

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Fracé had a wild 2012, with Connie's Avant Garde Restaurant performing both in New York and Cleveland in shows that push the boundaries of theatre and real life. Their work has garnered significant attention, including this review from Cleveland that highlights the company's most recent show, The Secret Social, as "a funny, fascinating and occasionally mind-tweaking trip out of your normal world."

We're sure 2013 holds many delights and surprises for Professor Fracé and all of our fabulous alumni and faculty, so be sure to stay tuned to Grad Bag for all the updates! (By the way, you can get on that list by emailing We love hearing from all of you and sharing your work, so please keep in touch!)

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Local Theatre Front & Center

The Intiman Theater Festival will premiere its second season this summer, and its creative team (heavily flavored with many fabulous School of Drama alums) will partner with Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton to present Trouble In Mind. The Alice Childress play deals with issues of racism in American theatre, and is sure to be a compelling and moving show. Watch the Intiman Theatre Festival announcement video featuring Curtis-Newton.

Professor Curtis-Newton recently sat down with Nancy Guppy of Art Zone here in Seattle to discuss her career, motivations and the experiences that shape her art. Watch this intriguing interview.

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In The Arts

Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring Turns 100

Join ArtsUW to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The original performance debuted in 1913 with provocative dance and dissonant music that enraged audiences and prompted a riot. Hoping for an equally intriguing and memorable experience, UW will celebrate the centennial celebration with a series of lectures and performances in various venues around campus. See a schedule of events and learn more about The Rite of Spring at .

Arts Dawgs

UW College of Arts and Sciences and UW Alumni Association launch ArtsDawgs, a chance for all alums to experience a selection of the shows, exhibits and concerts going on all around campus. Join up here: or find more information at

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January 2013

In This Issue

Looking Ahead

Rite of Spring

Beyond the Main Stage

Celebration is March 16, 2013

Grad Bag: What's new?

Local Theatre Front & Center

In the Arts

Upcoming Events

January 17-20
Novel Workshop Series

January 18-19
Faculty Dance/Collaborations

January 24-February 3
UTS Burn This

February 20-Mar 3

February 22
UW Club Dinner

March 16
Celebration & Benefit

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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