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A One Night Stand with Tennessee

Jun 23 / Saturday

7:00 pm

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Bruce’s Black Box Theatre

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Civic Rep presents “A ONE NIGHT STAND with Tennessee” – a celebration and fundraiser at Open Space for Arts & Community.

Civic Rep, Vashon’s new theatre company in residence at Open Space, hosts a coming out fundraiser to celebrate their inaugural season on Vashon. All are invited to lift a glass and toast the life and work of Tennessee Williams.

Enjoy live music, food and drink and performance. For entertainment, experience an excerpt of Civic Rep’s production of The Two-Character Play, directed by L. Zane Jones, featuring company members Robin Jones and Sam Read. Additionally, Los Angeles writer, director and actor, Doug Tompos performs portions of his one man show about Tennessee Williams, Bent to the Flame.

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About Civic Rep

Civic Rep is dedicated to the art of theatre. We are committed to the craft and practice of compelling and intimate storytelling to cultivate empathy, gain insight into our shared humanity and form deeper bonds with our community.

We envision making vital work that will contribute to the cultural life of our community – work that is accessible, relevant and engaging for all involved.

Civic Rep was founded in 2015 by Thea Cooper, Angie Harrison, L. Zane Jones, Robin Jones and Sam Read. New ensemble members include Michael Barker, Jeanne Dougherty, Tea Lee and Charlotte Tiencken and Anthony Winkler.

Past productions include A Streetcar Named Desire and The Two-Character Play (both produced at New City Theatre in 2015) and Caroline Bird’s adaptation The Trojan Women (produced at The Slate Theatre in 2017).

Civic Rep Announces Residency at Open Space on Vashon Island with a 2018-2019 Season dedicated to work by Tennessee Williams

Something Unspoken and Other One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams – November 2018

The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams – May 2019

Civic Rep, a new addition to the Vashon Island theatre scene, will produce a season of work written by Tennessee Williams in residence at Open Space for Arts & Community. Civic Rep has two prior productions of Tennessee Williams’ plays under their belt: The Two Character Play and A Streetcar Named Desire; both enjoyed successful runs at New City Theatre in Seattle.

Elaborating on the decision to produce more work by Williams, Civic Rep Co-Artistic Director Zane Jones says, “We value the artistic opportunity for depth and dimension that evolves when working with one writer. Additionally, we find the beauty and complexity of Williams’ work to be challenging and immensely satisfying.”

Civic Rep’s first production at Open Space, Something Unspoken and Other One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams, will be staged in November 2018. “Williams was incredibly prolific and throughout his career wrote tons of short plays, many of which are experimental in theme and style,” states Jones. “In spite of his commercial success, Tennessee became an outsider; he struggled to be valued and respected as he and his work continued to evolve. As a way to honor his artistic courage and tenacity, we wanted to put together an evening of some of his most inventive and lesser-known pieces. Each play will be intimately staged and will provide an immersive experience for our audience at the newly renovated Open Space.”

Open Space for Arts and Community’s Executive Director Amanda Westbrooke says of the new residency, “As we watched the renovation of Open Space unfold, we envisioned different forms of art and expression. One image that kept coming to mind was a resident theatre company. Civic Rep had the vision, passion, bandwidth and theatrical chops we look for in a resident theatre company. One of my favorite sentences in our Mission is: “We co-create extraordinary artistic, community building experiences that enrich and inspire all involved.” This is the essence of the partnership between Open Space and Civic Rep. The opportunity to learn, showcase your skills and talents in one place lead by a dedicated theatre company reflects beautifully in the last sentence of our purpose… “We are led by artists in service to our community.” I cannot wait for their season of offerings to start.”

In May 2019, Civic Rep mounts Williams’ full-length play, The Night of the Iguana, featuring Darragh Kennan and Robin Jones in leading roles. The production will be directed by L. Zane Jones. Considered by most to be Williams’ last critical and commercial success, the1961 play centers around the story of an unlikely meeting between two kindred souls. The New

York Times called Iguana “…Tennessee Williams at the top of his form.”

SOMETHING UNSPOKEN and Other One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams – November 1-4 and 9-11, 2018

THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA by Tennessee Williams – May 9-12 and 16-19, 2019, at Open Space

About Civic Rep

Civic Rep is dedicated to the art of theatre. We are committed to the craft and practice of compelling and intimate storytelling as a means to cultivate empathy, gain insight into our shared humanity and form deeper bonds with our community. We envision making vital work that will contribute to the cultural life of our community – work that is accessible, relevant and engaging for all involved.

Civic Rep was founded in 2015 by Thea Cooper, Angie Harrison, L. Zane Jones, Robin Jones and Sam Read. New ensemble members include: Michael Barker, Jeanne Dougherty, Tea Lee and Charlotte Tiencken.

Past productions include A Streetcar Named Desire and The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams (both produced at New City Theatre in 2015) and Caroline Bird’s adaptation of The Trojan Women, (produced at The Slate Theatre in 2017). Find out more at: CivicRep.org

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