This week at Odd Duck Studio: November 25-28, 2011

This weekend marks the second weekend of our main stage show, The Man In The Newspaper Hat.

Friday & Saturday at 8pm. Then Thursday-Saturday Through December 17 starting next weekend.

$15. $10 for Students, Seniors, Military, Veterans, TPS Members, and Union Members. FREE for SAG, AEA and AFTRA Members. (Must bring Member cards or Student IDs). Advance Tickets available at 206-679-3271 and at

Poets are not nice people. No artist is, really. They use the world and the people in it as fodder for their work. The Man in the Newspaper Hat, inspired by Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “Visits to St. Elizabeths”, is a fictional dramatization of the meetings between two polar opposite artistic temperaments, grandiose and infamous Ezra Pound and poets’-poet Elizabeth Bishop.

Elizabeth Bishop (Lisa Keeton), Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress 1949-50, visits Ezra Pound (David S. Klein), father of modern American poetry, in the asylum of St. Elizabeths where he is remanded, declared unfit to stand trial for high treason for his pro-Fascist/anti-Semitic rants over Rome Radio during WWII.

Over the course of one year, Bishop challenges Pound artist to artist in an effort to unearth the poet under the rubble of his political delusions. They become poetic sparring partners, and while Bishop doesn’t succeed in reclaiming him for her poetic lineage, she senses that the ground underneath his longheld convictions is shifting. The result is deeply disquieting and eerily moving.

The production is dedicated to honoring the centennial of Elizabeth Bishop, who was born February 8, 1911. The play also has Northwest ties in that Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, and Bishop lectured at the UW in 1966, mentoring many NW poets.

Hayley Heaton (Playwright) is a poet and playwright living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Heaton was educated at The University of Utah, Cambridge University, and The New School in New York City. Since 2004, she has published The French 75, and Nineteen Days of Blaise. Heaton’s work can also be found in several online and print journals.

Katrin Hilbe (Director) directs Opera, Operetta, Contemporary Music Theatre, Plays, in Europe and the US. Her latest projects were the multi-media event Fraktale Sommernacht with the International Lab for Opera and Media Werdenberg in Switzerland and Allen Davis III’ play Oasis with The Dramatic Question in NYC. She was the primary Assistant Director for Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany. Katrin is Artistic Director of International Relations for The Midtown International Theatre Festival, member of the Dramatists Guild of America, LPTW, The WorkShop Theater Company, a mentee of Theatre Resources Unlimited and an alumni of Directors Lab West. More information at


ManyTracks (Producer)

Since its inception in 2009, ManyTracks has been interested in projects that defy easy alignment. ManyTracks has developed Hayley Heaton’s play The Man in the Newspaper Hat, and Katrin Hilbe’s Danton’s Death  Take 1, a new translation of Georg Büchner’s Dantons Tod. This production marks ManyTracks’ Seattle debut.

Theatre Lexicon (Producer)
is an independent theatre company in Seattle dedicated to developing and performing collaborative, ensemble-based work. Theater Lexicon debuted in 2008 with The Complex, and has since produced Brilliant Traces, and John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo.

On Friday at 10:30pm, Eclectic Theater Company presents a special Friday night edition of The Comedy Workshop. 

A weekly open mic opportunity for professional and amateur comedians, sketch comedians, and improvisational actors/improvisers to test new material and to develop their acts.

Hosted by Rik Deskin.

Guest Comedians on November 25 include Bryan Cook, Andy Palmer, Chris Emery and more TBA!

Sign-up for Performers up to 30 minutes before performance via Facebook at and at the theater with Rik Deskin at 10pm if slots are still available.

Please refer to Carl Warmenhoven’s guide to The Comedy Underground’s Open Mic at

Same applies here except you can have up to 10 minutes of time for a set.

Advance Tickets available at 206-679-3271 and at

$5. FREE for SAG/AEA/AFTRA Members and Comedians!Image

On Saturday at 10:30pm is Ben Dunn’s Comedy Invasion! 

You’ve asked for it, so as a late Thanksgiving/early Christmas present I am pleased to bring you:

Ben Dunn’s Stand Up Comedy Invasion *asion asion asian* (That last echo got kind of racist.)

That’s right folks. I am coming to the Seattle area and performing for one night thanks to the co-operation of Eclectic Theater Company at Odd Duck Studio and I am bringing some of the funniest people I know with me!

For the low low price of $10 (No Drink Min!) you get:
Ben Dunn (1000 Ways to Die, MANswers, Comedy Store)
Celeste Reno (Flapper’s, Comedy Store LA, The Ice House)
Rik Deskin (Comedy Workshop, “Look Up in the Sky”)
Danielle Radford (Comedy Underground, Odd Duck Studio)
and special guest
Fahim Anwar (Comedy Central, “Lie To Me”, “Chuck”)

Come fill your eye and earholes with warm, nurturing comedy won’t you?

Advance Tickets available at 206-679-3271 and at


On Sunday at 7pm is the November Mash-Up!

The thirteenth mash-up will again be at Odd Duck Studio, coordinated by Interrobang?!. We ask that improvisers participating have either advanced improv class experience (i.e., Wing-It’s 301-level classes, UP’s 400-level classes) or improv performance experience (feel free to shoot Dave Clapper a message if you’re unsure about this).

This time, at the beginning, we’ll be trying something new. In a further effort to build community, we’ll be having a group warm-up at the beginning led by Interrobang. In the future, we’d like to have other improv groups lead opening warm-ups. So we’re trying it this time to see how it goes, and if it goes well, we’ll get the word out to find an interested group to lead warm-ups at the next mash-up.

We’ll do our best to mix people up to perform with as many people from outside their usual groups as possible. Groups for the night will be announced as the night progresses, and each mash-up will go approximately 15 minutes.

Thus far, everyone who’s attended has been able to mash up at least twice.

You know there are a ton of amazing improvisers in town you’ve wanted to work with. Now’s your chance!

Suggested donation (which we’ll pass on directly to Odd Duck) is $5.00. Cheap! Fun! Awesome!


On Monday at 8:30pm is Rodger Lizaola!

Comedian Rodger Lizaola headlines an evening of Comedy featuring Cris Rodriguez, Danielle Radford, Jonas Barnes, Silas Lindenstein, Yogi Paliwal, Rik Deskin and special guests!

$8 Advance at 206-679-3271 and at . $10 at the door.

Produced by Eclectic Theater Company.


About eclectictheater

Eclectic Theater is a professional theatre company in Seattle, WA., dedicated to producing and presenting original, contemporary and classic works for the stage and screen. Plays, Improv, Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy and more! Eclectic Theater is powered by Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that fuel innovation in the arts by building productive partnerships, cultivating leadership and providing direct services to arts groups of all kinds. Learn more at
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