THIS WEEK AT ECLECTIC THEATER: Fangs Review #4, Longer One-Act Play Festival, Henrietta and The Good Fun Show Plus Coming Soon!


by Jim Moran

Friday-Saturday at 8pm. Sun at 2pm. Monday at 8pm!

Runs through December 6. No performance on Thanksgiving.

Tickets are $25. $20 here:

$20 for TPS Members. $15 for Union/Military/Veterans. $12 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members.

From Miryam Gordon:

“Fangs” pulls Reality into Farce

Eclectic Theater

Through December 6, 2014

“A new play, Fangs, by local playwright Jim Moran is being presented at Eclectic Theater. It has an interesting political slant, showing a Republican state lawmaker in the middle of a campaign when his daughter charges him with hypocrisy. It’s comedic reality until it becomes farce.

Moran sets up a solid confrontation in a cabin in the woods during a snow storm. Riley Perkins (Chris Macdonald) and his aide, Toby Beale (Shane Regan), continue to work the phones on state business and campaign issues. They wheel and deal while Riley’s wife (Samantha Routh) gets drunk and snow falls.

Suddenly, Riley’s daughter, Madison (Rachel Anne Godbe), arrives after hitching a ride with a state wildlife official (Ashley Bagwell). She’s come to remind her father that she had an abortion when she was 16, and she thinks his stance against abortion is hypocritical, since he helped her obtain hers but would legislate against others doing so.

There is a fair amount of credible dialogue in the first part of the play. It’s labeled Act One, though there is not much that demands this short piece to have an intermission. The situation is mined for laughs, especially adding the odd wildlife guy, but we’ve certainly had our share of hypocritical legislators in the news. At the midpoint, Moran’s construct is poised to go in many directions, plausibly.

However, his choice is to let what he’s built go completely farcical, dissipating any real revelations and resolutions: the focus becomes a mountain lion close to the cabin and what’s to be done about it, while step-mother Karen gets out-of-her-mind drunk and flirtatious (for no reason) with the wildlife guy.

If you like outrageous farce, then you will love the direction Moran takes with this piece. I think he kind of squandered an interesting set-up and may not have challenged himself to grapple with and deepen the family conflict and the political interweaving.

The cast overall does good work with the characters, especially Macdonald and Godbe who have good interplay as father and daughter. Godbe has the right level of strident, self-righteous young woman, filled with ideals and clear notions of right versus wrong. Macdonald handles her confrontation with the strength of a father who believes in himself and is capable of answering her charges with real reasons.

Bagwell is funny throughout, and delivers ridiculous lines with total gravity.

Moran directed his own play. I wonder what another director might have done with it. Moran has made the decision to direct his own work, often, and while that allows him to keep his vision clear, it also means that he doesn’t have another critical eye helping him develop his plays with perhaps some hard questions. It may be a personal bias that I believe playwrights should work with directors, but many other theater practitioners advocate for that, as well.”



On the heels of the well-attended 10-minute play festival the past two summers running, Eclectic Theater presents an expansion on the construct: what happens when you offer playwrights a longer time slot to present their vision? (longer) One-Act Play Fest will answer that question: each evening exhibits a different combination of four slightly longer plays (up to 30 min apiece) by 7 different playwright/producers. Each team puts a production together without constraint of theme or style to see what can be created beyond the typical 10-minute boundary.

If you prefer a little slapstick with your ghostly black comedy or relish a little reimagining with your Shakespeare – if you’ve ever participated in marriage counseling or lived in an apartment there’s something here to pique your curiosity. From a dare at the top of a waterfall to a life change via a card game to the needle at the end of a tattoo gun, this play festival has it all in this Do-It-Yourself theatrical extravaganza!

Eclectic Theater’s (longer) One-Act Play Festival features plays by Lenore Bensinger, Mandy Canales, Len Goodisman, David Gordon, Chelsea LeValley, Dan Niven, and Carolynne Wilcox and additionally, the talents of Lauren Anderson, Michael Ryan Blackwood, Molly Blades, David Booker, Stephen Bucheit, Karen Demasters, Tina Devrin, Kim Douthit, Jazzy Ducay, Ralph Fontaine, Alice Ghosti, Rhys Henley, Allison Irvine, Eva Jane, Isis King, Joanne Klein, Stephanie Mallard Couch, Conner Nedderson, Kendra Phillips, Jane Ryan*, Jessica Severance, Margie Slovan, Tom Spangenberg, Hannah Specter, Tom Stewart, Alex Trewain, Amber Zipperer and more!

The festival runs December 11-13 & 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 online at Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door. Free to AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members with card.

Eclectic Theater is located at 1214 10th Ave

(the south end of Capitol Hill)

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 at Brown Paper Tickets: . 1-800-838-3006.



Henrietta is a monthly comedy show that provides comedians with a chance to showcase the heart of their act in a curated and intimate environment.

This month we bring you headliner Emmett Montgomery, along with Elicia Sanchez, andRyan Casey.

Get your tickets early here:



THE GOOD FUN SHOW is a monthly, late night comedy showcase that takes place every third Saturday of the month at (new location!) Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill and features a small, curated line-up of both local greats and special out of town guests performing longer sets!

Featuring this month:
(Comedy Womb, Reel Queer Youth)
(Live Girls! Theater, Wine Shots)
and headliner
(Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SLO Comedy Fest)


Show starts at NEW TIME! 10:30 PM
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Buy advance tickets here!:

Produced by Elicia Sanchez



Winter Bird 

written by Steve Treacy

Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm through February 7.

See how many librarians and physicians (colleagues of Peter), Irish folk (friends of Sean), and goths (minions of Thiera) you can spot in the lobby.

A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*!  Starring Margaret Bicknell* and more TBA. With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis!

There will be a Post-Play Discussion with the Playwright on Sunday, January 18 after the matinee.

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Tickets are $20 online: $25 at the door.

$20 for TPS members. $15 for Military/Union/Veterans. $12 for Students/Seniors. FREE for AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members that are current and have their Member card.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.



The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson (U.S. Premiere)

Produced by Arouet

February 27-March 14, 2015
Eclectic Theater
Directed by Zandi Carlson

In the aftermath of Danny’s pointless murder, his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. A hearbreaking journey to forgiveness, this topical play digs deeper than the headlines. Stephenson spent many hours talking with victims and perpertrators of violent crime, visiting prisons and collaborating with the Forgiveness Project, a charity working in the fields of reconciliation and restorative justice. The result is an astonishingly ran and affecting play intent on opening the hearts and minds without ever becoming preachy. (source:

All performances at Eclectic Theater at 7:30PM on the dates below:
Friday February 27
Saturday February 28
Monday March 2
Thursday March 5
Friday March 6
Saturday March 7
Thursday March 12
Friday March 13
Saturday March 14


Thu-Sat, March 19-April 4, 2015. More info coming soon!


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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