THIS WEEK AT ECLECTIC THEATER: Year End Giving and Schedule Update for 2015!


Rik Deskin, Artistic Director

Hello Friends,

As the Artistic Director of Eclectic Theater, I get to oversee all of the Plays, Play Readings, Screenplay Readings, Improv, and Stand-up Comedy shows presented year-round, plus the various rental shows, rehearsals, auditions and meetings that book our venue.

Our year-end box office was $16, 263. That is a $4,061 increase in ticket sales! Add to this our rental income, Sustained Support Grant from 4Culture, and Individual contributions by November 30 equals $24,740.64. Aside from rent we do have basic costs just to operate plus $4, 652.87 (after paying Shunpike 10%, we then pay all Theatre Artists 50% of the remaining box office) paid out to various Theatre Artists means that we had spent $21,798.59 by November 30. Which leaves us with $2942.o5 going in to December.

Why all the hub-bub about the numbers you might ask? We still are unable to pay anyone a living wage yet. We are currently a volunteer organization with an IATSE Contract built into our rental contracts (4 hour minimum) and have paid out as much as $141.25 stipends per show for performers. That is not a a huge amount. It is larger than previous years but I know we can do better.

That is why I am asking you, my friends, family, and colleagues to make a tax deductible Individual Contribution of any amount that you can afford here to help support our programming:

I am looking forward to all of the programming in 2015 and I hope that you will join me,

Rik Deskin
Artistic Director, Eclectic Theater




Saturday, January 10 at 10:30pm! More info soon!

“Seattle’s current best bet for the future of local comedy.” – City Arts Magazine

Bringing you great National and local comedy to venues all over Seattle.



Saturday, January 17 at 10:30pm.

A monthly comedy showcase featuring local greats and special guests, every 3rd Saturday of the month at Eclectic Theater in Seattle. More info coming soon!



For one night only, Eclectic Theater hosts a hilarious stand-up comedy show with comedians seen on Bite TV, XM Radio, Hulu, Sacramento Comedy Festival and Comedy Time TV.

Line up includes Silas Lindenstein (Sacramento Comedy Festival), Damian Johnson, Hans Kim (Tri-City Joke Off Competition Winner), and Ed Hill (Bite TV, XM Radio, Hulu, Comedy Time TV).

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are only $10 in advance! $12 at the door.



Saturday, February 14 at 10:30pm! More info soon!

“Seattle’s current best bet for the future of local comedy.” – City Arts Magazine

Bringing you great National and local comedy to venues all over Seattle.



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



Cornish Grad Shauna Freidenberger has a theatre project to be named that will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays, March 10-April 1, 2015. More info soon!


Thu-Sat, March 19-April 4, 2015.

Advanced Tickets are available here:

Robert Downing performs scenes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and tells you what to think about it.

This interactive show plunges deep into the guts of a great political tragedy and its enduring relevance.

A live theatrical performance of maximum rhetorical mayhem!

My 90-minute, one-person show combines an original monologue about how Shakespeare’s tragedy parallels my career as a union organizer with scenes from the play. The audience plays a substantial role in the performance by voicing the lines–projected onto a screen behind me–of the Roman mob during key scenes. The result is funny, provocative, and “the first time I’ve ever enjoyed Shakespeare”, according to some audience members.

I draw from my experience as a union organizer to answer the question, “just how DO you organize a political conspiracy, anyway?” We consider the strategies used by the organizer, Cassius, to recruit Brutus (the “IP” or “influential person”) into the gang of assassins: from flattery, to mirroring, to finally calling the question. The frisson in the audience is palpable as they are compelled to consider the conspirators’ point of view. The energy in the room reaches a fever pitch during Mark Antony’s funeral speech, as the audience is made to jeer, sob, and roar with rage at Antony’s rhetorical masterstroke. There are also more than a few laughs at the recognition of his brazenly ironic manipulation of Roman emotions.

This show surprises by knocking Shakespeare off of his hallowed pedestal and forcing audience members to wrestle with the ideas behind the play: republicanism vs. monarchy, principle vs. loyalty, and justice vs. ambition. The New Shakespearience Presents Julius Caesar is completely unique: a mixture of stand-up comedy, ancient history lesson, TED talk on the theory and practice of organizing, and gripping scenes from a great Elizabethan tragedy.


Seattle Fringe 2015

Wednesday, September 16- Sunday September 20, 2015.

The Seattle Fringe Festival is a 5-day annual theater festival featuring an eclectic mix of artists, from raw and untested to perfectly executed, in a variety of genres and styles. Originally existing from 1991 to 2003, the new Seattle Fringe Festival was reborn and debuted September 19th-23rd, 2012. No connection between the two festivals.

The fest features a mix of local and visiting artists, representing a huge variety of genres, all performing on some of the most prominent fringe theatre stages in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood.

Visit our website ( for more details and performer applications. And keep an eye on this page for all the latest news from the fest, our venues, performers and fans!


Winter Bird

A Gothic Fantasy written by Steve Treacy

This show has been postponed to a date possibly in the Fall of 2015.

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.

Previous draft received Honorable Mention:
Virtual Theatre Project’s 2008-2009
The Pen Is A Mighty Sword.

A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*! Starring Margaret Bicknell*, Rik Deskin*, Jeremy Adams, Buddy Todd, and Lara Fox! With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis! Sound Design by Bob Blumenthal! Stage-Managed by Barbara Cawley!

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

Tickets are $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.



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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