This Week At Eclectic Theater: The Sunflower Sisters! Plus Coming Soon!

Ryan Asbert and Jane Martin in a scene from The Sunflower Sisters.

The Sunflower Sisters

by John Ruoff

August 31-October 1, 2017

“The world premiere of John Ruoff’s drama of three Irish American sisters running a potato farm in 1935 Snake River Valley, Idaho, up against the bank, a blighted crop, and the past, only to be handed-a magical gift from the long arm of the universe.”

Directed by Andrew Coopman

Stage Managed by Erin Stewart.


Stephanie Spohrer, Susan Connors, Jane Martin, Ryan Asbert, Asa Sholdez, and David Hayes

$20 Advance Tickets available at:

$26 General Admission at the door.

$20 for TPS Members.

$16 for Union/Veterans/Military

$13 for Students/Seniors

FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members.

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Sponsored by 4Culture.

Sponsored by Eclectic Theater.



Coming Next Month:

Rock Bottom 

Saturday, October 21 at 8pm.

Rock Bottom is Seattle’s premiere local long-form improv comedy group, comprised of a diverse group of comedians from India, China, Germany, Pakistan, the UK, and across the US.

Since our founding in autumn 2014, Rock Bottom has been building a strong reputation as one of Seattle’s most popular comedy troupes with sold-out performances at Jet City, The Ballard Underground, Atlas Theater, The Pocket, and others.

More info soon!


Saturday, October 21 at 10:30pm

Welcome to the final episode of NOT TOO LATE WITH EL SANCHEZ! A public access late night talk and variety show hosted by, well, comedian El Sanchez, with their lovely and talented co-host/band leader, comedian/non-musician Nick Sahoyah and filmed in front of YOU, our live television studio audience! Each month NTL brings you a variety of performers, stunts, comedians, special guests, musical acts, random weirdness and general late night antics to thrill, surprise and mostly entertain you!

At Eclectic Theater (1214 10th Ave.)
Tickets are $11 in advance, $13 at the door!
Doors are at 10:00 PM, Show starts at 10:30 PM!
Beer and cocktails will be available in the theater lobby!

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Sponsored by 4Culture!

More info at:

Sponsored by Eclectic Theater.


Hello Theatre and Film friends, and colleagues! Three weeks ago, I turned in Eclectic Theater‘s “Notice to Vacate” our current venue. Our lease is coming to an end October 31 and after eleven years, we will not be renewing or lease. This was not an easy decision to make. Eclectic Theater as well as the legacy Odd Duck Studio, has become a well used venue since it opened in 1997 during the first Seattle Fringe Festival.

Eclectic Theater began managing the venue in 2006 and in the following years have produced and co produced so many local plays, Improv, Sketch Comedy and Variety, and Stand-up Comedy. And we have hosted so many rental shows including the current incarnation of the Seattle Fringe Festival

Reggie Watts opened for Blood Squad one year. Lauren Weedman rehearsed a solo show and was interviewed by Nancy Guppy. I had the opportunity to play Hamlet, and the Scottish King, as well as supporting roles in various shows. David Natale originally performed The Westerbork SerenadeHari Kondabolu has performed many New Material Night shows for a few of his comedy albums. Megan Griffiths’ film Lucky Them, rented the venue for production office and background holding. So many short films and music videos, and TV pilots have shot on location. And we have premiered a lot of original works by local (Leonard GoodismanJohn RuoffJorj SavageChris MathewsSteve Treacy and more!) and national playwrights like Rosemary Poole-Carter. We have hosted an uncanny amount of play and screenplay readings. We have hosted so many SAG-AFTRA events and workshops. And we have been the site for many Equity Members’ Projects.

We just opened the World Premiere of The Sunflower Sisters by John Ruoff, playing Fri-Sat at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm thru October 1. We have the final episode of Not Too Late with El Sanchez on October 21 at 10:30pm. And we will have Rock Bottom Improv on October 21 at 8pm. Now it is time for Eclectic Theater to close this chapter, so that we can embark on our next chapter of raising funds (Please donate up at the right) for an all Equity, all IATSE production of The Shadow Box, in the Fall of 2018. I want to thank all of you that have played a part as a volunteer, as a theater artist, as a film artist, or as audience in making the last eleven years a historic and memorable time.

If you are interested in renting the venue from November 1, 2017 on, please contact Steve McHugh at, and at 206-550-4023.  #eclectictheater #SeattleFringeFest #LuckyThem

Thank you for the eleven years of support and look out for further notices from Eclectic Theater for our upcoming fundraising campaign and production of The Shadow Box in 2018 .

Winner! 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 1977 Tony Award® for Best Play
In this compelling dramatic triptych, three terminal cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital’s grounds. The three are attended and visited by family and close friends: Agnes and her mother Felicity, estranged further by the latter’s dementia; Brian and Beverly, whose marital complications are exacerbated by Brian’s new lover, Mark; and Joe and Maggie, unready for the strain of Joe’s impending death and its effect on their teenage son.

“An important, touching and courageous play […] Triumphantly turns up […] Cristofer writes with the compassion of the undamned. An extraordinarily good Broadway play with meaty roles for actors.” – The New York Times“Thunders with life.” – ABC TV

“By far the finest play of the New York season, beautifully realized drama of sensitive perceptions often as funny as it is moving.” – Washington Post

“Extraordinary. An overwhelming emotional experience. Truly startling and in its uncompromising way, very funny.” – Boston Globe

The Shadow Box opened on March 31, 1977 at the Morosco Theatre in New York.

“Please note that this production is still pending due to funding.”

About eclectictheater

Eclectic Theater was 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! ET closed on October 31, 2017. 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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2 Responses to This Week At Eclectic Theater: The Sunflower Sisters! Plus Coming Soon!

  1. Susan Hales says:

    I want to buy 1 student and 1 senior ticket for the Sunflower Sisters on Friday, September 22.
    Brown paper tickets tells me my account email does not match my zip code and will allowe to advance to the purchase screen. It is the correct zip code!

    Can you call me or just hold the tickets for me to buy at the door?

    Thanks for your help!

    Susan Hales (and Zoella Baumann)

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